More about Sonesta Club Sharm El Sheikh - Naama Bay
Really Enjoyed the Sonesta Club
We booked this hotel on a package deal without seeing any brochure as got a very good all inclusive deal. Checked trip advisor before we left and became very worried about the reviews that we had read.
On arrival at the hotel we were very impressed. Abdou checked us in and was very professional and efficient. We were promptly shown to our room which was slightly dated but charming and very clean with very effective a/c (very important in the climate) and great shower. Atef serviced our room daily and was very friendly and eager to help in any way possible.
Our room was located a short distace from the pool which at first hoped to over look but as it turned out it was nice to be slightly away from the main hub of activity.
The hotel is located within walking distance from Na'ama Bay which has a Hard Rock, TGI Friday's and Pascha for those that are into that kind of thing. There is plenty of opportunity to go on excursions which if you shop around you can get a great deal on. A Snorkelling trip is highly recommended, as well as a trip to Cairo and quadbiking is a must.
Between excursions we varied between the poolside and the beach at the sonnesta beach hotel located across the road. I have to say that I found all the staff in the Sonnesta Club to be very friendly particularly Hamdy, Shady but especially AHMED. Found everyone to have a great sense of humour if you were willing to have a bit of banter.
The hotel also had organised a bedouin night which was a nice alternative for a small charge, there was a belly dancer, bedouin dancer and you could go on a camel (photo opportunity really no ride to speak of) also they had waterpipes it was a great night for trying some of the 'traditional' egyptian experiences...all a bit touristy but still fun, I would recommend it!
The only complaint about the hotel was about the restaurant. Breakfast, lunch & dinner were buffet style. I feel that because there are several different nationalities staying that they try to cater for everyones taste but in the end don't cater for anyones. This would have to be a general comment about the food in Na'ama Bay. There didn't appear to be anywhere to sample egyptian food and every menu seemed to feature pasta and pizza. I would go all inclusivfe only if it was a good deal as you don't mind paying to eat elsewhere on a feew evenings, otherwise stick to B&B.
Local lagers, wines adnd spirits were available from the poolside bar as part of the all inclusive package. Careful the spirits are poured without measures!!! The only frustrating thing about this bar would be for those who didn't drink 'run of the mil' drinks or the pint drinkers as the lager was served in half pint glasses, poured from a bottle (but bottles were not given out over the bar) just learn and get 2!
My advise for anyone who is going to Na'ama Bay and the Sonesta Club is to go with an open attitude and you'll enjoy it all the more and have fun with the bartering and their fantastic sense of humour. A few arabic words work a charm particularly when trying to avoid eager salesmen. No part of our egyptian experience was negetive hope you find it as enjoyable as we did.
A good hotel in Naama Bay
This hotel is good. The hotel have everything you need, bar, restaurant, shop, swimmingpool, jacuzzi a.s.o
The only problem is that the hotel is very big. So if you are unlucky (like us..) you will have to walk for 5 minutes to get from the reception to your room.... Puh! Not fun when it is 40 degrees....
Another negative thing is that the Italians is dominatig this hotel. They have entertainment with the swimmingpool, in the evening a.s.o. Very boring and noisy for people who do not understand italian.... Nice, clean hotel with all the facilities you need.
Transportation to the beach every 15 minutes. :)
Probably Luxor's Best Hotel
The hotel is located between a group of other hotels along the cornice. The hotel has wonderful view over the Nile and you can get those view even without getting a room facing directly the river.
The hotel is a bit on the pricey side, but this can be negotiated. The best way to stay in this hotel is probably to try and arrange the accommodation through a travel agent that block books the hotel.
The buffet breakfast (cold and hot) caters for all tastes. The hotel specializes in Japanese food, so if you ever wanted to try a Japanese breakfast, or any other meal this is the place. Breakfast overlooking the sunrise from behind the distant mountains over the river is an unforgettable experience.
The swimming pool is a bit on the small side, but this is due to the planners trying to make the hotel closer than others to the Nile River. Anyway, there is so much to see and do in Luxor that you don’t really want to use the pool. Excellent views of the Nile. Great Breakfast.
Wouldn't go back to this Hotel
Just got back form the Sonesta Club hotel, Sharm-El-Sheikh, the hotel is a little dated and needs updating, a bit shabby and needs a coat of paint,
We could not find fault, with any of the staff who where kind and friendly, but where held back by managerial constrats, we were on an All Inclusive basis and the A.I. pool bar was to small and could not keep up with all the guest demands for drink.
