First pointers :-
Wine not on AI list
Beer is Sakara
"May" be Pepsi or coke cola
only the above on AI
Water only from fountains nr pool bar, restaurant and lobby bar - shops nearby rip you off on bottles of water.
No AI service on the 2 beaches for your use
Lobby where WIFI is is smoky- no ventilation
Pool bar - use next doors WIFI - password - royal2012
We asked to be moved from the pool view room, we like quiet, but if you don't mind the music until 11pm, you will be OK.
Other "desert view" rooms are actually a dodgy view of the service road, and half build hotel right next to that- not good at all, although the 1st floor rooms may be better.
Garden rooms fairly quiet. You can hear trucks/cars/coaches on road outside, blowing their horns all the time.
Patio doors not a good fit- do lock, that's not a problem, but when the mosquito fogging man came round, our room filled with the fog, causing us to retreat to the corridor outside! Wonder what's in that stuff?
There is quite a walk to the lobby and restaurant with steps only up to the restaurant.
Mothers will be carrying their kids up these stairs.
Front lobby staff are very good- 98% of the staff in this hotel are helpful, smiling, but the others are sullen, and talk about you to their workmates under their breath.
No beach, but a great view (past the pile of rubble) over naama bay and further afield. Lots of building work on steps in front of the hotel, but this appears to be stopped a while (because of the political unreast- not as many tourists?)
there is a minibus down into Naama Bay- so you don't have to negotiate either the "Steps of Doom"( trip hazards, wires protruding, dodgy uneven cemented steps, with a final flourish of really dangerous uncovered manhole covers) or the "Steps of Death" - the old steps from in front of the royal albatross hotel next door- a straight down cemented lumps of rubble, which are an ankle tripping health & safety nightmare.
Hadaba beach, near Old Sharm is reached by free regular coach, but is not for the infirm, or anyone who can't face 8 flights of dodgy steps back up the cliff.
Beware the coach gets very busy to get back before lunch finishes at 3pm. The one toilet for this beach was blocked and unusable when we were there, the man vaguely waving elsewhere down the beach for somewhere else to go!
They also have a courtesy bus down into naama bay and "wave beach" opposite Helnan marina hotel, which is very nice, but will get very busy in summer.
Food- was OK, but you get the usual sullen unresponsive rude Russians swanning around, and if you are unlucky enough to get a few large parties of Egyptians- you may as well go eat elsewhere as they take over, and push into queues for food/plates, then load their tables with enough food to feed twice their party over. (The Russians shamefully waste food too)
I am a vegetarian, and I had no problems eating. I did get a tummy bug, but I always beleive you are going to get this if you swim/snorkel in the sea. predictably the Pharmacy ripped us off for diarroea tablets & paracetamol (£11.50) rehydration salts (£7.50) so may be worth packing those with you to bring along.
I believe this hotel would be absolute hellish pandemonium in peak season. was bearable as was quiet in december when we were there
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