Sonesta Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh Hotel

, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Sonesta Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh Hotel

5 star

Rooms: 520

Middle Eat Regional Sales Office, 120 Al Thawra Street Heliopolis - Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt Hotel Website | 20-2-4183539
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Reviews - Sonesta Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh Hotel

8/10
Great time
Submitted by: Jayne in 21/01/09
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
On my own to my very first holiday, after reading some of the reviews I was a bit apprehensive but I was very impressed with the resort, the hotel, the staff and the food. I was determined not to get an Egyptian tummy, or bitten by mossies. All the English holiday makers kept an eye on me I was hassled a bit by the locals but expected that. It was the best relaxation that I have ever had, the weather was beautiful 22-31.The staff on Christmas Eve were amazing and worked all day to ensure that we had a good banquet. The staff work so hard from early a.m. to late in the p.m. Thanks for a great holiday.
10/10
Great facilities and staff!
Submitted by: Steven in 08/09/08
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Great facilities, no bugs, brill staff and lovely food!
1 out of 1 reader found this review helpful
1/10
Rip off
Submitted by: Mike in 08/08/06
  • Age Group:
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
When I came to pay the bill for my meals, I discovered was surcharged on the days when the nightly stage act was visible from my table, regardless of whether I wanted to hear/see them.
My room was basic with a TV but had broken fittings and needed a good clean. The bathroom was particularly unclean.
I found that the general atmosphere was impersonal and unwelcoming. By Sharm\'s standards, all of the prices at the resort were unreasonably high. I spent as little time as possible there by joining in with the dive boats operated by Oonas Dive next door to the Sonesta Beach Resort.
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Sonesta Beach Resort Sharm El Sheikh Hotel

Sonesta Club -Sharm

from whizzer
Watch your bills. Menus which state inclusive of all taxes and service charges suddenly appear on your bill with these added again. Complained and after a while they took these added extras off the bill. Also beer prices varied from 260 then 220. The ones i booked to the room however showed the real price of 200. Best book them to the room to prevent any overcharging by the bar staff.

The pool area had constant loud music playing and after a couple of days got annoying.Pool very cold not heated. Sonesta beach very small, packed in like sardines with lots of Russians and not many sunbeds unless you get up at the crack of dawm.

Rooms are very dark and you have to have the dim lights on even in the daytime. Fairly clean though.

Went and had a look at the Hyatt which couldnt be more different. lovely hotel spent a lot of time there instead.Superb reef too. Staff very friendly.

Taxis always trying it on with overcharging stick to your price before you get in.

Wouldnt go back to Sonesta Club at all

There are lots better hotels around.

Sonesta Beach Sharm

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in a block a good 10 minute walk from reception which was exceptional. Extral large double bed, lounge, dressing room and single bedroom. We were at the quiet end of the resort near the Cactus Pool which is heated so you can stay in it for hours.

I accept that if you had a room near the main complex you may have a noise problem but any noise seemed to stop around ten o'clock.

Staff were generally very helpful and pleasant so I am rating four out of five as one or two were below par.

Beach is small but as a diver this didnt affect me. The a la carte restaurant is very good and works out about twenty yo twenty five British pounds per head. Organisation of breakfast is chaotic, you are better off having room service. Hotel is twenty minute walk to Na'ama bay centre or a three dollar taxi ride.

To cut a long story short, we had a fabulous holiday and we would stay at the resort again.

