we had looked forward to this holiday and had read lots of reviews some good some bad so we werent really sure what to expect. The hotel staff (bar & waiters were really good and worked exceptionally hard and were friendly & helpful) We asked to change our 1st room as the safe didnt work the fridge was filthy and the aircon and shower extractor didnt work and the wardrobe door was falling off. The quality of the electrics was appauling and dangerous with open consumer units, the sliding patio doors didnt work properly, the bar was poorly stocked and the glass cleaner didnt work properly, drinks were being served from split and cracked plastic glasses. We paid all inclusive the food was repetative to say the least virtually the same every day one day chips were served for lunch and then appeared as potato salad for the evening meal, the chiefs did the best with what they had, we ate out every lunch and evening and had omelette for 2 weeks for breakfast as that was made fresh everyday, other guests were and ourselves had our bags checked to see if we were bringing food in to eat and side doors were locked so noone could bring anything in. We were unfortunate enough to be in our room one evening when the corridors were being sprayed with insecticide there was no warning and the smell was overwhelming it was awful, the pool maintenance consisted of a young man tipping buckets of chlorine into the sides of the pool, one morning it remained in solid form at the bottom of the pool, our sons swimming trunks lost thier colour, no tests or measures were carried out during our stay. The area is undergoing serious redevelopment, so lots of unfinished buildings, the new shopping centre will be brilliant when it is finished, progress is slow and there is a lot of rubbish in the streets.
Old sharm is the place to visit with brilliant places to eat authentic egyptian food, lovely, be prepared for lots of stray cats, the boat trips with snorkeling was amazing worth the money and the quad biking is a must. Be prepared to have lots of hasttle whilst shopping its the way wouldnt ever go to this hotel again they shut it down a week after we left to finish it!
- 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