Hotel Shores Golden Hotel 4 star
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

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.

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    Location 3.42 /10

    The Shores Golden is just across the road from its sister hotel the Shores Amphoras and a bit further away from the third in the group, Aloha, in Ras Um Sid, or the Hadaba zone of Sharm. It is 13 miles from the airport and 5 miles from Naama Bay, the neighbouring tourist zone. Being just across from Amphoras and other front line hotels the beach is just a few minutes' walk away via the Aloha.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The colonnaded square lobby is almost entirely kitted out in pearl, black and terracotta-coloured marble and opens up in the middle towards the sky, allowing light to pour in. A few small potted trees are the sole attempt to decorate the place, although the seating (bulky, square, yet attractive Moroccan-style armchairs) and the wonderful lattice work of the El Mashrabiah lobby bar also do their bit. The lobby is home to several boutiques selling jewellery, clothing, beach gear and a variety of souvenirs. The hotel has two swimming pools, one of which is heated and includes a jacuzzi and a kids pool, while the other, the relax pool, also has an area put aside for children. The former has plenty of room for everyone who wants either to relax by its side or to make a splash playing water polo or volleyball. Both pools though are fully exposed to the sun all day long given the distance the surrounding accommodation stands away. Vita Moor is the hotel's (disappointing) wellness centre. The gym is inexplicably based outside the building while the interior, which houses a grubby looking steam room, a sauna, a hammam, a beauty salon and just one massage room, is basic and perhaps not in tune with the rest of the hotel. While the hotel has a strong animation team, all but two are Italian. All activities and shows are put on in Italian, however you only need to mimic the animators to be able to join in the dancing or stretching for example. The two English-speaking animators are there more to make sure the British guests are OK and to look after their needs. Table tennis, pool, boccia, beach tennis and beach volleyball can all be played on the hotel's premises. A clinic can be found in case of any medical issues, while there is also a bank in the hotel (with cash machine coming soon). The hotel in general is fairly well maintained, although many of the grassy areas are in bad nick and it would do no harm to plant some colourful plants to give a bit of life to the resort which is rich in palm trees and other green shrubs.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    All 250 rooms at the Shores Golden are identical and simple affairs. There is very little of note in the rooms which are very basically furnished with a marble-topped desk encompassing the fridge and on top of which is the television. Aside from the coffee table and chairs, a couple of mirrors and prints, there is no other feature to the room. The balcony is fairly sizeable and most give onto either the pool or one of the gardens. Bathrooms are pretty clean by Sharm standards and feature a pretty small shower cubicle with curtain, toiletries and hairdryer. The mirror hanging in front of the sink is beautifully framed with Moroccan style tiles.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    There are a few options for dining at the Shores Golden. The main restaurant, which is right by the main pool, serves an international buffet on a one week cycle with a different theme each night of the week in an undistinguished room. There is always the option of either a meat or fish grill. Also next to the pool are the restaurants Golden Grill and Pizzeria (both dinner only) each serving what their respective names suggest. A fourth restaurant, La Caletta, is found on the beach and specialises in fish. In terms of bars, you've got the Mashrabiah Bar in the lobby which has beautiful lattice work on its exterior and a comfortable seating area inside. Then there is the Relax Pool bar which sinks into the swimming pool of the same name and finally the Bedouin tent, which is the place to relax with a tea or coffee and smoke a shisha in the evening, surrounded by oriental furnishings and coloured lamps.

    To know

    While this hotel is available on the British market, it is also extremely popular with the Italians, which goes some way to explaining the lively atmosphere during the summer. Being so favoured by the Italians the majority of the animation team are of that nationality as are most of the activities on the animation programme, however this should not prevent you and the kids joining in the dancing the sports activities which don't require much explanation.

    Equipment

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

      stretching, hammam, sauna, spa, massage, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      dance, gym, tennis, volleyball

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