£E8 Located right in the downtown area, it's an OK hotel. They've got
dorm beds for £E8 a night, hot showers and cooking facilities. Staff is kind, and it made it a pleasant stay in the city. At upper floors are Venice and Safari hotels (resp. £E7 and £E6). We didn't check 'em out but still it's quite useful to know it in case you visit Cairo during the high season. The place is most frequented by backpackers, then
you might meet interesting people and get some good travel tips there. Last but not least, you'll find plenty of cheap places to eat and coffee shops (understand tea houses) nearby, and the market onto which it opens has proven to be useful for breakfast.
Room with a view
An unrivalled and time-honored situation, 10 kilometers south-west of Cairo and within walking distance of the majestic Giza Pyramids, sole survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the enigmatic gaze of the Sphinx. The Al Shams Restaurant:sumptuous buffet and a la carte menu.
Al Shabaka: seafood restaurant
La Farnesina: Italian cuisine
Al Walima: Oriental specialitieS
Direct dial telephone
The 5th floor of the hotel will be dedicated to the Royal Club, designed to provide exclusive services for the business executive, with particular emphasis on individual attention.
The Al Sultan banqueting room, which can be divided into two sections, will cater for up to 800 people, while the Al Majlis meeting room will provide facilities for up to 50 people.
Doctor on call,
Same day laundry
24-Hour safety deposit box
If it's cheap, go for it!
Reviews of this hotel range from one extreme to the other. I decided to take a chance for my short stay.
It's a pity that some holiday companies draw attention to an "official rating of 5*" - because the Holiday Inn's own website is perhaps more honest and does not make reference to a rating. My own judgement from the website (and from my subsequent visit) is that it is a good 3* hotel. I made my reservation on the Holiday Inn's own website, and was under no illusions to expect 5 stars.
Given recent nearby terrorist action, hot security is welcome - although I arrived before the bombings and found gate security intrusive. First impressions were very unwelcoming. Pointing to a Duty Free plastic bag containing cartons of cigarettes, one young Guard looks inside & asks "what is this"? I was hot and tired, but resisted the temptation to say what the **** do you think it is?! - only to be asked, "cigars"? When both guards shook their heads & uttered the word "problem", I sliced open a carton and showed them, obviously for the very first time in their lives, what cigarettes look like. Good actors, chancers, looking surprised to see that the contents actually matched the photos and slogans on the cartons. They were genuinely surprised though when I snatched back my Duty Free and marched towards Reception.
"Not allowed" to wheel our own baggage to Reception, we presented our reservation number, only to find (at 5pm) that our Junior Suite was not ready for another hour. We were told to sit and wait. Then we were asked to pay up-front for the room, & pay any extras on departure. The clerk did not believe our US$119 rate ("too cheap, should be US$225") and wanted to see our full print-out from their own website!!
So, now the positive side; the hotel's public areas and grounds are spacious and attractive, huge pool, different outdoor areas to eat, drink, or just people-watch, including a soft-furnished 'Bedouin' tented area with a great view of the beach. You won't be disappointed if you like crystal clear aquamarine water & tropical coral at your feet.
Our suite was spacious, cool, and comfortable, although furnishings were very 'tired' - but OK for 3*. The website tells you that (in the Junior Suites) the American kitchen has no equipment, and they're not kidding. So, if you want to drink your Duty Free, you'll need to get room service first, and then hide the glasses for future use. If you like a wake-up coffee, bring supplies, a travel kettle, cups, and a spoon!
Unlike gate security, all other staff were friendly and helpful. Room service too was efficient, the food delivered hot (covered in foil) - even an ice bucket with our drinks.
I didn't care for the busy and noisy main buffet restaurant, but the smaller food outlets were good. Food and drink prices at UK levels were not outrageous, but are expensive if compared to other parts of Egypt, where you'd pay much less, between a quarter and a 1/3rd of Holiday Inn prices.
If you don't like unsophisticated Russians, or loud music, this place is big enough to avoid both for most of the time. You can (just about) see the Airport from the hotel, and there can be some noise - but with lots of daily flights that's true for most of Sharm. It is very convenient for the airport, which is why I chose it.
If you plan to spend much time in Naama Bay or Sharm itself, you'll find the commute to this remote hotel a pain.
If you want to chill by a lovely pool or beach, AND if you find a cheap deal to this hotel, go for it. You'll only be disappointed if you pay full or regular prices, or expect 5* treatment, and then start drawing comparisons.
For me, it served its purpose, but I must admit, I was relieved to get to my holiday apartment in Sharm.
Dont go All Inclusive!!!!!!
Me and my girlfriend have just returned from sharm, and the holiday inn. Just thought I would let you know some pro's and cons of the hotel and sharm in general!!
1. The Weather was brilliant. Mid to late 30's.
2. The diving and snorkelling is out of this world!
3. The hotels pools and grounds are really well looked after, and look like they belong in a 4 star resort.
4. The rooms are nice, and the air conditioning works well, the cleaners also do a fantastic job!
5. The hotel staff especially the bar staff, are very friendly (if your not all inclusive)
6. The food in Naama bay, is very good and cheap. As well as the beer.
7. Lots of Russians.
1. Lots of Russians! (just kidding, take them with a pinch of salt)
2. The food is SHOCKING! We lived on bread and salad at lunch time, and ate out every night, you can only get snacks at certain times.
3. The bar staff are very pleasant if they think they have a chance of getting tips, which is why they dont really like the all inclusive people!
4. The locals love to stare and comment on foreign women, ladies travelling together be aware you WILL get hassled especially in Naama bay, where the bars and restaurants are.
5. The all inclusive people, can only use 1 of the 5 bars at a time, and all your drinks come in plastic cups, but if you pay for the drink you can be trusted with glass.
6. The All Inclusive programme.
Hope this helps! One more thing, we booked last minute, with a company called MED HOTELS, i've been on a lot of holidays and can quite easily say this company is THE WORST and most UN-PROFFESIONAL company i've ever had to deal with, did not see my rep once, there were no hotel transfers, even though I had payed for them, and there was no welcome package. Spoke to an Airtours rep who was lovely and she said they had a "reputation" for being unreliable!
HAVE A GOOD HOLIDAY!!
Sharm El Sheik (Sultan Gardens beach)
Sultan Qaitbey Mosque Guardian
Mosque of Sultan Hasan
Mosque of Sultan Hasan
Sultan Gardens in June
My girlfriend and I (25&24) have booked a week of all inclusive at Sultan Gardens in the middle of June. Has anyone stayed there? Keen to know what it is like..
Also, a mate of mine told me riding dune bikes in the desert is awesome, anyone have any further info?
Also, what else should we check out?