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Been to Sharm for the last 6 yrs now (twice this year)and as usual had a great time. First time at the Grand Rotana and would definately recommend it if you're looking for a relaxing holiday with good service, good food, friendly staff and a fantastic pool. The pool attendants bring round iced face towels about 2.00 and a spray bottled full of lightly scented chilled water to spray you with if you're feeling too lazy to get off your lounger and dip into the pool..NOW THATS WHAT I CALL SERVICE!!...they were a real great bunch of guys, always having a laugh and joke with you too. The room was lovely with big fluffy bathrobes and slippers, and the fluffyest towels I've ever seen in any of the resorts i've stayed in (and there have been 5 others so far). The bars and restaurants were lovely and the decor inside the resort was beautiful with loads of seating areas, the food was good and not as expensive as we thought it would be. The only down side was the shops just outside the resort had closed down due to a dispute between the shop owners and the guys renting them the day before we got there (not the fault of the Rotana) so there wasn't anywhere to buy cheaper water and soft drinks unless you got a taxi to the SOHO centre around the other side of Sharks Bay, (which we did) and stock up as the prices are about a third of the cost. Other years we have also been able to buy local beer (Sakhara) in the supermarkets outside of the resorts, which tastes fine, but this year at the SOHO centre they weren't selling it as it was all owned by the SAVOY, but the cost in the Rotana wasn't too bad so we were never in danger of dying of thirst. It's too hot to drink to much beer anyway!! The transfers were great too...taxi service, so out of the airport into a taxi and straight to the Rotana..fantastic. I probably won't be going back there next year but only because i like to try a different resort every year, (although if i have 2 holidays next year like this year i might spend 1 of those at the Rotana again). All in all a beautiful resort, 5*, and definately one of my favourites, (Renaissance Golden View and LTI Grand Azure my other 2 favourites so far).
We enjoyed a seven-night stay at the Grand Rotana Resort in Sharm in June. The resort is situated approx 20 minutes from the town of Naama Bay which is a definite plus point as Naama is the full-on Benidormesque Brits-abroad experience - dreadful!
Our room was large and comfortable. The rooms would benefit from a technology update as the TV is old fashioned and no dvd/cd/i-pod player & limited TV channels. This didn't detract from our enjoyment but to bring the room up to 5 star quality, these extras would be needed.
The housekeeping was a little lax on the first day but we found giving a daily tip to the cleaner who serviced our room ensured it was done each day whilst we were at breakfast.
The food at the Rotana is probably the least positive aspect. I must stress that the food is not bad at all but the Rameses restaurant that provides breakfast and the lunch/dinner option for the full/half board arrangement is a glorified canteen. Breakfast is fine with a seletion of cereals, toast and plenty of cooked options. We had taken the half-board option as recommended by reviewers on this site which entitled us to dinner at Rameses. I wouldn't advise this. The evening meal offers limited choice and didn't represent value for money. I would strongly advise to stick to B & B and choose to eat at the Italian restaurant on site that has fab pizza or the Palms Grill bar that offers reasonably priced seafood and charcoal grill dishes.
The highlight of Rotana is the private beach. Most of the hotels in Sharm including the likes of the Hilton don't have this luxury & you're forced to brave the acres of flab and tattoos on display at the public beach. The house reef is amazing with a huge array of fish to be seen. The water is very deep so you will need to be a proficient swimmer. It's an incredible experience.
There were very few British guests staying at the hotel with the clientelle mainly being very large, middle-aged Russian men with impossibly thin, tanned and long-limbed 18 year-old girlfriends! Can't possibly imagine what would make these lovely Barbie-dolls attracted to millionaire Russian oligarchs! If you are drinking at Rotana you may very well need to be a millionaire oligarch as the prices are astronomical. Top tip is to brave Naama Bay using the free hotel shuttle bus and stock up on water, cooldrink and any alcohol you may require.
Rotana is a great hotel for couples and allows complete relaxation and escape from a hectic lifestyle
At first I was a little overwhelmed as when I arrived here it just seemed so big, but after the first day, we quickly got to know our way around and it wasn't an issue.
The rooms are lovely - really clean, modern and very comfy beds. The only downfull for me was that the lighting at night wasn't great. When we booked, we upgraded to a room with a sea/pool view and I would recommend that everone does this as some of the rooms are pretty far from these areas (for example, some blocks are at the front of the hotel - slightly difficult to explain, you'd need to see it to understand).
There are 4 restaurants - Ramses is the buffet restaurant for breakfast (and if you are full board, this is the only restaurant that you can eat in for free). We went bed and breafast, which allowed us to eat in all the other restaurants, which are much nicer - one Italian serving pizzas, pastas etc, the other is oriental and serves some really yummy food and has won several awards, and my personal favourite being the Palms restaurant on the beach!
The beach area is just amazing......you really need to walk up and down the whole strip, as each bit caters for different tastes - bedouin areas, private hire booth areas, hamocks, water sports, etc etc. The hotel is literally on top of the coral, so you can't just walk into the sea - you have to walk across a floating bridge-type thing and once at the over end, you literally step into 20m of water full of every kind of tropical fish you can imagine!
The pool looks amazing and is well kept. There is also a large water slide and a swim up bar.
Overal, I would throughly recommend this hotel and I will be going back!!
The resort itself is beautiful, with the grounds and huge pool area well looked after and spotlessly clean. We upgraded to a luxury room in block two which was well worth it as the view over the Red Sea was wonderful. The food was average and could have been better - breakfast was good and the lunches were better than the evening meals. Drinks, including water were expensive. Overall a good holiday in lovely surroundings. I would recommend the resort to anyone but have realistic expectations re the buffet.
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