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Hotel Sofitel Sharm El Sheikh Hotel 5 star
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More of a hotel than a resort, the Sofitel Sharm el Sheikh is definitely in our top 5 in the area. The standard here is superior to that of most resorts in Sharm el Sheikh. The atmosphere is calm and ideal for couples or guests looking for peace and quiet. The highlight of the hotel is its Horizon Bar which overlooks Naama Bay and its equestrian centre. The Sofitel may be one of the oldest hotels in Sharm el Sheikh, but the other resorts have a lot to learn from this establishment.

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    • Hotel Sofitel Sharm El Sheikh

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    Location 8.54 /10

    The Sofitel is built on Naama Bay, midway between the airport and the old town of Sharm El Sheikh (both 6 miles away). Its elevated situation means that there is a magnificent view across the bay. There are no other hotels infringing on its spot, creating an intimate atmosphere.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    Overlooking Naama Bay, the 298 rooms have a view of the sea. Decorated in an oriental style and with modesty, they are each equipped with air conditioning, television (23 channels), a telephone line for direct overseas calls, a mini-bar and a balcony or a terrace. The bathroom has a shower and a hair-dryer. A common safe is available for customers at the reception. The hotel also offers two-storey villas (a kitchen, a dining room, 3 bathrooms with a bathtub). The rooms are extremely pleasant and feel very private. They remain cool due to their dome structure, although they can be a little dark.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    Designed by an Egyptian architect in 1996, the 5-storey hotel distinguishes itself from its neighbours by the originality of its style inspired by the Mameluke era. The use of natural and raw materials, carefully selected to decorate it, makes it a refined and warm place. The swimming pool and the restaurants are accessible by stairs. The hotel also has an equestrian centre with a dozen horses. It is possible for novices to take awalk in the 50-acre park or for more experienced hikers to go into the desert. The Sofitel Sharm el Sheikh may be one of the oldest hotels in the area, but the resorts in the area have a lot to learn from this establishment!

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    There are four restaurants on the premises. The main restaurant offers various buffets of high quality. Its interior space (250 seats) and its terrace (250 seats) are very elegantly decorated. There are also three restaurants serving Indian specialties à la carte. The hotel boasts five bars, including one on the beach, one beside the swimming pool and one in the lobby (open 24/24 h). The most impressive is the Horizon bar that offers a view over Naama Bay. Located on the edge of a cliff and in the open air, it revolves around a wooden kiosk. You should go there at night to see the sunset, a unique moment.

    Beach 8.20 /10

    The hotel is right on the beach which is split into three bays. It is equipped with numerous deckchairs, sunshades and showers. Sports and various water activities can be practiced. The first bay is best for snorkelling, where guests can admire the brain-like coral! The only disadvantage: the numerous stairs between the main areas of the hotel and the beach. The atmosphere is otherwise very relaxed, especially in the second and third bay where there tends to be less people.

    To know

    The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife have often stayed at the Sofitel which also welcomes sheikhs and business men from all over the world in its villas hidden away from the rest of the hotel.

    The hotel is built on several levels which means there is a fair number of stairs. There are two lifts to help accelerate the journey between the pool and the rooms. The beach is split into three bays which is great for guests wanting some intimacy. The first bay (to the left) is best for snorkelling. The other two bays are rarely used, but great for relaxing. There is also a handy walkway all the way to Naama Bay which makes for a good stroll at night. Beware: guests should make a note of the gate closing time at night.

    Our advice about accommodation: at the Sofitel, there is no way to avoid the numerous stairs, however, the rooms starting with the number 1 are situated at the bottom and closest to the restaurants and the swimming pool.

    There is a weekly beach party with live entertainment in the third bay, where a Bedouin style open air buffet restaurant is set up. There is also a large airy tent which is where the hotel's entertainment happens.

    Something else the hotel has which stands out, is its own horse stables. Various itineraries can be organised.

    Equipment

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

      sauna, hammam, stretching, massage, beauty salon, keep fit, wellness, Turkish bath, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, aqua gym, aerobics, step, dance, tennis, football, beach volley, basketball, archery, horse riding, golf, (nearby), squash, water skiing, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, canoe, bums and tums, fitness, sports, water-polo

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Its exceptional location
    • Its tasteful decoration
    • Its architecture
    • The Horizon bar
    • The very friendly staff
    • All rooms have sea views

    disadvantages

    • There are a lot of stairs

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score 8.50/10
      • Package deals in March 2008 Posted on 2010-10-12 Family - 3 to 5 nights (Room with a view)

        Lovely hotel with good food and service. Loved the 'My Bed' - very comfy indeed! Could have done with a bit more life in the evenings.

      • Advantages

        Service, food, décor, rooms, beaches, Horizon bar and Bedouin tent. Nice seaviews.

      • Disavantages

        Quiet in evenings, feel a bit like in a hole due to large horse-shoe shapped building.

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      • Overall Score 7.57/10
      • Package deals in April 2009 Posted on 2010-07-13 Family - One week or more (Room with a view)

        Despite Sharm's shaky reputation for low quality hotels, the Sofitel was fantastic! Great snorkelling and service, nice rooms.

      • Advantages

        Horizon bar, good restaurants, loved the breakfast, peaceful beaches, good service, nice rooms, walkway straight to Naama Bay.

      • Disavantages

        None.

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
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