i have just got back from egypt, Sharm El Sheikh with a one week stay in sharm plaza but we only stayed 3 days in sharm plaza because the food and customer service of some of the staff was apauling and on 2 occasions my mother was told to shut up and sit down we were told that there were 5 restaurants when there was only 1 restaurant and 2 buffets considering this is suppost to be a 5 star resort it is DEFFINATLY not worth 5 stars but on a good side the hotel, the rooms and the beach is stunning.
in the end i would recommend the GHAZALA GARDENS which is a 4 star but a lot nicer food and more polite staff.
Unique Quality: poor food, 5 pools, sea front, beautifull hotel
Was an excellent choice. I dont know what to say about the negative reviews this hotel was excellent. When we arrived we were asked if we wanted to upgrade to a seaview room for only $8 dollars a night, best choice ever.
The rooms were really clean and the whole atmosphere was excellent. The only issue was you did have to get a cab to wherever you want to go otherwise it would be a reasonably long long road but most of the activities pick you up from the hotel reception.
this hotel is a disgrace! ther wer rats in the dining area, cocroaches in our room and waiters swearing! it should be shut down! we went ther afta the managment had changed hands and it was awful! our friends on the other hand , went to the same hotel when it had a different manager and apparently it was completley different!!!! im VERY VERY VERY angry as i also wasted money on an i wish package and it wasnt wat it turned out to be! it sed it was all inclusiv but it wernt!!!!! DONT BUY IT ITS A CONN! dont go to this hotel its a dirty
Unique Quality: DIVING WAS BRILL NOT MUCH ELSE WAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Directions: edge ov naama bay , el pasha bay
Stayed here for 5 nights with breakfast included. Hotel is a taxi ride/car ride away from Naama Bay and is in a secluded spot by the beach. Rooms are bright and clean and well decorated. We had a great balcony with views of the sea. There is a small beach by the pool and a reef for snorkelling. Entertainment takes place by the pool in the afternoon with volleyball, music and an acrobatic show.
There is also another pool towards the hotel lobby. There are a few restaurants at the hotel such as a arabic one, tapas bar and italian, as well as a buffet restaurant with different themed nights. Breakfast is held here too and has an adequate selection of foods, although it can be said that this caters somewhat to the Russian guests. There is a gym and night club across from the hotel lobby in a separate building.
Unique Quality: We got a very good rate to stay here by booking online. Nice rooms, pool areas and reef.
We have just returned from Sharm El Sheikh, having spent two wonderful weeks at the Crowne Plaza. A hotel to be thoroughly recommended.
The Crowne Plaza is among the best that my wife and I have stayed at in over 15 years of package holidaying together, including trips to many European countries and islands and further afield to India, Sri Lanka and Mexico.
It is one of the few holidays where we have approached the packing up day with the thought that we really would have liked to stay longer, rather than that the holiday was nice but it’s nice to be going home. The whole experience was 1st class.
We are currently living outside the UK (in Warsaw, Poland) and, as we were booking late, we felt a little apprehensive of our choice of destination, tour operator and hotel.
All cause for concern quickly evaporated at the airport, where our tickets were readily available from the EXIM desk, and the flight arrived in good time. The reps at Sharm airport, on the transfer coach and at the hotel were efficient, courteous and extra helpful to us as the only English speaking travellers amongst their Polish group.
The hotel reception was well staffed, and we were soon in our room ready to unpack, shower, change and go for our evening dinner. As we had booked late our choice was limited, and we did not have a balcony, but the room was comfortable, clean, well supplied with towels, bedding and toiletries, as it continued to be throughout our stay.
We were on an All Inclusive basis, or “I Wish” as we found it to be called here, which gave us only the very minimum of irritation. All meals could be taken in the ‘buffet’ La Veranda restaurant, but if this was too busy it was possible to move into the adjacent HB section, which occurred a couple of times.
We soon realised that lots of people wanted breakfast at 9:00 am so we tended to get there a bit earlier or later; they also wanted lunch as soon as the restaurant opened at 1:00 pm so we avoided that as well, and dinner was best eaten after an aperitif in the bar to miss the early crowd.
Meals could, alternatively, be taken at a variety of other restaurants, some included in the AI package and some were only discounted. The C-View Beach BBQ restaurant was part of the AI on Sun/Tues/Thursday; booking ahead was necessary but we had no trouble as we did so at least 24 hours in advance on all occasions.
We could also use the Lebanese or Italian restaurants with 20% discount ‘I Wish’ vouchers (2 per room per week) and the Seville bar served a Tapas menu which was charged but reasonably priced.
The food in all of the locations was excellent, and we were especially impressed by the variety on the buffet and the speed at which all the trays were refilled or replaced. I am sure it was overwhelmed at times, but not at any of our visits during 2 weeks.
