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Hotel Domina Gardenia Resort Hotel 4 star
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SHARK'S BAY, SHARM EL SHEIKH, RED SEA, EGYPT Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Domina Gardenia Plaza is an ideal resort for guests looking to sunbathe around a pool and even then there are so much nicer places to stay at within the same price range. With its beach 25 minutes away, a serious lack of atmosphere and a need for refurbishment, this resort is at the bottom of our list.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    Located in Montazah Bay, the Gardenia Plaza is 10 minutes from the airport. The hotel is a second line hotel and therefore is not on the beach.

    Accommodation 6.20 /10

    The two floor accommodation buildings are fairly pleasant although inside, the rooms are fairly dark and tattered. The décor, like in many hotels in the area is fairly non-inspiring and more functional than aesthetic. All 424 rooms have either a balcony or terrace as it is customary for most hotels in the area. All rooms have showers and none have toiletries so bring your own. For large groups, there are two or three bedroom studios to rent.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Upon arrival, the guest enters the lobby which is a little small and dark especially during shuttle bus pick up times to the beach (times vary, so it is best to ask the hotel about times upon arrival). The hotel grounds are fairly modest and consist mainly of concrete with dry lawns, which in comparison to other hotels' lush green vegetation looks arid around the resort's four pools. The floor around the pools are uneven in some places so do take care.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    There is a main restaurant which looks fairly clean, light and spacious where a buffet is on offer at every meal. The food quality is moderate. The restaurant staff is very friendly. The resort also has two à la carte restaurants, seafood (which smelled of old frying oil when we visited) and barbecue, which is extra.

    Beach 5.20 /10

    The beach is a real let-down to this resort. Guests will find the beach in Sharm el Mia Bay which is close to the Old Market. Aside from being 25 minutes away by shuttle bus, there is a long walk from the road side to the actual beach. The beach is very narrow; the water is shallow and not particularly good for swimming. The beach is not very clean either. The sandy area is also crammed full of sun loungers in rows, making the beach feel very crowded. Furthermore, entrance to the beach is not secure, rendering the beach not as private as one might wish.

    To know

    The resort opened in 2000 and in many areas looks like it could do with a refurbishment. The hotel beach is approximately 25 minutes away from the hotel towards Naama Bay. There is a shuttle bus to and from the beach; times tend to vary so it is best to ask the hotel about the bus frequency. There are water slides which look like good fun for kids at one of the resort's pools. The resort's entertainment is similar to that of most hotels in the area - a show every evening at the amphitheatre, loud music blaring round the main pool and a kids' club. There is also a female-only pool for ladies wishing to have a little more intimacy.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, wellness, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, fitness, gym, sports, horse riding

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • Ladies'-only pool

    disadvantages

    • The hotel's beach is 25 minutes away and is particularly ugly
    • Dirty pools
    • Lack of atmosphere

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