Sol Y Mar Royal Sharming Inn Hotel

, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Sol Y Mar Royal Sharming Inn Hotel

, Sharm El Sheikh
4 star

Rooms: 195

157, 26th of July St., P.O. Box 2247 - Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt Hotel Website | | 20-2-738 20 16
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Reviews - Sol Y Mar Royal Sharming Inn Hotel

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Nice hotel but 'beaches' no good in this area
Submitted by: Jayne in 12/08/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From:
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Nice hotel. Rooms very good and roomy. Food ok but gets repetitive after a while (especially if you are all inclusive). Can walk to public beach and pay to get on but not a proper sandy beach and you can only get into the sea from a pontoon (sharp drop into deep water). Same for hotel beach on free bus. Had to go through a building site and walk down a gravelly path to same sort of beach. We got a taxi to Shark's Bay (other side of Sharm) to go snorkelling and better sandy beach. Air a bit smelly round hotel (sewagey) and building noise going on around (but there's lots of building all over Sharm). Rooms kept very clean every day. Free drinks on all-inclusive quite good (for local beer, wine, etc.). Not bad but disappointed by beaches if you want sand and snorkelling.
Every1s so nice
Submitted by: Amber in 19/07/07
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I went to Sol y Mar Sharming and I stayed for 1 week!! As soon as I got there, everyone was just so nice to me and my family. We all enjoyed our stay and we are hopefully going to go back sometime as we all enjoyed it so much!! Thanks to everybody there and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about going to Egypt!!!!
Absolutely fantastic
Submitted by: Mobin in 02/05/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Egypt
  • Traveller type: Honeymooners
I visited the sharming inn @ sharm el sheikh, i have been on many holidays but this was by far the best, the staff were great, the food and the entertainment were equivalent to this, i still e-mail the staff members as they are now personal friends of mine, i will be visiting many more times, the hotel was so clean, entertainment and food were to a high standard, loved every minute of it.
Best holiday ever..!!!
Submitted by: Heather and Nicki x in 21/04/07
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
I have just recently come back from Sharm el Sheikh and I want to go back !! The hotel was amazing and the staff were very friendly. The food there was always fresh and yummy with plenty of variety. There was great entertainment every night and the games room is lots of fun. Also, there were lots of activities to do in the day in and out of the pool. The pool was cold but sooo refreshing as the weather was so hot but perfect to get a good tan.
I would definitely go back there again and will always remember this holiday!!
Thanks Sol y Mar hotel x x x Heather and Nicki x x x
Sharm Inn
Submitted by: A Travel Library User in 03/03/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Sun Seeker
Excellent week in good company. Hotel suite excellent and very clean. Food was good with a varied choice. Staff were friendly and helpful. Limited choice of drinks
local taxi service an experience.
Submitted by: Natasha in 19/12/06
  • Age Group:
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
The Sharming Inn what can I say I am 16 years old and I went with my mums friend and her 5 lads it was was to die for weather was unbelievable we went all inclusive. The beaches were marvelous go scuba diving in the read see. The sea is not to far from the hotel and neither is Nama Bay market. I would definitely go Egypt again and go to Sharming Inn Hotel 10/10 a****
Submitted by: Dianne in 31/08/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Sun Seeker
Just returned, wonderful time went with my 21 year old daughter, we both enjoyed our selves something for the both of us. Weather was to die for, 42plus, only down side was weather did not cold down at night.
Good Deal!
Submitted by: April in 01/05/06
  • Age Group:
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
My husband and I spent our honeymoon at the Sharming Inn and it was a great deal for our money! The hotel was clean, comfortable, the staff was excellent and the food MARVELOUS! We had an all inclusive package that included drinks, breakfast and dinner. I would definately choose this hotel again.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Sol Y Mar Royal Sharming Inn Hotel

Never again!!

from Abrain
Sol y mar charming hotel - don't do it! Just returned from a week there - the only good thing was that I wasnt there for 2 weeks!! In its favour it has got a lovely swimming pool but everything else is fair to poor! Our room was clean and kept clean for us but the bed was so hard my husband slept on the settee! Food was bland and the same day after day! The meat was dreadful - chicken was dry, beef tough and inedible! I existed on cheese rolls and salad - not good! The lobby bar is hot and sticky and the entertainment embarrassingly bad! I found the whole experience awful and was just so glad to get back home. To add insult to injury (nobody's fault this one) our flight was delayed by 2 hours and at the airport in the lady's loo the attendant tried to charge me £5 for 2 pieces of loo roll!

great for chilling out

just returned from a week of pure bliss this hotel is great stopped in a superior suite which was great and spacious, weather in sharm very very hot so were glad we didnt have kids.
cant wait to go back

Brilliant Holiday

from waterforwork
I am 22 years of age and went away with my boyfriend fro 1 week on the B&B deal.

