Recognised locally as simply Turquoise Beach Hotel, the hotel has seen better days and the gardens are a little claustrophobic. However, the pool and surrounds are pleasant enough with the pool having a "deep end" of about five feet, something that seems to have been abandoned in so many hotels of a more recent vintage.
The hotel boasts a private section of the beach on Sharm el-Maya bay which is reached by crossing the, often quite busy, road around the bay and since this access is located on the crown of a bend in the road, more than normal care must be taken, especially when making the return trip, from the beach entrance back to the hotel.
Dining arrangements are a bit haphazard with tables seating from two to eight persons so the selection of fellow diners that one can enjoy is practically limitless having enjoyed the company of Italian, Russian, Swiss, German, Ukrainian fellow diners during my week stay.
On six of my seven days stay there was no butter laid out at breakfast with no choice of jams - either all strawberry or all fig. Having said that, the egg chef did produce some very nice omlettes and could also turn his hand to crepes.
I am an early riser so it's possible that the shortage of croissants that I experienced every day might have been rectified later in the breakfast sessions but I never did find out which nationality was in the habit of having mince for breakfast
I'm afraid that the selection of dishes on offer at dinner was pretty poor and apart from the staples of rice with vegetables and pasta with a variety of sauces the only offering that stuck in my mind was a dish of slices of a strange meat loaf that was labelled as "Beef"
My room was maintained in a spotless condition with the sheets and towels changed daily and the corridors and grounds are kept similarly well maintained by a small army of ever cheerfull and friendly staff.
In fact, if there was one overwhelming favourable impression that I took away from my stay at the Turquoise Beach it was that of the amazingly friendly and helpfull group of people I met there.
Unfortunately this, for me, was more than offset by the fact that the hotel management seems to be of the opinion that their guests either need or want to be bombarded with the almost continuous broadcasting of music at volumes that vary from the barely tolerable to the downright deafening, in the gardens and around the pool. The worst is on the beach where the pounding from the loudspeakers is positively injurious to hearing.
It's for this reason and this reason alone that I will not be considering the Turquoise Beach for any future holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Turquoise Beach Hotel is located in the cosmopolitan resort of Sharm El Sheikh, only a fifteen minute drive from the International airport. Perfectly located overlooking Sharm El Maya Bay and close to all amenities, it is an ideal gateway to all sorts of activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Partner Turquoise Beach Hotel Sharm El Sheikh