More about Tiran Hotel
The staff in this hotel are neither polite nor friendly. Poor quality of drinks, food is not great either, one has to wait in line to get a piece of meat or fish. Waiters never seem to notice you. No drinking water, minibars in the room are empty. A lot of Arabic families with no rules of hygiene whatsoever - they swam in the pool with their clothes on. Overall, I wouldn't recommend the hotel to anybody.
4th time in Sharm . Loved the Hotel
nice hotel in a good location . have been to sharm a number of times before , would definately recommend the tiran island hotel . if your reading reviews on any hotel in sharm its hard to come across one that has fantastic report after report , so sharm is one of them places you either love or dont . the hotel was clean and tidy and the beach only a few minutes walk . overall i would go back to the tiran island as i found the hotel to be great value for money .
WE LOVED IT
The mixed reviews concerned me but we found the hotel to be better than expected. The hotel advertises itself as 4* but Thomas Cook sells it as 3+* which I feel is correct. If you're used to 4* or 5* you may feel it lacks something, but we thought the hotel was very clean with lovely rooms, adequate facilities, plenty good food of the type you would expect for a hotel serving mixed nationalities.....if you're looking for bacon and sausages just remember that you are visiting a muslim country! Yes queing was a bit annoying at times, so we chose better times to arrive in the dining room!
I couldn't better the comprehensive review that Brenla from Bristol has written....so have a look at his report.
I agree the rooms, staff, hotel general areas, pool and food were great.
The beach is small but nevertheless has plenty beds and shades albeit a bit squashed! The snorkelling off the hotel jetty was FANTASTIC.... and was better in our opinion than the snorkelling on the Tiran Island boat trip.
I also agree with Brenla that the entertainment team worked very hard but we felt the quality of the evening entertainment was really poor.... we were quite happy to have a cocktail or beer or two and then retire to our room with our good books and go to sleep early so we could have good long daylight hours and pass on the entertainment!
The noise wasn't a problem where our room was sited... but I did use my earplugs if the show was still underway when I wanted to sleep.
The airport is not a problem. To say it is so near I expected a lot of noise...but I was wrong. Yes you can hear the planes taking off but it really isn't too busy and not that noisy either.
The most important issue I feel I must mention is that the hotel only has one lift and it broke down on our second day and wasn't fixed before we left! This could be a genuine problem for some people as the dining hall is on the first floor, up a beautiful long curved staircase, and obviously needs to be accessed 3 times a day! There is a door from the first floor landing but for some unknown reason the management insisted it had to stay closed off! They were willing to unlock it if you knocked, or they were willing to carry wheelchair bound people up the staircase in their wheelchairs!, but quite frankly this really is not good enough in such a large hotel. Two lifts at least should be available in my opinion.
Overall though we really enjoyed our stay and would certainly return and recommend to our friends....but I would remind them that it is not a 5* hotel and so not to expect all the finer details which a far more expensive hotel might offer.
Do read Brenla's review as it is a fair and comprehensive.
sharm el shock
New hotel very nice rooms, pool and gardens very pretty.
Now for the bad points,the food was terrible we've been to Egypt for the last five years All Incl, this is the worst place we've been, very little choice & very poor quality,
They had beef one night the chef gave me 3 pieces the size & thickness of a 50 pence piece.
The service in the restaurant was rubbish most mealtimes no tables set had to clear the table & get your own cutlery & napkins, to get a drink with your meal you had to get in a queue.By the pool ice-cream was available between 3.30 - 4.00 you had to queue they
gave you 2 tiny scoops in a plastic cup. 4.00-4.30 cheese baps with pkt crisps would only give 1 one per person, never seen penny pinching like it.
So if your British & like pampering, good food & a holiday to remember for all the right reasons give this place a miss
Definately well worth the money
Both me and my partner were a bit aprehensive after reading the reviews but on arrival all that disappeared.
The hotel is extremeley clean and spacious,our hotel room was at the back with a mountain view and the airport was directly behind us too but the noise is not a problem in fact it was quiet nice to watch them come in so close.
The food is good you pay for 3* so dont expect 5*, for those that say there isnt any choice they must be picky or used to goin to Benidorm and having english food. I myself have a few food allergies but i always left the dining hall fit to burst, the cakes are to die for.
The pool is massive but very cold but this can be quite nice to cool down in.
