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“Not a 4* hotel, although adequate, wouldn't go there again” 3 of 5 stars
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Shores Aloha
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 110 South Sinai | Um El Seid Cliff, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #104 of 228 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Not a 4* hotel, although adequate, wouldn't go there again”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2010

I have never written a report on a holiday before but I felt I had to this time. I am not one to complain or moan but I wanted to give an honest account of my experience at the Shores Aloha so you will have all the facts and could then make up your own mind whether you still go ahead and book and go to this resort. I returned last week from Egypt , I spent 10 nights at The Shores Aloha. On the whole it is a pleasant complex but it does as other reviews state depend on what type of holiday you are after and how many other British families/couples there are as this is a predominaltely Italian hotel. I have written a lengthy objective review including the positives and some negatives as I feel if I had known these prior to booking I would have looked to alternative accomodation.

HOTEL:- The hotel itself is a nice complex which has a reasonably sized pool, its own section of so called ' beach ' and the grounds are well maintained. The reception is staffed 24hrs a day and the Hotel provides a free shuttle bus to and from Naama Bay. The shuttle leaves the hotel at 6.15pm and 9.15pm and returns 2 hours later. It only has 26 places so you need to book the day before at reception . As the hotel is owned by Italians it predominately caters for the Italians. However on arrival we were not given any information regarding our stay. All the information/tips we did find out was from other British families who had been there for a few days.

BEACH:- The hotel has lots of sun shades and beds on its private beach. We found that there were always beds available even if arriving late morning. The beach so to speak is about 6ft up from sea level and has stoney sand . There are steps leading down to a rocky beach area where you can paddle and see some fantastic fish close up and some coral. The water is crystal clear and refreshing. There is a wooden pontoon which takes you over the top of the coral reef and then has stairs down into the actual sea where you can snorkel or swim. It is very deep. The steps into the sea are not very wide and there were occasions where people will just sit and not move making it difficult to enter and leave the sea. There is a lifeguard on the pontoon and the sea although very deep is very buoyant. I am not a confident swimmer but once I had become used to the depth of the coral reef I was very happy and confident to swim the length of it looking at all the fish. The marine life on the reef is amazing. There are loads of different colourful fish some of which swim very close to you. Also on the beach is a Volley ball court, bouelles, football, bat and ball court however this was used by the Italians.The British were not encouraged to take part. It also had a beach bar where you could get chips and pizza at luchtime alcohol was not free here.

POOL:- There is only one swimming pool which never really got too busy. As there is only one you do get all the kids running about and twice a day aqua aerobics with very loud music again for the Italians . The pool was cleaned but only after someone complained. There were a lot of bits floating in the bottom of the pool and the surface layer has a lot of bugs and scum which when snorkelling you could see very clearly . There were a few , mostly children who went down with ear infections whilst I was there. The water does get very warm throughout the day and as such does not cool you down. More like a very warm bath. There are beds and umbrellas all around the pool but not sufficient for the number of guests. The All Inclusive package includes pool / beach towels. The towel man was taking money from guests in order to reserve beds by placing towels on beds early morning. I set my alarm for 7.45am for the first few days and managed to get two beds reserved and then go back to bed. Having done this for a few days I then found that by 8am all the beds had been reserved already and I gave up trying and went to the beach instead. The annoying thing is that quite a few of those beds would not be occupied until the afternoon. (Mostly by Italians).


STAFF:- The staff all work very long days and do work very hard for little money. They are on the large part very friendly and helpful and will do almost anything to ensure you enjoy your stay although not all. The bar staff and staff in the main food hall are absolutely lovely. I found those on the beach and some of the reception staff very un-helpful. There is snack food on the beach from 12pm. I asked if more Pizza was being brought out on a few occasions as the tray was empty. Both times I was told that it was all finished then not long later Italians would walk past with fresh Pizza. Our flight home was not until the evening and generally check out time is midday. We asked if we could keep our room later than that the day before we left and were told that it was 100 Egyption pounds for one person and 220 for two people to keep the room until 6pm. The next day we saw a different member of staff who initially said we couldn't do keep it and had to leave the room by 12. Once we explained that we had been told we could and the prices he took the money and wrote a receipt allowing us to keep it.
NEGATIVE :- The hotel is owned by Italians and most of the guests are Italian. There were some Russians and Polish and about 30 other English guests at the complex whilst we were there. All of the animation team are Italian. I knew before I went that the evening entertainment was largely in Italian but I was taken back by the way the English were treated by the Entertainment team as a whole. They deal with the pool games, the beach games and the evening entertainment. The staff would not even acknowledge the English guests. If by mistake they did speak to us in Italian they would quickly walk away once they knew our Nationality. They only spoke in Italian and did not invite any English, Russian or Polish to join in any of the events despite walking around the beach and pool asking the Italian guests to join in. The evening entertainment was very amateurish and only lasted a few hours. The animation team did nothing to unite the nationalities in fact I found them very divisive.
There are a number of staff who work in the Dive centre, Spa, Beauty Parlour and excursions who will repeatedly walk around the beach and pool with clipboards trying to sell you their services numerous times a day. As two females we were constantly hassled to the point we would see them coming and take steps to avoid them by getting into the pool or sea or pretend to be asleep. They were all very chatty and polite and mostly wanted to practice their English but it did become tiresome.

