69 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very pleasnant getaway
"We booked this holiday only 8 days before we left and with First Choice. Flight was good as we were given extra leg room outbound. On arrival at Sharm airport however, we experienced some problems. Immense overcrowding prior to passport control, Not the best start to our holiday but once we collected our luggage we were greeted by our friendly reps Sammy and Angie and a quick coach transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel was very efficient and we were shown immediately to our lovely sea view room. Rooms are well equipped and large and were kept very clean throughout our stay.
Negatives: The hotel is in need of some TLC. eg. paintwork tatty,no locks on some communal loos, lights dangling from ceilings and tatty wooden boards blocking some throughways. Food was disappointingly very average, we found it bland and cold. The italian restaurant was terrible, The so called italian set meal was just the same sort of food that we had in the buffet.
Positives: The animation team at this hotel are absolutely fantastic. To be honest they made our stay! We want to mention the brilliant Kemo and his team, particularly Romeo, Damal, Natalie and Victor. The towel man Fael was also lovely and saved our special place around the pool (which was freezing cold) each day without us even asking. Ash, the pool barman was also very popular too.
The reason they made our holiday special was their humour, rapport and amazing hard work. They are a credit to the Coral Sea Imperial and we miss them and thank them."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of January 2009
Coral beach imperial fantastic holiday
"We stayed at the Coral Beach Imperial from 12th January -19th January. What can I say this hotel is fantastic, rooms were large and amenities at hotel were great. Staff were friendly and very helpful. They really made my little boys holiday. The food was quite varied and was nice, the only thing was they stopped serving ice cream at meals whilst we were there which was a bit of a disappointment for my little boy. Evening entertainment is focused mainly at little children and families. My little boy loved the mini disco. This hotel is situated right near the beach which had loads of sunbeds as well as having loads of sunbeds round the pool.
We will be going back to this hotel next year. Any questions please feel free to contact me."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of January 2009
The perfect getaway...
"OK, so we didnt know where to go... we wanted some sun and a relaxing break ,not to far to travel and nothing that was going to break the bank just after christmas.... and we found it.
The Coral Sea Imperial is a nice hotel on the sea front which has a nice sandy beach. The sea is home to some of the most amazing sea life. Having not gone snorkling or diving i was disapointed after hearing some of the experiences of the other holiday makers, so make diving a must!
The hotel is 'what it says on the tin.' I believe the rating of a 4 star is adequate with ample sized pools (1 large and one smaller and nicer heated pool.) The comunal areas are very nice and clean. The bedrooms are well equipt with a built in UK style socket, hairdrier, bath and a seperate shower. All of which have nice views with options of pool views or sea. We had a pool view which was perfectly by the heated pool.
The food was so so... they do not eat pork here so if your a brekkie lover then u will very much be dissapointed. Most evening and dinner dishes were made from either beef or chicken, and nothing much else. But the fresh bread rolls are fab, and my girlfriend was rather partial to the chocolate icecream! We also went to the Italian in the hotel which we thought was very nice, but bear in mind that the drinks here (or any of the other a la carte restaurants) are not included in the 'all inclusive' package.
So all in all a nice hotel in a pretty loation, ideal for beach lovers and divers. A place just to chill out and feel human again, while indulging and not having to worry about the bill."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of January 2009
Our home from home in sharm
"We have just returned from a fantastic time at our home from home in sharm. The Staff at the Coral Sea Imperial are absolutely wonderful and cannot do enough for you. This was the first time visit for our son Scott, who loved it so much he wants to go back and join the animation Team. The food was great, plenty of choice, and plenty to eat, you will not starve here. We were given the same room we had in May 2008 and it felt like we have returned back home. Unfortunately I took a throat infection and I must pass on a great big thank you to Said, Guest Relations Manager, who could not do enough for us, even going to the chemist to help my husband purchase the correct medicine, thank you so much our friend Said. We would also like to thank our dear friend Nabil, who we first met in May and always makes our vist to this hotel extra special. We cannot forget the fantastic animation Team of Romeo, Mark, Chemo and Tamar, and a special thank you to Tam Tam who called our son " white Boy" as he was so pale, but looked after him so well, thank you guys and we will see you again in September. There are a few guys, who work in the restaurants we would also like to thank for their special attention to us, Essen, Moheb, Mohammed, Haney, Fatty and all the guys who worked so hard to dish out the food and also serve it, thank you so much. The Diving Centre, Aquarius, is the best dive Centre in Sharm, Michael, Hassan and his team always make you feel so welcome, and both my husband Ian and son Scott enjoyed their fantastic diving experience, great to see you guys. We also met the new Operations Manager, Khaled, who was really nice, and we heard all about the fantastic plans for the hotel and we wish him well with this, you have chosen a fantastic hotel to work with and a "Gem of a Staff Team" I cannot forget our friend Said, who cleaned our room last year and who we saw this year again, great to see you, and thank you Said, this time Mustafa was our cleaner and was so friendly, always very happy and cleaned our room very well, thank you Said and Mustafa.
See you all soon
Ian, Ann and Scott McLaughlan"
- Travel date: Wed 21st of January 2009
Great for relaxing winter break.....
"We have just returned from a week at the Coral Sea Imperial (2 couples in our 20's), 9-16th Jan 09. The hotel was lovely, clean and well maintained, the rooms are spacious and well equipt, the staff are friendly and helpful - they work from dusk til dawn and are still cheery and cannot do enough for you. The food in both of the buffet restaurants was good, plenty of choice, could always find something and the pastries/sweets/fresh bread are all very nice too.
