Coral Sea Imperial Resort Sharm El Sheik Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh
Reviews - Coral Sea Imperial Resort Sharm El Sheik Hotel
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Coral Sea Imperial Resort Sharm El Sheik Hotel
Great hotelfrom happychester
The food was also good, not amazing but certainly appetizing. I enjoyed all the local dishes but for the less sophisticated tastes there is pizza, burgers and chips. I went with my husband and my 2 year old daughter and none of us got ill. The AI drinks are O.K. the beer wasn’t watered down at all and came out of a bottle. Although the waiters won’t give you the bottle they give you a glass half beer half head and that is your lot!! Watch out for the drinks in the minibar in your room as they can be quite expensive and it is probably worth stocking up when you go to the shops. Bearing in mind you can’t purchase alcohol.
Worth a mention is the a la carte restaurant on the beach. I didn’t enjoy this at all. I found the waiters rude, (they lost our booking) the drinks overly expensive, and the food was just O.K. The waiter put this BBQ on the table encumbered with fish. The trouble was it was smoking so much we could hardly breathe. We left quite quickly without pudding and much lighter in the pocket.
The pools are nice although the large one was freezing and I didn’t see anyone in there at all. The smaller one was blissfully heated. The toilets in the restaurants and around the pools could be better maintained. Although there was no children’s club the evening entertainment was good for the children. My daughter would attend the disco every night which she loved. The husband was equally impressed watching the attractive young ladies from the animation team with the exceptional short skirts dance around with the kids!!
There were quite a few mosquitoes and I would say you definitely need to wear repellent.
The trips we enjoyed were the dessert sunset trip. The views were stunning. My husband went on a camel with our daughter and I went on a horse. We went for 2 hours but one hour would have absolutely been enough. Watch out for the drinks in the tents. They lead you to believe that they are free and then they sting for a huge bill for a out of date bottle of fanta. Glass bottom boat was fun and a must if you are not planning on doing any snorkelling.
Watch out in the main stretch of town as the traders are very pushy and can get be very aggressive. It is best to ignore them as much as possible. We were too concerned with not being rude but in hindsight I wish I had. They used underhand tactics such as tormenting my daughter constantly giving her things to hold which was then a dreadful time trying to get them off her without a major display, so we ended up buying junk that we didn’t want, while putting up with them chanting lovely jubbly.
The Russians are very rude and arrogant, but not worth getting upset over. You see the most amazing looking women but they can generally be found purging in the toilets after dinner.
Finally, the beauty parlour is definitely worth a visit. I had a pedicure there and it was the best I have ever had. You end up with a new pair of feet!
I would definitely revisit this hotel.
fantastic time @ The Coral Sea Imperial Resortfrom weston2631
The rude person that demanded a english pound for each bag he put on the coach only raised a laugh and a firm "NO".
The transfer was about 15 minutes.
The hotel was very quick to settle us in and we were pleased with our room. There was myself, my husband and our teenage daughter. The room had plenty of space.
The restaurants had plenty of variety but some people still moan. We didnt get sick, but then we were not the ones @ the beach and pool bars drinking beer from 11am.
The beach was lovely and we did snorkel from the jetty @ our hotel to the jetty @ the Baron Hotel next door. There are some fantastic fish and coral to see.
The pools were spotless and the smaller one was heated.
We booked 4 trips with First Choice.
The flight was only 30 minutes but like a scene from " Final Destination", ( watch the film ).The day was packed and we saw the fantastic ,Valleys of Kings, Queens ,Karnak Temples and the museums. We had a lovely guide called "Paradise", she was a saint and so full of interesting knowledge.
Next we did the Stars and Dinner.
We stargazed through telescopes and got some cool pictures of the moon on our cameras. We watched the Bedouins make bread and had dinner.
Jeep safari in the desert and had lunch with the Bedouins.
Last we did A Red Sea Cruise.
This was the best for me.
We snorkeled @ the Ras Mohamed National park , Had a super lunch and caught some super sun shine. The coral really is amazing and the fish were not bothered by us and came quite close.
