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Sofitel Taba Heights
Ranked #3 of 22 Hotels in Taba
Kent
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“Great holiday.”
Reviewed 6 July 2012

Returned at the end of May after 2 weeks in this lovely hotel. We booked a private transfer from Taba airport to get to the hotel a little sooner than the rush, but it wasn't really worth it. This is because they stop ALL motor vehicles just before the exit so that they can travel in convoy through the mountains. In case of breakdowns, landslides etc. There are no phone signals going through the mountains. This is what our driver told us.
The Reception staff at the Sofitel were welcoming and efficient.
We were given card keys for block 3 and it WAS a bit of a trek. We wondered if this was why we wasn't walked to our room! We eventually found it and it was large, spacious and quiet. We had a king size bed, large TV (15 English channels), tea & coffee making facilities, a fridge and free safe. Not a huge amount of storage but sufficient. We were also lucky enough to be able to get the internet (although this isn't promised). We had signed up to Skype before we left and what a saving that turned out to be! We spoke to the family each evening and it didn't cost a penny. Well worth doing.
When our cases were bought to the room my husband asked if there were more hangers available for the wardrobe; the young man came back very quickly with a handful.
There was no bath, but a powerful shower. Be aware though that it sometimes comes through very hot with no warning. The usual bathroom 'goodies'.
The hotel is on lots of different levels. I never worked out what level we needed until the last few days! We started off staying at the quiet pool and it was good. As the weather got hotter though, it seemed a little cooler round the big pool where we then stayed the rest of the time. Plenty of chairs and parasols available at all times. The animation team were not at all intrusive, just friendly. At both pools there was a place to change towels, a bar and a small library to swop books. There was also another cupboard in the snack bar with books. The staff behind all of the bars were friendly and efficient with ready smiles.
The food was very good with plenty of variety to suit all tastes. I think it's one of only a few hotels we've stayed at where the food was served hot. The soups were tasty and the bread delicious. Impressed with the cleanliness in the dining room. There was a hand gel machine for guests and staff to use at the entrance.
The entertainment was low key but available if you wanted it. We watched a few of the shows and they were good.
We ate once at the Mediterranean Restaurant. The food was good and it made a nice change to be waited on with some of the courses. It could have been quite a romantic setting, but the staff, surprisingly, sat everyone in just one part of the room. This meant that you ended up quite close to the next table. The staff were not free with their smiles here-they didn't look happy which we learnt is very unusual at this Sofitel.
There is a free bus that will take you round Taba Heights. Some shops, but it seemed empty everywhere. One of the Shopkeepers told us that it was very quiet and the Egyptian people thought that it was because of the demonstrations in Egypt the year before. They were voting in their elections whilst we were there and were excited at having a say in a democratic Government. We stopped and had lunch at the Hyatt and were really pleased that we were at the Sofitel! We were told that this Hotel, along with the other 3 in Taba, were only 20% full. The people who were staying there were sitting in the airconditioned lobby looking miserable! Lunch was nice, but expensive.
The only thing that slightly marred our holiday was an episode at the end of the snack bar. There is a water machine there for you to help yourself. One day the water was slightly warm. Thinking that it was like water machines in the UK where one is room temperature and the other very cold, I put my hand out to feel under the second tap, and burnt myself. It was very hot, I presume for tea making. I stepped back and saw a tiny, worn sign saying HOT. If you're standing in front of it using it, you cannot see it. I was concerned that a child might be burnt and asked 3 different members of staff if they would put a new sign on it. It still hadn't been rectified by the time we came home. As long as people are aware it's fine. That is the only fault that we found with this lovely hotel.
My husband didn't like the remoteness of Taba Heights so I don't think we'll return, but not because of the hotel, because it was excellent.

Room Tip: Block 3 for the Internet!
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

I was staying at this hotel for a week. Enjoy the tranquility that you can breathe next to the Red Sea coast, snorkeling, bathing in these wonderful waters, where you feel like in an aquarium. I recommend this hotel first, so I have named before, relax. Second you have all the services you want at your disposal, third, do not think about anything and find the peace you need and that this complex only meets 5 hotels each with his private beach. In addition, the temperature throughout the year is great.

