Overall very good hotel. I apologise if some of the following comments seem moany, I'm just trying to get my point across in order to advise others. Regardless of the little moans, I would recommend this hotel!
Rooms: very clean, and comfortable. Quite roomy. Mattresses very firm! The cleaners make up room nicely everyday. One of the days we had a lovely towel display of swans and a heart for valentines day.
Restaurant/Food: staff helpful, but quite eager to remove your plate/cutlery before you've finished. Food is typical for an all inclusive hotel. Not going to lie, but despite my best efforts, I did have a funny tummy throughout my stay, but I think it's to be expected where ever you stay in Egypt. There is usually some nice, healthy options available and I strongly recommend the soups!! They are delicious! The only criticism of the restaurant is the fact that they play the same music over and over again, and around 5 of these songs are christmas songs. Apparently it has been pointed out to management but nothing is done.
Bar/Disco: The bar staff are brilliant and very helpful! Word of advice: don't drink too many cocktails and stay hydrated with water if you do decide to have them! They are very strong! Beer and wine is nice! The disco (octopus bar) which is round the corner from the main bar is where the hotel holds its evening entertainment. During our stay we had a disco dance, belly dancer, 'miss hotel' competition, karaoke and bingo. The entertainment could be better in the evenings, but the karaoke was fun!
Animation Team: All I have to say is, I'd had enough of them after a week. I feel bad for saying this as they meant well, but A lot of the other guests shared my views too. They are very pushy during the day (trying to get you to join in the daytime activities such as; dancing, stretching, water polo, pool and darts). I found that (even if you're reading a book, trying to sunbathe or listening to music) all 3 of them will come up to you and pester you (one after the other) to try and get you to join in. Most guests made it clear they did not wish to join in, and if you don't they make you feel guilty and call you lazy. Sorry but I go on holiday to relax during the day, and don't appreciate being called lazy constantly... Complaints were made to management about this but nothing seemed to change. They are nice enough guys, but really need to tone it down a bit.
Spa/Gym: I did not use either of these facilities. I was tempted to use the gym, but after being pestered by 2 of the staff on several occasions, it put me off. I was sunbathing one day and was approached twice in an hour by the staff trying to sell massages. Was very unimpressed when the female member of staff decided to make me jump by approaching me from behind and putting her hands on my face whilst I was nodding off on a sun lounger by the pool. She made me jump out of my skin (on purpose)... Not exactly a great way to sell a relaxing massage.
Tips: DO NOT drink the tap water, it is not safe!!
If you use the shops, you need to haggle or you'll Be ripped off!!
I Would strongly recommend taking a trip into Taba Heights (nearby) and go for a meal at the Mexican restaurant! Was absolutely lovely, and a nice escape from the animation team for the evening.
- Also Known As:
- Sol y Mar Sea Star Hotel Taba
- Sol y Mar Sea Star Hotel
- Sol y Mar Sea Star
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrouned by the mountains and the beautiful Red Sea coast, the Sol Y Mar features 171 comfortable and pleasantly furnished guest rooms and Junior Suites. Each room has a balcony or terrace overlooking the pool, mountains or Red Sea. This warm and freindly hotel features 1 main and 2 a la carte restuarants, 3 bars, 4 swimming pools, gym and health club. The hotel is equipped with everything you would expect from a 4* hotel. ... more less
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