Our difficulties were in no way down to the hotel who were briliant in helping us all through the week. I travelled with my 10 year old daughter and son who had turned 18 the day before we flew. He was what you might call 'overtired' that morning and had started to brew a temperature before we left home. He continued to feel unwell and Sharm airport thermal imaging picked him out of the arricing horde. We were all ambulanced to the hospital where he remained for 4 full days being treated for swine flu. We will never know whether he really had it (we think not) and the whole experience was most unpleasant. However, this review is about the hotel not the holiday. So...
Excellent quality facilities, buildings, furnishings. Comfortable, well-equipped room kept spotlessly clean by fantastic personal service of lovely Sharif (brilliant towel art). Entire complex amazingly clean. Large number of hard-working staff in all areas whose cheerful attitude and willingness to help coupled with personable, respectful humour seemed endless. Enormous variety of plentiful good quality food - yes including some creative recycling which should not be considered undesirable. Amazingly some guests chose to eat plates filled with nothing but chips at every meal. Choice of active or quiet pools both superclean, three bars (why would anyone complain about lack of glass around a pool??), and theatre with plenty of seating for all delivering usual mixture of family friendly nonsense - just what you need for kids on holiday. The animation team (Adam, Kimo, Mady and Tonch) seemed on the go nonstop with activities for all ages and made it their business to get to know everyone, especially the children, but allowed you to join in or not as you wished. In fact all the restaurant and barstaff couldn't possibly have been any more friendly and helpful. You could easily not bother going anywhere else for the whole week. The kids club - basic it's true but my daughter was happy there for a couple of hours a day and she is very choosy.
Not really any. But do be aware the hotel is not near anywhere you want to go (including the red sea) so the hotel cars or a taxi (slightly cheaper) are the best way to get around. The hotel private beach is not actually at the sea and although it's alright you do get a bit hassled by the concessions like tattooing and hairbraiding. Lack of AI snacks outside mealtimes and very small icecream portions during 3-5pm slot bit annoying but not devastating - we were eating way too much at mealtimes anyway!
Mosquitos - evil ones. But we sprayed with OFF (hotel shop) and were pretty much OK.
Very little fault to find overall quite honestly and special mention must be made of the spectacular support given to me by every member of staff as I was coping on my own with the hospital problem. They regularly checked with the hospital (unasked) and updated me, they (again unasked) took hotel food and drink in to my son twice a day (OK it wasn't the AI buffet and they were saving what he otherwise would have eaten and drunk), Ayman one of the managers accompanied me in the hotel car the first time to show me the way and all the staff seemed to know of my trouble and asked after my son.
A few words of advice - not connected to the hotel: everything is very cheap but haggling is still expected anyway and you can expect the egyptians to try it on. For example we paid 60EP (£6) in the first taxi from the hospital (and we heard of someone who was charged 150EP) but we only ever paid 25EP after that (yes that's £2.50). Ask how much then haggle. Na'ama Bay is obviously where it's all at, but beware of going with the shopkeepers for any reason. They will try any means to get you to go with them and getting out again is hard work - just walking along the streets there is oppressive for the amount of hassle you get. Do drink loads of water - we had only trivial tummy upsets. Do use an insect repellant spray containing deet. Most of all DO take paracetomol on the plane if any of your party has any kind of temperature - you will be diagnosed with swine flu even if it's just a 24 hour bug.
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- Situated on Sharm El Sheikh’s tranquil Hill, Xperience St. George Homestay combines a spectacular cosy atmosphere & an exclusive “home away from home” experience. The resort features 262 guest rooms & suites, as well as an impeccable friendly service, providing every facility to indulge the discerning traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Xperience St. George Homestay Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- St Georges Three Corners
- Three Corners St George
- Three Corners Saint George Hotel