This was my second visit to Sharm El Sheikh. In May 2009 I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Club which has the same concept as the Royal Savoy "a hotel within a hotel". The Royal Savoy is a very good hotel. The best part of the holiday at the Royal Savoy was the food; we were on the all inclusive package and enjoyed amazing food at different restaurants each evening. The Bombay, Steakhouse, Teppanyaki (all Soho Square) and the Italian restaurant (Savoy) were our favourites however the Saffron Restaurant (Soho) and the Seafood Restaurant (Savoy) were of a poor standard in comparison. The al a carte lunch restaurant next to the beach was great. All inclusive is very important in Sharm if you like to enjoy a few drinks. At the Hyatt Regency Club you have 2-3 hours of free alcoholic drinks in the evening however after this time a glass of Egyptian wine costs £20!
In comparison to the Hyatt Regency Club the Royal Savoy itself was not as good. The private beach at the Royal Savoy consists of around 8 sun loungers on the cliff with no direct access to the sea/beach without walking down some steps, however at the Hyatt Regency Club the private beach is really big and private with a beach bar and waiter service (all soft drinks free). The swimming pools at the Royal Savoy are small, quite basic and lack privacy. The Hyatt Regency Club, however has a beautiful, large, private three tier pool with waterfalls. The clubhouse snacks at the Royal Savoy were very basic compared to the Hyatt Regency Club.
I can understand why other people have stated that the construction did not interfere with their holiday at the Royal Savoy, as it does depend where your room is situated, but I didn't like it. The noise did interfere with my holiday. The constant music around the pools (attempting to hide the construction noise?) is very irritating too.
The check in at the Royal Savoy was excellent, however the check out was disappointing. The Royal Savoy was closed (6am) so we checked out at the main reception. The receptionist tried to charge us for alcohol and crisps from the mini bar that we had not consumed. There was no "inventory" at the beginning of the holiday and the items were never in the mini bar. This fiasco took 30 minutes to resolve and made us late for check in at the airport. To make matters worse our taxi driver did not know which terminal to take us to!
Overall, the Royal Savoy is a great hotel with many positives set out in all the reviews and we had an amazing holiday. The dining experience makes it stand out from any hotel in Sharm. If you are more concerned with privacy, the beach and the pools however, I would recommend the Hyatt Regency Club. I recommend both hotels very highly but for different experiences; the Hyatt if the day is the most important and the Royal if the evening is most important. I just wish one of the hotels offered both!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Savoy is an exclusive club wing, complete with its own private lounge, terrace, pool, and beach area. Created for guests who prefer to stay in a more intimate and secluded location within the grounds of the Savoy. The Royal Savoy offers rooms of exceptional grace and comfort, all providing views over Tiran islands or the hotel's landscaped gardens. The rooms range in size from the generous standard rooms, to the famous luxury Suites. All rooms are welcoming and capacious, offering an exceptional combination of style and function. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh