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Historical Traveler Reviews Sonesta Beach Resort & Casino Sharm El-Sheikh
I realise the star ratings of hotels outside EU/US is somewhat different, but to claim this is anywhere near a 5 star resort is ludicrous. Much of the hotel is being constantly painted and worked on. The 7 pools are really 1 large one, 1 medium and the remainder tiny or closed. I have read other reviews regarding the staff at this resort and wonder if they went to the same hotel. They are rude and unattentive, i'd liken them to building contractors in the UK. Ask them for a drink, they'll start preparing it and then go and serve someone else. At one pool, the attendant would put towels on all the loungers and you'd have to pay him to have one. Now i realise they are not paid well and i am happy to give them a tip at the end of my stay but to have to bribe them to be by the pool is ridiculous. The whole experience left a sour taste in the mouth.
This was my second visit to the Red Sea (previously stayed at the InternContinental in Hurghada), my advice, pay that little bit extra and stay at the Inter/Hyatt/Hilton/Savoy/Sheraton - it'll be worth it.
My boyfrined and I have just returned from a week's holiday in Sharm, which turned out to be the holiday from hell! We eventually arrived at Sonesta Beach hotel just before 8am on Sun 17th July, where we were shown to our small dark double room, which was still be painted by workmen! We asked to be relocated to an0ther room which they reluctantly agreed to after my the manger's name being dropped into conversation. Our new room was much more spacious and had a large balconey overlooking one of the pools. Once we had settled in we went in search of a sunlounger, which over the course of the week proved to be a 6.30 am job in order to beat the Germans and the staff from reserving these for themselves. The staff at our hotel were very rude and unattentive on average ordering a drink at one of the pool bars would take at least 20 mins. We also booked onto one of the hotel run trips into the desert for a Camel ride and dinner beduin camp. We really enjoyed this untill the hotel reps forgot to collect us and left us in the desert after all the other guests had been collected and all the candles had been blown out. We wee there for 50 minutes longer than everyone else with no contact number or way of getting home. Although this may have been a good oman after what happened later that evening. I'm very glad to get home and dont ntend to return there in a hurry.
We'd go back tomorrow!
From the minute we arrived at Sonesta Beach Resort we instantly fell in love with it - the staff were amazing & couldn't do enough to help you. The resort itself is amazing, the grounds are very spacious, imaculately kept and the pools never over-crowded as there are so many to choose from. The rooms are absolutely huge and are cleaned daily with fresh towels etc, also there is no need to take beach towels as they are provided on a daily basis too. Naama bay is gorgeous, the beautiful promenade is a fantastic way to stroll leisurely to Marina Street where the atmosphere is magic. We loved it so much that we are currently looking into going again but for Christmas & New Year this time - we can't wait to be lounging by the pool again at the Sonesta - we'd go back tomorrow!
My boyfriend and I have just returned from a nothing short of marvellous week's holiday staying at the Sonesta Beach in Sharm. It is very much a couples and family resort although it is only 10-15 mins walk from the buzz of Naama Bay.
The hotel brochure does not do this beautiful hotel justice as you are greeted with palm tree lined promenades, a marble reception and some of the most courteous staff I have come across. Nothing is too much for them to do for you.
The rooms were adequate with powerful air conditioning (def needed in the high temperatures!!) and a well-equipped bathroom (even though the water pressure in the shower leaves something to be desired)
We went on a bed and breakfast basis and also had dinner at the Sea Breeze beach bar on seafood night (yummy big bbq) and at The Red Square restaurant (food is excellent but wine is very expensive!) and also many snacks from the lunch menu at the poolside which were all tasty - though avoid salad! sandwiches and pizza are lovely.
There is 7 different pools at the resort which means that even when it is busy it is not too difficult to get a sunlounger if you are prepared to place your towels down before breakfast! the beach is slightly more of a challenge but the main attraction at the beach is the snorkelling - a beautiful and amazing experience, but for those brave enough take advantage of the diving school on site.
We took a day boat trip with Anthias diving school to do an introductory dive and it was brilliant - the guides and instructors were excellent. def a highlight of the holiday.
There are plenty of trips to do to explore the area - we did a horse ride in the desert which is was worth being saddle sore for and also went swimming with dolphins - as incredible as anyone would imagine.
So go to sonesta beach!!!! great base from which to explore the surrounding area and to relax afterwards at!! We loved it.
Safe and very friendly hotel
We had the most amazing time at this hotel. Everyone was so friendly and the security was unbeleivable you could walk anywhere and feel at ease, apart from when you entered shop and then you get all the hassling but to be expected in a place like this. the food was very cheap, but the drinks spirits etc.,where quite expensive, night life was just so amazing everyone came alive, its an experience you have to endure. the hotel's beach is very crowded but we spent most of our time around the many pools in the beautiful hotel gardens. One thing we found it does cater for the Italians, so everyone speaks Italian !! wierd !! the pool guys looked after us and made our vacation a trip to remember. We would most definitely go back next year / Can't wait
Relaxing and different
I've just returned from a week at the Sonesta Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh and was very impressed.
