Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Resort Hotel
Reviews - Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Resort Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: Egypt
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Resort Hotel
Named and shamedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Winter Wonderland at the Savoyfrom SabrinaSummerville
Checkin was immediate, and we were greeted with cooling drinks and a pretty female Santa Clause serving tiny biscuits.
Our room was comfortably furnished. In my opinion the best part of the room was the very large balcony which was more than well furnished with a table, two wicker chairs and a large sofa, all with cushions. We had a room in the Rose wing with a spectacular view of the pools and the sea.
There are five restaurants in this hotel, and all were open every day. In addition to this several of the bars also serve food, and all food was delicious and well presented. There are a number of bars and a disco which stays open till 4am.
The hotel boasts 3 main pools, plus 2 in the Royal Savoy section, and a private pool for each of the hotels villas. The middle main pool became very crowded and this could be unpleasant. There is also a good stretch of private beach and a jetty stretching out over the coral where the multicoloured fish swim around you in every direction. Naturally the hotel boasts its own diving school and a wealth of other activities.
There is a full animation team with a wide range of activities, and great attention is given to children at the kids club.
The downside for me was that the shower is in the bath, with one of those nasty plastic curtains that cling to your skin when you shower. In my opinion all 5 star hotels should have seperate showers and baths!!
The one thing that makes this hotel stand out above others is its staff. They are friendly and helpful beyond the norm and this was perhaps the outstanding feature that will bring us back to this hotel again and again.
3 star at bestfrom krisygee
Lovely hotel, great staff beautiful beach front location.from HylB
The buffet restaurant was rather busy most of the time, and quite limited for vegetarians, so we only used it once. However we found the standard of food at the other restaurants to be extremely high and the service was friendly and relaxed. Our personal favourite was the Italian. The prices were a little high for Egpyt, but probably not more than you would expect to pay for this standard of resort anywhere else in the world. One thing to bear in mind is that things go at a different pace in Egpyt - as long as you are prepared to go with the flow (after all you are on holiday, what's the hurry?) you will find all the staff very helpful.
The diving/snorkelling off the beach was fantastic - the reef is protected by a floating jetty and immediately you enter the water you are surrounded by fish (in fact the local lionfish got a little too close for comfort - I wonder if all the snorkellers knew what they were??)
The no cash policy made for a very relaxing holiday and the room bill wasn't too frightening when we checked out (we weren't drinking much though). We did have a problem on one occasion with a returned drink in the safari bar however - if you are saying that something is not up to standard then make it clear that you do not expect to be charged for it. It took 10 minutes of debate to have a very poor cocktail removed from our bill!
The proximity to the airport was a worry initially, but the runway is parallel to the resort, so the noise is not that noticable.
On the whole we found this to be a delightful resort and would not hesitate to return there.
Loved the Savoy! Best vacation ever!from A TripAdvisor Member
Superb time in Sharm at Reef Oasisfrom zeld
have good time
Loved the pools(even though they closed the main 1 for a week) !from A TripAdvisor Member
Value for moneyfrom spiker
We arrived 2 weeks after the bombings and were somewhat apprehensive as we had children with us, I e-mailed them before and had 2 very positive responses to our questions. The security was apparent everywhere with everyone having to go through a metal detector and bags were searched which was reassuring, there were security on every corner and whilist this may have been a little intimidating normally there was a comfort factor in it considering the circumstances of the previous weeks.
The pool area was fantastic with plenty of sun beds and they provide towels for use at the pool and the beach, we stayed mainly on the beach for the refreshing sea breeze as the temperature went up to 48c! The service was good on the beach drinks and food were brought quickly, my sons said the hamburgers were tasty and the fresh mango juice is well worth a try. The guys working on the beach remembered your names what you liked to drink, they were lovely and any small tips were appreciated. The snorkelling off the jetty was superb, we saw stingray, turtles, eels and incredible coloured fish too many to count. You can't walk into the sea and have to get in off the end of the jetty, which is worth bearing in mind if you have smaller children. A word of warning I scraped my elbow across some coral not at the hotel but on a boat trip - my own stupid fault and my elbow blistered and swelled up to the size of a tennis ball, 60 uk pounds later (doctor and medicines) my elbow still isn't quite right 5 days later as I've developed an allergic reaction to the cream they gave me. It also hurt!
The hotel was very clean as were the spacious bedrooms and we had a big balcony with sofa and chairs. Try and tip the housekeeping staff they were really friendly and worked hard -apparently they only earn about 170 E pounds each month we left a tip of 10 E pounds for the 2 weeks. The restaurants around the hotel were very good, luckily we went b/b so we could have a choice and go into Naama Bay which the hotel provides a foc bus service (book the bus in the morning as they do get full up).
