This hotel was spotless and we got the peaceful retreat we were after. The staff cannot do enough for you and the rooms were spacious with excellent bathrooms. We arrived on the 20th March so the first half of the week was quiet and had an air of exclusivity. With three lovely pools to sit around, the middle one being heated was a joy. The only problem during the day is that because of the layout, early afternoon sees a shade across one half of the pool. When the hotel was quiet this wasn't a problem as there were plenty of beds. However, come the weekend when it filled up the beds were claimed before eight in the morning. This is not the fault of the hotel but I have stayed elsewhere where they are quick to remove towels from beds. There was one occassion where a party of four had their four beds claimed but were spotted at the beach in the morning, clearly planning to have the beds on their return. The only other problem that seriously lets the hotel down is having no restaurant. Although only a five minute walk into the Sonesta Beach sister hotel, the fact that you have to go all that way to eat in the middle of a 4 star hotel is a bit lame. There is a restaurant solely for the Royale guests but it is the same food served as the other two buffet styles. Bland food but acceptable and a varied choice. The last weird observation is that it is very dark at night. There seem to be lovely lights set into the grass along the pathways but they are not very good. Sitting outside in the restaurant for the Royals was also so dark you could not see what you were eating, illuminated by a very poor tea-light. If they are going for the romantic setting they have not quite got it right. The other restaurants had actual lamps at their tables. Surely for the 5 star restaurant this could be achieved? Drinks at the pool bar was certainly a nice way to finish off the evening as there were a fine array of cocktails on offer. I think though that if they want to be at the top of the 5 star ratings there has to be free Wi-Fi and a free mini-bar. I shouldn't comment on the availability of the Spa as once we had seen the outside we wanted nothing to do with it. It is located near the beach on the edge of the sister hotel and looked very dreary. Still, overall, very clean, no sickness and I would say a week before Easter is a perfect time to go for the weather.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Royale Sharm El Sheikh, a Sonesta Collection Luxury Resort, is a boutique property on the Red Sea.The resorts is a winner of the 2015 Tripadvisor award for luxury resort. The resort offers 165 oversized luxurious guest rooms and spectacular suites with upscale amenities and opulent finishes. The resort features 3 magnificent pools and 2 of them are heated in winter from November 1st till April 30th.The resort has a fine-dining Italian restaurant, bars, and lushly landscaped gardens.A Health Club is available at the Sonesta Club across the road .Just 10 minutes from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. ... more less
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- Le Royale Sharm El Sheikh, a Sonesta Collection Luxury Hotel Sharm El Sheikh