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Excellent food and service
The food here is in buffet style,always a local theme with the odd bit of European on offer for those missing their food from home.
The food is top quality and every night is something different. Its also an all you can eat style place, so if you have small amounts,you can try a bit of everything! The cakes herer are to die for, there are probably more cakes than anything else, from small cakes to gateaux alll different shapes sizes and flavours. They do a wondering small round doughnut thing (deep fried while you wait) then you pour chocolate sauce over it, a bit of cream, then sprinkle it with cinnamon or sugar. ....mmmm
Reef Beach is only 10 minutes from the Creative Grand Sharm. Theres no shops here but there is a snack bar and you can hire all your snorkelling / Scuba equipment.
3th time in Sharm, the best hotel
This is our 3th time in Sharm, and untill now this is the best 5*hotel in this location. Our operator tour was Best Reisen, good agency, good prices, we took the flight from Budabest because it was with 700 euro cheeper thet from Bucarest.
And now the hotel:
-everything was very well organized from the begining
-we were a group of 30 person from our plain to Grand Hotel, and when we arrived our rooms were all ready, we had only to complete the paper with passport no and signiature
-a guy show us the room, and explanin us the map from where we were staing
-we had a standard room, buiding 23, room no 436, a nice room not extraordinary big, just a standard clean room, with a big bathroom, and a balcony with chairs and a table
-unfortunally we had a problem with the air conditioner, we anounce that to the cleaning guy and when we came back from lunch it was functioning
-in the room we had also the beach towels with a bag from the hotel, and the guy from cleaning after a little attention from us every day has change us this towels
-the hotel area was very large, with a lot of trees, flowers, everithing very nice, fresh and clean
-we hat 5 pools open, another 2 were allready finish but not open for turists (there were aloso some area in construction, like the 3th beach), but we found every time sits at the pools, we usually stad at the first and big one from the top. the water was a litlle bit cold, and it was better to do a shower first
-we had a bar also at the pool with grill restaurant, and to another pool, at 20 meters and some stears :) below us was another bar with sweets restaurant
-the beach is beg and very clean but in the evening from 5, there was not so much sun. the water in the see was very very deep and also cold but after 2 minutes ok. there were a lot of fish to see at snorkeling. unfortunatelly for the momement they do not have a diving center with instructors for diving but they will have probably from next year
-food and restaurants: we eat at reef restaurant, but there are another 5-6 restaurants were you can eat, with a la Carte possibility. the food was very good, traditional and international food, the service in restaurant is ok, we never had to aspect for drinks, we allready find sits at the table but be aware of air conditioning in the evening.....is very cold in the restaurant
-in the evening at one of the bars from the reception building there is a very good singer and sits to a panorama hotel view......very nice
-at 1 km from the hotel, to the left there is a litle market (attention not "Il Mercato" bulding, after this), witch is open every evening and you can walk from the hotel until there, there are a lot of tourist on the road...so it it ok
-for more shopping you have to go to Old Town Market by taxi, a fair price in 3-5 dolars, we payd 5, be attention because they can ask also 10 dolars :)))
-another shopping place is in Naama Bay, but we have not been there this year
We are thinking to return to Grand Sharm next year.
Hopping that it was helpfull we wish you a good vacantion!!!!
We have just returned from an amazing 1 week stay at this hotel.
We arrived at the hotel in the very early hours of the morning. The service from the staff that greeted us and from reception was amazing. We had cocktails on arrival and seated in an area away from reception, whilst the luggage was all taken care of. The rooms had already been assigned to us and the other new arrivals and so once we had completed the check in form handed out to us, staff provided us with envelopes containing information and keys. We were each shown to our rooms and our luggage arrived around 10 minutes later.
We had a fresh fruit platter and mini desserts upon arrival to our room, which was very spacious and clean. Ours had a balcony overlooking one of the pools and the red sea. Clean beach towels were provided in our room on day one and thereafter on a daily basis. There are plenty of comfortable sun beds around each of the pools. Staff working round the pools regularly check that everything is ok and whether you would like a drink. There are 3 main restaurants and my favourite based on the staff and the ambience was the 'El Sheikh' restaurant. We did experience a bit of poor service by a few of the staff in the other main restaurant called the 'Sharma'. We had asked for a table to be cleaned for us and waited for around 10 to 15 minutes and still nothing, so we left and didn't go back to dine there at all. We provided feedback to one of the guest relations representatives, who also checked with us daily to ensure that everything was ok and whether we had any issues or questions.