Overall we loved this hotel and the staff made us feel so welcome. We met some great people and have made some friends that we will be keeping in touch with.
We will return to The Coral Sea Imperial ,Feb 2010 and will be booking direct.
We will be flying with Easy Jet as First Choice always disappoint us.
Absolute bliss!!!from smokey_sloan
The hotel was fantastic - what an amzing layout! The lobby is spectacular with huge palm tree pillars up to the roof and an interesting fountain/river that runs right down through to the terrace.
The rooms are all well spaced and all different locations will provide different experiences - depending on what you are looking for. The beach front rooms have amazing views and are literally on the beach (funny that!) with lovely little gardens and terraces. Our room (which had been upgraded) was at the back of the hotel overlooking the quieter beach. The room had an amazing view of Tiran Island, a large balcony, a bed which can only be described as "God sized" as it was massive and last but not least a jacuzzi bath!! The rooms were cleaned thoroughly EVERY day - fresh towels, bathrobes and toiletries included.
My new husband is probably one of the fussiest eaters i've ever encountered and he ate really well - "like a king" were his exact words. Every day the was a great choice of food ranging from omlettes, cereal, pastries at breakfast, to salad, fresh individually prepared pasta dishes, international cuisine nights and the sweets are to die for! I cannot see why anyone could possibly complain about the food as I thought it was well above standard and great value for money. Oh and I forgot ,the fresh bread and rolls were yummy!
The two swimming pools were great - the smaller of the two was heated but considering the weather it didn't matter the bigger one was slightly cool! I also noticed that these were cleaned and tested every day which is good to know. The plus point about the bigger pool is the swim up bar and there is food available there from mid-morning until about three so you don't need to go far!
We did go on a couple of trips into the town but were lucky as it was Eid festival so many of the shop owners were away and so there was little hassle of being dragged in to buy things. However I did not enjoy Naama bay during the day as the shops were all samey and not very good value for money - not even the shops tucked away off the main st. However the bay comes alive at night with a good selection of pubs and clubs for those who want to party all night. We also went on the Seascope which is a partially submerged submarine - good value for money as you can see a vast array of fish and coral without having to get up close and personal with the creatures of the deep (i'm a big scaredy-cat!). Would definitely recommend this to anyone who has resevations about snokelling.
Last but not least - the staff. They are absolutely amazing and should be extremely proud of themselves for providing such wonderful customer service. They work really hard all day and even at the end of a shift are still smiling and willing to do anything for you - you will not find better people anywhere! They are wonderful with children and are always up for anything fun. Big thank you to everyone at the Coral Sea Imperial including Ashraf (pool bar), Moht, Sameh, Amir and Bassam (Cabana) and Mahmoud and Ehmad (lounge) also Sonja (guest relations) and Mr Salama the manager of the hotel who arranged all our little surprises - they all helped to make our stay the best and most special holiday we've every had. Thank you every one and keep up the good work - see you soon!
mixed feelingsfrom pablo12354
We were under the impression this resort was a 4 star plus. They must have a different rating abroad than they do back in England, as this is just not a 4 star plus resort.
Overall it was lovely to get away with my partner and our 8-month-old son. The Red Sea was fantastic lovely and warm and the snorkelling was out of this world. The beach was great too apart from the flies and people trying to sell you trips and massages etc.
They had too main restaurants you would eat at for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We ate at the Tiran mostly. The food was the same thing everyday. There was a good selection but after a week I was bored of the stodge. However we did eat twice at the two different Al Carte restaurants and they were lovely even though you had to pay for your drinks here on the inclusive offer. The drinks were ok. It was all local drinks so the wine and beer were generally quite weak and not as nice as back home. The staff were all fantastic very helpful and could speak great English. Salah and Moheab were especially lovely and would do anything for you.
Moving onto the room. We upgraded before we went from a standard pool view too a so-called sea view room. DONT DO THIS, as the sea view rooms are not really sea view. The view is basically looking over a rubbish tip beach with no sun and the sea is miles away. However we complained and they moved us even though we had to pay. We ended up with a beach front room, which was much better. We were on the proper beach now. The only downside is that the room was very run down and needed updating. Our air con kept going warm, there was a leak in the bathroom, the plug never worked in the sink and the bath was dirty. One thing I didn’t know about and allot of other people is about the insects. We are all covered in bites from head to toe and they are so itchy. I wouldn’t recommend taking a baby with you and if we ever went again I would just go with my partner covered in insect spray.