The room in the hotel was above average with a lovely bathroom and good standard of cleanliness. The rooms were cleaned every day and fresh towels were given if requested.

The air conditioning worked perfectly and was a god send!

Staff at the hotel reception was very helpful and spoke quite good English.

The pool was fantastic although the pool bar was not a great place to sit at; it was hectic and looked rather unclean although I never actually tried the food from there.

The hotel shop is a rip off. The hotel taxis are air conditioned and reliable although their prices are high just walk to the pavements and you will get a better deal.

The free hotel bus is a must but book the time you want to get on the night before. It leaves at mid day to naama bay and 7-9pm to naama bay and returns late at night for free. It’s a must!

The water and drinks in the hotel are expensive. I cannot comment on the food as I did not eat in the hotel except breakfast which we made on 2 occasions. The breakfast however was good with a huge choice.

The location of the hotel is excellent as it is quiet but you can get to bust places easily.

Naama bay takes 5 mins and costs about 25 Egyptian pounds which is £2.50 that is the most you should pay.

The hotel beach is nice scenery but no sand although good for snorkelling off the rocks.

The best beach near by is terrazina beach which is in old sharm town direction its 35 Egyptian pounds in a taxi and its sandy beaches with a live DJ playing house and excellent food!

Naama bays beaches are Fab! Must try!

The dolce Vita and fantasia are 5 mins in a taxi and pasha and ministry are in naama bay.
Loads of food choice and bars in naama bay stays open 24/7.
The panorama bar is a great spot for a drink and shisha pipe.

It was a great holiday a different beach every day and loads to do at night, don’t be tempted to stay at the hotel their is loads to see and its worth the very cheap taxi fares to go all over sharm.


absolutely brilliant!

from boblottie
we have just come back from sharm after staying for 10 days and all i can say is we had the best time!! the hotel staff were brilliant, so friendly and are there when you need them. Mohammed working in the lobby bar gives an excellent service and he loves the english!!we were sad to leave him at the end of our trip!
our room was basic but all that we needed and the cleaner made some fab things out of the towels!! they have to be seen to be believed!
the hotel pool was fantastic, huge, very clean and surrounded by plenty of loungers. there is also chance to have a professional massage by the side of the pool!!
naama bay was good fun, but haggle as much as you can!! taxi rides home were very interesting!!
lastly as we were staying all inclusive the food was very much the same everyday and although it is nice food, make sure you pack plenty of immodium!!! i don't think it's possible to go to sharm and not have diarrohea!! don't let this put you off though because it really is an amazing place. i would recommend tiran island for snorkelling and just chilling out on a boat all day! great trip!!kelly and rob

Great Holiday!!

from misty27
Me and my husband have just returned from a weeks holiday at the Sol Y Mar Sharming Inn and our experience of this hotel does not reflect all of the negative comments posted on this website. Having read through the comments, we were not looking forward to staying at the hotel, but are glad we went ahead with our holiday and had a great time.

We found the hotel staff friendly and didn't feel like we were hassled in anyway. The food was good and there was plenty of variety. We were on an all inclusive basis and didn't have any problems getting water, or being served drinks. You are able to fill water bottles whenever you want from either the pool bar, or lobby bar.

The pool was lovely and was cleaned most nights and the surrounding area was always free from rubbish. If you are looking for a 5 star hotel with a michelin starred restaurant, then this hotel perhaps isn't for you, but if you are looking for a friendly and clean place to stay then I would recommend the Sharming Inn. As for Egypt itself the weather was fantastic and the snorkelling amazing and a visit to a shisha bar in Naama Bay is definately a worth while experience!!


from any1for4play2001
warning if you are easily pleased this hotel is for you, the only good point about this hotel was that we'd only stayed for a week
there is just too many bad points to report.