Yes it can take awhile to be served at the bar sometimes but i dont think they have grasped the concept of watching who arrives at the bar and just serve the person next to the person they have served but if you order multiple drinks at once it saves having to keep going back to the bar.
The only downside is the russains that go there as they can be extremely rude but this is more due to part of their culture but i wouldnt let that spoil your time there as there are plenty of lovely ppl you can meet .
I would definately recommend the Ras Mohammed snorkelling trip it's AMAZING we even managed to have some dolphins swimming at the side of the boat.
It was my birthday whilst we were there and they decorated the bed gorgeously, we did the star gazing trip in the sinai desert that night also a definate must the bedouin people are really lovely and you get to see a bit of their life and the sky is amazing at night. When we got back to the hotel room they had put a birthday cake in my room which was a really nice suprise.
Overall we are hoping to go back and will definately stay at this hotel again!
p.s if you go to the old market make sure you haggle and stick to your guns, we wanted a football shirt it started at 290 egyptian pounds and we ended up getting it for 50!!
good despite what other brits say !!
we arrived on a saturday afternoon in glorious sunshine. i was bowled over by the cleannliness of the whole reception area and the courtryard areas when going to our room. ourn room was spaciious, spotless and couldn't fault it apart from the tv wasn't working first of all and a couple of bulbs were blown. a phone call sorted that out we went for our dinner and despite what others say we found the food great for the whole week. the wine - which is all i drink - was palateable and my husband agreed that the vodka and whiskey was too. only 21 downsides were the beach - small and a shuttle bus away -and no free watrer for brushing teeth etc, if you want a week relaxation and good food and drink then this is the hotel for you. if you want entertainment and a good beach then this isnt the hotrel for you
Absolutely amazing!!!!!! Ignore negative reviews!!!
Where do i start....before booking he hotel i looked on trip advisor and couldnt find many reviews. The reviews i found were mixed but mostly negative!!! Think before i start review i should explain what i wanted from my holiday and what i expected...... i wanted 2 weeks, we are a young couple ages 25 and 28, we wanted clean, close to beach, things to do, and culture. This had everything!!!
The hotel..... CLEAN!!!! very clean. Our cleaner made a massive effort and our sheets were cleaned every day. The bedding was so soft, not like normal scratchy dirty bedding! The pillows were lovely, made you wanna stay in bed forever. The room was immaculate!!! I can not fault it, the decor in the room was classy and tasteful. The wardrobe plenty of space. The bathroom even had a bath to swim in which is really rare!! We had a garden view room, this was not disappointing, it was quiet and nice unlike round the pool.
The hotel itself....very clean, classy again and so pretty. It was over whelming when we first arrived, felt like i was going to get lost. It had a gym, a beauty parlor, little shops and multiple bars and restaurants. The negative to these, the shops rip you off, so dont use them, go out the gate by the pool and turn left follow that road and there is a shop cheaper near coral hotel. The gym i never used so cant review, the beauty parlor, we had a massage, £250 egypt pounds, about normal for 1 hour body massage. My advice DONT HAVE IT!!!! It was painful,rubbish and they under cut us by 15 mins and the female massaging me kept walking off so really had half hour. My advise just dont have it, spend your money on something better.
The pool.....i only used the main pool cant comment on the childrens pool, the main pool was lovely, absolutely massive, not enough beds, so get down early!! The ist week it was freezing, but the second week they had heated it so it was alot more bearable and became enjoyable and refreshing.The pool was cleaned daily and i liked the little touch of having the bar in the pool. Nice having a refreshing drink in the cool pool. The lighting at night of the pool was beautiful, so picturesque.
The beach was lovely, same problem as pool not enough beds and had to get there early. My advise tip the pool or beach staff and they will keep the seats you want for the next day makes it easier rather than fighting for the beds in the morning or having to get up crack of dawn to get them. We sat up by the diving centre, this was close access to the jetty and you get a nice breeze. The sea is clear as clear. Honestly undescribeable!!
The hotel has a shuttle bus which takes you to the beach, but honestly even the most unfit....i saw them!!!.....managed to walk up and down to the beach, only 5 mins walk and its a pretty walk and most enjoyable.
Now down to the negatives......the food, was little rubbish im afraid to say....but there is always something on offer and you wont starve. The are various different things on offer each meal. And if you want more ask for more, or go up again for seconds. The fruit and veg was always fresh. Spaggetti in the evening....SUPERB!!! Meal times good, and long hours if you get up late in mornign or you dont go to dinner till late. Little tip....Russians are rude, VERY RUDE and will push in front of queues and push you out the way...STAND YOUR GROUND and they wont do it to you again!! That goes for all aspects, for example the bar when getting drinks, dont allow it, its incredibly frustrating!!