Don’t fly with first choice too if you have a baby you get no priority and basically they lie to you about your rooms.
If you are going to get money changed take euros or dollars as most of the stuff to buy was advertised like this. To finish on a positive though it is only 15 euros to get your washing done the day before you leave. We got ours done and they come back looking brand new smelt lovely and were all pressed even my boxing shorts were. I am missing the warm sun now I’m back home, but it’s nice to be back in my bed.
it was brill :)from baaaannnny
our favourite restuarant in the hotel was the Tiran, the tiran team were so friendly and caring!!! many thanks to you guys for looking after us.
the reception and lobby bar team were also really great.
overall, it was a great sunny location, lovely poeple and relaxed atmosphere, i will definalety be visiting again :)
bloody lush...from hol188
in the hotel is a lounge and there is a man called mahmoud that works there and he was a real gentleman. greeted us everyday with a smile..and always seemed happy. i would definatley go back to this hotel..perfect location with everthing you want in one place. food was ok but just takes some getting used to.if you go you have to eat the chocolate ice cream, i dont even like ice cream but that was LUSH..
fantastic holiday!!from millymooUk
The team consisted of about 8 young people Romeo,Mark.Tamer,Ronnie,Kemo,Gillian,Tamtam,and last but not least keeping them all in order Ali!!
They kept the holiday makers entertained from morning till night and we got involved in sport and stage!
I can recommend this holiday to any family with teenagers and small children alike, there was something for everyone.
Well done Animation Team you made our holiday.
I got biten by a German but what a great trip!!from MarkG_1982
I've just returned from a brilliant stay at the Coral Sea Imperial, formally the Conrad.
We were really impressed with the Coral sea when we arrived, its 10 mins from the airport and is by far the best looking hotel in the area. We were one of the first to get checked in but i could tell it was a little slow for the others.
We paid a bit extra for the 'Beach Front' rooms which as the name suggests, have a superb view of the beach and a sunrise every morning when you open your curtains. Specifically we were in room 3131 which is in a quiet corner and high up on the Third floor for the best view, i would recommend asking for it.
The room was spacious and spotlessly clean, In the earlier reviews for the Conrad hotel people did comment on the bathrooms being dirty and in need on maintenance but personally they were fine for me, sure the grouting needs a little tidy up but seriously(?!) i've got better things to do than moan and take pictures of it like some other people did!!
How did i get bitten by a German? Well, On the first day, my better half and I decided to grab a sunbed. There were Yellow and White towels on each bed so we assumed that they had been put out by the hotel. After 10minutes (seriously, without saying a word!) a very angry german man walks behind me and pulls the towel from under me and i go flying! After yelling at us in German he then tries to pull the towel from under my girlfriend who nearly gets thrown in the sand, he then lies down on my girlfriends sunbed, throwing her off in the process and basically signals for us to go forth!
As my girlfriend (now in tears) walks past him, she yells a few (unfriendly!) words at him and the man gets up to towards her obviously understanding what she has said ... to this day i'm not sure what he was about to do.
Anyways, This was enough for me and i pushed him back down onto the sunbed, filled his eyes with a handful of sand and proceeded to show him a little 'english friendship' for all his kind words.
When first pushing him away from my girlfriend, the man got my finger in his mouth and bit it down to the bone, i ended taking quite a few visits to the doctors but no stitches needed!
Now, in case you haven't guessed, guests can reserve their sunbeds by signing for the Yellow towels and placing them on the sunbeds ... we weren't told about this and hence the cause of that complete overreaction, i don't think he'll be doing it again though :)
Anyways, your probably all really shocked at this so let me make something clear ... This kind of thing NEVER happens in Egypt. Except for a certain crazy german man (who won't be there when you go!) every single guest and person that i met was the friendliest i've ever seen. On that subject, when i told the people at the hotel they couldn't do enough for me, paid my doctors bills and reserved me my own sunbed everyday. No one could believe what had happened and my finger became somewhat of a celebrity
Anyways, back to the Coral Sea, we spent all of our time on the beach and never really visited the pools, both looked great and its where the Animation team spends most of their time.