There were also a few snack bars open during the day and al carte restaurants for the evening, which you book in advance for. I couldn't fault the service or the food in any of these, they were simply fab. Evening entertainment provided by the animation team was poor though and very stilted. We attended 2 shows and were dissappointed by both. We visited Naama Bay one evening which is about 8 to 10 minutes away by taxi and this is the place to go if you want to go out for an evening. There are a mass of shops and bars etc.
I would definitely recomment this hotel, although there are a lot of steps, so it would be difficult for the elderly or infirm,
Lovely resort, run-down rooms.
Anyone traveling to Egypt can benefit from two pieces of information beforehand - it is not a female-friendly country and the vendors can be rather pushy. Dress plainly when you go shopping and you can negotiate better prices. As for The Grand Hotel, the resort was lovely. By Egyptian standards it's a 5-star hotel. A 3-star rating is more appropriate (and realistic). The resort sits on a hill, so it's built in levels. Translation: plenty of opportunities to climb stairs. (Which we loved, but it's not for everyone.) We booked all inclusive. The food was decent. There was a good variety of fruits and vegetables (some fresher than others), breads, appetizers, entrees and desserts. On average, so was the taste. We were disappointed that a hotel positioned directly on the sea didn't offer better quality cuisine in the grill restaurant, tacked on an extra charge to dine there, and offered such a limited variety of fresh fish dishes on the menu. There was a good variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Some menu items and some restaurants in the hotel required an extra charge, but the all-in menu was diverse even without the extras. The room was adequately sized and had a private balcony. The furnishings were a bit dated and run-down, but still comfortable and clean. The bathroom fixtures were also nothing fancy, but functional. The "beach area" consists of sand that was most likely trucked in, beach chairs and umbrellas atop a cliff with stairs that lead into 20-25m deep Red Sea waters. Not a typical beach, but it does have the perk of bordering a coral reef that runs the length of the area. We saw beautiful, giant tropical fish in every possible color. There are also half a dozen pools with beach chairs, umbrellas and the occasional cabana for those who seek a spot in the sun. The hotel offers an activities program for children and adults as well as nightly entertainment. The staff were mostly very friendly and accommodating. As mentioned, Egypt is not female-friendly. Women have very little social status, other than to be seen as trophies and babymakers. It was not uncommon that some of the lower-ranking male staff were too friendly with the ladies, or that the female guests were not taken seriously. One detail that was mildly annoying was the phones. They were out of service in the entire resort. Which meant if we needed to speak with someone at the reception desk, we had to walk (the stairs) to the reception desk. Overall, we were happy with the experience. That being said, if we travel to Egypt again we'll probably see what else the area has to offer.
Food poisoning and an interogation!
We recently spent a week in the Grand Hotel on an All Inclusive basis and can honestly say that we are now surprised to read such positive reviews about the hotel on this website, which was the reason we initially booked this hotel.
Firstly the hotel is NOT a 5* hotel. It seems to be common in Egypt to label average hotels as 5* and the Grand Hotel is no exception. The exterior, the common areas and the pool areas could perhaps pass as a 4*, but the rest of the resort falls a long way short.
The room was a decent size but very very basic. There was a bed and some very sparse and tired looking furniture. The bathroom was awful and the general finish of the tiling and the room was more akin to a 2* hotel – certainly not the luxury you would expect from a 5* resort. Our balcony overlooked another block of rooms.
My girlfriend and myself suffered with fairly severe food poisoning for 4 days of the 7 we were at the resort, and we only ate food served in the resort. On one evening we were served raw chicken (in the Reef restaurant) from the fresh grill section. I can’t be certain this was the culprit as a lot of the salads and other food looked equally questionable. After falling ill we ate very little for the remainder of our stay, but the food we did experience during our visit was very average and again certainly not anywhere near 5*. We did attend a couple of the “al la carte” restaurants that require reservation. The Olive restaurant, which is the Italian, served average food with reasonable service. The “Tapas” restaurant was categorically the worst food I have ever been served in any restaurant, at home or away. You are presented with 5 small bowls, each containing one piece of food around the size of a ten pence piece – all looking like it had been cooked days before. Of the 5 couples who were on our coach to and from the airport, eight people had suffered some variety of sickness or diarrhoea from the food in the resort.
