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Absoultely Loved it!!
What an amazing hotel. We arrived at the Grand Rotana with high expectations and we weren't disappointed. The hotel is stunning. We were upgraded to a beach front room and delivered there by golf cart. The room was beautiful and overlooked the sea. After ordering room service in the early hours after a late flight we woke up to a fabulous breakfast in a great setting overlooking the pool. Fresh squeezed juices, yummy pastries, fresh omelettes, great coffee, etc. The pool area was great and we had loads of fun on the water slide! The pool was a little chilly at first but you needed that given the 40' heat. The snorkelling off the jetty was really good. Literally thousands of fish to see and the water was quite warm. You can rent snorkelling equipment for a few pounds a day. The service at the Grand Rotana was truly 5*, the staff were courteous and friendly and they couldn't do enough for us. They often phoned the room just to make sure we had everything we needed and to ensure that were happy with housekeeping etc. Silk Road is not too be missed. The Palms restaurant at the beach is yummy too and not over priced. The only negatives with the resort while we were there was that the Spa and Infinity Pool weren't open. I did manage to have a massage on the beach which I would recommend but I was looking forward to some spa treatments. Also, because the hotel was so underbooked it lacked a little in atmosphere, however, both of these issues will be rectified in time. If you are looking for a relaxing break in beautiful surroundings with great service you won't find better for the price. We can't wait to return when the Spa is open!
I've just got back from a very relaxing holiday at the Grand Rotana Hotel and Spa.
I was a little disapointed that the spa was still closed as it was due to open in the spring! but it should be open now. The Gym opened while we were there it is quite big and has lots of running machines etc all over looking the beach.
Our room was lovely. we were up graded when we arrived and we didn't even ask! We had two double beds which after the first night were pushed together to make a hudge bed. The room was cleaned every day and towels were changed sometimes twice a day.
The sea view from our balcony was amazing, we were a few steps from the beach and just a few from the pool, so our room was well positioned.
The fish you see off the hotels jetty are wonderful.
We went to the national park last year and to be honest the fish are just as good at the hotels coral reef.
You Can hire snorkle gear for a few pounds on the beach.
The Beach bar is very good and serves lovely beef burgers!
The Pool is a bit cold but i think thats a general thing in Egypt and as its so hot over there at the moment it was quite refreshing. Theres also a wicked slide at the pool which gave us a few laughs!
Beach towels are available at pool side and beach area.
While sunbathing staff come round and give you ice cold facial towels which are very refreshing and also fruit free of charge.
The food at the Hotel was very good - a lot of choice and good value.
We did eat out at namma bay for a bit of a change and its cheaper than hotel.
The staff at the hotel were all very friendly.
Every Morning we had a letter posted under our door telling us which teams in the world cup were playing and matches were shown in the Hotels Pulse Bar or you can watch matches in your room as the TV actually picks up the channel!
Our check out time for the room was extended free of charge.
Overall myself, boyfriend, mum and dad had an excellent holiday at the Grand Rotana and would recommend it.
The Real Review- Simply
After a delayed flight we arrived at the Grand Rotana at 3am. Through reading other reviews on this site my mother and i agreed on this hotel as the the best we would get price wise and the newest hotel in Sharm. From photos on the internet the place looks very sleek, modern and stylish and in many respects it is- yet it is clearly set aside from the Ritz and Four Seasons!
Through good will we were upgraded on request at arrival and started off in a Premier Sea View room. This was very spacious and there was enough room to swing a few cats in the bathroom to say the least. Things went wrong though on the second night. Firstly, between the bathroom and bedroom there is a partially frosted glass panel inset to the wall. After taking a shower this night i came out to find a pool of water by the bed. This was leaking from the bathroom and when i reached the panel it practically ripped off. Workmanship is unbelievably awfull!!!!! The fabrics used in the hotel are the cheapest poosible- great for the camera but don't and havent lasted! The wall was incredibly thin made of MDF wood! Also, all electrical panels came off the walls so lets say not suitable for kids. Amongst other things the cupboard door to the fridge un-hinged itself after day two and if there was a fire all the cheap padded headroards and chairs would be up in a flash!
