A hotel that offers satisfying service for a family getaway.
A hotel that offers satisfying service for a family getaway.
Eden Rock - © EASYVOYAGE
Eden Rock - © EASYVOYAGE
Located in the Hadaba region, the Eden Rock is closer to the centre than to the airport. If you have to take a taxi or a taf-taf to get there, be firm about the price of your journey: the trip shouldn't cost more than 40 Egyptian pounds (about £4.50).
The rooms are fairly neutral, without any particular touch of colour, but they are functional all the same: among other things, 2 beds can be added in the bigger rooms for large families. Every room has a view of the sea and a small terrace, allowing you take in a fresh breath of air.
The rooms themselves are not exactly big, but the bathroom is clean and packed with all types of products. Room service is available 24/7 and there is also a mini-bar available to guests. Renovation of the floors in all of the guest rooms was due to be carried out in June 2009.
This hotel stands out for its particular style in terms of space and structures. Unfortunately the decoration lacks finesse, especially at the entrance which opens directly into the dark reception counter and a bar-disco style staircase leading to the first floor. From looking at the photos, you can make out that the floor at the reception was recently redone, but the choice of colours (much darker than the original floor) does not help the lighting in the entrance, which itself is rather small. The entrance is also equipped with a metal detector which filters the access of guests. Don't be alarmed by the level of strictness: following the recent attacks in Sharm and Cairo, security measures are equally strict in all of the other hotels in the area. It's just that here these measures seem a little disproportionate to the hotel's standing.
The Eden does not offer any sort of entertainment, which makes the atmosphere particularly relaxing and ideal for families looking for some peace and quiet. On the whole, the hotel would benefit from a few touch ups, such as a more subtle decor. When we were there, renovation work on the floors in the guest rooms and the construction of a new restaurant were scheduled for June 2009. Currently, there are no plans to provide special access for guests with reduced mobility. Internet access is free in the entrance hall but in the rooms this comes at an extra cost.
It was planned for a restaurant with a seating capacity of 120 guests to be built in June 2009, with the idea of offering a type of buffet service with international and oriental cuisine. Up until now, lunch and dinner have been a self-service option, following the usual culinary tradition (buffet, international cuisine and theme evenings). You can tell that not much thought was put into the decoration and the tables are laid out in a way that makes maximum use of the available space. Two bars are open 24/7: The first one is by the pool and the second one is found inside.
The beach is just a few minutes away from the hotel on foot and there is definitely no lack of space. The simple layout of the deck chairs and the necessary services create a pleasant environment for those who love to relax in the sun. A small diving centre tops off the services on offer at the hotel.
Opened in 1999, the hotel was refurbished in 2008 and renovation on the pool was carried out in 2009. Of half-Egyptian, half-Italian ownership, the Eden Hotel appears in the 105 Travel catalogues under the Ventaglio brand.
massage, sauna, spa
A comfortable hotel, ideally located in Naama Bay, the most animated part of Sharm el Sheikh.
One of the older properties in Sharm, this hotel offers quality services in a setting that is to be renovated soon.
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Every once in a while there is a hotel that catches us off guard, that delivers the unexpected and the New Tiran s one of these. One of the smallest hotels in Sharm and one that promises very little from the outside is actually a decent little number right in the middle of it all in Naama Bay. Without all the frills and spills of many a hotel in the area, this one gets the basics right and is a perfect option for either couples or groups of friends on a budget looking for a haven in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the town.
Golden is the middle sister (size-wise) of the small Shores chain of hotels, together with the Amphoras and Aloha. It is a small to medium sized hotel which is more suitable for families or friends than couples looking for a quiet place to unwind. While the hotel is nothing exceptional, it is a good option for a reasonably priced holiday in the sun.
Perfectly maintained, this hotel facility offers luxury and refinement. With its shaded gardens, many fountains and outdoor jacuzzi, it is the ideal place to relax.
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This gargantuan complex is quite simply in a class of its own. You can take any aspect of the hotel, its rooms, its spa, its eateries, its views or its staff and you'll find everything is top draw. If it is top of the range you are after for in Sharm then you can't go far wrong in choosing the Royal Oasis, perfect for couples and families looking for the very best in service and facilities in a setting to die for.
Fully equipped, this hotel offers exclusive comfort in a pleasant setting. Ideal for a week of relaxation.
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