It does have to be noted that this hotel had large numbers of visitors from Russia, Poland, Italy and the UK, as well as local Egyptians and other nationalities so do not expect chips with everything. Chatting to some of the staff members we found that the winter/spring menu, when we were there, changes to a more UK-friendly one for the peak season when the visitor balance changes.
A concession to the ‘mad dogs and Englishmen’ who want chips and the mid-summer sun!
The AI drinks package included wine and beer, by the glass, and most soft drinks, but not spirits and some other exceptions. The bars available for AI were also at selected times, especially in the evening, but a little patience soon got us sorted out. It was, indeed, possible to get a drink at any time from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm, but we did not feel the need to test this to its full.
Drinks outside of the AI time zones were not cheap, but we did not expect them to be, and quite reasonable really. If you wanted to indulge at a cheaper rate, or to a greater extent, the local Na’ama bay area was only a 10-15 minute taxi away.
The hotel also laid on a bookable regular ‘shuttle bus’ free service if you wanted to plan for an evening out, but we found that the £50Egy taxi fare left us more flexible, and they could also supply a people carrier vehicle at £74Egy for groups up to 7 people.
The sea front area was very popular throughout the day, but never seemed over-crowded, despite some bed hogging with towels from early morning. We never struggled to find a nice place in the sun. There isn’t an actual beach at the Crowne Plaza, but they have constructed sand covered plateaus down to the sea, where there are two access piers into the water
There are several pools around the hotel with free towels supplied against a deposit card, supplied 1 per person when you check in. At the lower sea-level pool there is also a ‘beach’ volleyball and entertainment area, complete with a multilingual group of ever enthusiastic animation team. If you have children with you they will not suffer from a lack of choice of something to do!
There is a cash machine on site and a bank branch, to change your cash into local currency, but do not take any torn or damaged GB notes with you, they will not be accepted – the Egyptian notes you receive may, however, be in very poor condition.
We tipped the guy who looked after our room, a couple of the waiters, one of the pool attendants, one of the breakfast chefs and several of the bar staff, but nobody will hold out their hand asking for a tip in the hotel.
Snorkelling and scuba diving is very popular in the whole Red Sea area, and the Crowne Plaza has its own scuba PADI approved training centre.
The hotel is built on quite a steep slope, so lots of climbs up and down, lots of stairs; the fit and healthy will enjoy it, not so much fun for others.
I stayed in the Crowne Plaza Sharm Resort in Sept. 2005.
My room was spacious with a large, comfortable King-sized bed. The bathroom was huge with a large bathtub shower and a huge countertop for all my girlie supplies. The tv was a bit small with poor reception but when you are diving or going to lay on the beach, how much tv do you watch?
The hotel complex is huge...I estimate that it took me nearly 10 minutes to get from my room to the lobby and then another five minutes to get to the gate where the dive shuttle picked me up (due to the bombings a month or so before I went security was very tight and it was a hassle for drivers to make regular pickups).
Getting to downtown was a bit of a pain as there was no shuttle service provided by the hotel. I had to take a taxi at 60LE each time I wanted to go to town. The drive to town was about 10 minutes and not comfortably walkable.
For people who just want to kick back and relax on the beach, only leaving the hotel a couple of times during their stay, the Crowne Plaza is a great choice!
But for those who like to dive or snorkel and are using a center in the downtown, I wouldn't recommend staying at the Crowne Plaza. It's just too far away and you have to do transport by shuttle or taxi all the time.
Unique Quality: With several pools, the hotel can easily accomodate all of its guests without becoming over crowded. I had a nice pool-view room and there were rarely more than a few people in the pool at any one time. The unfortunate part is that because there are so many pools in the complex, there is no pool bar drink service. That'd make things perfect!
There is one pool near the beach that has a great view of the sea. There's a bar/restaurant near the pool so drink service may be available.
When I went, there was no high speed internet service available in the rooms. I have read that since then the hotel has installed it and the initial fee is 60LE. Being that I was studying at the time of my vacation and needed internet, I'm happy to know that the hotel has upgraded its internet!
We are just back from Egypt having stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Sharm. Holioday was completely spoiled by the catering which was not up to standard, very poor selection of food. never any dishes or cutlery . Staff were completely overwhelmed at times. I complained as did several others however judjing from the comments on this site they have heard it all before. We were half board and for dinner we were not allowed to use the main dining room La Veranda which was reserved for the all inclusive guests (mainly Russian I think)
Bars were very pricey for a miserable measure of drink. We could not use the beach bars as these were not able to accept money or room charge cards as they were for the use of the all inclusive guests. Altogether very dissapointing and certainly not five star as suggested by our travel agent.
Unique Quality: Nice complex with five clean pools one of which is supposed to be heated. Rooms a bit dated.
