More about Nubian Village Hotel Sharm el Sheikh
When arriving the hotel looked well presented. Before going any further must point out that this is an Italian & Russian based hotel. Best way of rating this hotel is by area as follows;
The reception on the first night was fairly quick for obtaining room keys. Otherwise reception staff and efficiency is less than useless, if you need anything either see a girl called Katy who is the Guest Relations person/ Managers PA or see the manager himself. They are also very untrusting and couldnt organise anything beyond what is written for them, hence only consult the above mentioned.
We had a bungalow, which was spacious with two beds put together as a double (Standard International), a nice shower/toilet. The room was air-conditioned which was easy to work and very effective. There was fridge which was stocked with 2 bottles of water to start, if you want more then we would advise getting them from the bar on your all-inclusive band. If you want the fridge stocked there is a charge from reception, so again would advise use empty bottles and fill from the bar if you must have it stocked! The cleaner was excellent and changed the everything everyday. They also like to show off their artistic skills and it's well worth tipping him to see the displays that are left for you on the bed.
There are two pools with the one near the top being the coldest, but also the quietest. The one near the sea is the activity pool and although more noise from where the Italian tour operator Club has it reps organising games and activities for both adults and children. In fairness although they could bearly speak english, they still made an effort inviting us to join aerobics, table football and football.
This is located below the activity pool, where you can hire Snorkels & Masks if you want to go snorkelling off the jetty. The beach is nice but due to its low position suffers less sun that the pool. However the sea is lovely, with a shallow area (upto 7ft) for about 1/2mile to the coral when it dips to around 100ft drop. Coral is not much, but its deffo worth seeing the fish, some really colourful ones. Snorkel costs around £2GBP for the day.
Food has a good selection, with there being one restaurant open in the main area for all meals and there being one near the beach which opens for lunch and snacks. Good selection, can't say ever had any problems with choice as they provide for most tastes and for those home loving brits that can't handle foreign food, either don't go abroad, or ask them and they will try to accomdate. There was always good bread and salad selection.
Beware of cheap imitations!! The drinks served on AI are the local produce and although the Eygptians cotton is some of the best, their alcohol produce will never win any awards. The cola & lemonade is a cheap one, but still not bad, but their bacardi is like Bacardi Oro, and even the russians didnt like the Vodka. If you want to buy either after midnight or proper spirits then they charge. Be VERY careful as imported are very expensive and unless you watch them they won't give you proper measure. Also pay cash and don't add to your room, but watch them as they try and cheat, for example if you pay in Egyptian Pounds they try and give Euros for change then when you pay them back try and give a different exchange rate! This was one thing that caused arguments as I felt insulted that I made sure I have their currency, then they tried giving me Euros, when we dont even have them in the UK!
This is something they rely on and for good service I would advise tips being given to the Pool Towel guy, cleaner and also ashtray boys. The bar staff are pretty friendly anyway, but they also help you more if you throw a hello their way.
TAXI - NAAMA BAY
The hotel operates bus to/from Naama Bay that is free a few times a day and charegable in the evening. Best way is to use a hotel taxi (NOT the blue/white ones outside!) as for about £6GBP each way they take you there and arrange a time to collect you, with you paying on return, much safer and reliable!
This hotel has catered for the Italians & Russians, but if you want a quiet relaxing holiday away from lively areas then Nabq is ideal. I would reccomend the hotel but have an open mind and enjoy. This is a an Egyptian 5* hotel, and Airtours class it as 4AAAA, which I would say always remember that star ratings are different in every country and this is evident in Egypt. We would return to the area but a different hotel next time for change.
Relaxation at Nubian village..
