Have listed things in order of importance to me so apologies if you have to scroll down a little......
Initial room was twin but had asked for double; at 2nd attempt was givenm a nice room with huge kingsize bed & small balcony so no complaints.
Room has some minor issues e.g. curtain off rail, wardrobe didn't slide, bulbs not working but all fixed, some immediately, some after a couple of nags!
Good variety with fish, chicken, beef every night yet after a week maybe didn't feel like it but there again how varied can food be. Alternative restaurants were not so different, Indian & Chinese pretty poor as the food was very bland except the banana fritters which were lush.
Lebanese ok for a change and grill near main restaurant was always reliable; didn't try fish restaurant so can't comment - hardly anyone did so maybe this could be put to better use.
Omelettes & pasta at breakfast & lunch very good though next time I'll take a few chillis & some garlic to spice it up a bit; believe it or not but I actually found some horse mushrooms growing in the hotel grounds, which they happily threw into my omelette!:).
Overall I'd say food is 4*, addition of things like prawns, duck & other more explensive stuff would push it towards 5*.
Wines are house wines so you know what you'll get, beer fine, local spirits are for sure watered down at times but as you can have as many as you like this isn't an issue.
It was a little annoying that free drinks stop at 2300 & that cocktails etc were not included but again this is the difference between this & a proper 5*, which of course would cost considerably more.
Main beach noisy & busy, which might suit some; we used one of the smaller ones where you could easily walk into the sea; beaches much nicer at Nabq so if 'real' sandy beaches that your kids can play on are a vital part of your holiday don't come here. Plenty of fish swimming about without needing to go snorkelling though you will see more if you drift off the edge of the piers.
Main pool bit nippy, smaller one near beach warmer but didn't bother me as used beach.
I'm anti-tip everywhere though did give the occasional one to cleaner, waiters etc; it is appreciated & the more you tip the better & quicker the service but if you don't want to tip you'll still get served though may have to go to the bar yourself sometimes, particularly at about 2255!!
I used a transfer at about £14 for two people but wouldn't bother next time; the airport is 5-10 mins away so if you're charged more than a fiver you've been ripped off!
Similarly, if you want to go to Narma or Old Sharm market just walk outside the hotel & haggle down to about a fiver each way to either.
Gym pretty well equipped though occasionally I ran outside the hotel for a mile or so; bit strange & disconcerting not seeing anyone other than taxi drivers flagging me down(was I really running that slow!) but no problems other than Egyptians laughing at me!Shops
Hotel shops ok but haggle really hard or else just go into Old Sharm or Narma where you'll get pretty much the same but at lower prices.
UK notes (& coins somewhat reluctantly) are accepted but US$ & euro notes are more popular; rate in hotel for changing to Egyptian (approx 9+£1) is ok though bank closed for second week due to troubles.
Internet is not free, I think it was about £1.50 per minute.
All very clean other than the beach toilet halfway down the steps which was pretty messy most days.
I can't not mention the Russians who make up at least 70% of guests & seem to broadly fall into two categories. Firstly, stunningly classy looking, high-heeled, short-skirted Russian ladies & secondly bull-like older men wearing tracksuits & t-shirts or vests though of course not all fall into this category.... As for their arrogance & apparent rude nature, this is part of the East European nature (I have a Slovak girlfriend) & aside from one or two minor incidents they fell in line with the rest of us & we made friends with a few from the Urals.
That's me done, overall I'd put this at a good 4* but just falling short of a 5*. If you want to ask me anything specific about the hotel feel free to email me at email@example.com
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