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Royal Grand Sharm

Hadaba, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

5 Star Hotel

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The hotel benefits from extensive gardens that feature a freshwater pool with separate children's pool, a swim-up pool bar, a heated pool, souvenir shop, boutique, jewellers, leather good and carpet shop and a shish corner. The hotel offers a main restaurant, an a la carte restaurant, a lobby bar, a snack bar, a fun pub and a disco.



Hotel Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Air-Conditioned
  • Check in/Check out
  • Currency Exchange
  • Entertainment
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Massage
  • Meeting Room
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Room Service

Room Facilities

  • Air-Conditioned
  • Minibar
  • Room Service
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • TV

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8.0 Great (327 reviews)
  • Near the beach
    Yes (305)
    No (11)
  • Near to restaurants / entertainment
    Yes (207)
    No (84)
  • Suitable for families
    Yes (287)
    No (21)
  • Suitable for older people
    Yes (280)
    No (30)
  • Suitable for younger people
    Yes (244)
    No (58)
8.3
Great
8.3 Great
  • Alan from Bromsgrove
  • United Kingdom
Experience - been to Sharm now 5 times in last 10 years - this hotel in 2008 with 2 kids (11yr olds then) and this time with elderly Mother (83) deaf as a post when she wants, so this is my threepence worth - yes showing my age (57)

So got back Sunday am 2.00am and just read nick j's revue and can echo a lot of what he said.

Staff - The staff are Excellent!!! and definitely do go the extra mile, with guest relations really helpful, the Animation team working hard to entertain and Alice (pronounced Aliche - mum's Italian) is a little diamond, Guys down at bottom pool bar and at the beach drinks hut couldn't be any nicer or accommodating and always with a smile on their faces. Reception staff did a great job for us suggesting a room closer to main facilities for my mum who was having trouble walking so I recommend rooms No 120 - 130 as ideal for anyone disabled etc as ground floor to pool but easy reach of Hotel reception/Restaurants etc.and YES it's worth going to Welcome Meet as its fairly short and some useful info to be had.

Location - for me I like RGS, its far enough away from Airport to not hear aircraft though close enough to not be a long drive (20 mins) Snorkelling is great and I've found the further away from Naama Bay the better it seems to be though our East European friends manage to trample on corals no matter which location - maybe a generalisation but built over 10 yrs experience. (that's my personal little rant out of the way!)

Il Mercato is a Shopping Mall at the top of the road and has developed slowly over years (slow out here) and offers a bit of shopping therapy where 'no hassle' shopping seems to have caught on at least for us Brits and so we experienced none - unlike any trip into Naama Bay seems to endure - though I wouldn't suggest not going as you're there to experience Egypt!

However, If you don't want to go out of the hotel then I can recommend the couple of small "almost genuine - famous name goods" shops on-site run by the handsome Tito (ladies beware... he's a charmer but actually a really nice and helpful guy) and his actual prices (as opposed to his usual sell @ price) seemed to be as good as we found on the street.

Food - nick is right though I wouldn't personally say abysmal - I was generally able to find something half reasonable for Dinner (bbq stuff outside was often best bet) but bland does seem to be their middle name though I did see dishes with spices near some of the metal tilt up food warmers and so wondered whilst writing this review if maybe I'd missed a trick and its bland but you could perk it up yourself - maybe try that next time in Egypt. .... PS Never have a table full of fantastic looking sweets / puddings delivered so little taste - even the presumably fresh Strawberries, Melon and even Dates were nowhere near the taste of UK supermarket fare... and he's right, Pool Bar meals though limited where a better bet at lunch time and conveniently located too. I also echo nick's comments on the A La Carte option (a bit of a joke) - though again the Maître D and waiters tried to make the best of a bad job.

Entertainment - for me, some nights were excellent when they brought in external acts - Kenyan Acrobats, Fire And Ice show, 2 Girl Singers etc but the house singer wants putting out of his misery!!! I also heard about the music in the disco (loud techno I believe - unlikely to be the taste for most people on this type of holiday I would have thought - my kids maybe but that would probably be in Ibiza or somewhere similar) though we didn't venture in so can't really comment. I also heard about the military operation to close and cordon off the - 'Poop!' in the pool which I gather was quite an entertaining fiasco!
For info - the Trip into the Desert, 4x4, Bedouins, Camel ride, Star gazing etc is worth a punt if you like that sort of thing - bit of an experience, as is swimming with Dolphins - fantastic experience in itself but location in a swimming pool detracted from the experience for me on a previous trip.

People selling Spa's, Trips, Diving etc - if your not interested just be very firm and if that doesn't work, jokingly tell them to P... Off However, if you are interested in Diving I can personally recommend the ScubaDreamer guys on-site. They are a bit more expensive than the booking shops on the street but you are at least covered insurance wise and the Instructors - Osama and Mahmood couldn't have taken more care of me and everyone on-board to ensure we had a great days diving. Thanks guys if you're reading this.