A bit isolated from town (about ten minutes in a taxi)
Nice large rooms, spacious en suite bathrooms with either terrace or balcony. A large complex but surprisingly quiet. The rooms are spread out and can be difficult to find. There are also lots of steps. Built on different levels leading down the the beach. Several pools and restaurants. Very pretty hotel, all whitewashed. Has a lovely Roman Bath pool, which is lit up at night. Staff are very helpful. Complimentary shuttle bus to and from the airport, as well as Sharm el Sheikh town (must be booked in advance). Food Ok but nothing special. 15 minute drive from the airport. Are currently undertaking building work either side of hotel and can be quite noisy by the beach area. Stay around the Roman Pool etc and you won't hear a thing.
I stayed for 3 days and everything was very good. When you come in the Crown Plaza's boundary, starting a new life.
We had a big room which has got a big open balcony in the garden :)) air conditioner was very good, room was very clean and there was a coffee machine in the room. There is 3 big open pool in the otel, there is a coffee shop. And it has got a very big area for taking sun bath. You can use landing for going into the sea without treading on corals. The restaurant was very well, all foods were delicious. And there is live music in the evening.
Directions: Crowne Plaza Sharm El Sheikh Resort
South Sinai P.O. Box 140
This is a great place in unwind in. Our room was lovely, particularly the cool, shady terrace on hot afternoons.
We loved the beach area, particulary the quieter end to the right, with the underwater jetty that you could stand on and watch fish swimming around the coral. We also thought the beach BBQ was the best of the 3 restaurants in the hotel complex. Very friendly laid-back staff.
Steps throughout the resort would make staying here very awkward for people with mobility problems.
Food wasn't brilliant - best not to book full or half board, as the main restaurant was awful. We were B&B, which suited us well as there was a free shuttle bus to Neama Bay, which had loads of nice places to eat.
Otherwise, very nice! Can't comment on price as we had booked an inclusive package, but I suspect it was one of the more expensive in the area.
Unique Quality: Right on the Far Garden reef, so you could jump off the jetty into clear deep water and snorkel around some coral reefs. This would be a better choice than hotels in Naama Bay if you're interested in snorkeling.
Very much agree with one other review in that you would expect more from a 5 star hotel. It does not compare with the Far East (Malaysia) where the quality is bettter and the service considerably so.
We booked through a UK tour operator (Odyssey Worldwide) and went in Feb 2005. There were two disappointing factors we experienced - food and service.
Although there are 4 restaurants only one is included if booking half board. The food was distinctly average but much better than food experienced in the Nile region of Egypt. You do receive a discount of LE£25 per person if you eat at the Italian or Beach Bar - the most expensive meal was LE£85 so quite a good discount really.
Drinks are relatively expensive in the hotel and they make good use of the fact they are a little isolated from Naama Bay (beer is LE£25 compared to LE£16 in the Bay). However, the wine is good value in comparison (LE£30 for a glass compared to LE£40). The Italian and Beach bar both serve good fish.
The waiter service is lacking at times. Although very friendly and accomodating they appear to lack communication with each other with no one in overall control so confusion often rains. This leads to places not being set or available and occasionally long periods between orders being placed and food/drink arriving. On one occasion I had to ask for the bill about three times and it still did not arrive until 20 minutes later.
This is a good hotel in a great location - away from Naama Bay which was particularly disappointing. I was glad that I did not pay extra to stay in Naama Bay despite feeling that I was going to be cut off a little from the action. There is not much in the way of action - a couple of bars and lots of tacky tourist shops but quiet in general.
One other warning is that if you are on a late checkout (after 13:00) but wish to keep the room for a little longer the standard charge is US$50. We negotiated this down to US$20.
Unique Quality: The facilities are very good including plenty of "beach" space available and fantastic snorkelling on the Far Garden Reef. Warning there is no beach here - the hotel leads directly onto the reef via two jettys.
I would recommend this hotel as it represents good value for money (paid GBP£350 for a week including flights from the UK). Having spoken to other people staying in Sharm this hotel is possibly one of the better ones.
The aesthetics of the hotel are one of the best features - Moorish style. It is split into many sections and so feels small despite its size.
The leisure facilties are well worth using - with a free gym. The tennis is €9 for one hour. The massges are also good value (€20 for 30 minutes) and are a very popular so book up as soon as you get there.
The hotel also runs two shuttle buses into Naama Bay (afternoon and early evening). If you stay later you can get a taxi for LE£30 (and no more - haggle!!).
Directions: About 10 minutes taxi journey from downtown Naama Bay.