The Nubian Village is ok for a relaxing holiday.It's approx 20 mins (drive)from the buzzing Na'ama Bay.The hotel runs a free shuttle mini-bus to Na'ama bay,alternatively you can get a taxi at approx cost of £6 each way.Apart from British,there were lots of Italians and Russians staying at the hotel.The animation team were Italian,but all the british kids joined in the activites too.There are two pools,one for realxing,with no music and the other near the beach,where the fun & games took place,so the choice is yours !!. There were plenty of sunbeds to choose from,the best part being that there didn't seem to be any Germans there getting up at 6am to put their towels on the beds !. There's a private jetty on the beach,where you can go and snorkel from.We found the food to be ok,but we're not fussy eaters,there wasn't much choice,but we managed ok. You can pay to eat in the Beduin tent and have an Egyptian style meze meal.At a cost of just £6 each,it was excellent value for money (drinks included),infact there was far too much food!!).You can also pay to eat at the Seafood restaurant,£13 per person,but as we never ate there,we can't comment.There's no waiter service,but the bar staff were friendly and it never took too long to get served.We had a room in the main hotel building,which overlooked the quiet pool.The rooms are a good size,with two twin beds pushed together.The rooms are basic,but clean enough.The bathroom was ok too,but in my opinion,the rooms could do with a refurb.The tv in the room had 2 english speaking channels.There was maid service every day too.The hotel has an Egyptian rating of 5*,which I beg to differ,more like a 3*.We stayed at the Siva Grand Beach in Hurghada (a Red Sea Hotels)last year,which was far,far superior to the Nubian Village.
If you are looking for a relaxing time at a reasonable price,then the Nubian Village will suit you.We went for a week,which I'm glad about as I wouldn't want to spend 2 wks there. In Na'ama Bay there's a great selection of shops,bars and restaurants,even a shopping mall.There are restaurants to suit any taste :- Indian,Chinese,Thai,Indonesian,Italian,McDonalds,KFS...you can't go wrong.We went to the Camel bar,which shows live football games and get the latest scores.We also ate at the Camel bar on the rooftop restaurant,which was very reasonbale with a great view.Be prepared to get hassled,but a polite no or even "no la shukran" (no thank you in Arabic)and they leave you alone.We found the egyptian people very friendly and we had a good laugh with them,they love to share a joke or two !! Sharm el Sheikh airport is an absolute shambles !!!...queue,queue,queue,no where to sit in the departure lounge,we ended up sitting on the floor,with many other people. One small dutyb free shop,There was no organisation at all.People were pushing in the queues so as not too miss their flights,we got in the queue when they called our gate number and before we'd got thru security,they were calling the flight for the final time....The worst airport I have ever been to in my life ...be prepared !!!...All in all,we enjoyed our holiday and if we did go back,we'd consider staying in Na'ama Bay itself. The snorkelling and scuba diving are fantastic
Aswan's Best Budget Hotel!
Who says you have to stay in a first class hotel like Old Cataract or Winter Palace in order to sleep well and have comfort and enjoy your trip? The Keylany hotel in Aswan sure changes that!
Okay, it may not have the romantic ambience, the luxurious Orient Express like rooms and bathrooms and whoa...! No fabulous dusty curtains and River Nile balcony views (Just climb up the rooftop cafe of the Keylany) but hey!
It's clean, the beds are comfortable (Recalling from my memories, I think the bed I had was kind of hard), breakfast is included, the location is not the pits (it's near the boulevard, the best place to hang out!) and the great staff (They were nice to us!) can fix you a fantastic tour of the Nubian village and Abu Simbel!
Oh yeah, and don't forget the Swan (literally) towels the staff folded up on the beds! It's so creative! (Though this was still 2005, I don't know if they still do this as of now!)
Price: In 2005, we've spent 30 US for all five of us. Now, I just checked Hostel World, a 3 suite-ensuite (see? it comes with your own bathrooms! Big plus! Now, you can do the toilet more comfortably!) they charge 7.17 US per person.
Doubles, for two people, they now charge 8.50 US per person.
And singles, it's 12 US for you!
(These were all dated on Nov 28. 2007)
Try checking out Hostel bookers too! The prices sometimes vary. Okay, you can't please everyone and not everyone will say the same thing about the Keylany Hotel in Aswan- some may like it, some may hate it. It really depends on what timing, what kind of moods did you arrive (or the staff's moods), it really all depends on your experience!