The Sonesta Beach Resort is a beautifully designed Moorish style complex with plenty on offer, including four restaurants, approximately six pools (there could be more!), a Casino and various entertainments available.
We were lucky enough to be housed next to one of the quieter pools, which made for a very relaxing and quiet stay. (You can use any of the pools, so long as you get there early enough to get your towel down!)
The beach unfortunately was not so tempting. Extremely crowded, and quite small, but a short walk along the sea front and you can get to a better public beach.
Naama Bay is a 15 minute stroll along the promenade, and is lively in the evening, but still has a laid back and chilled out feel to it. Lots of bars / restaurants with the Egyptian feel - reclining on cushions and smoking water pipes in abundance!
I strongly recommend a trip to Ras Mohammed (only about 30 mins by bus), for some incredible snorkling (or diving), and we also did a 2 day trip to Cairo which was amazing.
All in all, this was a wonderful holiday, with a perfect mix of relaxation, and activity. I can thoroughly recommend the Sonesta Beach, and Sharm El Sheikh!
Visited in March 2005.wanted a week of relaxation. this is the place. all the hotels in the resort appear to be first class. We stayed at the sonesta club and it was fantastic. It is approx 20 mins walk to the main area of sharm via the promenade. the walk is nice and relaxing or a taxi will cost £2. The whole resort was very clean, safe and friendly. The shopkeepers remain friendly even if you don't buy anything(unlike other North African Countries i have visited) If you are looking for a relaxing, easy holiday where are made to feel welcome, this is it. Also Diving is fantastic, can do day trip to Cairo and Jordan if you require something to break up your stay. Children are well catered for.
stayed at the sonesta club from boxing day for a week. well we wanted to get away from it all and we werent disappointed. As it was xmas everywhere was lit up they even had a father christmas and snowmen!
The reception area was hugh and had a few tourist shops off of it. When we got to our rooms they were even better than we expected. There was lots of cupboard space, an alcove where you could sit and our balcony looked out to the sini mountains. the beds were a good size quite firm, but we like that. We ate in the bar for our first night the food was lovely and a reasonable price (not as cheap as going into town) but still not as expensive as here. the pool was a fair size and we never had any problems getting sunbeds. go in the top pool which is heated. we nearly froze in the bottom one. the food for breakfast was the usual buffet food but no bacon or sausages. the food could have been hotter but this is quite common. we tended to have omelettes which were cooked for you. we went into town to eat on all the other nights, taking the promenade path into town from the back of the sonesta beach hotel. this took us about 15 - 20 minutes walking slowly. we spent most of our days down on the beach at the sonesta beach hotel snorkeling here was brilliant. all in all it was a wonderful holiday.
Not as expected
Sharm el Sheikh was somewhere neither of us had heard of before and we weren't aware of anybody who had been on holiday there, so choosing the hotel was quite important to us, hence spending alot of time looking in different brochures and reading as much as possible about what each hotel could offer. The Sonesta Beach looked lovely in the brochure and when we first arrived looked quite impressive, but on closer inspection the pool area was very dirty, alot of the tiles were cracked or missing, the pool staff when around seemed to take an age in delivery your food or drink, sometimes up to an hour after you'd ordered, I'm all for laid back on holiday, but the service was extremely poor especially when the hotel itself was only 70% full. The rooms were clean and quite cosy which of course is important but very dark. The private beach was like a cattle market, you couldn't move the beds were so close together, and if you weren't down there before 7.30am you wouldn't get a bed. We actually walked further round the bay area and found other private beaches and for a small charge about £3.50 per person per day you could have a bed that wasn't touching your neighbour with excellent service and amenities that you would expect to find on holiday. This hotel was supposedly a 4* we found 3 other hotels 100 yards away, the Hilton Farouyz, the Marriott and the Novotel all the same star rating which having looked around these hotels I would agree these were 4*, sadly the Sonesta Beach didn't come up to their standards, I would say a 2plus bordering a 3, definately not a 4. I would also like to let anybody thinking of booking into the sister hotel Sonesta Club, this was very much the same, very crowded, slow service, not sure about the food as we never ate there, but the so called gym that was on offer to us free because we were staying at the Sonesta Beach, wasn't free you have to pay, and it consisted of a 1930's multigym in the middle of a room, an extremely old bike and a couple of hand weights, again very disappointing as we both go to the gym 4 to 5 times a week, and this was another factor in us choosing this particular hotel. The weather was fantastic and the area at present isn't spoilt with tourism, but if we decide to go again, Sonesta Beach sadly would not be on our list.
Loved the Sonesta Beach Resort
Modern moorish style complex built around a large open resturant and a whole bunch of terrific swimming pools. I thought the staff we courteous and charming, the accomodation was clean and roomy, the pools were excellent, restaurant and bars were very good although the caberet was a somewhat hard on the ears. Given the price this is fabulous value. Very popular with Russian visitors