10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Camel Dive - Great Service
"I spent Easter weekend in Sharm El Sheikh and as a diver, chose Camel Dive for both diving services and hotel. I must admit, it was some of the very best service I ever experienced. I've been lucky to have traveled the world and loved staying at this hotel. The diving staff was extremely friendly and organized and the customer service of the staff blew us away. It's in the heart of Naama Bay but still quiet to get a good nights sleep. Tandoori restaurant provided some of the best Indian food I've ever had and I loved the casual atmosphere of Camel Bar.
If you're going to Sharm and a diver, you must stay at Camel Dive and Hotel.
- Travel date: Fri 13th of April 2007
"Decided to stay at the Camel Hotel because of the central location and was very impressed. Right in the centre of all the action but yet surprisingly quiet in our room at night.
On-site restaurants are excellent but not really what you'd call local food since ones an Italian and the others a Tandoori. All the same they are both excellent and highly recommended.
Breakfast was surprisingly good although could of done with a few more healthy options like museli etc.
Room was very clean and staff were friendly and helpful.
Only negative was having to drag our luggage through the pedestrian area to get to the hotel itself. I'm sure there must be an easier way as there are some roads right behind the hotel.
I would definitely stay there again."
- Travel date: Wed 21st of March 2007
Cool spot in Sharm
"If you have to stay in Sharm, this place is a good bet. Staff excellent, rooms good (especially if you can get a ground floor one around the pool). On-site restaurants good, breakfast recommended. The in-house diving centre is run by helpful and professional staff. The bar on the roof seemed like the best place for a drink in Naama Bay.
Personally, I didn't much like Sharm or Naama Bay as a place to stay. It's just handy for the excellent diving. The area is pretty much a tourist trap with very little in the way of authentic egyptian experiences. One of the only quibbles about the hotel is it's proximity to Naama Bay's own Pacha nightclub. If you're a light sleeper, you might want to get a room on the other side of the hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 11th of February 2007
"If you want to dive stay at the camel. The Hotel was spotless the rooms are basic but very clean and tidy. The staff where all very friendly and the food in all the restaurants was excellent.
As for the diving I went out a virgin and came back a nympho. I just gotta get back again.
Although the hotel is not for designed for kids the beach is 3 minutes from the hotel and although the hotel is in the centre of the bay I heard no noise at all and felt completely safe in the streets etc.
Be prepared for the heat. If you have not been before dont think its going to be like the Canaries or Costa del Sol the sun is very intense and you will need to be careful.
Would I go to the Camel again yes
would I take children yes
Am I going back ,you bet I am."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of July 2006
What A Brilliant Place
"I stayed at the camel hotel for a week (27th April - 4th May 2006) and had the best holiday ever.
I stayed with 14 friends and found the check-in process quick and efficient. I had room 101 which is on the ground floor next to the pool. It was very large with a massive bathroom. The decor is great and has everything you need.. even if you forget showergel. The room is right next to pasha nightclub but once you close the patio doors you can't hear the club.
The tandori restaurant is everything and more.. Stunning food at a great price. the camel bar was our base to start every evening.. the first floor is fully of flags and signed t-shirts giving you an idea of how people love this bar. on the roof there are loungers and loewtables. You can chill out up here with a hubbly bubbly and relaxing lighting. The staff are great and will reserve a table in advance if you ask (it gets really busy).
Overall the hotel is the centre of Na'ma Bay and you have such a great choice of shops, dining and clubs at your fingertips. Camel hotel also has a great private beach 5 minutes down the street.
Half of the group went diving and arranged everything with the Camel Dive Centre and had some amazing days out to sea.
The Dive centre staff are great fun.. and know there stuff!!
Please visit the Camel hotel as it Rocks.. We'll be back there in November 2006."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of May 2006
Great Base for Divers
"We stayed 3 nights at this clean effeciently run hotel. It is associated with the Camel dive School, and is very convient if you are diveing with them. The Indian restaruant on site is EXCELLENT
Clean confortable rooms with a good staff and not too expensive by Sharm standards. Good location just a few minutes walk from the bay."
- Travel date: Wed 19th of April 2006
Great diving and professional team
"First time to Egypt and the diving was great. Very helpful staff and the adjoining Camel dive club staff very professional and knew their stuff.
The Indian restaurant well worth a try and hard to resist with the wafting Indian spices in your room so don't go if you can't stand curry spices. The Italian restaurant worth a visit too.
Breakfast basic but adequate. Rooms clean and tidy. All in all a friendly, well run place to stay."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of February 2006
Excellent base for divers
"This hotel is based at the Camel Dive centre and caters for divers. Our room was spacious, air conditioned, clean with our own patio area, we also had a mini bar. The cleaners would arrange our towels into sculptures decorated with flower petals each day, it was a bit of a surprise to find a swan on the first day! A nice touch though. The staff were very friendly and would do whatever they could for you.
Breakfast was served buffet style and offered a wide range of different foods, all very fresh and appetising. No flies either!! This restaurant also served lunch - again buffet style and also pizzas which were very good. There is also an Indian restaurant - the food was excellent, but large portions and of course, the famous Camel bar & roof terrace where everyone goes for a few beers at the end of the day and you can have burger type food, which again was of a good quality.
The hotel formed a courtyard with the pool in the centre, this was well maintained, reasonable size and there were loungers and tables around for relaxing with a beer and cooling off after diving all day.
As the hotel caters for divers it is very peaceful during the day, but there are no facilities for children (eg water slide, childrens' pool) so it would not really be suitable for them.
The Camel is only 5 minutes walk to the jetty where the dive boats leave in the morning and it is right in the centre of all local amenities for the evening."
- Travel date: Thu 1st of September 2005
Perfect for divers
"This is a hotel that has been developed around a diving school, so not surprisingly it predominantly caters to people in Sharm for scuba. It is a small complex that has approx 20 rooms set around a central courtyard (with pool). The rooms are spacious and clean with own balcony.
Also in the complex is the diving club with cafe area & dive shop, a continental style restaurant (where buffet breakfast is served each morning), an internet cafe, and Indian restaurant, and the famous Camel bar & roof terrace where everyone goes for a few beers at the end of the day.
The Camel is only 5 minutes walk for the dive boats in the morning, and in the centre of all local amenities for the evening. For those wishing to dive it is perfect. Lots of like minded people and a friendly staff made my trip in October last year very memorable."
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of April 2005
Very pleasant hotel - good for divers
"I stayed at Camel Hotel in October 2003, I had been afraid that it would be noisey being in the center of Naama Bay but I was wrong, the rooms are quiet and there is a nice small pool in a central court which all the rooms face on to.
Most of the guest were divers and went on trips organized by Camel Dive Club.
Good breakfast Buffet, did not eat dinner at the hotel as there are so many eating out options in Naama Bay. We were able to use a beach on Naama Bay, which was ok but basic, sun beads not great. I got the impression that the Camel Hotel is really best for divers, I myslef am a snorkler. Camel Hotel is small personal and comfortable and recommended."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of January 2005