They constanty run out of glasses, Wine, and ice cubes, the Beer was warm, as were many of the other drinks, the food was eatable, but it was the same day after day after day, ie Pasta,Rice,Beef,fish,liver yes liver plenty of Salads,cheese's. not enough Sun beds to go around, and be warned the Egptians, wil sit/take any sunbeds they fancy even if your towel's/bags are on the beds, if you have just gone for lunch/swim they wil sit or lay on your beds they just don't care.
Egypt is not cheap they think if your English you have plenty of money and charge accordingly. We have been to Egypt 5/6 times but have noticed how much of an increase the prices are this year its the same price as in England.
get what you pay for...!!!
the thing is with egypt is that some people go thinking there going to hate it and intent on doing so when they get there...
in my opinion you get what you pay for in the sonesta club. everyone who we spoke to got a bargain and didnt pay a fortune to stay there..
SPOTLESS!!!and never believe otherwise. i have never been to a hotel so clean they are constantly cleaning morning noon and nite you could eat your dinner off the floor
our room was lovely and big,powerful showers nice and quiet and with the temp up to 43 powerful air con..cleaner was excellent in our room
yes we did get up at 6am every morn but only because we wanted decent position sunbeds as some stay in the shade you dont have to as by ten am there were still spare ones to use.
yes the food isnt amazing we were all inc but as another reviewer said eat at the bbq its free and lovely but you wouldnt go hungry..ppl moan about how ill you can get there well i didnt meet an single person who had been ill anyone thought what too much beer and sun can do???
finally staff are amazing in the hotel give them a little respect and it comes back tenfold they are fantastic nothing is too much trouble so tip accordingly as if you had the service we had it ws unbeatable. also go on the glass bottom boat trip with the hotel only £5 pp and really fab 2 hrs looking at the underwater life facinating.
i have stayed in hotels all over the world..its my job and as i said at the begining you get what you pay for at the sonesta club but i was more than happy..thank you for reading and if your going soon happy holidays im so jealous!!
Great for B & B and a base to enjoy Sharm
We really enjoyed our week in Sharm. The Sonesta Club was generally fine and suited our B & B package. The grounds are well kept and on the whole spacious. Some parts of the hotel do need a lick of paint but mainly it was clean and bright. Our originally allocated room was booked as a garden view. It wasn’t really a garden view but rather a poolside review with the space veranda looking onto the noisy pool. My partner was miffed and we asked for a different room. We were moved to another room immediately without fuse. In fact this was a great move as our new room (301) was excellent with a great private (but mad hot in the day) room area. The room as cleaned everyday and was to okay standard furniture wise; it was roomy too. They provided towels too for the pool. The points by Bazzaengland about service in the hotel are spot on and we are so glad that we didn’t go all inclusive as the food was poor to be honest and service slow. The only food we enjoyed was the omelettes, fruit and local mini cakes. The drinks were expensive too and you need to drink a lot because of the heat. Now of course the Soonest club aint a 5* gaff; if anything it was a 3* at a push. It was honestly fine though and a good base for the main drag of Sharm and diving which is why we went. The constant hassle/attention for your custom in Sharm does get on your nerves after a bit as does everyone trying to extract every penny out of you! Hey but that’s normal nowadays for the main tourist areas of Turkey, Egypt, Gambia, Goa, etc. You won’t get a fair price anywhere unless you haggle like a mad man/woman. Overall, a we had a cracking holiday in Sharm and indeed the Sonesta Club and for the price we paid (£240.00 for a week B & B) we recommend going. We recommend it as a good B & B base and will be going there again ourselves. Finally, don't be put off by out really MINOR negative comments as it is better than the hotels we have stayed in Gambia, Goa, Turkey and Skegness!
Upon arriving at the Hotel, we were pleasantly suprised by the size and the Egyptian feel of the Hotel. We had asked for a double room, but instead were given a room with 4 single beds in it. We complained and eventually they came and took 2 of the beds out and then joined the other two. Bed was fine, sheets were clean.
Problem with the hotel:
- If you want a sunbed then be prepared to wake up at 5am to get one. We just went over to the Sonesta Beach hotel and used their beds (plenty available).
- Drinks by pool are served in a plastic small mug.
- Food is nice but is always the same.
However, the hotel is clean and the staff are friendly. We stayed there for 1 week and had a great time. The only tip I can give is do not wake up at 5am to get a sunbed, instead sleep in and then stroll across (5min walk) to the Sonesta Beach and jump on one of those beds, they have 5 swimming pools and plenty available.
If you want a holiday that is romantic and without children, then do not stay in Sonesta Club, but instead try and get the Sonesta Beach.