Having accidentally left my hat with our tour rep he handed it in to the reception staff. I approached the reception the next morning enquiring about my lost hat and they were aware that it had been handed in. However it had disappeared. Frantic searching followed but the hat was nowhere to be seen. I was eventually told by the front of house manager that the hat had been returned to another guest who had claimed it was theirs, but conveniently, the procedures for identifying the room where this guest was staying had not been completed – make of that what you will. I will say that in the end the hotel did re-imburse me for my missing hat, but my confidence in the honesty of the staff in the resort was somewhat dented after this.
On checking out of the hotel the general manager and the front of house manager requested a chat with me and my girlfriend based on our honest feedback on the resort questionnaire. The manager, instead of noting our concerns and attempting to remedy them in any way, challenged everything and was rude on a number of occasions, at one point challenging whether or not we actually had food poisoning, suggesting we see the hotel doctor (as we were about to board the bus to the airport). It also became very clear that they do not understand what is generally required of a 5* resort. Nothing came out of this meeting other than a 30-minute interrogation which left us feeling more angry than appeased!
In summary I would not recommend this hotel to anyone! There are too many areas of the resort that need significant consideration before it could even be considered a 4*, let alone a 5* resort. The food poisoning effectively put an end to our holiday only 3 days into it.
A Wonderful Holiday Experience
Myself and my partner have just returned from a wonderful week at this hotel. I hope this bullet point review will be of some benefit to those considering a trip to Sharm.....
- The airport was a little disorganised but gave a real sense of being somewhere very different from home
- The weather was glorious and by all accounts, sounds like it would be all year round
- More swimming pools than you could sit around in a week!
- Be prepared to eat A LOT - theres a huge amount of food from 7am until 10pm
- There are certain restaurants that you must prebook for dinner - do so before 2pm as this is when they stop taking bookings and they can only be done on the day. If however you do miss the cut off, take a wonder over to the restaurant - they can generally fit you in if you go direct to them
- DON'T count on the tapas restaurant for dinner. This was my only dining let down. The portions where very small and not that great. It is however great for an evening drink
- If you are a non smoker, you will find that all outdoor dining areas permit smoking. If you would prefer to avoid this sitting inside is your best option but keep in mind the restaurants are air conditioned inside which can be chilly if you've got warm summer skin!
- Other than the bell boys, save tipping until your last day to guarantee good service. You will find that the pool side staff are very attentive as are the room cleaners
- Dont change too much money as in the hotel you wont need any!
- Drink lots of bottled water (which is free). It could be very easy to dehydrate
- DONT drink the tap water - dont even brush your teeth in it
- Rooms have beach towels (with bag), shampoo, conditioner, shower gel etc
- GHD's will work here unlike in the US!
- Take high factor sun lotion - the sun is very strong but bearable as there are plenty of drinks available
- If you're not a fan of carbonated drinks, there are lots of fruit juice/ squash drinks that taste great especially when mixed
- The hotel was of a high standard although the rooms are basic. The bathrooms arent very glam but both bedroom and bathrooms are very clean
- Try all the restaurants at least once
- GO SNORKLING! You dont need to book an excursion for this. Nip down to the private (man made) beach and you'll find the most amazing tropical fish. Even if you dont snorkle - take a walk down to the jetties - its well worth it..... whilst youre there, stop for a freshly cooked pizza at the californian beach restaurant
- If you want a small amount of real Egypt - go to the Old Market. Dont pay more than 20 -25 Egyption Pounds for the taxi. Be prepared to haggle over prices if you do want to make a purchase
- In the hotel, you may find some of the staff asking if you will exchange Sterling for Egyption pounds. They are often tipped in sterling and want to avoid high exchange rates. Do not feel you need to do this but be aware you may be asked
- If you want to try a shishe (sp?) pipe you can do so in the rooftop bar (one of many bars)
- Try the waffles and crepes at lunch time - they're fab. You can find these at the 'sweets' pool
- I have travelled alone several times and as a woman I would say this hotel is perfect for the single traveller. I cannot comment on SP supplemtents but you can quite hapilly stay within the confines of the hotel for a week not be bored and be very safe
- If you need anything just ask - the staff are exremely obliging and cannot do enough to please
- ALWAYS carry anti-bac hand gel. Although the hotel is clean it is advised to take this precaution
- The NHS advise you have jabs 2-4 weeks before you travel. I didnt and was fine but do talk to your GP about this
- There is a lot of talk about the 'sharm shuffle'. The food in this hotel is amazing but eating outside of the hotel does mean you dont have the same guarantees. My overly precautious advice is to purchase some antinal from the pharmacy just outside the hotel on the first day of your trip so if you do get the slightest symptom you can nip it in the bud. Be aware - preparations such as pepto and immodium will not work on an upset tummy here. Antinal is a very effective antiseptic tablet. If you are less concerned (and there is no reason to be concerned) then just purchase these tablets should you need them. The guy in the pharmacy is better than many GPs in the UK so you're in very safe hands. He also sells deet to keep the mosquitos away - but my partner did seem to be the only person in the hotel to be bitten so again, probably no need to worry!