Fantastic Hotel

from KairenAinley
After reading some of the reviews we were a little worried but still went anyway. I am so pleased we did as this hotel is absolutely fantastic! The rooms were very clean, the food excellent with three courses for lunch and evening. There was a wide variety of food to choose from and it varied every day. The deserts were to die for absolutely gorgeous.

This holiday is suitable for familities and couples of all ages with entertainment if you want to join in. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied with table tennis, pool and evening discos. We saw lots of families at this hotel thoroughly enjoying themselves. We did go at peak season so the weather was really good and hot so make sure that you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. I would highly recommend all inclusive as all your drinks are free. From time to time we would fill our water bottles up at the bar and there was no charge for this. The hotel staff couldn't do enough for you!

I would definitely go back to this hotel and Louise at Imperial Travel who can be contacted on 0118 9180144 gave us the right holiday package. We asked for a quiet resort in Egypt with nothing to do but relax. It was important that the hotel was clean and the food was good (we have heard lots of horror stories about people being sick) this hotel was the exception I never came across anyone in the hotel that had been poorly other than a little bit dehydration caused by drinking alcohol throughout the day and lying too long in the sun. I would highly recommend this hotel for those overworked couples that need a good relaxing break! Thanks Louise you gave us what we asked for!


from skadi
I have just returned after a weeks holiday with my 15 year old daughter and her
friend. The hotel itself appeared clean, the food was okay although very
repetitive. I was disappointed with the all inclusive package, we had to ask for
a drink each meal time and never managed to get more than one. we were entitled
to a free meal at the pizzeria, once there we were informed that we could not
have anything off the menu, only pizza, again we had to ask for a glass of water
and were never offered a second drink or a desert. Fruit drinks, ice creams and
fresh fruits by the pool side were all extras. We had to purchase bottles of
water from the bar and then we were able to get these refilled each day, no one
informed us of this, we had to ask other guests if they were paying for their
water and if not how they were accessing it. It very much felt that all staff
were more interested in serving the paying customers and would regularly leave
the all inclusive customers until last. This!
is very annoying when you have paid up front for your stay. The hotel staff
did not take no for an answer, we were constantly hassled to have our hair
braided, to have tattoos, to have beauty treatments. The hotel does not cash
travellers cheques, there is a bank machine opposite and a bank nearby, the
difficulty we had is that i had not taken my bank card and the bank would not
cash our travellers cheques without a receipt from the bank. We therefore had to
budget the money we did have on us very carefully. Please be aware of the mini
bar in your room, it is an extra cost, also check what you are signing for when
they come to check the fridge, our bill was £15 over what it should had been,
when i asked to see the original receipts we had been charged for bottles of
beer and wine that we had not had. i did question this but as we had signed for
it we had to pay, i am adamant that these items were added to the bill that i
saw after i had paid. My daughter was also asked to!
sign the bar bill in my abscence, again she signed for items !
that we
had not had. The beach down the road was great for snorkelling, it is well worth
a look just to see the fish. we had to pay to get on the beach as no one had
told us that we could get a voucher from the hotel. The biggest worry about this
trip was the men, inside and outside of the hotel. I have travelled to many
places and have never felt so uneasy and intimidated in my life. The men
constantly pestered my daughters, the man who cleaned the room wanted to take
photos of them on his mobile phone, i also later heard that the men in the hotel
shop were taking photos of the girls without our knowlede. A taxi driver offered
them money for 'favours' outside of the hotel. The Tourist Police were just as
bad, they viewed the girls as being old enough to marry as it is 14 in Egypt and
therefore did not see that their behaviours were inappropriate.
We did go on a trip into the desert and went star watching at night which was
great. The weather was fantastic and the pool was good, however there were not
enough sun loungers, so you either get up at the crack of dawn and put a towel
on one or you risk not having anywhere to sit. I feel very sad that we had these
experiences as i had originally planned to return with my husband at a later
date, i know now that i would not consider this. The english men who i spoke to
all told me that their wifes and partners were constantly pestered in
inappropriate ways also so it was not just due to us being on our own. When i
put in a complaint in regards to the bar bill and the mens approach to the
girls, i did not feel that i was listened to, in fact when you question or
complain the staff can present as being quite hositle and aggressive.All of the
english people who i spoke to had similar complaints and concerns, i will
certainly be taking this further as i would hate other families!
to experience what we did. it is also worth knowing that you do not have to
buy a visa at the airport if you are not planning to travel long distance once
there, you will be put into the queue for the visa straight away and when you
inform them that you do not require one, the staff are not best pleased! in the
airport you will be asked for money to use the toilets, men will take your
luggage from you and then want money, keep one step ahead all the time and be
prepared to be firm and strong!

