Came to this hotel for 10 days. Reception was quick and efficient and we were able to have an evening meal even though it was nearly 10 pm.
Have been to Sharm before, so sort of knew what to expect.
The room we were given was a family room. Large and spacious with ensuite bathrooms. There was also a kitchenette with a working fridge,which came in very handy. The furniture was all matching and in good condition. Everywhere was clean - no complaints there!
Couldn't see our surroundings until the next day, but we weren't disappointed. We were situated close by the beach,Cabana Bar and large pool.
It didn't take us long to realise that the hotel is geared for Italians. The beach area is lively throughout the day with an Italian DJ,(who talked non stop) and loud music which we didn't mind so much. Some reviewers said they were annoyed by the constant asking for massages etc by the pool from the staff,but I found that as soon as you told them you were English they lost interest anyway!
The bad bits for us were;
No itinery in your hotel room to tell you what's what. Restaurant and bar timings etc...
It's very hilly. To get from the main area down to the beach and back again is quite a trek if you're not too fit.
It's very centred around the Italians. A nod towards other nationalities would have been nice. Eg..at the beach,the DJ would announce when lunch would be ready at the Cabana Bar, but we couldn't understand a word. Saying that,we DID understand the word 'Pizza'!
Not much in the way of entertainment in the evening. The Amphitheatre is,again,suited for Italians.
The best bits;
Some of the food was great,especially the pasta station. The soups were very nice and I loved their bread.
One waiter,I didn't catch his name,was there for us everytime we came to the restaurant-a little tip goes a long way!
The Cabana Bar-best coffee ever.
The Splash Bar-great service.
The chap in the chemist was excellent. Hubby had a bad reaction to mosquito bites and the Doctor sorted him out. A big THANK YOU to him!
The jetty is very stable. Easy to get in and out of if you are unsteady on your feet.
Generally we had a good time. Spent some evenings in Naama Bay (50 egyptian pounds/£5.00) by taxi. Went to the Camel Bar - happy hour prices mon-fri evenings - well worth it.
Also, the prices at the hotel shops for souvenirs were practically the same as Namma Bay-without the hard sell!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located up on Um El Seid Cliff overlooking the Red Sea, Otium Hotel Amphoras is ideally located in one of Sharm El Sheikh’s most beautiful areas. Situated near one of the top diving spots it is a haven for divers and snorkelers. The hotel allows you direct access to many underwater and marine wonders, the highlight being an exciting ship wreck diving site called Amphoras (from where the hotel has proudly derived its name). Otium Hotel Amphoras is 18 km away (25 minute drive) from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, and 11 km (15 minute drive) from Neama Bay (Centre). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shores Amphoras Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Hotel Shores Amphoras
- Amphoras Holiday Resort Hotel