I will come back on my next holidays, thats for sure.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

We decided to return (just 1 more time) to Sofitel, Taba Heights for our 1st Anniversary, and again the first thing we have done on our return is look at booking again for next year!! Our whole experience has once again been second to none, except with some fantastic added extra's. The Beach Bar, room facilities etc were lovely new additions and the Management are constantly looking at new ways to improve their Customers stay, and you can tell they really are interested and value your opinion. The Staff were so welcoming and could not have done more to make our Anniversary feel like the most important day of the year, special thanks to Mr Amr and Miss Heba, and yes we will be returning without a doubt to our Second home xx

Room Tip: Block 2 has wonderful sea views, but also far enough away from the Activity's to have a lovely q...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Poznań
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

A stay at the hotel was fantastic. The room was cleaned daily, including fresh towels and linens. Hotel Service was constantly at our disposal. Tasty and varied meals, daily different thematic cuisine. Due to the size of the object completely felt in the number of other visitors. Beautiful beach, swimming pools and all facilities meet our expectations. Only animation could be more varied, but still we did not really participate in, so did not affect our assessment of the hotel. I recommend the Sofitel in Taba for families with children and couples. With great pleasure we will come there again

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

The sofitel... if you think you are going to the well known 5* Sofitel's dotted all over the world please think again, you are not, this Sofitel is the only one that is an all inclusive holiday and is not the same other than the name as the other wonderful 5* hotels. The food is much the same on a weekly turn around, and dishing up recycled food through the week, regarding your drinks, the manager seams to think he has the rite to say what you can drink and where you can drink it as he seams to think that it is free and is kind enough to let you have a free drink, he fails to understand that this holiday has all been paid for, regarding the wine, it is local wine, and the cheapest wine at that. you will see silly little signs up saying free wine in this bar if not you will end up paying for it even though you already have done within your all inclusive package. The bar itself is drab and way to dark, there is no atmosphere during the day in there and not a nice place to sit. You can choose to eat in other parts of the hotel but you will pay for that privilege and its not cheep. The all inclusive rooms are on the second floor and above of the building so if you have prams or a wheel chair then you will have to divert all around t he building just to get to the restaurants, you can upgrade and pay the extra which is what we had to do and it wasn't cheap, of course.. the rooms where cleaned to the bare minimum daily, the beach is a man made beach and is very rocky, you will find it very difficult to walk over out to the breakwater. if you think you can let your children play on the edge of the beach you cant because of the rocks. In all this hotel should be a 3-4* but no more, This hotel should not be allowed to use the name Sofitel as it certainly is not the Sofitel that I no...

Room Tip: I felt that the bests rooms that suited us due to prams and a very bad back, steps where not good fo...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Amman, Irbid, Jordan
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

One more time, I stayed at Sofitel Taba Heights for 3 nights…enjoyed everything in the hotel. The room was clean, the food was perfect, lots of variety in the buffet, staff are attentive and really friendly. The hotel managers are always available to talk to us. We enjoyed also the night show and the beach party on Friday evening. You can not miss the snorkeling by the beach, make sure you buy your needs from the uptown because the prices are far cheaper.

Room Tip: i love to stay at Plaza Rooms , it is close to the pools and beach , i love it
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Haifa, Israel
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

We have just been back from Sofitel Taba Heights, I do not really know how many times have I stayed there..I think this was my 8th time in the hotel. Everything was perfect as usual, lots improvements since last year, new beach bar and tea and coffee in the rooms. The staff was as usual very welcoming, I felt I am home. We will be back next October

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Sofitel Taba Heights
Address: Km 42 Taba Newuiba Road | Taba Heights, Taba 46621, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Taba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Taba
#2 Best Value Hotel in Taba
#2 Family Hotel in Taba
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Taba
#3 Luxury Hotel in Taba
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Taba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Taba Heights 5*
Number of rooms: 442
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A truly magnificent location, at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba between the southern Sinai mountains and the Red Sea, Sofitel Taba Heights is also a uniquely designed hotel, inspired by traditional Oriental architecture. This exceptional resort is an all-inclusive property with easy access to the private beach, 3 exquisite restaurants, 5 swimming pools, a fitness center and 3 meeting rooms. Just 20 km from downtown Taba and 40 km from the airport, it's convenient for business and pleasure. ... more   less 
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