The beach is lovely, you'll need to get up early to reserve a sunbed (*laugh*) but there are always quite a few left if you oversleep. You'll have various people walking up to you throughout the day, most of which you'll make friends with by the end of the holiday and don't be scared to go with Sultan and his horses (What a great bloke) and the guys from Aquarius.
I hired a speed boat from the boys in Aquarius to take my girlfriend and I over to Tiren Island, when the sun went down i pulled out some champagne, some wild flowers (that the guys on the beach made me!) and popped the question ... She said yes thank god :)
The snorkeling on the beach is excellent, bring your own snorkel with you as you won't find one for less that £30 (after haggling!) but it really is worth it
My partner really didn't like the local alcohol, i must admit it does not taste anything like the alcohol back in sunny england and it all smells the same, i didn't mind it but after disliking the wine aswell, my better half stuck to beer all holiday.
As for the trips, we went on the VIP Cruise which was one of the best snorkeling and boat trips i've been on ... seriously, do it! The guys on the boat are great and my Wife to be really isn't a strong swimmer, she still managed it and have a wonderful time ... If you arn;'t strong at all, the guides let you hold onto a large float and they pull you along with the rest of the group.
The second trip was Stars and Dinner, this wasn't as good as the VIP cruise but still worth it for the money (£25 each i think). It starts off quite slow, but gets better as the night goes on
A lot of people said that the food is repetitive and i can understand this i suppose. Personally, i thought the food was excellent and they put on something a little different every day. Don't be scared to try what you don't know, 99% of the time it tastes great :)
Two things let the holiday down for me a little, first the Airport is the height of incompetence ... The queues on the return were ridiculous and we were waiting to check in for an hour, never mind passport control and the hour delay after that!
Second was the main problem for me, Its the hassle that you get from the street sellers and shops. You'll get pulled into shops left and right and if you do go into a shop voluntarily, you'll get followed around to the point that i actually trod on someones toes when i turned around. Someone told us that it was cheap as chips too, it really isn't, i ended up paying £23 for 2 packets of pringles, 2 packets of 'egyptian' chrisps and a bottle of Lilt at the small (and only) supermarket round the corner from the hotel.
Apart from that, what a holiday! I had a fantastic time and this is mainly down to the EXCELLENT staff at the Coral Sea and from what i've seen this is one of the best hotels in Sharm.
Thank you so much to Ahmed who cleaned our room until it was spotless and to Faramawy, Sayed and (the best bloke in the world) FATTY all at the Tiren restaurant and Ahmed Salama who helped us so much after the crazy german incident. You are all great people
As my final words (I know i'm going on!) i will mention this, the people at the Conrad DO read these reviews so be kind, they take everything to heart. They also work for 30 days (7days/Wk 6am - 11pm) with only 6 days off to see their family at the end... how you keep smiling after that amazes me :)
A Fabulous weekfrom ParkingLady
Our room was very large and spotlessly clean, the guy who cleaned the room (another Ahmed), asked our names on the first evening and remembered them all holiday. The towels are changed twice a day if you've used them and the bed line is also changed daily.
The pool areas are lovely with more than enough sun beds. The two towel guys Wael and Wael (tall and short) were great fun, and after the first day they noted where we sat and placed towels on our sunbeds every day for us.
Don't be afraid to purchase trips from the guys who come round the pool area from companies outside the hotel they are genuine. We went on a 1/2 day boat trip with Hassim of Aquarius for £15 each and had a lovely time. My friend and I don't snorkel, in fact my friend is not a strong swimmer, but the instructors on the boat persuaded us that we were missing so much it seemed a shame not to join in. The instructor was great he held my friend's hand the whole time she was in the water and gave her the confidence to use a snorkel and mask. He could have had an easy couple of hours but chose to encourage us to enjoy the experience. Brilliant!! We also went horse-riding into the desert sunset with Sultan, another wonderful experience. We met so many great people at this hotel and they all helped to make our holiday such a memorable one and they were all members of staff!!!!!