Overall the holiday was good and the hotel was clean and for all inclusive was not all that bad.
Not bad but could be a lot better. Another must read.
After reading so many reviews I was rather apprehensive about staying at the Sonesta club hotel, in fact I am having a job knowing where to start but here goes - 4 of us stayed between the 26th July to 2nd August, this was our first trip to Egypt. First and foremost this is NOT a 4 STAR hotel but barely a 3 star and here is my first tip DO NOT BOOK ALL INCLUSIVE it's a farce! Yes you do get three meals (I will come to the food in a minute) yes you do get WARM beer at the pool bar and free bottles of water but I couldn't believe you had to pay for ice cream. If you use the front bar you have to pay for beer, they have a kind of "happy hour" between 5 and 7pm where you can get cocktails but you still have to pay for the beer. The pool table was 4 English pounds an hour. At the hotel Disco which closed at 2am, you still had to pay for all drinks. It was only at the pool bar where you could get free drinks but the beer bottles were never in the chiller long enough to cool right off and was served in small plastic glasses. Sure you could get two glasses, just make sure you drink them quick enough before they taste like dish water! The cocktails were as weak as hell, Vodka,Brandy,Whisky etc must have been 5% proof, you could drink a bucket load and still feel as sober as a judge. Soft drinks were also available. As for the food in the restaurant it was very hit and miss. Breakfast was virtually the same every morning with orange juice that was watered down squash, coffee wasn't bad though as was some of the breads. As for lunch and dinner these were very repetitious with chewy steak and beef plus chicken and fish. Peas, carrots and potatoes were hard, however, the desserts were mouth watering. Drinks with your meals were free. The restaurant staff were very helpful and friendly and the restaurant itself was nicely air conditioned. Meal times did get very busy, especially for dinner. The best meal we had was a barbeque which is served outside near the pool in the evening.
Check-in was a breeze and our luggage was transported to our rooms.
Our rooms were at the rear of the complex which is built in a Nubian style. The rooms are almost like mini-villa's with a spacious bedroom, a small entrance hall, a separate sink area plus shower room and toilet. We also had a rear balcony. The rooms come with mini fridge, air conditioning, T.V. in-room safe, hair dryer and telephone. The room was very clean and tidy. We had a proper full size king double bed (not two singles pushed together). The shower was powerful. Unfortunately, our room service was rather indifferent. Some days we didn't get hand towels or bath towels, then toilet tissue was not replaced as was the same for the shower gel and shampoo. The box of tissues ran out and that wasn't replaced either. We then learned at the end of the week we should have had face towels. On the other hand our friends had five star treatment in their room. Towels were made into shapes of birds or pyramids. Some days their clothes were laid out on the bed to look like pictures!! Incidentally, they had two singles pushed together. Our friends didn't have any problems in their room. As previously mentioned in other reviews, the rear of the complex is under going a massive pool construction which at the moment looks like a giant building site. However, once it is completed it should look quite impressive and believe me it is very much needed. The front pool area is not big enough and doesn't have nearly enough sun beds so once again you have the usual pathetic scenario of towels being put on beds in the early hours of the morning. On a number of occasions we went over to the Sonesta Beach resort across the road which was about a 10 minute walk to the beach. Sun beds here were plentiful as were canopies. If you have your own snorkelling gear take it, if not buy some and you will be treated to some of the most beautiful sights in the Red sea. The snorkelling off the Sonesta beach was fantastic with loads of colourful fishes and coral to enjoy. The water was like getting into a bath it was that warm. This is definitely a "must do". The Sonesta club has it's own drinks kiosk at the beach but only serves soft drinks and pastries which are free. If you do fancy a beer there is a pay bar. I did rather like the look of the Sonesta Beach resort.
As for the entertainment, this was virtually non-existent and what there was was pretty naff. The disco wasn't bad even though you had to buy your drinks. A lot of people spent their time just sitting around the pool bar area looking bored. The pool bar also shut at midnight. I wouldn't recommend this hotel for children as there isn't a lot for them to do. We all went out for five of our nights. On a couple of occasions we went over the road to the Sinai Grand Casino. The casino is right opposite the main gates of the hotel and has live entertainment including dancers and singers. Other nights we popped into Naama town where we had an evening meal at the Thai restaurant and another at the English Tavern which was superb plus quality cold beer served in pint jugs on draft for £1.80. Naama is a very bustling town and the locals are very friendly, sometimes TOO friendly. You are always being approached to sign their book or give you their business card. If you don't want, don't get sucked in. Just say "La shukran" - no thank you. But if you are interested in an item you must barter, it's quite good fun. Taxi's from the Sonesta cost around £2-£2.50 English into town which is about 10 mins away.
