Sofitel Sharm El Sheikh Hotel

, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Sofitel Sharm El Sheikh Hotel

Naama Bay - Sharm El Sheikh - 6019 - Egypt | 20-69-600081, +20-69-6000
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Wonderful Hotel

from hosdeg
I visited Sharm El-sheikh more than 8 times , 4 of them in Sofitel Sharm el-sheikh , it's my favourite in a way that I search for other hotels ONLY if there is no availability in it , Great Views , Lovely & simple wide rooms with perfect sea view , Excllent services.

beautiful Red Sea views!

from JerriS
What wonderful views of the Red Sea! My husband and I wanted a hotel with a balcony view of the sea...and private beaches; the Sofitel was, by far, the best hotel for this!

The staff were friendly, the restaurants very good, and we were able to walk the charming path to town, along the sea, in less then 10 minutes...

The beaches were delightful, the horizon bar sits by itself on top of a small hill overlooking the bay...a wonderful place for sunset and pictures.

The rooms have personality, but ARE old, and the bathrooms really do need help. But everything worked, and when it didn't (air conditioning in room), the friendly staff were there to fix it.

If you're looking for a terraced hotel, with balconies overlooking the bay, great snorkeling, and private beaches, then Sofitel is THE place to stay.

There ARE nicer hotels in town, but not with the personality and views of the Sea that the Sofitel offers.

Paradise-On-Land (thanks to animation team)

from Moly_Canada
We visited Sharm El-Sheikh 3 times during the last 6 years. We stayed at Reef Oasis (2003), Rainaissance (2005) and Sofitel (2007). We enjoyed our stay at Sofitel the best.
The quality of service was high. The rooms and all surrounding amenities were spotless. The staff was friendly. The view was fabulous. The garden people did a really good job. You can see the birds and pigeons accompaning all guests and enjoying the man-made paradise-on-land.
The best part that grownups as well as children loved was the "Animation Team". Their graceful attitude, energetic spirit, kindness with the children, creative show ideas, innovative games/activities all day long, dedication to the hotel reputation and sincerity in making everyone enjoy their time was the main factor that made Sofitel the best that we experienced in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Most hotels in Sharm El-Sheikh share the magnificent view, the superb service quality, the good food, but it was the activities/programs/welcoming attitude of the animation team that made the difference.

Thanks to all hotel staff and management in general and to the animation team in particular. We loved our stay!!

Amel

Lovely place

from nzbryant
I stayed here for five nights in January 07. First, the best location in Sharm El-Sheik. Many of the other nice resorts are further from the nightlife at Naama Bay. The resorts in Naama Bay itself looked really packed and average. The Sofitel is a five minute walk south of Naama Bay along a trail.

It has soo much more space than the Naama Bay resorts - it has four little lovely beaches - which are pretty - and people are not packed into the beach like sardines. It also has a very lovely bar on the clifftop where you can watch the sunset. Excellent service all round.

Outstanding Indian restaurant on site - and three other decent restaurants.

The only 'downside' is the rooms are not as nice as at say the Hyatt, but they are still fine.

Wonderful hotel in a fabulous setting

from PollyCambridgeshire
We have just returned from a week at the Sofitel, Sharm el Sheikh. We had an absolutely wonderful time, the staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The hotel is in a fabulous position with complete privacy. It has huge grounds and all rooms face the sea. The rooms are very spacious with a very large terrace. We had read up on other reviews of this hotel, some were very good and others only average. One point that was mentioned was that the bathrooms were tired and in need of decorating. This is true but you don't spend all day in the bathroom. And in fact, the restaurant manager told us that a refurbishment plan is in progress at the moment and also the swimming pool is going to be heated. We couldn't fault this hotel in any way. The buffet breakfast and dinner was absolutely wonderful. It was beautifully presented and there was so much choice, you could have something completely different every day.
The staff were wonderful and never at any time looked for tips. Would we go back - yes certainly and would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel. We have stayed in many so called 5 star hotels and would thoroughly give this one the top marks it deserves.

Pauline & Mike Callaghan
Cambs, England

Zen in Sharm

from GeeLondon
Great Hotel. I believe that this hotel resists the hoi polloi by retaining a hotel feel i.e. not taking on all inclusive groups. Great Indian restaurant overlooking Naa'ma Bay. The hotel sits in front of some of the best snorkelling sites in Naa'ma Bay, the Near Garden; in fact snorkelling boats are constantly coming in to take punters for a look at some of the fantastic reefs in front of the hotel. The hotel is also walkable to the main shopping precinct and is situated close to the Sinai Casino. Sipping on a dry martini in the Horizon Bar in my eyrie overlooking Naa'ma Bay is wonderful and romantic experience. Staff were professional, efficient and non-instrusive. I really recommend greater protection of the reefs (lots of people were walking on the reefs; walking = destruction) and improvements in their business facilities e.g. broadband and printing facilities. Altogether, a peaceful and wonderful experience. Definitely my choice in Sharm El Sheikh. There is also a free transfer to and from the airport.

