Hotel Ramada Plaza Sharm El Sheikh Hotel 4 star
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Naama Bay SHARM EL SHEIKH EG Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt -
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If it is space you are after then you won't do better than the Royal Plaza which has the biggest rooms in the resort. It is a fairly simple hotel whose lobby perhaps promises more than is the reality, however it is a good option for families and groups of friends who don't mind foregoing proximity to the beach or a huge choice of eateries and activities. That said, there are plans in place for several different projects to make the hotel more attractive to holiday-makers.

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    Location 4.25 /10

    The hotel is located in Naama Bay, although away from the bulk of the hotels in the centre of the tourist zone. The airport is just a 15 minute ride away as in the neighbouring zone of Hadaba, with Shark's Bay even closer.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The outside of the hotel reminds of a villa, albeit a large one. The grand lobby, where the white marble dominates, is spacious and welcoming and has seating areas at the foot of square pillars lining the space. A few mock antique pieces, possibly French are dotted around the lobby in an attempt to give a touch of sophistication to the establishment. The long reception desk is to the left as you enter while also in the lobby you'll find the 24-hour Piano Bar. The hotel is home to two swimming pools, one on the rooftop (which by now should be reopen after a mock water-wheel fountain was installed) and another, named Baretto, found in the extension. The disadvantage of Baretto is that it is tightly hugged by the surrounding accommodation buildings, meaning the sun dips behind them relatively early. No such problems of course on the rooftop. Plenty of loungers and parasols on hand for everybody. The hotel does have an animation team which entertains guests during the day and put on a show at night, however at present there is no kids club (although the management say there will be one before summer 2010.) The gym is respectable and has several machines, both cardio and weights, while guests also have the chance to make use of a sauna and steam room. For the moment, the spa has no tenant, however this should not be too long in coming. Wifi access is free in the lobby, while PCs are also available at a charge. A doctor is on call 24 hours a day and there is a shuttle bus making the return journey to the beach every half an hour between 9am and sunset. The grounds of the hotel are smartly kept and the staff friendly. Between the stairs, escalators and lifts it's easy to get around the hotel and to your room, along the grand, spacious corridors.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    Three categories make up the inventory of 255 rooms at the Royal Plaza. The most basic room, the standard, is sizeable and functional and boasts a larger-than-king-size bed. At the entrance you'll find a dresser and a pouffe. It is simply appointed with terracotta-coloured floors tiles, a couple of bedside table adorned with heavy white lamps, a sideboard with television and a table and chairs. A rug at the end of the bed completes the decoration along with a lone picture upon the wall. The space can seem a little empty given it size although if you are a family then an extra bed would solve this problem. The bathroom, which is kitted out with white tiles and two types of marble, is also fairly large and has a bathtub, toiletries, bidet and hairdryer. The fixtures and fittings can be a little grubby around the edges. You'll find a safe and fridge in the room for your convenience. The next type of room, the superior, has the same features, only is larger. The final type of room, the junior suite, is enormous, the difference from the other two being the extra living space with sofas and couches and two of the same over-size beds. All rooms will have either a terrace or balcony.

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    The hotel's main restaurant, El Diwan, serves all three meals, with the lunch and dinner menus working on a one week cycle. There is always a choice of meats and fish although at lunchtime the choice is limited as most guests stay on the beach to eat given its distance from the hotel. There is a rooftop restaurant too, La Verdana, however this is only open during the summer months. Each pool has its own snack bar, where you can grab simple bites and drinks while the 24-hour Piano Bar, not all inclusive, serves all kinds of beverages whenever you like. After dinner you not unwind with a shisha on the hotel's rooftop at the Shisha Corner where you can also order oriental drinks.

    Beach 7.20 /10

    The hotel does have a private beach, however it is located over five miles away and you have to rely on a shuttle bus to get you there. The beach, which is roughly 300ft in length, is quite shallow, but has good quality sand, clear waters and is not at all steep. There is a snack bar serving bites and salads and you enjoy a pedalo or snorkelling, but no water sports. While there is enough space for everyone, the loungers tend to be quite closely packed.

    To know

    The Royal Plaza Hotel is the sole in Sharm el Sheikh to have an escalator, not that this adds much to the overall quality of the hotel. The other important thing to know about the hotel is that it has the largest rooms in Sharm el Sheikh; even the standard rooms are considerable in surface area, meaning that you needn't pay more for extra space.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, massage, hammam, spa, Turkish bath, wellness, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, volleyball, sports, water-polo, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

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