I spoke to the manager once finding these problems and we were then upgraded to a Rotana Club Room (a bit bigger with seating on the patio and a wet room that stayed wet 24/7). This was through good will they said- we said it was our right, and a safety hazard.
So, room aside we get to the pool- lovely in the photo- but dont look to close. The pool is badly made- i have one and so know a good pool when i see one. Thi pool was rushed like everything else for the opening last July- and it looks 10 years old. The infinity pool has been re-tiled twice and is still leaking to the spa below. I can't even think what this is going to be like(when its opened!). Bridges over the pools are too steep and the hotel can not accomodate the elderly or those in wheelchairs. Cacti are also planted by the pool-nice until ones stuck in your leg!
So after the thought of a week of nothing but relaxation and heat we were tired. We then arranged a meeting with the hotel manager- giving him time to take off his coat after a flight from Cairo. We explained everything and i then took him on a tour OF HIS OWN HOTEL. We varified that the materials were cheap and all wood was MDF- I seemed to know more than him. I then took him to the room and i shared some thoughts on a few design faults. He was very honest and understanding and we were offered a good will gesture for the inconvenience. Yet if i had to stay in Sharm again i would perhaps come back here because of the staff- they made it. If your honest with the Egyptians they are very honest aswell- and eager asweel. I couldn't fault the pool service and this was the highlight of each day.
To conclude, i have travelled alot so know my stuff very well indeed. Yet we all have different standards so i will leave the choice with you as to staying at the Grand rotana. Hopefully my photos capture the more positive side, ther was one!
Stayed at the Grand Rotana April 11th - 17th 2006.
We has reservations about Egypt, but we had a fantastic week. The rooms were spotless, bed linen clean and fresh, huge towels, robes and slippers provided as well.
Pool was very large plenty of space to swim, iced towels brought round and iced fruit complementary.
Buffet breakfast plenty to choose from, we did not eat in the buffet in the evenings but we ate at their signature restaurant Silk Road. The food in here was excellent, all fresh and really tasty recommend the nan basket to try, just over £1.00 for the most freshest nan bread I have ever tasted and the dips were lovely, the shrimp biryani was excellent as well.
The staff here were so friendly and really helpful, anything you wanted and always with a smile.
Jettys into the sea were great loads and loads of fish we actually saw a leopard ray which swam around in really shallow water for about 20 mins right next to the jetty.
Loved the little chill out bar with the beanbags used to sit there with a beer about 5 in the evening, great.
Drinks are not too bad a price you did get a large bottle of beer, but if you drink wine like me the Egyptian wine is not too good its about £4.00 uk a glass, but if you order the Italian wine which I did by mistake a couple of times its about double the price.
Four buses complimentary a day into Naama bay only 10 mins away, its an experience.
We had a great week I would recomend this hotel to couples and families. We love the heat so 32 degrees was great for us.
Excellent value for money, would go back again, and hope to very soon.
Before we went to Egypt in March, i searched for the hotel on the net and saw the reviews on this website, which then made me believe we had picked the right hotel. This is why i am leaving a review so that other people can get an honest opinion about this hotel.
The hotel was lovely, the pictures on their website do not do it justice. The pool is magnificent, the service second to none. The holiday was great and i woud definately go back to Grand Rotana again.
We arrived quite late and as you drive into the entrance of the hotel the palm trees were decorated with fairy lights as with most hotels in Sharm and it looked magical. As soon as we arrived in reception they gave us a lemon flannel to wash our hands and a complimentary drink, we then found out to our surprise that they had upgraded us to a sea view room which we were whisked to via a golf buggy!!