- There are lots and lots of stairs - none steep but lots never the less
- The hotel is very, very pretty and beatifully lit at night
- Staff are friendly, courteous and plentiful
- There are no stray animals anywhere on site
- If you want to go out for drinks or a club - go to nama bay - again 20-25 Egyptian pounds in a taxi
All in all I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone. I have been to a few all incs in the caribbean and indian ocean and this is by far the best. I am pleased to say my partner who had never been on an all inc and was a little anti them is now a convert...... to this hotel at least! It is beautiful, the food is good and plentiful, staff are wonderful, the sea life is beautiful, weather is glorious...... you really couldnt ask for more. If you want a relaxing holiday with everything laid on, this is the place to go. If you do, have a wonderful time and soak it all up.
Would definately go again! Lovely hotel
THe Grand Hotel in Sharm El Sheik by The Red Sea Company, there is another Grand Hotel, so make sure you have the right one, as this one is better by miles than the other one which is not in Sharm.
I am the first person to notice a negative, but I must say this hotel and grounds are lovely. We arrived in the evening and there are lots of lanterns lighting up the paths ways to the different accomodation blocks, very beautiful sight. I must say there are loads of stairs , so if you have small children, or if you need a wheel chair, this place is not for you. It is an all inclusive hotel, so the meals are fine, not brilliant prob 3 star, but there are 3 restuanant you have to book in advance on the complex which are slightly better, you wont starve. The drink were very nice, especially a Vodkaini!!! Run was pretty good too! The staff do defianely prefer the German/Russians to the English, and when they find out you are English, they dont want to please as much, which is not very nice, as I had pleny of tips to provide, for a good service. My holiday company advised me to bring 30US$ in singles, and leave this as tips for the bell boys, taxi tips, cleaners/maids etc. This worked a treat I must say even though I am Englsh, it seems the staff prefer paper money to coins.
If you treat yorself to a massage, It is by the pool in a cobana style tent and it is lovely, they quote you in Euros and not Egyptian pounds and didnt seem to understand that us English dont use the Euro in the UK, so was a little confusing to find out exactly how much something cost.
As a warning, when we arrive at the airport,, we were greated by men in white doctor coats and masks covering their mouths and they took the tempeture of every single passenger off the planes, before letting us in to passport control, im guessing due to the swine flu???!
All in all a lovely holiday, weather was beautiful 5 days out of 7, I cant say I saw much of Egypt as we just chilled on the complex, p/.s if you go to the beach and want a bed, be there for before 8.00am to get one, otherwise it is pot luck.
I went during school time to this complex so it wasnt over run, but it was busy, wouldnt like to do in the summer holidays, but would def go back another time just to chill out and relax.
Also you can swin in the sea buy there is o beach it is all coral reef, and bring some snorkles, unlike us!!!
One of the best hotels we've stayed in
The hotel is about a twenty minute ride from the airport and on arrival we were greeted by the staff and taken to a lounge area, we were sat down, given a drink and filled in the registration form. We were then guided to our room and the cases were brought to the room about ten minutes later.
Our room was on the ground floor and had a walk in shower, TV, large balcony with two reclining chairs, a fridge and a bed that could have slept four. The air conditioning unit was electronically controlled and was by far the best we have ever had. Just outside the room was a pool and bar and we got the same two sunbeds every day for a week. It was overllooking the sea and was a very short walk down some steps to the jetty which went over the coral reef and into the sea. There is no beach at this hotel due to the reef but there are a couple of areas near the sea which have been covered with sand and sunbeds.
