Myself and my partner have recently returned from a weeks break at The Grand Hotel. I went with an open mind after reading mixed reviews. On arrival we were placed in a buffet area to grab some food as this would be our only opportunity to eat until the morning due to having a late arrival.
Unfortunately we were not happy with our first room, it was rather shabby and looked nothing like in the brochure even though it has a fantastic view. We asked to change rooms, they were reluctant to do this but with persistence we were moved to a much nicer room with not such an amazing view but the room was worth it.
The grounds of the hotel are fantastic. They are well maintained with beautiful trees and flowers everywhere. All seven pools are lovely, there is something for everyone from family pools to quite relaxing pools. We has fantastic waiter service on the pool we spent our holiday at until the last day when a different person was on the pool, we hardly received any service this day. Only down point in this area is that the drinks are often warm, investment in more ice or extra refrigerators is needed.
The beach area is lovely, very hot though in August. There are two jetties that allow access to the sea. You are directly next to the coral reef with 50 meter depth water on entrance. The marine life was fantastic, we went snorkelling everyday.
The food in the hotel is average, not 5* quality. We did find food we enjoyed each evening and I would recommend the restaurants over the buffet. Our favourite even though extremely hot was the Mexican.
We booked in for the romantic meal they have advertised in the hotel (at an extra cost). This was well worth the money. We had our own private table on the beach and waiter who made our night even more special. The tables were beautifully decorated with love hearts made from petals in the sand around us. The food (all 5 courses) was fantastic, best meal we had there. My partner made this even more special when he proposed to me that evening!
Our rooms were cleaned everyday with fresh sheets and towels. Fantastic towel art, loved having the surprise each day we returned. The air conditioning worked amazingly and was a god send in 44 heat.
The evening entertainment was not to our taste, we would have loved a bar that offered a quieter surrounding but unfortunately the only quite bars were not included in the all inclusive package.
There are many extra charges but they are all clearly marked so just make sure you read everything properly.
We went on three excursions that we booked through our welcome meeting all of which I would highly recommend. These were the quad safari trip, the evening trip to Soho and the Bedouin evening. We also took a trip to Aqua Blue which is a water park very close to the hotel, this was a fantastic day out.
Change your money at the hotel, the exchange rate is far better than you will get in the UK.
Please go with an open mind if you have booked a holiday here. If your not happy then tell them they will sort out any problem for you. I would recommend this hotel.
- 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