This was the beginning of a weeks fantastic holiday. Admittedly the hotel was fairly empty and nowhere near capacity so i wouldn't know what the service would be like if the hotel was full. We had a massage on the private beach, and we had constant waiter service for drinks and food by the beach and pool - we wanted for nothing.
One restaurant was very impressive - silk road. We had a waiter by our table all night, we didnt once have to touch the wine bottle to refill our glasses - very attentive. The other restaurants were nice, lots of selection in the main buffet restaurant. Food in the italian was nice.
The rooftop bar was lovely, nice ambience, good service, stunning views over the pool and beach. The nightclub was empty but would be good if the hotel was fuller. The ampitheatre on the beach was good, with good entertainment - a lovely idea!
One slight criticism was that the hotel staff were sometimes a little over friendly and persistent - we were three young girls on our own so it was to be expected a little but they were always very respectful and we always felt safe.
We also met the manager of the hotel and the front desk manager who were often around, asking for guests views which was nice. The manager even asked us to go snorkelling with him!
Overall - i can easily say it is the nicest hotel i have stayed in - would definately recommend!!
Just got back from staying at The Grand Rotana, its just as good as it looks on the pictures on the internet. There are a number of restaurants at the hotel, Ramses the main restaurant of the hotel serving buffet breakfast (open 7am till 11am) the food is what you would expect from a 5 star hotel lots of variety ranging from cereal, fresh fruit, vegetables, lots of bread, a cold section with various meats and cheeses and a hot section with the traditional full breakfast selection. Lunch 13.30pm till 15.00 and dinner 19.00 till 22.30. We had the evening buffet a couple nights and you cant go wrong, lots of choice and as much as you can eat(we managed about 6 courses) very good value for money about £15 pounds each. Mezzaluna offering Italian cuisine with views of the swimming pool (open 12.30 till 23.00) food very good and well priced, just a few examples seafood soup £2.50, pizza £4.00. We had starters main meal a bottle of wine and coffee for about £40. Silk road is the flagship restaurant with cuisine from china, Thailand, India Arabia to western Europe. (dress code smart casual). Once again expect to pay about £45 for two people for starters main meal and wine. The booze is fairly expensive £13 for a bottle of Egypt wine (that’s the cheapest but its quite drinkable) to £40 for European wine. The best value lager is Sakara £2.60 for a 500ml can or the Egypt version of stella £2.60 for a 330ml can. There are a few happy hours during the day so look out for these Palms Beach Bar at 17.00 and Pulse Bar at 20.00 The Hotel is stunning with most rooms having an ocean view, we were just a 5 minute walk from the ocean and spent most of the day by the sea. We had a deluxe room with a kingsize bed and balcony overlooking the sea. There was a small fridge and mini-bar with drinks and snaks that were not to expensive( Pringles £1, chocolate bar 80p, water £2, soft drinks £1.40 and Heineken £2.80). There are plenty of sunbeds to choose from so you wont have to get up early in the morning to get yours. Free towels are provided and you will be escorted to your sunbed and made comfortable. The service provided by the staff is excellent and everyone seems friendly. The snorkelling( about £3.00 pound for mask, snorkel and flippers per day) is unbelievable with two pontoons taking you over and to the edge of the reef were you can then swim in the sea with hundreds of fish. Go and see you travel rep when you can she has lots of good tips and advice plus a map for Naama Bay. We just went on one day trip to the marine park in Ras Mohammed a full day out including lunch, soft drinks entrance to marine park and all snorkelling equipment included.(£35 each). The group ranged from non-swimmers to professional divers, for the first snorkel the instructors recommend that everybody wears a lifejacket and after that its upto you. There were always two qualified divers in the water at all times plus two big rubber rings with ropes to pull along anyone not very confident in snorkelling, lots of fish and plenty of time in the water. The trips tend to be about £5 cheaper per person if booked through your rep and not the hotel. The Ras Mohammed trip is called the sunseeker tour and we would definatley recommend it. Take the free bus into Naama Bay (book at reception) 3 return trips a day its well worth a look(just a small word of warning don’t be fooled into signing hospitality books its just a trick to get you into the shops). There is a shopping area in the lobby for basic essentials and gifts. The Bank is open most of the day for any currency needs. We had a late flight out 22.30 but checkout is normally 12.00, ask for an extended checkout its free till 15.00 or about £23 till 18.00. Weather was fantastic did not see a cloud all week. Would recommend this hotel, its quite expensive but you get what you pay for. All ready saving up for a trip here next year so have fun.