Just a couple of pointers, there is a dress code for the restaurants in the evening as men are required to wear long trousers which we were not aware of and my husband hadn't brought any. They did let us eat outside but I thought it was a silly rule as temperatures well still in the 30s in the evening! They also have a no bringing in food or drink policy which unfortunately one very overbearing security guard had a fit when we tried to bring in bottles of water along with a couple of other guests. We complained about this and feel strongly it should be everyones right to purchase water from where they want. The hotel charged around 1.50 uk pounds for a 1.5l bottle whereas you could purchase a 2 litre bottle in Naama bay for 25p for a family of 4 that were getting through 10 litres a day the cost implication was big! You could also purchase canned soft drinks for about 20p as opposed to the hotels 2 pounds and cans of beer for 90p rather than 3 pounds, as long as you didn't flaunt it - we drank ours on the balcony in the evening - I don't see what the problem is, maybe the hotel needs to look at their prices.
Apart from those 2 little niggles the hotel proved to be excellent value for money, very clean, safe and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I don't know what the 5 star hotels are like but we were certainly pleased with the Savoy and would go back.
s perspective.from A TripAdvisor Member
Unfortunatley my Mum was ill for nearly half the trip, but the doctor was excellent, visiting her in her room. The staff asked after her everyday. My brother and I stayed at the pools so that my Dad could easily find us, and waiters kept checking on us. The service around the pool was fantastic-we never had to go to the bar for drinks (except when we felt like swimming to the pool bar) because a waiter was always around. The service in the buffet restaurant was equally superb, and waiters showed us tricks at the end of each meal. One waiter in particular, Michel, fetched fruit that wasn't being served as the only thing my mum was permitted to eat was apples! Families with teenage girls beware-we are a fascination, and I was watched like a hawk by practically all the waiters whilst I was eating, walking, collecting food etc... Slightly offputting at first, but it has it's benefits if you need something! The food was varied in the buffet, and my incredibly fussy vegetarian brother found plenty to eat. It was of good quality although not always piping hot. It is possible always to have something freshly made for you, which is an entertaining and tasty option.
The pools were excellent-cool enough to be refreshing, but not uncomfortably so. The sea was warm and there were plenty of fish. My brother and I went banana boating (an 'experience'!) and parasailing, both of which I would recommend. The gym was well equipped, and there were snooker and table tennis tables which could be hired for a few euros.
The nightlife was quiet when we were there-the terror attacks meant that the hotel was devoid of Italians or Germans, and we shared it with other English families and Russians. The club, Caligula looked interesting but opened at half eleven, and I kept falling asleep before I could go. Belly dancing isn't as exciting as it may sound, and be warned-they chose members of the audience to join in!
By Egyptian law, all bills are settled in dollars, euros, or cards when you leave, so you just sign for all of your drinks. Our bill came to about £250 for a week, not bad considering you get through about 5 huge bottles of water a day. Water sports are run seperately, and you pay with whatever you want. (They are really cheap-my brother and I parasailed for £35 between us)
I didn't think that the airport was as bad as was reported. Your bags are scanned as you enter- a brilliant idea we thought, and not too time consuming. Check-in was a breeze, filled out a quick form to get to the departure hall, plenty of time for some food in one of the two outlets (drinks quite expensive, my only concern) and then a bit of a queue when we were boarding, but to be fair, you get that anywhere. No lost luggage, just a stroppy woman in the toilets who made us pay for a scrap of toilet paper. I'd suggest you go before you leave your hotel, the experience was not a good one and I was told off for scowling at her. (By my mother)
All in all an amazing holiday. I'd recommend it to anyone!
Fantastic holiday - why do people complain?from A TripAdvisor Member
I read many fo the reviews before I booked and was surprised at the mix of views, especially those who critisized it as not being of 5 star standard. We booked this holiday and paid not much more than it would have been for a 3 star self catering holiday in the Balerics, the difference was massive, relatively this was 5 star quality with no complaints. The staff were falling over themselves to help you in the most genuine way.
The key plus points are listed:
This wasn't the most expensive holiday and, the value for money is second to none.
The staff are genuine and delightful. Every member of the Savoy provided a service that would put the best UK hotels to shame, and it was genuine, unlike some of the experiences I've had in this country. An example is that I made an enquiry at reception about where I could buy a pre pay top up card for my daughter's mobile, the reception contacted the concierge and before I knew it he ran into Naama Bay, bought the card and delivered it to my room, at no extra charge. I could provide countless examples of true customer service, it was a delight.
The hotel is spotless, everywhere you turn someone is cleaning something, this is from the rooms, the reception, the pool area to the corridors.
The pool area, gardens and beach are first class, fatastic surrounds.
The rooms are good, and the air conditioning is very effective and quiet, unlike that in the Hilton. This made the rooms a pleasant retreat from the extreme heat of the area.
The restraunts were varied and of a good standard, the only exception is the Tirana, which is used as a buffet restraunt for half board guests, I am glad we chose B&B.
Can I find any critisism? not really, however, I'm sure someone will!
A very satisfied customer who will return in the near future
Top Local Tips for Sharm El Sheikh
Beware Check with your travel agent with regard to building work in the vicinity of your hotel before you book
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Other names for Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Resort Hotel
- savoy sharm el sheikh
- savoy sharm
- savoy hotel sharm el sheikh
- Address: 47 Abbas Al Akkad St. Nasr City - Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt
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