So to SUM UP for those of you that might want to visit Sharm and stay here.....

Decent hotel in a good location, food can be a bit bland but generally OK for a weeks worth.
Staff make up for Hotel deficiencies by enthusiasm, attitude, helpfulness etc
Entertainment - you need to pick your nights for staying in and visit Naama Bay and/or Soho Square and/or usual trips out when the pub singer is on.
Snorkelling & Diving is what Sharm is all about for me with pretty much guaranteed weather to boot.
And finally, Egyptian Half Term !!! - I would have to say I had absolutely no problem with any individuals, the kids seem to be decidedly well behaved and so did most of the adults... but the volume of people did make for some "challenges" and it would be fair to say that it would have been nice to have been told of the likely impact. Dare I say it was like.... being in Harrods on sale day!

So, would I come back again YES, could the Hotel improve YES, EHT week? probably not.
Top Tip: If you're about to go holidaying in Sharm then the following may help.....

DO NOT BUY EGYPTIAN POUNDS IN THE UK - ie Rate in UK 9.6 - Sharm 11.7 or better. Only take Notes in $ or £ but not coins though waiters etc happy to take £1 coins as tips as they will exchange them back with holidaymakers going home.

AGREE ANY TAXI FARES IN ADVANCE OF GETTING IN TAXI - READ more on Tripadvisor

Room Tip: Rooms 100 etc are on ground floor, easy access to pool bar and to main hotel reception and facilities and hence ideal if any in your party have walking disabilities etc
8.9
Excellent
8.9 Excellent
  • Peter from Weybridge
  • United Kingdom
This is my second time staying at this hotel & my husbands third. Since I was there in 2012 it has improved from 'Very Good' last time to Excellent this time in my opinion.

The rooms are spacious, clean & well maintained. The food is excellent with plenty of choice every night to meet everyone's taste, the staff are very friendly, the pools (2 heated to about 27-29' in winter & one larde pool and toddler pool a bit chilly at 20' in winter, but refreshing & great for a quick cool down or to exercise in as they are not busy) are clean

There are plenty of sunbeds round the pools and on the long private beach which overlooks the coral reef. The pool attendants are also great & very helpful & friendly.

There are daily activities such as volleyball, aqua aerobics, yoga, stretching & darts, but the best activity by far is snorkelling along the amazing coral reef right in front of the hotel. The variety of fish there are incredible.. Whatever you do at this hotel, make sure you bring a snorkel... If you've never done it before the lifeguard on the floating pontoon which takes you out to the edge of the reef are very helpful & let you use life belts attached to the pontoon if you are insecure at first

Will definitely be back :-)
Top Tip: definitely get yourself a snorkelling kit & have a go!
8.0
Great
8.0 Great
  • Yama from Barking
  • United Kingdom
Our second visit to sharm and we stayed at Royal Grand Sharm on both occasions. The hotel is great and the staff are excellent. I have heard stories about other shambolic hotels but thankfully we have tripped over a hotel that does go out of their way to look after their guests.
Top Tip: Farris seafood restaurant is a must.
9.0
Magnificent
9.0 Magnificent
  • Julie from Bagillt
  • United Kingdom
Excellent hotel, staff very helpful and friendly, rooms superb, very spacious with great views, great entertainment. Food basic but always something even for the fussiest of tastes. Try the pool bar for typical burger/hotdog/fish with chips if all inclusive this is included free.
Top Tip: Hotel taxi to Naama bay easiest. Currency widely accepted USD, GBP and EGP
6.0
Above Average
6.0 Above Average
  • Jennifer from Guildford
  • United Kingdom
Hotel was okay, not quite as nice as some but you get what you pay for. Fairly clean but noticed quite a few empty glasses left about that didn't get cleaned up for days. Beach was good, pools were good, rooms adequate. Everything a bit wonky and a little worn, buttons on telephones sticky, air con didn't actually cool but as it was dec it was ok. Wouldn't like it in summer though. Others in party had probs with plumbing and bathrooms. Bit of a bun fight in restaurants, had to get the hang of it, need to check the outside grills for some of the best food. Not enough sugar pots in the morning for all tables, hard to get a cuppa too, also when rushed can tend to undercook the omelettes so have to ask for well done good pancakes though. The pool restaurant for lunch was good though, nice fish and chips. On all inc, entitled to one dinner at a la carte which was very nice. Staff mostly friendly, bit overworked though! One guy seemed to follow us from restaurant to restaurant, bfast lunch and dinner! Can't put spa treatments on room as they are separate from hotel. spa jacuzzi, sauna bit grim, pushy staff and expensive plus charging an extra fiver for using a card.
Top Tip: Pool view next to warm pool great for kids. Lunch at pool bar for fish and chips. Check the outside grills in restaurants for some good food.