ROOM:- The room was basic but sufficient for the amount of time spent inside it. The bed linen and towels were changed everyday and the male maid always left some towel art on our beds. There was a mini fridge which was good for storing bottled water which we brought from the supermarket just outside the entrance to the complex for 50 English pence for a 1.5L bottle. The tap water is not suitable for drinking. The only other thing provided is a hairdryer. There is air conditioning which cools the room down fairly fast. It requires the door key to make it work so if possible get two keys and leave one in the air con slot all the time. We had a few power cuts. The generator kicks in quickly for lights and is noisy but it will not do the air con as well. The room heats up very fast if not working. We had three power cuts whilst we were there all in the evenings and for about an hour.

FOOD:- There is a wide variety of food. It does become a bit repetitive and boring after a week though. The cakes are superb. The main food hall for breakfast lunch and dinner is a buffet. For lunch and dinner you can have local wine and beer with your meal. The wine is horrible. There are chips, pizza and hotdogs etc on the beach from lunch until late afternoon and from 5pm at the pool bar there are pancakes and bruchetta. The pool bar is the only other place apart from the main hall where you can get alcohol as part of your all inclusive package. Alcohol comes in paper cups, ask for four cups this way they have to get a new cold bottle of beer instead of using the bottle that has been left on the counter getting warm. If they like you they may give you a beer in a glass but that was very rare. The evening entertainment is also here and the bar is open until midnight for local beer and spirits as well as soft drinks. There are not many chairs though considering this is the only evening entertainment area and the Italians take the chairs to watch the entertainment so you could end up sitting on the beds around the pool.

GENERAL:- We had an enjoyable time at the hotel despite the animation team causing a divide between the nationalities. There were other English families there who we mixed with and socialised with in the evening and this was the reason why the holiday was good without them I believe it would have been very different. We only went out of the resort once to Naama bay which did have a TGI, Hard Rock Cafe, McDonalds and KFC plus many more. If you don't mind being constantly hassled then this is a buzzing place where you could get yourself a bargain The preferred currency is US Dollars or Euros not their own Egyptian pounds. The local supermarkets will accept their own currency but excursions and dive centres etc prefer one of the others or even English pounds.
If you do wish to Scuba Dive the best place to go is Camel Dive Club in the Royal Grand Sharm Hotel about 5 min taxi drive. They all speak excellent English, very attentive and prices there are in Euro's if you pay cash. If you pay on a card it will be taken in their own currency which may work out slightly more expensive. The dive club at the Shores Aloha is again Italian. They will not teach the PADI system which Camel do.
Shores Aloha is one of 3 hotels in the same chain next to each other. I wouldn't class it as a 4* but it was adequate for our needs and if you are happy to chill on the beach and keep yourself to yourself most of the time then it is fine.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

After using trip advisor for reviews we felt it necessary to write this honest but lengthy review. We have just returned from the Aloha after an 11 night stay with our three children 19, 16 and 14. Please read all the review as it shows both the good and bad points and it really depends on what type of holiday you are looking for as to whether you would stay at the Shores Aloha, hope this review helps. We read the reviews and after seeing the comments from management were hoping that some of the comments had been addressed, with a week to go of our holiday we filled in a feedback form with some complaints and we spoke to the manager about it hoping he would sort them out - read on!

Good points:
The LOCATION is fantastic right on the beach with a great jetty for snorkelling and small area of water you can get step into to look at the fish, sun beds on beach plentiful. As anywhere you have to get up early to put your towels on beds around pool, unless you pay the towel boy to do it for you.

The FOOD is good with great omelettes made to order at breakfast, always some form of pasta, chicken, potatoes and tasty desserts (doesn't stop the Egyptian belly, change of food water etc will see to that). As with anywhere gets repetitive after a while. Drink at least 4 - 5 litres of bottled water a day to keep the bad belly away.

Although they tell you the WATER is ok to drink we just drank bottled water, 30p bottle from supermarket.

Egyptian STAFF (will cover animation team later), you could not wish to meet nicer, friendlier, happy people. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they will respond to any requests you have and not expect or ask for tips (although it's always nice to tip them as they work for a pittance and all live away from their families for at least a month at a time).

