In a way the lobby of a hotel is not important in a place like Sharm where you rarely leave the hotel but the first impression was awful - dark, dingy and the stairs down to the main restaurant are equally depressing as is the first sight of some video games which should be tucked away in another area as its a terrible eyesore. Block 14, where we were was a long walk to anywhere. Rooms are spacious but terribly tired. Pathways are all cleaned but mottled - gardens are v. attractive but some grass areas are badly worn. too much building work.
Food in speciality restaurants better than expected. b'fasts are fine but the same every day. Salads are limited but good quality, pasta good but a lot of food is inappropriate for such hot weather and clearly has been recycled from previous day. Staff generally v. friendly and efficient.
To say there are 4-5 pools on First Choice is a bit disingenuous as there are really only 2 outdoor pools and the noisy pool is too loud for the pm.
My main issue with the hotel is that we chose Sharm because of the snorkelling and this hotel's jetty does not get you to the wall but just to a swimming area. The hotel to the right has a jetty twice as long and does reach the wall but one is never sure if you will be allowed to use it - entirely dependent upon whom is on duty as they check the bracelets. Yes, one can go on snorkelling tours from the beach or to Ras Mohamed (both excellent) but sometimes you just want a quick 20 minute snorkel and this is not possible so if this is important to you don't choose this hotel.
May well return to Sharm but not to this hotel & would rather pay a bit more to get the elements I want plus the clientele is a bit chavvy and there are too many unsmiling russians posturing in speedos.
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- Offering the unsurpassed panoramic views of the Red Sea, Coral Sea Holiday Village Resort presents a comprehensive under-one-roof concept that meets the need of every discerning leisure traveler. This 5-star resort houses: 484 elegant guest rooms with modern amenities, superbly-designed facilities and 13 exciting dining and lifestyle choices for a multi-dimensional experience. It is our privilege to enchant our guests with courteous and attentive service that is the hallmark of Coral Sea Holiday Village Resort; we deliver only the best! ... more less
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