But anyway, here's my family's comments:
MOM: A jackpot! For 30 US for all of us and it's so clean, and it's near the Nile and I like the staff, a jackpot really.
DAD: I don't care as long as we have a place to stay! (Oh, believe me! He can say this because the accomodation was comfortable! If it's not, believe me- he can complain!)
BROTHER: I like the Winter Palace Hotel more.
TEENAGE COUSIN: I wish I had my own room. (Privacy- well dear, you're forced to stay together with us!)
LONELY PLANET (Middle East, 2003 edition) - is an excellent budget opportunity, its 21 rooms have ceiling fans, pine furniture and their own SPOTLESS bathrooms.
YOUR OPINION: Will either be the same, disagree, or totally different!
A camel ride to a resettled Nubian village is popular - one of the remaining few. This was the first and last time I'll ride a camel - never again! The villagers are very welcoming and ofer you tea in their homes and they also sell beautiful beaded jewelry - please buy and help this race to survive.
The Nubian Village
If your done with the temples of Aswan, and you have nothing to do, why not go to the Nubian Village!? Simply ask your hotel if they have any tours to the Nubian village! (Ours came with a Nubian guy tour guide)
Going to the Nubian Village is the fun part! You get to ride on a Feluca, and sail through the currents of the river! Sometimes your feluca will even get caught in a mini whirllpool. (Ours did and it was so fun!) Once you arrived in land, The friendly nubians will give you each a camel and you will ride it to the nubian village! (A 15-20minute camel ride)
Once you arrived at the Nubian village, feel free to look around, like go to the school and learn to write in Nubian, or hike the short mountain path and see the whole Nubian village.
If your lucky, your tour guide may let you visit his house, and you will see the different Nubian architexture and furnitures!
On our way back, some nubian women sang with scrilly voices, it was something different form temples! You should try going here if your in Aswan! Am sure you'll love it!
Nice but might be better
We stayed @ Nubian Village for 2 weeks from 25/01 till 8/02 and fortunately we couldn't agree with those who said that this hotel was terrible. It's nice. Food was really good, not excellent but it was fresh and tasty and fortunately again we didnt have any stomach problems though were a bit terrified by previous reports. Swimming pools both were very cold. Sea was pretty warm, much warmer in comparison with the pools. Weather was cloudy in the beginning but then it turned sunny and we could take sunbath every day. Too bad that 'all-inclusive' didn't really mean all. Such service as an internet room obviously must be free but in Nubian it was payed. Still, it's not big minus, so the summary is like this: Nubian Village is a good hotel. Not great, but we enjoyed it.
Having just returned from Nubian, all i can say is dont bother going unless you are prepared to be messed about. When we arrived there was no bookng for us and it took 19 hours to get a room. We eventually ended up in their sister hotel Nubian Island (fantastic), but every time we had to go to Nubian Village it was full of screaming kids running all over the place, there was no where to sit, and we were told you got chips for every meal. They has Karaoke at night which we could hear slightly next door, so God help the people who had a room near reception.
A great big NO NO.
My wife and i have just returned from a one week holiday at the Nubian Village hotel in Sharm El Sheikh. When we got of the plane we couldnt believe what we saw, it was raining, the 1st time in 6 years. After this small shock on arrival the weather was fantastic every day. Very hot in the morning, then cooling off slightly about 2 -3pm.
The Nubian Village hotel is rated a 5 star in all the holiday brouchers, we felt it was more a 4 star rating. The accomodation was very nice always kept clean and tidy by your own cleaner. The food at the hotel was outstanding a wide choice of cuisine never the same. There was a huge salad bar, about 10 differnet types of bread, always a freshly cooked grilled meet. You could have fresh cooked pasta every meal. There was always a wide variety of fish dishes. There was also a childrens corner.
The pools at the hotel where very nice but quite cold. But a nice dip would always cool you off when it gets to hot.
The staff at the hotel were always very friendly and helpful making the holiday very relaxing.
You will getmore attention at the bar and
from the towel attendants at the beach and pool if you give them a smal tip on your first day - We tipped them about 4 pounds each which made all the differnence to our stay. Our towels were alwys out ona sun bed every morning before we arived!! We never had to wait at the bar for drinks!!