ROOMS are basic but suffice for the amount of time you spend in them, could do with freshening up but you get what you pay for.

POOL is good size and stays open until 12pm, towels on all inclusive good.

Bad points

POOL was quite dirty and at least 6 english people we knew of including our daughter had ear infections and had to call the doctor. I complained about this and they did clean the pool better the next day but still long term dirt in the grout and tiles broken and missing on steps of pool. Our daughter cut her toe on the broken tile.

ANIMATION well here is the biggest problem in the hotel if your english, nothing is in English and the reps will not even speak to any English guests. They actually walk past you when they realise you are English, they will not ask you to join in any of the aerobics, games etc and actually look at you like you are something stuck to there shoe! When Italian guests arrive they get sheet telling then everything what is taking place and where, English are given nothing! One night we sat waiting for the pool party, only to work out too late it was in the hotel next door (same company). The shows are all spoken in Italian so not even worth watching cos can't understand it. Some reps can speak English but choose not to speak to you. When we complained to the manager he said the English rep had left, this was true she had left a couple of nights earlier but the two nights she was there all she did was tell the English guests how bad it was and she couldn't wait to leave!

DRINKS all inclusive drinks are as you would expect local spirits and soft drinks from machine. The machine in the beach bar (open 10 - 7) is good and the pizza and chips served from 11 - 5. The drinks machine in the restaurant is fine but the only bar which is all inclusive and open in the evening is the pool bar which is open until 12, the drinks from this machine are flat and warm. Again complained about this on feedback form and was told it was being sorted, it wasn't! The only all inclusive bar you can use in the evening is the pool bar which is outside and has about 50 seats (for the whole hotel), it is very hot and uncomfortable and not worth getting dressed up for as you will be sweating all night.

POWER during our stay we had three power cuts on consecutive nights. Everything went off for a few minutes then sockets and air conditioning for 30 - 60 minutes. Could not use hairdryer and rooms got very warm very quickly.

TO SUMMARISE:

We didn't go expecting 5 star service or special treatment, only the same service as ANYBODY else but this is not what we received.

We were surprised at the majority of Italian people who are rude and arrogant, they don't know how to queue and didn't show any manners. The vast majority in the hotel are Italians, some Russians, polish and few Germans during our stay. Would think there was about 65 English people at the hotel throughout our stay (enough to be catered for).

A great location with good food but the worst animation (none existent really) we have ever experienced. The perfect place to stay if you are Italian or if you are English and want a completely quite holiday with NO communication from anyone. As I said earlier depends on what type of holiday you want.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2010

We have just returned from a week at the Shores Aloha with another family with teenagers. We read all of the reviews before hand and can not understand why some are so negative. We arrived at 20.40 and checked in with no problems, and invited to go to dinner first then we would be taken to our rooms, very welcome after a long flight. The rooms are all clean, a little dated, but still of a good standard. The food all week was very good , plenty of chioce and variety. All of the staff work very hard to please you, they are incredibly helpful and friendly.
Plenty of sun beds around a lovely pool and loads on the beach.
The entertainment is all in Italian, but this didn't really bother us and it is only for a short time at night.
This hotel has an excellent location and is very good value, please don't be put off by the negative reviews.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cannock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

Just come back from Egypt having stayed at the Shores Aloha, a little out of the way with not any shops close by other than a small supermarket. Hotel was very clean and all staff very friendly and eager to help whenever possible. Hotel full of very loud Italians - and that was just the women and the Italian activity co-ordinator was particularly loud, the Russians were quite vocal too and the music that was played at the beach and around the pool was that loud, it was distorted and after a while really got on your nerves. All that aside, we enjoyed our stay, the food was plentiful - although not to everyone's taste as it was Italian orientated. Probably wouldn't stay at another Shores hotel but only because of the Italians!!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