The hotel entertainments staff worked very hard, (hello Kimo, Romeo, Gillian and Runy), and were quite mad!!! Look out for a trainee called Mido, hopefully he has become a fully fledged staff member by now!
The hotel itself is a little tired in some of the public toilet areas, but they still keep them nice and clean.
The food was pretty good but I can imagine it could get a little repetitive for more than a week.
The hotel rates well as a 4 star and if you are thinking of booking here you will not be disappointed on this basis.
I read about people getting "Mummy Tummy" on reviews before i left, but after arriving I realised that peoples own personal hygiene was less than satisfactory (you wouldn't believe the number of women who are walkers and not washers), and I believe that most of the tummy upsets people suffer in Egypt are due to touching contaminated surfaces and putting their fingers near their mouths. Wash you hands well regularly especially after handling Egyptian money (disgusting), and be sensible about the amount of alcohol you drink.
Have a great time!!
Absoloutly loved it herefrom willowWales
Firstly I must say that Sharm airport is a complete nightmere, no organisation at all.When we arrived at our hotel (about 10mins from the airport)..It looked ok , and we were greeted very well, we were shown to our room which was basic but clean ,the bed was lovely ..a super kings size lol.There are two pools. We were located by the quiet pool which was always clean and well kept l...the pool itself was Freeeeezzzzing!!!!!!, so i didnt go in .
The other pool was slightly warmer but not much .
There are two restaurants The Pharoh and the Titan, both restaurants were clean, food was ok you wouldnt starve im quite fussy but i found something everynight to eat and enjoyed it.(gorgeous ice cream lunch time and evening)Drinks are the usual local spirits and beer but they were ok .All inclusive ended at 11pm .
The waiters in both the restaurants are Fantastic, nothing, and i meen nothing is to much trouble especially Essam, Farmawy and Fathy in the titan resaurant, we had a warm welcome everytime we went in ..they work really hard and I didnt once see them complaining. The Hotel itself is very nice but alot of steps everywhere...
If i have to say anything bad about the hotel id have to say its a bit rough around the edges certain areas need to be cleaned more often ,but the hospitality we recieved more than made up for it. The animation team are really nice and always tried to involve you in everything that was going on even if you didnt have any children, The third night you have an invitation to meet the Manager for cocktails in the panorama bar, were he introduces you to everyone which i thought was very nice.There is also an Egyptian night with dancers, camels, even the General manager does a stint on a horse lol...
The sea is beautiful, there is a jetty that you can walk along which takes you further out to sea to go snorkeling the fish are amazing!! well worth a go ,and the sea was soo warm .
When you are leavng the staff all come out to wave you off ,which i thought was nice ,
All in all we loved it here and are planning to return nxt yr .
Top Local Tips for Sharm El Sheikh
EMBRACE THE COUNTRY YOU ARE VISITING LEARN A FEW BASIC WORDS IN EGYPTIAN ARABIC - THE STAFF ALL SPEAK REALLY GOOD ENGLISH BUT MAKING THE EFFORT TO LEARN SOME SMALL PHRASES IS REALLY APPRECIATED BY THEM.
First Choice flights... Meals take aaaages to arrive as they bring the snack trolley round first to get you to spend some money despite the fact that you've already spent a fortune pre-ordering an in-flight meal. Make sure you have some food with you! We had lunch at 1pm at the hotel- our flight was an hour delayed- we got dinner at 11.30pm.
So much to see See as much as you can especially the visit to the debouin experience followed by star gazing. Choose your method of travel to see the pyrimds very carefully as the coach journey is very long and gets very uncomfortable.
Other names for Coral Sea Imperial Resort Sharm El Sheik Hotel
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- conrad sharm el sheikh resort
- conrad sharm el sheikh
- conrad sharm
- Address: Marsa El Dekheila Ras Nosrani - Sharm El Sheikh - 102 - Egypt
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