Not ideal for young travellers

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our experience @ this hotel was nothing we expected. Although we went as all inclusive we still had to buy things such as water?!?
Entertainment was very well as facilities. Pool was great but be awear of the all male staff and their constant pestering chat up lines. Would not suggest this hotel to anyone. The managment staff were ingnorant, and actually quite rude. Food was ok but very repetitive.
But on the up side Egypt is a beautiful country and Namma Bay is a must. The shops and food were amazing, even with the pestering from the shop workers.

not what you expect

from tazbo69
we kept our fingers crossed when booking an allocation on arrival with thompson. having never done this before I was apprehensive what lie in wait in for us. I was right to be concerned. On arrival at the Sharming Inn it all looked very nice, (it was the middle of the night) and we were allocated a room on the ground floor just 10 steps from the pool...heaven you may was. But alas, all good things come to an end, on our second day the air con packed up, after countless trips to reception who said the cheif engineer had been each time and could find nothing wrong with it. Not sure when he called as we certainly didn't see him. eventually the did offer to move us to another room, right across the other side of the complex facing a building site..nice ?i don't think. so we stuck to our original room with the promise it would be fixed the next day. On top of all of this I awoke on the 3rd night being violently sick (I am not an alchol drinker). I thought it might be a combinationof heat and different food, however several other guest became very ill aswell. Certain dishes in the restaurant were a very common to us all. We made a complaint to our rep who turned up for the first time in the eveing of the 5th day who blamed it on us sitting in the sun then going into air conditioned rooms. Not so in my case as ours was not working. the rep was down right rude to all of us resulting in a complaint to Thompsons direct. The manager of the hotel came over to see what the problem was and he was an absolute diamond. He even arranged for the chef to ring my room and ask what i would like to eat in the evenings where i was too poorly to go out and promptly sent bottled water, tea, coffee, fresh soup and fruit to our rooms. When I was out and about again he arranged for the food and beverage managers to oversee all of our food and drink requirements, cooking me anything (except bacon butty of course) I wanted.
This hotel has some serious issues with their food preparation and cooking, this being judged on the amount of guests taken poorly but the management go out of their way to put things right. Shame the same could not be said for the rep.
The animation team have no imagination what so ever, offering the same quiz and water gym every day. As with previous reviews, there is absolutely nothing to do in this area and you do have to travel to Naama Bay for any shops, restaurants and any nightlife. the beach over the road was very difficult to manage, the sea was mostly coral and quite dangerous when choppy and very deep.
All I can say is that it was an experiance I would not repeat under any circumstances. Fortunately we were only there for one week.


Top Local Tips for Sharm El Sheikh

Currency and Tipping Try and source some small notes (10 or 20 egyptian pounds - 1 or 2 GBP) for tipping when you arrive at the hotel. Failing that take some pound coins.

Diarrhoea Don't bother taking immodium, it doesn't work. Go straight to the pharmacy - very cheap. Remember to take toilet roll to public toilets as some don't have it. If your travelling in the winter take a cardigan with you. I have been to Sharm el sheik both in July and February. July was very hot and exhausting but February was nice especially for trips.

DON'T BUY A VISA If you are staying in the Sinai area you do not need a visa. You will be led to believe you need one as you depart the aircraft in the form of a leaflet and the holiday rep diverting you to the visa counter. Neither of these will tell you that you don't need a visa but the fact is you don't. Simply write "SINAI ONLY" on your entry card.


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  • Address: 157, 26th of July St., P.O. Box 2247 - Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt

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