15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We stayed at the Sheraton and had a grea...
"We stayed at the Sheraton and had a great time, Hotel is superb, staff were very efficient, food good, in fact we couldnt fault anything, wish we had gone for 2 weeks as a week was not long enough for us personally would love to go back if only we could find the right deal
Anybody know good websites to book this hotel with as the sheraton own website is very pricey now and does not seem to offer the option of half board anymore
- Travel date: Sun 17th of August 2008
I have stayed here on 4 occasions (and t...
"I have stayed here on 4 occasions (and twice at the Movenpick), this is our favourite hotel based on the following:
The grounds, private beach and setting is superb!
Food is wonderful, snorkelling is great on the house reef.
Staff are excellent and so friendly.
The pool is nicer at the Movenpick but that is the only thing in my opinion, that is nicer than the Miramar."
- Travel date: Sun 25th of May 2008
Booked this as an add on to a Nile Cruis...
"Booked this as an add on to a Nile Cruise. The place was pretty quiet which is just what we wanted. The staff were really helpful & was always fussing about trying to make you welcome. The breakfasts were superb & after a good helping of whatever was on offer, usually everything, you didn't need much more for the rest of the day. The only reason I never gave the hotel a 10 was because I felt the restaurant & bar lacked atmosphere in the evenings. However with the free bus it was easy to find many decent alternatives 'Downtown' in El Gouna. The local beach is classed as an island which is easily with in walking distance. Certainly can't fault the resort or friendliness of the locals. Although it's a man made resort we'll certainly be going back again."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of February 2007
I read other reviews about this hotel be...
"I read other reviews about this hotel before booking and people had said how lovely it was. I was disappointed. The hotel is average. Certainly not 5 star luxury I was expecting.
The hotel layout is vast and is certainly different. The design of the hotel is ugly but does have lovely views from the dining room and terrace. The rooms are a bit dingy and basic, but the bathrooms are spacious and have a lovely walk in shower.
El Gouna itself is very quiet and we were totally bored after one week. The weather in Dec/Jan is a bit hit and miss and was very windy so was not really hot enough to sit around the pool.
The hotel did provide activities during the day, i.e. beach volleyball, water polo etc. if you wanted to join in and the pool attendants were kind and friendly. There is a good hotel gym. Not much to do for kids, one pool table and two computers for a hotel of this size.
Any evening entertainment was outside but it was too cold, and many of the patio heaters were not working. The Miramar bar had a few tables but not nearly enough as the hotel was busy and people had nowhere to sit to have a drink after dinner.
We ate out most of the time and just came back to the hotel to go to bed; there were never any tables free if we had wanted a drink at the bar.
Egypt itself is so cheap to eat out - then why was the hotel so incredibly expensive? Not just drinks, thatâs expected in Egypt. Example - at the pool bar we bought two coffees, two cokes and two plates of fries - cost Â£14.
We ate at the hotel Piscina Italian Restaurant, why would a risotto dish cost over Â£16? It wasn't even nice. Some friends had brought us a bottle of champagne over as a New Year present and we asked to open this in the hotel bar - they charged us corkage of Â£15 and that was after an argument as they had initially insisted on Â£30!
No jippy tummy everywhere is clean and the security around El Gouna is reassuring. Very little pestering from the shop keepers, in general they were friendly and genuinely pleased to see English people.
There were some lovely restaurants and bars at the Marina and we loved travelling in the little tok tok's. The hotel provided a good bus service.
The New Year's Eve party was fantastic a big effort from everyone involved at the hotel. Well done for that - but overall a forgettable holiday.
I would not visit El Gouna again, but if I did then I would stay at the Three Corners Ocean View right on the Marina - its only three or four star but its great."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of January 2007
great place go there
"just back from a great week at sheraton. can only praise it the same as other people, lovely hotel with plenty of space and lovely landscaped gardens, clean smart and first rate service, quiet a unique place, sea temp a bit low this time of year but pool is warm, wind a bit cooling but the south end of the hotel is very warm and sheltersd. would go back tomorrow if i could!"
- Travel date: Sun 12th of February 2006
Fab Feb Break!!
"Just returned from a week away at this wonderful resort (2-9th Feb). All that we could have wished for: perfect location, very quiet, stunning views and excellent service.
If you are keen on wildlife then you could do worse than staying at this resort - gardens were wonderfully planted, many different species of birds and even a wild desert fox made an appearance just outside our verandah one evening! February is actually their coldest month but fear not, the daily 23+ degrees and blue skies is enough to blow away those winter blues.... talking of which, do pack a couple of jumpers, even perhaps a light coat... you'll need them for the chilly evenings!
We stayed on a b+b basis and ventured into the marina a few evenings - great restaurants, very reasonably priced and great food, from local delicacies to Italian eateries. If you're keen on curry as we are, there's a fantastic Indian restaurant (The Tandoor) which, as an Indian myself, I can only recommend you try!
Some decent snorkelling just off the beach is available and be sure to take advantage of the resorts' shuttle bus and boat service which (for a weekly ticket of just 10 egyptian pounds per week, that's Â£1 sterling) ferries you around to the marina, downtown El Gouna and nearby hotels. Breakfast is a sumptuous feast of everything you could hope for... and be sure to walk around the resort and investigate it fully to discover quiet areas by the lagoons and the sea... If you love seafood, make sure you try the restaurant at the nearby Movenpick resort (El Sayadin), probably our finest meal of our stay with impeccable service and the chance to choose your own shrimp, lobster, squid etc! The 'Oriental' (Egyptian food) at the Sheraton is also a wonderful place to eat. On the slightly downside, all we could find were that the beds were extremely firm, the background music was that tinny 'Kylie' sound (would have been nice to hear authentic Egyptian music, though the bar did play very pleasant live piano music and singing every evening) and the price of imported wines so try some of the Egyptian wines but not the cheapest ones, apparently they taste like chlorine!
