Well, I booked this place during my Easter holiday because I am on my own and other hotels were too expensive. Being near the Old Market was convenient and gave easy access to the minibuses which go all over, esp to Naama Bay. I liked being away from the hectic tourist scene in Naama Bay, however the choice of restaurants is a bit more limited. There's a money changer just next to Sandy Hotel which gives decent rates for all the currencies, which is useful.
The hotel itself was a big disappointment. The room was very basic and dark, with old furnishings, old curtains, and a bedspread which looked as though it had a history. When I saw a couple of cockroaches in my room, I asked them to spray, which they did. There was a tiny TV that had terrible reception and only Arabic channels, no cable. The air-con worked fine and there was a small fridge in the room, which was nice (plenty of little shops nearby to buy cold drinks, fruit, yoghurt, etc.) The night receptionist was a very friendly guy but spoke nearly no English. He tried though. The day receptionist propositioned me for a couple of days until I got so annoyed at his sexual innuendos that I reported him to the night receptionist; the following day he apologized and there were no more problems with him after that. Hardly any foreign tourists stay here; it's mostly Egyptians who are living there long or short-term. I would not say that this is a "dangerous" place to stay, but it isn't particularly comfortable or clean. I stayed there for 8 days and no one came in to clean or change sheets or towels unless I asked them to.
There's a swimming pool which looked OK but I didn't see anyone ever use it. WIFI only worked at the reception, not in the rooms, and I didn't even know about this until the day before I left. I paid around 22 euro a night (pre-booked via booking.com) but honestly speaking, that was far too much, especially considering the dismal tourism situation in Egypt at present. I was sure their hotel listing on booking.com said breakfast was included, but it wasn't. The locals must pay far less than foreigners. I decided the hotel in Naama Bay where I had stayed on previous visits was too expensive for me for a week, but when I stopped by there to say hello, the manager told me that if I came back next year, he would give me a room (including breakfast) for the same price I was paying at Sandy Hotel, which I'll definitely do!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the heart Sharm El Sheikh’s shopping district "Old Market", Sandy Hotel offers affordable rooms, outdoor swimming pool and complimentary Wi-Fi and parking. It is a short walk to Terrazina Beach.Fitted with air conditioning, satellite TV and a mini bar, each room is decorated with simplistic furnishings.The hotel is less than 10 minutes’ drive from Naama Bay. ... more less
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