We went to the Sol y Mar for new years eve, staying two weeks. The hotel was clean and the rooms spacious and pleasant enough but noisy, we were moved 3 times but the insulation was never adequate. The music/ animation does stop after 11:30 but when you are with children or if you fancy an early night it is not ideal.
The food, even if repetitive was very fresh and tasted nice. We have been to Sharm 4 times and the food was the best, more like fresh home cooking with what is available at the time, nothing too fancy but nice.
The reception staff and management were very pleasant and went out of their way to be helpful but most barmen will perform if tipped otherwise they can be quite rude
The pool is huge and has a selections of balls and lilos. It is clean too but freezing at that timeof the year. it is not heated contrary to what we were told.
This is a good choice for a cheap holiday. It is in par or slightly better than the other hotels we stayed in.You can go there knowing that the hotel and the food will be ok/ safe and the staff pleasant enough which is not always the case in Sharm!
The main problem of the hotel and why I would not pick it over the others is its location. You cannot venture anywhere by foot, it is located just off a very busy double carriage way. Do not take a hotel taxi, they are so expensive.. stand outside and a taxi will stop, give your price, for them to take it or leave it. we paid 50 egyptian pounds to go into Naarma bay and 25/ 30 to go to soho square. If you like your taxi driver, take is number and call him to be picked up each time, pay him on the return journey, they are very reliable (but rarely on time!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sol Y Mar Sharks Bay is one of the latest additions to the Jaz Hotels & Resorts portfolio, opened November 2009. This neat and modern Four-star hotel is only five minutes away from Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport. Just 10 minutes by Bus from a stretch of some of the finest sandy beaches on the shores of the clear and warm Red Sea. The hotel offers a variety of restaurants, a lobby bar & terrace, an internet cafe, a shopping arcade, swimming pool, children's club, 24 hour reception and a shuttle bus to the nearby beach. The main building comprises 130 rooms, most of which overlook the pool. Others look out directly on to the pool deck. A separate two-floor apartment building houses 8 one bedroom apartments.Hotel facilities include one main open buffet restaurant, one outdoor a la carte restaurant, Lobby bar, snack/pool bar and 24-hour room service. A heated main swimming pool and a kid’s pool, shopping arcade and a shuttle service to the beach are also provided. ... more less
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