This is the first review I have ever written on a holiday but my partner and I felt this hotel deserved a review.
After booking the Grand Hotel on a last minute booking based on good reviews we were disappointed to see bad reviews the day after based on the food and rooms of the hotel.
When we arrived we were offered light refreshments and given information regarding the hotel. We were then walked to our room by one of the bell boys. Two minutes later we had a tap on the door to find our suitcases had been delivered by a second bell boy.
We found our room to be very clean and tidy, albeit a little dated but nothing I wouldn't have expected. After all, we weren't paying Savoy, London prices. The room was cleaned on a daily basis and clean towels were replaced daily. The cleaner left some amazing towel displays on the bed - nice touch.
The grounds and numerous pools were kept immaculately clean and the grounds staff were extremely pleasant and always had a joke with us or greeted us with a smile and a "hello, how are you"?
Ahmed the pool attendant was very funny and we always stopped and chatted. Drinks were delivered to our sun loungers almost every ten minutes if required.
Breakfast was all on a buffet style service and was basic but enough for us. Eggs, omelettes, toast, croissants and other sweet pastries.
Locations for lunch were a plenty and the choice was, ok. We never got bored of the selections but we were only here for a week. There were salads, burgers, chips, pizzas, sandwiches, etc, on offer in most of the lunch time spots. The ice cream, crepe and waffle bars are also great for a sweet treat.
There are plenty of choices for dinner, either an informal buffet or al a carte options are available. Book these in the morning the day before and you should have no trouble. We only ate at two of the al a carte restaurants: Olive and Fusion. Olive was an Italian restaurant which I hate to say we were extremely disappointed in. Fusion however was great. Mahmoud and naserre were hilarious. Mahmoud really did make our meal good fun and took huge pride in running Fusion. Red wine flowed like water and we booked up with some newly acquired friends to return a second time. The steak fillet is lovely!! If the management are reading this review, these two guys are an asset to your hotel.
Must also mention Attea in the bar for bringing us drink after drink literally after you take your last mouthful. Superb service.
We heard that a couple of guests became ill, and one of which was a friend we met. I would advise while in Egypt you do not brush your teeth with the tap water, always use hand sanitiser after handing money - actually just on a regular basis and you should be fine. Like in any foreign country just be careful! Put plenty of sun cream on regularly as it reached 44 degrees while we visited and be sensible.
Something I was unaware of when we booked; the dress code for dinner and lunch. So here's the heads up. Gents: Beach wear for lunch is fine as long as you have a top on. Ladies: a suitable beach dress or top. You can't sit in a bikini.
As for dinner, they note in places that trousers and shirts should be worn but after wearing this the first night, I noticed smart shorts and tee shirts are acceptable too.
Both my partner and I were not ill during or after the holiday. Make sure you use hand sanitiser after handling money, etc, and you'll be fine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel enjoys an unrivalled location, with its buildings nestled in stunning gardens set into the hillside, affording guests outstanding views across the Red Sea to Tiran Island. From the lobby bar with its commanding view, to the clifftop restaurant, and the beach terrace, the Grand Hotel provides a perfect location to relax and savour the atmosphere. An excellent diversity of cuisines - with many a la carte options - and several bars, ensure guests are spoilt for choice after a relaxing day soaking up the sun by any of the hotel's eight freeform pools. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Sharm El Sheikh
- Grand Hotel Sharm El Sheikh