We were a family of 5 from England escaping the Easter freeze! 3 kids including 2 young ones aged 5 and 6.
Overall, a good experience.
The main thing about Sharm is that sunshine is guaranteed literally every day of the year although I would caution visitors thinking of coming in the summer when temperatures exceed 40 and sometimes 50 degrees centigrade. Much better during the period outside the main summer months, particularly during the winter in Europe - and when comparables in Tunisia, Morocco or even the Canaries cannot really compete against.
Safety is a big issue and it is safe in Sharm generally but particularly for a 5 star hotel like this. There is ample security around the place although Sharm is a small recently build town (not really a city despite claims) - so safety shouldn't be a real concern if you follow basic rules of being in a foreign country that is essentially Islamic.
The place is great for kids with ample swimming pools and if you're into diving then this is for you as there is a jetty for divers. There is however no beach as such although there is enough sand for beach bums on the cliff face.
Food: the best place is the main restaurant where hygeine is higher - or put another way the chances of tummy bugs is less than at the other restaurants. Food and drink are included in the price and in general the grub was fine but not Club Med! Slightly annoying was the constant push to pay for extras or higher premium pizzas - just say no and stick to the standard fare. The local beer is good and the wine OK/ish although we brought some of our own bottles from duty free on the way out to Sharm.
The service is very good and the Egyptian workers were all very polite and helpful. You have to remember that they are on less than £100/week on average and work 7 days per week for 2-3 weeks so a small tip to your cleaner or even the waiter is very well received - particularly if end of week (1 dollar, euro or pound will suffice in general although we paid 10 bucks to our cleaner).
We found the Dutch lady in charge of customer service to be excellent on all manner of things.
The only negative for us was the tour rep for, in our case, Red Sea Travel - who was nice but dim - our group got no induction of the hotel or how it worked (eg do you buy water or is it provided, where are the restaurants, do you pay for tennis, where do you go diving...) but this was not the hotel's fault and other tour operators are much better at co-ordinating with the hotel management.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting small blocks of whitewashed buildings, decorative arches, water features, secluded corners and private grottos, the Sharm Plaza evokes a typical north African village feel. The rocky coral shore is punctuated with beach terraces that offer the perfect place to soak up the sun and develop a healthy appetite to enjoy the many à la carte restaurants. It’s a perfect choice whether you seeking a quiet corner to catch up on your holiday reading or a more active adventure such as snorkelling from the jetty on to the famous Far Garden reef. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Sharm Plaza Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Crowne Plaza Sharm El Sheikh
- Crowne Plaza Resort Sharm El Sheikh
- Sharm El Sheikh Crowne Plaza
- Crown Plaza Sharm El Sheikh