The US State Dept. website has tons of scary "best to stay out of Egypt" info on it, and it says to research what security the hotels you choose have in place. It also says to avoid where tourists/foreigners are, but it sounds like all the good hotels are exactly that -- where the foreign tourists are!
What on earth does this "check hotel security" thing mean? Do they mean to call and ask if there are barriers to prevent car bombs, or metal detectors, or what? What sort of security have you all noticed at the hotels in Sharm? And...is the risk really that high? It sounds like half of Britain holiday in Egypt on a regular basis, I can't imagine it could be that dangerous. Then again, I always take gov't travel cautions seriously.
Also, do any of the female travelers there make a point of dressing in caftans and covering up blonde hair? Does that make any difference? I used to live in a heavily Middle-Eastern part of Brussels and found covering my hair helped, but I've read on travel boards that nothing a foreign woman does will keep her from attracting attention. True?