A week in paradise
We have just returned from a week at this wonderful hotel (2-9th April). On arrival we were given a free room upgrade to a club sea front room with excellent views over the red sea and Tiran island. The room was large, clean and tastfully decorated. We also had a large balcony with a sofa and chairs.
The pool area is lovely, the main pool was a bit cold so we spent most of our time in the heated infinity pool overlooking the sea. The very friendly staff were constantly at hand to bring cold drinks and food.
The beach area has many sunbeds but it is not a beach as such, - can be a bit uncomfortable on your feet and you cannot walk directly into the sea.Immediately infront of the resort is coral reef and the hotel has two floating platforms which takes you to the other side of the reef. Snorkelling is a must - you can hire masks, flippers etc for £3.50 per day.
We had a wonderful, relaxing time at the hotel and would return again, the only aspect which let our trip down was the lack of evening entertainment. Each day it was provided but only a handful of guests attended. We are not party-goes but having other people around does add to the atmosphere and being the only people in the bar did get a bit lonely. As the hotel gets busier during the summer I am sure this will not be a problem.
We ventured into Namma Bay on a couple of nights which was a true 'experience'! The roads are a free for all and the taxi drivers tend not to drive with their lights on at night and they will do what they can to get infront of the car ahead. In a sightly scary way it was fun.
We definetly recommend this hotel and would return again. Guarenteed sunshine, tan, snorkelling, good food, friendly staff and luxury accomodation - we couldnt have asked for more.
Lovely hotel and first class staff
Just got back from a week's stay at this lovely hotel. Large hotels can make you feel insignificant but as other reviewers have said the staff are fantastic, very attentive and always remembered your name.
We personally enjoyed the snorkelling off the pontoons (we did an excursion to Ras Mohammed where we were told the variety of fish would be extensive - don't bother - you will see better fish here!). I loved the massage in the Bedouin tent ovelooking the reef. So relaxing! Food wise:-The Palms beach bar for snacks and drinks in the day, ISIS in the lounge for delicious sandwiches and fantastic Egyptian tea and coffee plus the decor is wonderful! SilkRoad is definitely the best restaurant - food is amazing. Of course you can take the shuttle bus to Naama Bay where there are loads of restaurants, (a taxi will cost less than £5), gold shops and shisha 'bars'.
The weather was gorgeous, the hotel fantastic - the best being the staff. We will defintely go again
grand rotana hotel
ive booked this hotel for april 2006. i know it only opened in August 2005, but has anyone been there yet?
if so what is the actual hotel like, the standard of rooms and facilites?
i can only find very limited info about the hotel on the net.
RE: grand rotana hotel
***URGENT MEDICAL WARNING!!!***
If you are *PREGNANT* or planning to have children or if anyone with you has any sort of **RESPIRATORY** (lung) condition DO NOT go to the GRAND ROTANA SPA RESORT in Sharm El Sheikh!
They chemically treat all the rooms with potent poisonous pesticides (bug killers) without advising you that they are going to do so. I needed immediate medical treatment after becoming very ill from the concentrated poisonous fumes, and I am a very healthy adult. THIS COULD HAVE KILLED SOME PEOPLE AND PERHAPS CAUSE LONG TERM MEDICAL PROBLEMS OR BIRTH DEFECTS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.
To top that? Rotana Management doesn't care!