The drinks queues are a bit long, but its expected at busy times. If your female you do get served first, along with a bit of sexual banter????!!!!
The hotel is a little secluded!! Not alot round there and for young couples might not be the best if your looking for a clubbing all nighter stay. But the hotel offers a shuttle bus to namma bay which is where the nightlife and shopping is. This is cheaper than catching a taxi but the times are a little strange. We in the end caught taxis, but not from the hotel man as we thought his little scam was insulting to us and the drivers. We walked out of hotel and there are always taxis driving by and willing to haggle. We got taxi for £50egypt pounds and £10 tip. This is reasonable. But least we got to choose our times. But if money issue get the shuttle bus.
All in all we loved it, and i am writing this review smiling!! We are a fussy couple and like things very high class, this hotel is brilliant value for money and def worth a visit!! Ignore the bad reviews, with any where you stay there are bad points but i can honestly say after 2 weeks we wanted to stay and felt so comfortable!!!
Hope this helps you decide....really loved it!!!
nice place shame about the people
havin just gettin back from the tiran island the hotel was nice and clean,my room was lovely,now thats the good points where do i start the food was ok if you liked pasta breakfast was the best meal,the staff some not too friendly,has i was in a room on my own the male cleaner well wot can i say was well too friendly had to put a complaint in for him too leave me alone,had to get up very early to get sunlounges by the pool.please dont get this hotel mixed up with the tiran hotel which sounds ALOT BETTER value
We stayed at the Tiran Island for two weeks in March 2010.
The management of the hotel was poor and the manager rude.
The food was terrible with the same meals being served up every day.
It was supposed to have been an All Inclusive holiday but we were told we even had to purchase our own bottled water.
We will not be returning or recommending this hotel to anyone and have informed our travel agents to do the same.
Not good - please don't waste your valuable holiday on this hotel
I have been to Egypt before (loved it, great hotels) and have stayed in 3* hotels before in a number of countries - never needed to write a review before but feel I need to warn potential travellers.
We really did not find this hotel good for a number of reasons:
1. Hotel is not new - the furniture is very stained (buffet chairs terribly dirty), there are workmen repairing old bolts on floors etc - this is not a nice, shiny new hotel that is 12 months old - it may be new as Tiran but not as a hotel
2. Staff - there would appear to be a number of grades of staff (defined by their shirts) - the 'working' staff work hard but are not very friendly (unless you tip them or are a size 10, blonde femail of about 18 years old). Don't ask anyone in a pink shirt or blue shirt to do anything for you (supervisory staff) - they are not there to work, even if it is really busy, they are employed to 'stand and watch' - they will tell you this.
3. Space - we went in March and this hotel could not cope. Not enough sunbeds round the pool (the pool is very nice), lots having to sunbathe on grass around, not enough tables and chairs at restaurants (people having to walk out a number of times), reception always queued back. In the summer there will be big problems.
4. Rooms - this is a plus - rooms are a good size and beds are comfy. You get a cleaner a couple of times a week (if you are lucky - we heard of other guests not getting cleaners at all) but when they come they choose what to clean (not bathrooms or balconys). However, our room had faulty shower, hairdryer, toilet seat, balcony doors and broken glass - reception tried to charge us for the broken glass and admitted they knew about the other faults. My husband mended the toilet seat - engineer mended shower and hairdryer and did come quickly when faults reported.
5. Food - worst of all the hotel features - we lived on pasta and breakfast. No English guests were satisfied - it was the talk of the 'pool area' everyday and guests were really struggling. The dining areas were very dirty, including the tables and cutlery, and most glasses were chipped. If you stay here, make the most of breakfast which is ok and try and last the day. We have stayed in Tunisia, Dominican, Cuba and others on a number of occasions - all of which are supposed to have poor food - this was 100 times worse, really (and we are not fussy eaters and are prepared for different standards to the UK). TERRIBLE
hi, going to shem in summer can anyone let me no roughly how much taxi from airport to tiran island hotel is please , also what sort of excusions available near shem resort dont want to go to far , any info on hotel also would be great many thanks
i am going to this hotel in june and would also like to know how much a taxi would be.