looks great, but looks can be deceptive

from grumpy-tourist
Some of the other reviews of this hotel look a bit harsh.....at first. It seems everyone staying here has problems, and they seem to be very different.
The complex itself is beautifully designed, but it just does not work. Our first room was the nearest to reception (room 101...it should have been an omen) Awake at 4am to hear music outside. The reception staff were playing music for themselves, which was coming through the loudspeakers outside. I was informed this was acceptable to them, and met with amazed looks as to why I was complaining. After a room change (to a better, detached room, at the far end of the pool) the day became much better....until we tried to get on the hotels beach area. If you like to be close to your beach neighbours, this is the place for you. The hotel must have been last to be built, and has a tiny beachfront. Yes, once you are in the water there are corals and fish aplenty, but it is not a relaxing place to be. We spent most of the time around the pool (there are usually 3 available)and had lunches at their "Sea Breeze" cafe.
There is the usual buffet in the evenings for those easily pleased, or plenty of eateries along the path leading into town. The hotel reception staff are just about the worst I have ever come accross (with the exception of their Russian speaking one) Nearly all the "front-line" staff pay a lot of attention to pretty girls, and forget anyone else (I am not a pretty girl!) On our final day, music was being played at full volume around a closed off pool area for some teenagers to do a "cat-walk" type show....the same song was played for an hour (I can still hear it) with no regard to any of the other guests who were relaxing around the pools, or reading, or having a siesta.
Plus points; looks great, rooms fine (away from noise if you are lucky), Sea Breeze cafe.
Minus points; Beach tiny and crowded, noisy, most of the front-line staff.
Overall; If you want to relaxing holiday, look elsewhere.....it's a shame, but the staff need to be told that it's us that are on holiday here, not them.

A dire hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
My family and I stayed at this hotel for the last week in October.

We were staying at the back of the hotel so it was a 5 minute walk to breakfast and to reception. The mini bar was empty and the air conditioning very noisy.

The hotel was under the flight path so sleep was difficult, especially as the gardeners would spray something (God knows what) over the grounds at 5.00am every day.

Our bed had very old sheets and an acrylic blanket. The bathroom had two lights in it but was almost pitch black - it was very difficult to see in there.

The service was diabolical. We would order 4 meals and 3 would arrive - we would ask for the menu and a bill ( not ours) would arrive - we would get our meals but have no cutlery! We ended up carrying our own bags to and from our rooms.

The beach areas was small and over crowded. We managed to get away on some trips organised by our reps and found some nice restaurants away from the hotel.

two-star propery

from A TripAdvisor Member
I booked a double room with my agent, but they gave me a VERY small room with single bed. Had to argue a lot with managers to get right room. Rooms are small. Furniture is cheap and old. The refrigirator was leaking, and I had pool of water on my floor every day. Every day hotel promised to repair it, but it never happened.

The breakfast was acceptabe, the dinner was very good. Coffee was bad but is was bad everywhere in Sharm.

The beach is great, , just great. Live corals right on the beach. The boat rent had cosmic prices compared to next resort.

Compared to my other 10 vacations, this is a good two-star property, so if you pay right price you will be satisfied.

Hot, hot , hot

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in The Sonesta Beach in June and boy, was it hot ! WHen the plane landed it felt like a massive hairdryer - we thought it was the heat from the airplane engines but no, it was 116 degrees and that was late afternoon!! In saying that, within a couple of days we had adjusted to the soaring temperatures and we really began to enjoy ourselves. The hotel had a lovely "laid-back" feeling and contrary to some reviews I have read, we found the service both pleasant and helpful.
Ok, the private beach was a bit crowded. It seems this hotel has the smallest allocation of beach. If its a beach holiday you are looking for I would suggest the HIlton which had by far the widest stretch of sand (and the comfiest looking sunloungers!!)
But in saying that, we preferred to stay by the pool. The attendant always laid out our towels for us and although nothing is 'reserved' this ended up being our spot for virtually the whole 2 weeks. There was more than enough loungers and there was none of this "towels on the longers at dawn" nonsense.
the entertainment was a bit poor. But we used to walk along the promenade into Na'am Bay most evenings and enjoy the sights and sounds. Very colourful !
I would recommend both Na'am Bay and the Sonesta to anyone. Dont be put off by the recent terrorist attacks - we would still return

great place

from TINA1695
I have just returned after 2 weeks at the sonesta beach resort. This was my second trip to sharm, previously staying at the hotel Sharm inn Amerin, definitly no comparison with the Sonesta, although i had no complaints about the Amerin.The sonesta was clean , friendly and local to all the shopping areas of Namma Bay, with its own private beach and regular trips out on a glass bottom boat to the wonderful coral reefs and beautiful tropical fish of the area.the rooms were cleaned daily ,with clean towels,soap and showergel left each day and the 4 main restaurants (Italian and russian were beautiful!)and the bar served good bar meals all day/night.we were in room 2027, which was right at the far side of the resort,a bit of a hike to the breakfast rooms early morning,but with our own pool just outside the room. most of the gusts tend to form their own little comunities around their own pool, so all in all a very friendly place. cant wait to go back to egypt and it will definitly be to the sonesta again next time.