All in all, a place we would be very happy to return to. If you're looking for the perfect break with great weather, flawless service, excellent food and all round great value for money away from the usual med crowd, pack your bags!"
- Travel date: Sun 12th of February 2006
"Just back from my second visit to The Sheraton.
Excellant hotel with very friendly staff and well kept grounds.
The rooms are very large,clean and quiet and the hotel is spread over a large area so even if it is very busy it does not feel that way.
The 2 bars are very good.Alcohol is expensive in Egypt,especially imported drinks.The food in the hotel is good.The buffet breakfast has everything you could want.There is a Italian restuarant and The Orient restuarant both very good and offer great value.
There is plenty to do in the way of activities in the hotel.Windsurfing,Snorkelling,Kayaking,Diving,Kite surfing,a lovely 2km jog track around the resort.A gym (very small)and plenty of kids activities."
- Travel date: Mon 6th of February 2006
"Having recently being at the Sheraton from 9th-23rd December, I must concur with the majority of review, an excellent resort with fantastic, idealic surroundings, excellent food (even though based on B&B basis), and the staff were excellent.
Only gripe I would have would be the lack of evening activities on-site, but on the flip side, you did have the oppotunity to experience the 5min bus ride to either downtown or the marania.
I would recommend this place to anybody wanting a relaxing holiday.
p.s. the evenings can get cold though, so bring that extra jumper."
- Travel date: Mon 30th of January 2006
A delight in the Desert
"This was our first trip to Egypt and the main reason we chose Egypt was to guarantee the weather and the sights plus at EL Gouna, the Sheraton Miramar looked pretty good.We were a bit aprehensive as the bombs had gone off in Sharm,(although Sharm is over the other side of the Red Sea) plus the fact we had been told to expect the good the bad and the ugly from Egypt.
I can confirm The hotel was superb. The people just could not do enough for you.
Brouchure pictures could not do justice to the grounds that the hotel was set in, which were lagoons (nine in all)set amonst tens of thousands of palms and tropical plants that also all light up at night.
Breakfastand Dinner is served overlooking the Red sea as are all the rooms. The rooms are all a decent size and are spread out not in a big block but semi-hidden amongst the vast gardens. The full size boat moored at the hotel was a floating bar and great for evening drinks.
EL gouna is far superior to Hurgarda's concrete jungle and appears far cleaner.
If you are looking for a place and a hotel that ticks all the right boxes... you have just found it."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of January 2006
"Just a quick note to say couldn't agree more with what has been said before, lovely place to un-wind after the more hectic centres of Luxor or Cairo and certainly nicer then staying in Hurgahada itself. Try and get a room on the peninsula furthest away from the main complex overlooking the lagoon as is heavenly."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of January 2006
"We stayed for one week before Christmas, having chosen this hotel on the basis of the reviews here -- and we were not at all disappointed. The grounds and architecture are indeed very beautiful, people very friendly and the location very peaceful. Reservations about lunch choices and lack of "real egypt" flavour, though, are quite correct. Generally I thought the food better (fresher and more varied) than most reviewers, especially if you use the cooking stations.
A few details not covered elsewhere:
1) snorkelling: really pretty good off the nearby Zeytouna Beach pier (you can walk there from Sheraton, 5 mins) but only when sea is calm -- when windy (as it often is) the reef gets cloudy quickly; it's very good though if you take the TGI boat on a short trip (available from the hotel twice daily for 2 hrs, about 14 euros pp I think). The latter also provides an excellent introduction for kids: the water is pretty calm and the views spectacular. In winter you'll need a wet suit, available from TGI ca 4 euros pp per trip, but they DON'T have wet suits for v small kids (under 8, say).
2) for families at least, booking direct offers great value. Via the web, their family package got us 2 rooms (B+B) at 60 USD per room per night, plus children ate for free in the main restaurant. We flew BA to Hurghada (ca 220 GBP pp), and hotel provides free (and v reliable) transfer to/from the airport if you have booked direct. So we got two connecting rooms + BA flight for less than a package firm would have charged to have stuck us all in one room.
All in all fantastic value for a quiet, very comfortable break, and an exciting place to take the kids... We'll be back!"
- Travel date: Thu 5th of January 2006
fantastic, friendly, loved it.
"We have just returned from a wonderful holiday in El Gouna. Our hotel was the Sheraton Miramar. What a fantastic place. We could not find anything at all wrong. The staff could not do enough for you and were very helpful and friendly. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. Our room was very good with a large dome in the roof and a lovely view over the resort. Very clean and the room service very good. We would strongly recommend the Luxor trip by flight whilst you are there. Lots to see, the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple and the boat trip on the Nile was incredible. Throughout our entire holiday we felt at ease and safe. In the evenings we took a taxi into the Marina, which is only 10 minutes, and had some every enjoyable evenings in the bars and restaurants. One restaurant we would recommend is Bleu, Bleu. Good food with friendly service and not to expensive, a 3 course meal here for two including drinks cost about Â£30.00 (just under 300 egyptian!). There is also Downtown, which is a small area with lots of bars and resaurants also. Again not far from the hotel.
Hope this helps. Enjoy"
- Travel date: Thu 5th of January 2006