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Mexicana Sharm Resort
Ranked #128 of 234 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
North West London
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4 reviews
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“Hotel great, food awful”
Reviewed April 30, 2007

Ok i booked this as a last minute holiday and got a very good cheap deal.
I loved the hotel it is very very pretty with loads of flowers and grass everywhere. Its location was also very good, only about 20 mins from the airport & 10mins from Naama bay.
I went though with my sister for a 1 week stay and both of us are both young and blonde so we got harassed our whole stay.. even by people working in the hotel (by the way there is not 1 woman working in the hotel)
Our room (227) was also above the hotel kitchen and dining room and subsequently got woken up at about 4am everyday when all the staff arrived for breakfast. There was also a little.. wat i would describe as a shed below our balcony containing huge gas canisters and 1 morning we were awoken at 3am by a man pushing over the gas canisters and rolling them away towards the kitchen!!!! the whole room shook and went on for about 10minutes before i had to shout off the balcony for them to be quiet!!!!
The food in the hotel was horrid... i stayed all inclusive and everyday was the same.... some sort of rice, chicken, beef and vegetables but the were horrid!!! byt half way through the holiday i was eating soup and a roll as could not face anything else.
You also have to pay for food from the pool bar e.g chips, burgers or pizzas and you can only get free alcohol until 11pm!
There is also no evening entertainment what so ever!!

  • Liked — Very pretty & clean
  • Disliked — the food
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
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kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2007

Me and my partner stayed at the mexicana and were pleasantly surprised at how clean and how nice it was. It is a short bus ride fom the local beaches and Naama Bay which is where the night life is. The hotel lay on free bus rides to the beach and Naama Bay which is good. Just up the road is a lovely quiet beach called Reef Beach which is fantastic for snorkelling. The only thing that lets this hotel down is the food. We went A Inc and its the same food every day. Beef, Chicken, rice and spaghetti. After a few days it drives you mad. The pools are nice and the staff are very friendly and helpful. You can book up lots of excursions which are reasonably cheap and if you like to dive its fantastic. The pyramids are an hours flight away at a cost of about 130 pound each. All in all it was a lovely stay and I would definitely recommend it. Lastly, if you have to make your own way by taxi from the airport to the mexicana be aware the taxi drivers will try and sting you for at least 4 times what the fayre should be. You should look to pay no more than 12 english pounds. They tried to charge me 30 pound and I had to haggle a lot to get the right price. Its the same in the shops, beware they will charge you way over the top for things if you dont haggle, so get ready to haggle!!

Stayed April 2007
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north lincs
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2007

We went for christmas and it was very nice, the weather was amazing and the food was surprisingly good. The staff at the hotel were good apart from if it got busy then they didnt seem to know what to do. However our holiday was ruined by the touters around the pool at the hotel, you expect it down the street but not around the pool and these people would wake you up to ask if you wanted a massage not just once a day but a few times everyday. We will probably go back but probably to NAMA BAY as we were just a bit to secluded at the mexicana.

  • Liked — relaxing atmosphere
  • Disliked — touters around the pool
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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leeds,west yorkshire
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Reviewed April 10, 2007

we have just got back after staying at the mexicana for 2 weeks. we were a bit worried as it was our 1st visit to egypt, we need not have worried it was a lovely hotel and the staff could not do enough for you.michal was our cleaner and he did a fantastic job,every other day there was fresh flowers in the room.we went on b/b basis as we had heard ai was not very good i think we made the right decision as food looked very poor.breakfast was ok if you can eat eggs and bread every day, you could have fresh fruit salad if you could manage to get to it as soon as it came out before our russian friends did,they take everything in bulk and if they think you are waiting to get some they always fill there bowl to the brim as not to leave any for anyone else ie us brits.
however they wont stop us from returning to the mexicana as we have just booked to go again next april cant wait.