The Sharm, Reef and El Sheikh restaurants all have buffet style food and they had cooking stations where chefs cooked various items to order. If you want to eat in the various specialist restaurants you have to book in avance from a lady who sits outside the entrance to the Sharm each evening. We tried the Olive, Caribbean and Fusion. By far the best of these was the Caribbean with food such as, Rastefarean Volcano, Mumbo Gumbo and Jerk chicken. Trust us, they are delicious. Each restaurant also has selections which you can pay for and wine also but they are clearly marked and they dont try to push them. We also went in Tapas and Panini during the day and the names tell you what you get really. There is also the beach restaurant and at first glance it looks like they only serve a few things but there are menus on the table and they cook a variety of food to order. One point worth mentioning is that in Tapas they serve you bottled beer (Egyptian Stella) and its better than the draught beer.
In the evening the entertainment consisted of either a chap singing to backing tracks in the main bar or watching the animation team upstairs in the open air arena. The animation team worked hard but frankly were very amateurish, still it was something to watch. They usually followed each show with a disco. In the main bar its better to sit at a table and get a waiter to serve you, they tended to keep you waiting at the bar. The all inclusive drinks were all local brands and if you want named brands you have to pay extra.
All in all an excellent hotel but it is set on a hill which means lots of steps. There is a road to the left of reception which is less severe but the hotel is not really accesible to people with mobility problems. At night only the main bar and restaurants serve drinks, which meant we had a long walk each evening. If you come out of the htoel and turn left there is a supermarket and a little further on is a HSBC bank with a cash machine. Exchange rate is about nine Egyptian pounds to one English pound. Make sure you use a cash machine attached to a bank then at least they can get your card back for you if it goes wrong. They also run a free minibus to and from Naarma bay but it only goes four times a day and you have to pre-book at reception. It only seats about ten people so book early otherwise a taxi is about three to four English pounds each way.
A very clean luxurious hotel with friendly helpful staff, good food, beautiful grounds, lots of pools and not too far from the airport. Also, if you book with Red Sea holidays, you get to keep your room until check out time. Would definately go back again.
We were situated in Ras um Sid, the best place to snorkel in Sharm, and in my opinion, bas good as if not better that Ras mohammed! The fish here were in their thousands and I saw so many,parrot, puffer ,barracuda, a shark! lion fish, surgeon fish, butterfly fish picasso fish and so many more, so colourful!
THis was our hotel beach, It was excellent, there were two other levels of beds also, but I liked this one cos it was on the beach. The jeatty was great and you can just make out the drop off where the sea goes a dark blue. You will see almost as many fish from the jetty as you will from under the sea! If you walk in the shallows wear beach shoes as there are sea urchins about!
This is the beach for Creative Grand Sharm Hotel but it is very typical of most that we saw. It was small but very adequate, I spent a bit of time here....asleep!
This is a spectacular for snorkelling. We had a day trip and stopped off 3 times for an hour or so snorkel. The food and drink was supplied on the boat and was delicious. Rice chicken bread, fanta etc
Most if not all of the hotels beaches have one of these. They can be a bit wobbly in the wind so hold on to the kids and grandma!
This was the view from my hotel, its just gorgeous, what more can I say! Take me back there any day!
grand sharm hotel
HI Guys,been to Egypt before but in April we are going to Sharm for the first time! cant wait! we are going with odyssey and wonder if anyone has stayed at "the creative grand sharm resort" before in ras om el sid. Any tips or anything about this place would be great! thanks guys!
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I am due to fly out to Sharm tomorrow and am staying at the creative grand sharm resort for 14 nights. I will let you have my thoughts when I return.
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Thanks for that.
Have a great time wont you! Cant wait to hear about everything! Enjoy!
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Im typing this in the internet cafe in naama bay. Sheltering from the sun as its VERY hot today. The hotel is fine. Rooms clean and spacious and the food is good. It caters predominantly for Italian tourists. Very few British visitors.
There are shuttle buses to Naama bay on an evening and during the day they operate a schedule down to the beach. It is a 10 minute walk down to the beach but tiring to walk back up. Beach towels are provided by the hotel.
There is a supermarket next to the restaurant and everything is very cheap. A poolside snack of spaghetti only costs 20 egyptian pounds. The hotel only accepts euros, dollars or egyptian pounds.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
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anybody have any info on grand sharm hotel ? friends went in july and said it wasn't built yet !! cant seem to get any info anywhere. would appreciate any info, thanks, Ross
I have booked for the Grand hotel Sharm el Sheikh, its not the Creative or Ibertol but I can`t find anything anywhere about it can anyone help. Its booked through Going Places and is new I only hope its built. Thanks
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Is it the LTI Grand Azure?
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Hi I don`t think its that. All I have on it is its 580 rooms and in centre of Sharm. Can`t believe I can`t find anything on it. Thanks for replying