t go there....

from IsabelB
I have to agree with recent reviews on this hotel - it was awful. We were initially given a small twin room overlooking the pool area which was failrly dirty. The bathroom did not even come with soap to wash your hands, and the mini bar is empty and too old to work properly. There was a note on the mini bar asking guests to call a number to have it stocked, we called at 8am upon our arrival ans I was asked if I wanted it done that day. When I said yes, he said he would see to it....it was never filled despite several more calls. Also the room overlooked the pool area, and it quickly became apparent that this was indeed the noisiest hotel in the area, with an Italian DJ blaring music at stadium level all day. Then just when you think it is all over it starts up again in the evening on a much louder scale....until 1 am. We asked to be moved the next morning and the manager was obliging enough. We were moved to a larger room with a sitting area and King sized bed, but it was not much cleaner.

Many of the restaurant and pool facilities are closed, although the only place to get away from the racket is to go to the Cactus pool which was unstaffed, and had not been cleaned for some time. You could write your name in the dirt on some of the sunbeds...

Mondays are welcome party nights for all new guests with more stadium level music until the wee hours of the morning. There is no getting away from this as the music can be heard from the promenade some 5 mins walk away.

On a final note, service at this hotel does not exist, so don't expect it!!!

In twenty years of travelling across all parts of the world, this is definitely the only hotel I have ever had cause to complain about.

Great hotel

from JH99
We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Sonesta. The hotel is magnificent, the staff is really friendly and you felt very safe. We had a problem with the room when we arrived with ants and cockroaches however they moved us straight away to a better room over looking the pool. Fantastic air conditioning. This resort is massive with 7 swimming pools and 4 restaurants. Very clean place and drinks are reasonable with a pint of larger costing the same as the UK. The bar serves all night which is good however would not recommend fully inclusive as the main restaurant served similarly food every night. You can easily find other places to eat outside the complex, as you are only 15 min walk from the centre. There is Hard Rock Cafe, which served excellent food and entertainment until 4 am. All food costs in hotel and Sharm were excellent with a Pizza costing only £5.

The only compliant is the beach. It is small compared to the size of the resort and the sea is very rocky. If you were going for the beach I would try a different part of the country, as all the beaches are man made in Sharm.

I paid £550pp B&B for 2 weeks and it was worth every penny. Please shop around as the main travel agencies do charge 25% more then this

really just dont go

from LondonQueen
I was in Aug in Sonesta beach hotel, really does not worth it at all, every thing there work with tips if you don't pay tip you can wait hours to get what you need.

Room: Normal room did not worth the money that we paid
Service: if you do not tip you may wait hours and they are rude if you dont tip
Food: far to be good, recycled food
Really do not advise you to go there!!!!!!!!

I visited many hotels in Sharm during my stay and i really advise you to book with Intercontinental Garden Reef Resort Sharm El Sheikh, its a calm hotel great view, great food, great beach, and we do not to tip to get our service done.

Top Local Tips for Sharm El Sheikh

Pushing Salesmen The shop keepers in Sharm are notoriously pushy and rely on you giving in to pressure to look in their shop. They especially prey on English tourists because we dont like to be rude so they start by being very chatting and asking you about where you come from, soon they say they want to give you a business card for their shop to bring them good luck but you have to go to the shop to get one. We didnt get any further than this but they can get even pushier once you get in the store so be warned! Try to be respectful but firm if you're really not interested. Also, there isnt really much to buy there unless you enjoy filling your house with replicas of ancient egyptian statues and massive perfum pipes.

Things to do Sharm is rapidly introducing more and more attractions like go-karting and quad-biking, but the reality is that there are two big reasons to go there - year round sunshine and the sea. If you aren't interested in sunbathing or diving/snorkeling then you are likely to get bored.

Tourist place Sharm el Sheik was built for tourist and is a pure tourist area so be prepared not to experience Egypt. It's a place to go diving/snorkeling - not to see ruins or archelogical sites. Be prepared to be harrassed all the time by everyone in Sharm.

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  • Address: Middle Eat Regional Sales Office, 120 Al Thawra Street Heliopolis - Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt
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