We stayed here for 7 nights over New Year 2004. Attractive hotel, low rise flatroofed whitewashed buildings cascading down in terraces to the sea. Beautiful gardens, good public areas. Man-made sunbathing terraces with sand lead down to sea where there is floating jetty to swim off. Hotel is on Far Garden reef so excellent for snorkelling and lots of dive boats visit every day so lots going on to watch from your sunlounger. Swimming pools are unheated save one in leisure complex and in Winter this means pools are unusable - positively artic water temperature which is a problem if you have young children since they wouldn't be able to use pools (and can't paddle in sea - jetty leads straight to very deep water). Restaurants very poor for this standard hotel although one by sea does have good fresh fish and no decent bar to relax in. Housekeeping erratic. Bathrooms very poor quality fittings and lack any wow factor and although rooms are good size with lots of wardrobe space some have distinctly grubby fixtures and fittings. Management poor attitude. Staff overwhlemingly friendly and eager to help/please but poorly trained and let down by poor management. Majority of guests here are Russian. Major problem with water when we stayed - some rooms had no water at all, some no hot water. Showers just dribbled out and it took half an hour to run a bath and in first room we had the drains stank. Some rooms have only shower so ask for bath if you definitely want one and there is major construction going on on both sides of hotel so ensure you get room with good view not over any construction sites. Hotel is 15 minute taxi ride into Sharm itself. If you ate elsewhere and tipped guy who cleans your room well you should be OK but better hotels for the price in Sharm
Unique Quality: Very attractive architecture and lovely views.
What a fantastic hotel! Me and my girlfriend are not easily impressed (we were a little disappointed with the Intercontinental last year) but this hotel is truly excellent. The rooms and balconies are lovely, there are a few nice bars, the general layout of the hotel is stunning, and the service is good. Unless you want to splurge on the four seasons I'd recommend this above every other hotel in sharm. One drawback I suppose is that it has no outstanding restaurant, but the best thing to do is to get a taxi to other hotels or to naama bay for some great food (sala thai at the hyatt, Frantoio at the 4 seasons, On Deck - stunning - at the Iberotel Lido in Naama Bay.
Unique Quality: The beach is amazing, really beautiful, the pools lively and so clean, the beach bar was lovely, the tapas in the tapas bar very good, the arabic cafe bar in the centre modelled on an old souk and the perfect place to chill after going out in the evening. The general ambience is of a romantic, laid back andalusian village.
Directions: el pasha
We booked this hotel at the last minute and without recommendation so we didn't know what to expect when we got there. We were pleasantly surprised.
The hotel is large and covers a rather vast area which gives a feeling of great space. However, there are hundreds of steps throughout the complex, which makes it difficult for even the fit in the searing heat.
There are five pools. Most people seem to gather at the beach pool which has spectacular views. The downside is that it gets very crowded and the music which is played for about two hours both morning and afternoon can be far too loud.
All of the restaurants listed on the Hotel's website were not open and for dinner we were really limited to the buffet in the main dining room or the Italian restaurant. This got rather tiresome in the second week. There's also a beach barbecue but as this was the main venu for lunch we were not inclined to revisit it for dinner.
There's a great feeling of fun throughout the resort, and there's something happening all the time.
Standards are high and the overall feeling is of comfort, relaxation, and enjoyment. I would say that in reality the hotel looks even better than it appears on its website. I cannot see where I can upload a pic here.....
We would return.
Unique Quality: The staff are incredible - friendly, helpful, and not a bit cloying.
The jetty over the Far Gardens coral reef is amazing - you can stand there up to your knees in water and watch spectacularly coloured fish swim around you. Watch it though - the nip you if you stay still too long!
There's also a very good selection of gift shops both in the hotel lobby and in the rather unique street-style bazaar within the hotel grounds.
Directions: Five minutes drive from Sharm beach, directly beside the Far Gardens coral reef.
A beautiful hotel built in arabic style with wonderful sea views. what impressed us most was how simple everything was - great service, beautiful rooms, lovely bathrooms, etc - just what you need to relax totally - great barbecue on the beach for lunch and dinner.
Unique Quality: Fabulous views, right on far garden reef with a jetty over it where non swimmers can just lie there and watch the fish
Beautiful Beaches with cafe del mar ambient music drifting over you as the sun sets!
incredibly helpful staff (apart,. weirdly, from reception)
If you can get there outside of school holidays it's the perfect place to chill.
Richard and I at Crowne Plaza Resort
I am travelling to sharm first week in march I am looking for imformation about this hotel(bar &food prices)at crowne plaza.Temperture at this time of year in sharm,This is my second visit to sharm.
I have just booked 2 weeks for august. Found some good reviews on www.Holidaysuncovered.com
Hi, I stayed there in December, I was very impressed with the hotel, the food prices were reasonable, but I did find the drinks quite expensive, but I found that generally every where in Sharm the drinks were abit pricey. Have a good time,
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