This is a good choice for people who appreciate smaller, quieter hotels and who are realistic about what £14 (or less) per night all inclusive will get them. It is not suited for those whose holidays centre around great food and/or partying all night.
The hotel's best strengths are the large rooms with comfortable beds, (except for rather hard pillows) the beautifully heated small pool, the flower filled grounds and the friendly staff. I also liked the fact that there was a good mix of nationalities. Its weaker areas are the food and the fact that the rooms (at least in ours) could be more thoroughly cleaned, e.g., the paintwork and doors were a bit grubby. I think some people were too critical of the food as I could always find enough I liked, and my breakfasts of fruit, yoghurt, omelette and toast were certainly better than my typical breakfast at home, but overall the food was not wonderful.
The hotel wifi is expensive but there is a small internet cafe with the Amersina next door and you can get 30 minutes access for 10 Egyptian pounds, (£1) which, if you use your own gadget, can be used over a 24 hour period. Alternatively if you turn right out of the hotel and walk less than 10 minutes there is a cafe called Dwar Alonda which has free wifi you can use for the price of a drink, or, if you're not all inc at the hotel, a cheap lunch. (Plate of chips is 10 Egyptian pounds.) There are other places with free wifi- this is just where we went.
We went to the coral beach regularly on the hotel shuttle and the snorkelling there is very good if you time it right, but it can be rough, so don't bother going on windy days. Avid snorkellers may wish to pick a hotel with access to a more sheltered bay where snorkelling conditions are more reliable. FYI for orientation this beach is between a soon-to-be-opened Sunrise hotel and a building site, but the nearest open hotels on each side are the Renaissance Golden View and the Hilton Sharm Waterfalls. The sandy beach is in the opposite direction from the hotel and is near the Old Market. It is more sheltered and suitable for kids. You can ask the hotel shuttle to drop you off at other locations if they're passing them, e.g.,the Old Market.
Tipping should be done in local currency as staff have trouble getting rid of foreign coins, and try to keep the amounts in proportion to local wages.
Be realistic about your expectations and appreciate how much more you're getting for your money than at home.
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- Also Known As:
- Mexicana Sharm Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Mexicana Sharm El Sheikh
- Creative Mexicana Egypt
- Creative Mexicana Sharm Resort