The hotel is set up for Italians, with entertainment laid on for them, but they are more than happy to let english join in.
I recommend this holiday and hotel if you are looking for a quite relaxing holiday.
Have just returned from a weeks holiday with my wife and 17 month old daughter and I have to say we had a great time.
So from the beginning, great flight over from Newcastle, got into airport and I must say I had doubts, cattle market springs to mind, you just need to stay calm and think nice thoughts. Once outside it was on the bus and a short journey to the hotel. Well it was dark when we got there, we were tried so it was a quick meal a few beers and off to bed.
We awoke the next morning to glorious sunshine and had agood look about. The complex is lovely, nicely layed out and plenty of space. We met a great couple Caroline and Maddie from Glasgow(hello you two)and the week flew over. The food was good fresh food and plenty of it, I have read of people complaning of no chips etc, well we had chips one night and anyway you get them with your afternoon burgers.
The staff were great and very friendly, what else can I tell you, get a taxi into namna bay for a fiver, good shopping etc.
A really good holiday, had my doubts before listening to people complaining about trivial things, go there, enjoy yourself and dont take life so seriously.
What I call a " Nearly Resort "
For a simple no fussed no lies review : it was ok! The Hotel complex was large and airy, but the reception lounge includes the main bar and entertainments area. Unfortunately it's not big enough to accommodate everyone in the evening, and people stand or retire early to bed, as there is no secondary bar to go to.
The food was plentiful and varied, if you like rice courgettes and aubergine as an accompaniment at most meals; the water for bar drinks and ice is filtered, but brush your teeth with bottled water or you'll get a bad stomach from the high mineral content.
The bungalows were comfortable, and the towels and bed linen were changed daily.
The two pools and beech were acceptable at this time of year, and you could use the heated pool at the Nubian Island if you found the Village pools too cold - the beech was a bonus, as not many Hotels feature the luxury. Shuttles were provided for Naama Bay travel, just 10 kms away, but if your not used to the Egyptian selling tactics learn to say LA forcefully.
Although rated as 4*+ You have to accept that the AI package is tongue in cheek ie with subsidies anything extra you pay.
The beers ok but the wine and spirits are awful unless with added lemonade or cola. measures are good too unless you buy a branded spirit, a 1/6 gill will cost 7.00 GBP.
All in all its nearly there, but for £200.00 extra get a 4* package to Cancun and have a real Ball!
"drinking water" at a Nubian village
Nubian village on Elephantine Island
Just got a cancellation deal for next week to Nubian Village hotel on an all inclusive basis. Does anyone know what this hotels like? Standards/food/service etc? I'm starting to wish I hadn't booked it?
Also does anyone know what the situation with the bombings is, are they nesr to Nubian Village?
Thanks in advance for you help!
Lisa and Katie
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nubian village is a nice and a very cool place it is located in a place called el Gharaana and it is 15 min. by car away from nema bay and it is away from the bombing
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Thanks so much for your helpful advice. Lisa and Kate
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THanks so much for your helpful advice. Lisa and Kate
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@ ur service any time :)
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Does anybody have any idea how much it will cost from the airport to Nubian Village, Nabq Bay by taxi.
I have read it is 4km from airport.
Any other feedback regarding the hotel would be appreciated
Thanking you !
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take a look on my wanring tips for sharm ;)
Hi - Ive just booked a 2 week break to the Nubian Village - we are a couple in our 50's - anyone got any feedback for us. We have had very mixed remarks about Sharm itself. This hotel is in Nabq so if anyone can give me any help on this area i will be very grateful.
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Can't really comment on the Nubian Village, but Sharm itself is not really that bad. It's a busy place, and the local shop owners will try to 'help' you into their shops. Taxi's are a nightmare if you venture outside your hotel. Most things are within walking distance. If you plan to visit any of the monuments outside Sharm, I suggest taking plenty of pocket tissues, as the locals have a habit of removing toilet paper from the conveniences, then charging you for a single sheet. Hope this is of some help.