We Loved this Place!!!

from divanumber1
We loved Sofitel and its staff. The atmosphere is real friendly and at the same time --so much class-5 star. All the rooms had the view. It is great for families with young and older teens.
We loved their breakfast buffet and their Christmas Dinner package was outstanding. You feel safe and feel at home.
We were so fortunate to get this hotel - we feel this was the best place at Sharm and great value for the money. We definitely will be back here again.

Best Trip

from jaiiijoom
Really i was one of the most trips i made ...Sofitel was very classy and the service was great and all the eployees inside was all helpfull and gents. really i would like to go there again i really got a good amount of fun and happenies me and my friends. go there people :)

Loved it. Good value.

from forbes1
Fully agree with the previous review. Very good value on the deal we were on. Few Western Europeans there, mainly from Eastern Europe. Also great for walking into town along a pedestrian path but beware the "food police" from the hotel if you bring back beer etc!. Service first class. We would not hesitate to go back.

Things to know before you book.........

from A TripAdvisor Member
First of all let me say they we had a very pleasant stay at the Sofitel and enjoyed our week. However, before you book please note that there is no way that this hotel is a 5 star hotel. When it first opened 8 years ago then yes, definately 5 star but the years have caught up with it and the rooms need updating.

Start with the Good Points:

The Beach or Beaches - There are 3, all private and for use exclusively by the hotel residents. Probably the best beaches in Naama Bay and cannot be faulted. Snorkeling very good here.

The Horizon Bar - Overlooking Naama Bay from its perch above the beach with spectacular views.

Staff / Service - Very friendly and helpful and not looking for tips or gratuites for basic service. Having said that we always tipped the waiters and the room service.

The Indian Restaurant - Fantastic setting on the terrace and with great food to match. Cannot be faulted well worth a visit you need to book in advance though, will not be dissapointed.

Setting - Overlooking Naama Bay with spectacular views of the mountains and the bay.

Architecture - The reception and the restaurants are all authentic Egyptian / Arabic style, very nice!

Security - Felt safe which was good more secure than the hotelsd along the promenade.

Average Points:

Food / Buffet - Again nothing wrong with it, plenty to go round and lots of choice but not worthy of a '5 star hotel'. Had better and had worse. If you eat outside beware of sparrow attacks!

Rooms - Nice size and pleasant enough, but very dated. Furniture done in Egyptian style but needs replacing, bathroom seen better days and would not make 4 stars. Disappointing.

Massage / Spa - Again ok cant fault it but Holmes Place it's not.

Let Downs:

Atmosphere - We were off season so the hotel was not full so that may have contributed to it.

Bars / Nightlife - Extremely disappointed with this. The reception bar is tiny, a piano but no one to play it. The Bedouin tent / bar type area is pretty naff
to be honest. The Horizon bar shuts early and the level of entertainment was poor. If you want to be in bed by 10pm without disturbance then fine but a nice place with some atmosphere for a few nightcaps would have been good.

Swimming Pool - One pool which is great to look at but is bloody freezing, imagine the serpentine on Xmas morning then add minus 10 to it!

Gym - Aerobic area is ok but the equipment is outdated and needs replacing. One running machine and one bike (the other was broken). Poor.

Games room - Oh dear. A billiard table with balls missing and ripped cloth and pool table with no cues and they have the front to charge £7 an hour for it!

Expectation - We got a good deal for our holiday but if we had paid the full price we would be been well unchuffed. This is not a 5 star hotel full stop, its a decent 4 star which needs upgrading. It has the potential but it will take a lot of work and the competition around is of a high standard.

Overall: If you get a good deal then you will enjoy, but dont pay too much. The Hyatt next door is a proper 5 star and the nightlife, bars, restaurants and pools are far superior to the Sofitel but doesnt have the ambience of a 'Arabic' hotel.

3.5 out of 5.

Top Local Tips for Sharm El Sheikh

The weather in the spring is fabulous Light outfits in the morning and a heavier jacket at night will do the trrick of the weather acquaintance.

Stomach bugs It's true you do get ill going to Egypt so I would recommend you clean your hands after touching the money (apparently this is one of the ways the germs are transferred) and take toilet roll to the airport as there is none there and you will have to pay the attendant for it.

When arriving Try and organise a shuttle to take you to the hotel. Dont just assume your hotel will organise this for you. We had a free shuttle to/from the hotel but we made the mistake of not informing the hotel when we were arriving. Unless of course you are with a tour or part of a package like thomas cook etc.

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  • Address: Naama Bay - Sharm El Sheikh - 6019 - Egypt
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