We've just got back from the All Seasons Oasis and wish we were back.
It's a great hotel, small and comfortable with a great atmosphere. As we were all British we got to know loads of people and nobody had food poisoning while we there - I'd agree it was more likely to be dehydration and the heat as we ate in the restaurant most of the time and had no problems.
Reception - very pretty Morrocan design, receptionists are friendly and helpful and there's free WiFi if you take your laptop! They have a library where you can put the books you've read and find another one -although as it was always in the late 30's or higher when we were there you'll be lucky if your pages dont melt and start falling out...
The room was spacious with balcony and a pool view; large, clean, very comfortable beds, fridge, Sat TV with a few great film channels and a free safe . The cleaner did a fab job with all the towel scultures every day and always had a smile on his face (as did all the staff) Find it hard to believe that any rooms would have dirty or ripped sheets as it said in one review but if they had and asked someone they would have rectified it straight away. We had an issue with the card to get into our room one day and they sent someone up straight away and it was sorted.
Food - ok so not loads of choice and a little repetitious but it's an Egyptian AI hotel not Gordon Ramsey's restaurant. There's always something you'll like and should satisfy most people; great chips by the way :)
Pool - fab, perfect temperature- cool enough to be refreshing after the heat but not too cold so you got frostbite - Abdul makes sure it's always clean and didn't have any problems with sunbeds. They have a masseur at the pool who was great! We both had a full body massage that took about an hour and a half and was a bargain!
Pool bar- great place to relax and get together with everyone for a chat - staff very friendly and always smiling, especially Khalid, Achmed and Mido (sorry if I've spelt those wrong)
We knew there was no entertainment at the hotel as it said so, however we met some great people (especially Dennis, Margaret, Chris, Sandra, Mike (Diveback Mountain!) Jackie, Barry, Emma, Jemma, Steven, Natalie, Alana and Kevin and Weasley the cat- sorry if I've missed any,)and there was quite enough entertainiment with those without the need for any more! Never laughed as much in my life!
Location - free bus to Naama Bay, although taxis are cheap- we always haggled and paid 20LE to go to Old Sharm which is an experience and has some great restaurants (we tried the Sinai Star for fish and Le Mezzanine for meat) Food was great and we never paid more than about a tenner per person. If you can't be bothered to go far there's loads of shops, restaurants, bars etc within a 5 minute walk - El Mercato is just round the corner from the hotel and they have some fab restaurants (try Onions - fab location and great food) they have a KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut if you want that.
The bazaar area is great, just look for the fancy towers - as with all areas just get used to saying no when shopkeepers hassle you but they take no for an answer- again it has loads of bars, shops and restaurants etc.
Trips- there's loads of excursions on offer (all priced in £) including trips to Cairo, Petra and Jerusalem but we'd done those before (well worth a visit) so we did the lazy boat trip/snorkline. Excellent day out including lunch and there was only 8 of us on the boat. My husband went diving with Ocean collge and loved it- well you can't miss that if you're in Sharm.
Hopefully they'll sort out the contracts/management/owner issues etc soon so people can start going back - it's well worth a visit and for the price is a bargain! If you want a good value for money hotel with a great atmosphere, great staff and good location then try it, you won't be sorry. They have plans for a shisha bar and disco upstairs (got a sneaky tour from Sharon and it'll be great when it's done) and a games room downstairs - would love to see that once it's been completed, but whether that's completed or not I'd still love to go back. Obviously if they want an objective reviewer for when that's done then I am available at short notice :)
Finally thanks to Sharon (who has the joy of dealing with any issues some British people moan about on holiday such as lack of diet coke, pool too cold, weather too hot etc and still manages to smile!!!) for organising for the remaining lot of us still left at the hotel a few days ago for us all to have a meal together in the restaurant to celebrate our last few days and Natalie's birthday).
Anyone has any questions just send me a message and I'll do my best to answer them and I'll post some pics soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 60 room hotel in Sharm El Sheikh and is situated in Hadaba on El Mercato which is one of the most popular shopping areas. It is a cozy, low rise resort with an old Arabic design and feel with unique pieces brought in from Old Cairo to give the hotel its special feel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sharm Elysee Hotel Sharm El Sheikh