Here's another tip - only take a minimal amount of Egyptian pounds with you. You get a far better rate for your money in Sharm el Sheikh. All the hotels have ATM's and exchange windows. Plus there are many places to change money in Naama. You can even use English if you want to.
And here's another tip - DON'T book any tours with the tour operator, they are much more expensive. At the Sonesta they have their own tour desk by the pool. We booked quad bikes with the tour operator only to find that the hotel tour desk was nearly half the price. Quad bikes was great fun by the way. We also did the submarine trip which was a little disappointing as we saw more fish snorkelling off the beach. We only went as my wife cant swim very well. We also booked the Tiran island trip which is a whole day. We did three snorkelling "dives" off the back of the boat which was great fun. If you cant swim or simply don't want to, just soak up the sun on the deck. But the highlight of the trip was the Dolphins swimming along side the boat. There must have been over 25 of them leaping out of the water, a true sight to behold. I highly recommend this trip. We didn't get to Cairo but I did see it advertised for £110 by air at a tour office in Naama town. Our tour operator wanted £135 each. I had even seen it as high as £180.
And here's yet another tip - At the airport they will try and sell you a Visa. You DON'T need a Visa if you are only staying in Sharm el sheikh and the Sinai peninsular area. Only buy a Visa if you are going to Cairo or Luxor etc.
This had to be the hottest holiday I have ever had. A diver at the hotel put his thermometer down by the pool area and it touched a staggering 55 degrees!! Even the pool was 38 degrees and I thought Las Vegas was hot. Unless you are a die-hard, you couldn't lay in the sun for very long. Take a very strong sun factor cream.
As we had a late check-out we asked if we could have an extension to our rooms which they duly gave. It cost us £10 English for an extra five hours and was worth every penny just so that we could have a shower and change before leaving for the airport.
In summing up, we had a really lovely time in Sharm el sheikh. The staff at the Sonesta club are very friendly and helpful. Give them a tip and they will look after you. Also try and say please and thank you in Egyptian, that goes down well too. The hotel was kept spotlessly clean every where although the hotel could do with a lick of paint here and there. Once the swimming pool complex is finished at the rear, it should be very impressive. The only down side is the food, warm beer and entertainment.
We will definitely come back but would probably stay at the Sonesta Beach or another beach side hotel on the other side of the road. We will also come back at either spring or autumn when it's a bit cooler.
If you do book the Sonesta club I would recommend you only book B&B and eat at the many different restaurants in Naama town in the evening, they are very good value for money. Hope my review has been of some help, just remember the tips above. Have a great holiday.
Sharm el sheikh - sept 2004
Me and my girlfriend spent 14 days in Sharm el Sheikh the 2 first weeks of september in 2004. We stayed at the Sonesta Club hotel in Naama Bay. Enjoyed it alot even though the temperature was sometimes a little bit too high. Naama Bay itself was not very exiting but the sea and the surroundings made this area well worth a visit.
I`m thinking of booking a trip to the Sonesta Club in Sharm for next May (2006). Can anyone tell me what their thoughts are about this hotel please?
I`m also trying to find out how humid it actually is there at this time of year as some charts are saying humidity is 81% and other only 30%...quite a difference. I don`t tend to get on too well if the weather is hunid but love the hot and dry climate of upper Egypt.
Any advice would be most welcome.
RE: Sonesta Club
I stayed in Sonesta Club a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. They've got two pools (one on a higher level than the other) and a health centre. The main disadavantage is that if you want to visit the beach instead of the pool you have to cross the road and use the Sonest beach resort. I think you can use all their facilities too as they're sister hotels. The hotel also offers a shuttle service to Naama Bay which is quite cheap but its not very far so a taxi ride wouldnt cost much either. Hope this helps and that you have a great time in Sharm.
RE: Sonesta Club
I stayed at this hotel once and I was very satisfied, their breakfast is awesome!!
You have to cross the road to reach the beach, but dont worry, it is easy and not that dangerous as it sounds, they have a shuttlebus as well, or you can take cab - 15 Le - to the center of Naema Bay. The walk to the beach goes through Sonesta main hotel facilities and its a trip for about 10 min, sunchairs are free for Sonesta guests at the beach, from the beach you can keep on walking at the promenade to the center of Naema Bay, you will find a lot of nice restaurants and bars. Egypt is a very dry country so you will be happy. I think that Sonesta Club has a cabdriver named Sharif, ask for him and he will take you to the best places around Sinai for a resonable price, but always remember to bargain.
Have a nice trip!