Have just returned from 2 weeks at the Aloha with two boys aged 16 and two girls aged 20.
Arrived late at hotel, were greeted very well and sent to dinner immediately so we didnt miss it. Check in simple and straight forward. upgraded to 3 poolside/sea view rooms on first floor for £100. Had welcome pack inc fresh fruit and bottle of wine to all 3 rooms and suitcases all brought to room.
Location. Right on the sea over-looking Tiran Island. Brilliant access to sea via pontoon, with life-guard. Snorkling excellent. We took our own gear and went in every day (at least twice!). Best times early morning or just before sunset. We saw loads of different fish inc a lion-fish, plus a leopard shark (have done all day boat trip from Naama Bay before- this was as good, and free!!)
Shops within short walking distance-BE CAREFUL AT NIGHT- Our daughter fell down a huge open drain in the dark on an unlit pavement and ended up with stitches in her foot and bruising - It could have been alot worse!!Always check prices as they try to double everything-then haggle.
Staff. We had no problems at all with the staff. They loved the english(its a mainly Italian Hotel). Reception always helpful and eager to sort out probems. Cleaner fantastic. Restaurant staff very attentive, as were bar staff - especially Walled at Pool-Bar. It pays to be friendly and remember staff members names, they really appreciate it and give you FAR better service! Big thanks to Walled (Pool bar) , Ahmed (on the beach-front), Mahmoud (Everywhere!). Sameh(pool-bar), El sayed(Pool Bar), Mohhammed(chef at Pool and Beach Bars), and Yasser (cleaner).
Food. Over-all very good. Plenty of selection at all meals for everyone-even picky teenagers! PIzza and chips available from 11am til 5pm on beach - as much as you like! Evening Meal always good selection including something different on the BBQ every night.Food always served hot which makes a change from other Egyptian hotels.
Drinks at bar always easy to get local beer and wine good but spirits a bit hit and miss although plenty of them Soft drinks very good Coke Sprite Fanta Soda water Diet Coke Water dispensers at beach,pool and restaurant.tea and coffee available all day.
Entertainment- if you need to be entertained its all in Italian and amateurish at best could be classed as comedy at times.Animation staff all Italian -plenty of activities if you want to join in.Sometimes volume of music is far too loud-but if you speak to Hotel staff they sort it out straght away.
Rooms very well appointed own fridge (no kettle) sheets and towels changed every day .
Overall had a great time, quiet hotel good staff. If you want to mix with other English people this is not the hotel for you but if you want to relax and snorkel in the Red Sea.it is fantastic.
Will definitely return.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

Arrived late afternoon ,greeted with a smile and a welcome cool drink.Reception staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean but a little tired ,towels and bed linen changed daily house keeping staff again very friendly and helpful .Location was good right on the beach .There was a jetty with steps down to the sea which was manned by lifeguards .( it would be a good idea to have two set of steps ,one for access and other for exit !! as we found it difficult at times to get in and out because people were sitting on steps and wouldn't move unless they were told by guard ). Now for entertainment, it was in Italian (because its an Italian owned hotel) which did not bother us in the slightest, we still enjoyed it !! Food was great ! fish, beef, chicken, seafood and veg , steamed ,fried ,grilled and bbq .The desserts, cakes, fresh fruit . Waiter staff and chefs friendly ! My family and i really enjoyed the holiday would and would go back .The hotel has a homely feel about it due to all the staff being friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

My boyfriend and i have just returned from two weeks all inclusive at shores aloha. We found the hotel to be in a very good location and was pleasently suprised when we arrived. We arrived late at night and was shown to our room - we were slightly dissappointed that we didnt have a balcony and that our "terrace" was actually just a small patch of sand outside our glass doors. We did not get any table of chairs as there was no room in the sand pit but all in all we were not bothered enough to request a room change.
Pool was lovely (no problems getting sunloungers), didnt get too harrassed to buy stuff whilst sunbathing, beach was very stony but was nice to be so close to the sea. The food was really good, especially the bbq section, and the waiters were all friendly and good fun. All inclusive alcohol was awful - the vodka smelt like petrol and the gin would have been ok if i didnt have to have it with sprite. But a lot of foreign hotels are the same with drinks as the spirits are local spirits. Could only have wine in the restaurant as well with dinner so i struggled to find an alcoholic drink i could stomach. Entertainment was awful - in our opinion, even though it was all in italian, it looked really boring and not very well co-ordinated. As the reps were all Italian they did not even acknowledge us. One of them started to talk to us about the nights events but when she realised we were english she stopped. All the guests in the hotel used the pool bar chairs to watch the entertainment even though there was already a designated area - this meant that quite often we went down to have a drink in the evening to find only tables and no chairs so we gave up and went back to our rooms. The Lawrence Cafe in the hotel was lovely and the service was outstanding - not part of the all inclusive but well worth the money to have a nice beer/cocktail in a glass! And the waiter kept on bringing out bowls of different food, best service we received.
We both got the dreaded tummy bug but this had nothing to do with the hotel - was mainly to do with the heat and the fact we didnt drink enough water. Local shop outside the hotel was expensive compared to the rest in sharm so we decided to walk further afield to buy our water and snacks. All in all we had good experience at the hotel and got very good value for our money. Was just a shame that more english people turned up as we left - there was only 6 including us when we arrived!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 110 South Sinai | Um El Seid Cliff, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#89 Luxury Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#89 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
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Hotel Class:4 star — Shores Aloha 4*
Number of rooms: 206
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