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“Great Budget 4 star experience”
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Sharm Reef Resort
Ranked #111 of 230 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
Banbury, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“Great Budget 4 star experience”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

We booked our stay as last minute holiday not knowing a lot about Sharm el sheikh or the Sharm Reef hotel. After a quick check on Trip Advisor we booked the Sharm Reef. I can honestly say the pictures on the site don't do it justice. We stayed in October and the facilities were picture perfect. The pool was always clean and fresh and the gardens well maintained. We arrived very late and at check in we were advised that there would be some food in our room. They had made sure that there was plenty of fresh fruit and bottled water and as an extra surprise they also upgraded our room to a suite free of charge. Wi-FI options are limited to pay as you go cards and you can only get coverage in reception (worth noting if you need access to the internet) . The all inclusive package included the local beer and spirits - (wine is only available at meal times on the plan). The beer is bottled as were the soft drinks which were all premium brands (Coke, Sprite, etc). The air conditioning could have been a bit cooler but was adequate. All the public areas were very clean and the on site shops and treatments were persistent but not bothersome (make sure you haggle though). The hotel is located opposite the Il Mercato shopping district which has plenty of fast food options (McDonalds, Costa, KFC) and restaurants though we mostly made use of the all inclusive meal options which included a fresh omelette station at breakfast and a fresh pasta station at lunch and dinner. The staff were all friendly and fluent in English and very attentive. When one of my children had some difficulty in the pool they were quick to come to her aid and the manager sought us out later to make sue that everything was OK. If you do visit Il Mercato shopping opposite the hotel be mindful of the Camel rides on offer - it was the only time we felt ripped off as we didn't ask for the ride and ended up paying over the odds for a short ride.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

Six lively seniors just back from 2 weeks at the Sharm Reef. What an excellent choice of hotel. it may not be the most luxurious we've ever stayed in but the staff made up for any shortfall in quality. From the moment we arrived at reception we were made to feel like "old" friends. Every member of staff including the manager made us feel welcome. The poolside staff (massage & hairdressing) are real characters, always smiling & joking. Restaurant staff could not do enough for us, with a special mention for Roma, one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.
The food was, as you would expect from all inclusive, repetitive but always something to tickle your taste buds. The Egyptian barbecue evening was excellent.
The pools area is superb. It is cleaned every evening, plenty of sunbeds and towels for guests.
The rooms are a good size and well enough equiped for a holiday. The beds are comfortable and large. Every room has A/C (thank god!!).
Sadly the only shortfall is the bar. Only the pool bar is used and drinks served in the type of flimsy plastic, disposable glasses used for water dispensers and never filled up. I would estimate it would take ten of these to make somewhere near a pint. The choice of spirits is extreamly limited and of poor quality. The bar staff constantly turn the music up so loud it is difficult to hold a conversation. We went to the mall oposite the hotel most nights for a drink.
Would we go back to the Sharm Reef again?, you bet we would. Had it not been for the bar we would have given it a 5 rating.
If this is read by the management of the Sharm Reef, "look after your staff" they make your hotel what it is. Our thanks to everyone of them for making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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8 Thank Barrie M
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Copenhagen
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2012

We had some what low expectations before coming to Sharm Reef, so we wouldn't be dissapointed, but how wrong were we :o)
We stayed for two weeks with our 2 year old daughter in august 2012, and we have almost nothing bad to say about this hotel, the staff or the food :oD

We booked all inclusive stay, and all meals are served in the restaurant, with nice and attentive staff, that played and joked with our daughter.
The food was very nice, and different menu's for lunch and dinner. Every wednesday they had Egyptian night with dancers, barbeque and the best falafel I have ever had.
Only breakfast was always the same, which after 14 days get's a bit trivial.

The room are nice, big and clean, and balcony with pool view. The pool area is quite large, and has to big children pools, however the tiles in the pool was very slippery, and it was hard to keep your balance. The pool bar served beer, soda and water, but again slippery and very warm tiles (flip flops are a must). Next to the children pool was a small pizzaria with a woodburning oven, where you could get pizza every day from 11-12.30 (2 kinds), and it was a nice little snack, and my daughter absolutly loved it.
The reception is very helpfull, but very warm, it was almost hotter in the reception than outside. Wifi access can be bought for 30-60 min, but since it is so hot inside, you don't really use it that much, they should have made it available by the pool instead ;o)

It takes 15 min to drive to Na'ama Bay (30 e. pounds), 30 min to Soho Square (100 e. pounds), and there is a hotel taxi you can hire, it's only 5-10 e. pounds more expensive than the regualr taxi's.

We loved our holiday there, and even though this is not gourmet cooking og 5 star hotel, it is very nice and friendly, and we would not hesitate to return another day :o)

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2012

We booked a last minute vacation for 2 weeks with all inclusive at this hotel in july/august 2012. The hotel area is nice and spacy with two big pools and the whole facility was nicely maintained. The rooms are quite big with a fridge, tv, balcony and AC. Nice and clean bathrooms.
Friendly and helpful staff. The food is boring but fine, taking into consideration that one don't go to Egypt for it`s culinary pleasures.
The massage offered at the hotel was very good.
The beach is 2 minutes away by the hotel shuttle bus. It`s not a sandy beach, but with a good access to the water by a pier, and a reef with beautiful snorkeling.
20 minutes by car to the airport, 10 minutes by car to Naama bay, and 10 minutes by car to the old market.
We will recommend this hotel for a budget luxury holiday, both for families and couples.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Frederiksvaerk, Denmark
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

We stayed at the Sharm Reef Hotel with our 2-year old daughter in October 2011. The staff both in the restaurant and in the hotel in general were extremely friendly and warm. The room was nice and was cleaned every day - a very good service in general. The food in the hotel restaurant was excellent with several dishes made on order both for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We can definitely recommend this hotel for families with small children. There was a separate pool for children and the staff were very concious about the safety around the pool area. All in all this is a great hotel and definitely gives you value for your money.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2012

The rooms very really nice, and the biggest bed I've ever seen in a hotel room. Cleanliness was great and the maid created art out of the towels every day. Even rose petals once in a while. Only ate breakfast there once, and it was, as others have described it, quite boring. Close to shopping, and not far from the city center.

The private beach was not more than OK, but the pool areas were nice.

Traveled in 2007, but still remember the nice rooms there.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Marianne S
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Oslo, Norway
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2012

clean and big room.Very friendly and helpful staff.
The food was not very good and a bit boring.
Good location only a few minutes to go to IL Mercado(shopping).
The private beach is not for children and people who can not swim but it is very nice for those who can to snorkel there.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sharm Reef Resort
Address: Fanar St. Umm El Sid Cliff | Directly Opposite IL Mercato Mall, Sharm El Sheikh 11231, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #111 of 230 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
Hotel Class:3 star — Sharm Reef Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 132
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sharm Reef Hotel... perfect for those who want to be in the town center. Has a beautiful beach and ristorante da maria where one could enjoy the delights of Italian cuisine with unparalleled views of the red sea water and The Tiran island. ... more   less 
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