  • Liked — spacious rooms and lovely gardens
  • Disliked — the rugs in the rooms
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Bucks
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2007

Got back 4th April the weather was amazing watch out for the breeze as its deceiving.
After visiting El Gouna at Xmas I think I have been spoiled as Sharm was definately not the place for me. I wouldnt return as the strip at Naarma Bay was like Benidorm with tat after tat shop and hassle hassle hassle.
They are extremely streetwise and clued up on every aspect of tourism in Sharm its been spolied and is over commercialised.
The Egyptians in Sharm are all from Cairo and in my mind they definately werent as curteous as El Gouna people who I believe reside in Alexandra.
This wasnt a pleasant experience and put me off going into Naarma Bay area.
The hotel itself was lovely I couldnt fault this hotel at all however................................My experience was if you werent wearing a band for ai you were treated differently and I still cant work out what kind of system they work to? Can anyone tell me? As I was B & B and obviously had to pay for all drinks, snacks etc but for some reason we were invisible? We used to order drinks or food by the pool but it would take anything up to an hour or they would forget having to be prompted up to 3 times. It was funny at first and we just thought oh well (and we are chilled patient people) but.....................it seemed to get worse until it was quite stressful dont get me wrong all I could do in the end was laugh but it was like Basil Faulty and Manuel.
Apart from this the hotel I would reccommend.....
If you arent ai in Sharm BE PREPARED as it isnt cheap. 240ml beer is £2.40 330ml beer £3.30 bottle of wine £10. Each tea or coffee, soft drink 80p a time so as I say be prepared. That was everywhere not just the hotel. They are so clued up it wasnt funny they would rip you at EVERY OPPORTUNITY so read up tarrifs and ensure you know your stuff before you look like a typical British MUG like a few of us found out over the days there!
SHARM definately never again but Egypt can be beautiful and unspolied so I reccommend EL GOUNA every time or I heard Dahab is unspolied too.
If anyone has any questions feel free to mail me Ill be happy to help.

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  • Liked — Clean large rooms
  • Disliked — Swimming pool staff at bar
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
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Kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2007

We stayed in the Mexicana in March, just got back. Had a brilliant time. The weather was superb during the day, very hot but a little chilly at night - needed a jumper.
If you're interested in the marine life then you will be overwhelmed with the snorkelling and scuba diving. Diamond Beach is perfect for both. Camel Dive are brilliant and will really look after you if its your first time and you're a little nervous like we were! We loved it so much we had another go but this time used the guys on Diamond Beach (the hut on the beach) who were half the price £15 (150le). For beginners i recomend just doing an Intro dive -Someone goes down with you for approx 30mins and it saves you having to worry about doing the 2day padi course. The fish are absolutley amazing.
Taxi to Diamond Beach should cost you approx 10le (£1). Naama Bay 20le (£2). They will try and start off alot higher though!
The food out there is lovely and very very cheap!
The hassle out there is not half as bad as other reviews have mentioned. All we got was them asking you to eat in their restaurants but just keep walking past. We didnt get any hassle around the hotel/hotel pool nor any at the beach.
Hotel was superb - rooms were basic but nice.
We would definitley go back to Sharm El Sheikh & mexicana.
enjoy!

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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egyp, sharm el shiek
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2007

me and my girlfriend stayed at the mexicana and like the rest of the reviews on here we were very worried about this hotel and we were all inclusive, which by the way was very good, a nice variety of breakfast, lunch & dinner. Fresh fruit, veg, chicken, beef and fish. overall though our stay there was very nice not much in the way of entertainment though at night time but its only 20 egyption pound to get to naama bay, when you haggle that one start at 15 then get to 20 with the blue and white cabs, that worked for us. the staff at the hotel will do anything for you, i have stayed in a few all inc and i thought this one was good value... the picture guy gives you a good deal aswell and the quality is very good, if you going to book tours or excursions, try local guys in naama bay. we paid £23 english each for quad biking and camel riding in the desert and mountains and through the hotal it was £25 each for the quads and camels, plus the snokelling or scuba will be a lot cheaper and the same quality.
i hope this hepls you out, we loved it there, nice hotel, we had a lovely king size bed room, staff were very very helpful,. We are going back next year....

  • Liked — staff, cleanliness and our room
  • Disliked — entertainment
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mexicana Sharm Resort
Address: Om El-Seid Hill, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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#15 Best Value Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#78 Top resorts Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mexicana Sharm Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 194
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