Both the pool and beach areas are really nice and the snorkelling from the jetty at this hotel is amazing (this was my 3rd visit to Sharm, each time at different hotels, and this was definately the best spot I've snorkelled at, I didn't bother going on a boat trip this time as you saw all you could want to here!).
The night life at the hotel isn't up to much, the animation team do try hard but to be honest it wasn't our thing, we did go to the Pirate Club on site and the DJ does his best but the drinks are quite pricey as this opens after the AI finishes at 11pm. Naama bay has a Pasha nightclub if you want a proper night out though or if you just want a drink we'd recommend the Camel Bar roof terrace, relaxing but not dull.
All in all we had a lovely holiday and would definately recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of January 2009
Highly Recommended for a beach break
"Super All Inclusive Resort, highly recommended
Stayed Jan 11th for a week at the start of 2009
Weather was fantastic - will clear blue sky and sometimes a stiff breeze, resort is right on the beach
Incredible snorkling right from the beach
People are genuine and want to serve
Super large room
Fully justified the 4*plus rating with First Choice
Easy and quick transfer times from Sharm's airport
Wi/Fi was a rip off
Food was generally good but sometimes very repetitive
Worst think for us was the entertainment at right - absolutely rubbish - targeted under 11's mentality"
- Travel date: Mon 19th of January 2009
"Very lovely holiday. Hotel staff were very friendly and welcoming. Lovely clean and spacious room. Loads of services offered round the hotel.
Most reviews about poor food are true but its edible and always more than enough. Buy your own alcohol before you go.
Would advise a trip to Cairo if its avaliable to you, once in a lifetime opportunity! very worthwhile."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of January 2009
Egypt in January
"Needed some last minute winter sunshine. The hotel was neat and tidy. Only 10 minute drive from the airport but surprisingly free from aircraft noise. Area surrounding hotel is a mixture of building site and desolation, easy to ignore when facing the sea. Transition from Conrad to Coral Sea still taking place. Finishing touches are missing at this time, but these are only small details that really wouldn't affect your stay. All staff friendly and helpful, although some people may find the Animation /Activities Team over-powering. Making friends with waiting staff is a good idea as you will capture their attention. Pool area clean and pleasant. One heated swimming pool very popular at this time of year! Hotel not very busy, even staff comment on it. Global recession? Food and drink not overly fussy but plentiful. Met my expectations of all inclusive deal. If like my husband, you are very tall then chose your carrier carefully as seating with First Choice is not very good for a 5 hour plus trip."
- Travel date: Fri 16th of January 2009
Fantastic New Year at the Coral Sea Imperial!!!
"Had a fantastic new year at the coral sea imperial!!
First things first, the room was lovely and clean and everything worked that should do!! we upgraded to a seaview room which is a definate must as the view was absoloutly gorgeous, all the rooms have a terrace in which you can sit and relax! All food and drink was all inclusive and was very good value for money, lots of choices and something different every night! There were 8 of us in our party and not a single complaint about the food all holiday. All inclusive cocktails were also nice! The private beach is beauitful and the snorkling amazing! There are also 2 pools which are good, always somewhere to get a drink either on the beach or pool area!
The hotel itself is definatly 5*, very luxurious and cannot fault it at all! The staff are the cherry on the top for us on this holiday, they cannot do enough for you! Whether it be our favourite waiter's Islam or Hossney (who also served us on new years eve), the animation team (in particular mark and romeo) - they all always worked so hard to provide entertainment for the guests! Everyone basically works 24/7 in order for you to have a fantastic holiday - so make sure you bring a bit of money for some tips!
New years eve was good, with a massive markee with over 1300 people there; again food was nice and the entertainment/dancing was awesome!!
Overall holiday fantastic and did not want to come home! Will definately go back again!!
The Mansfield Family!!
- Travel date: Thu 15th of January 2009
Time of Our Lives
"We stayed at the Conrad for our honeymoon. It was fantastic. The hotel was clean,and the staff were very friendly. We could not find any faults at all.
The beach was fantastic. We had no problems getting a lounger which were free as were the beach towels. The staff at the Cabana beach bar were brilliant. Amir, Mammoud and the rest of the guys really made us feel at home.
The food at the Pharohs restaurant was excellent aswell. A few people complained about the food being repetative.We had no complaints. Yes, there was alot of the same- beef, chicken, potatoes, but considering the egyptians don't eat pork the variety was good. There is salad, vegetables, chips meats and lots of different breads. I think these people forgot that they was'nt in England.The sweets were fantastic. All homemade rangeing from ice cream and jelly to gateaux or cakes laiden with exotic fruits. The waiters waited on us hand and foot.Tamer,and Hassam were really good with us and couldnt do enough for us. All the staff deserve medals. They work 12 hour shifts but are still always very friendly and helpful. Bottled water was given to us all the time. If we didnt want to drink it stright away we put it in the mini bar fridge for later.
The room was lovely too. We had birds made out of towels on the bed a few times and also cakes delivered to our room as we were on honeymoon. I thought this was a lovely gesture.
The entertainment was good, whether you want a quiet drink in the reception lounge or if you want to join in the fun with the entertainment team. Theres something for everyone.
At the end of our stay we didnt want to go home. Who would. We were treat like a king and queen. The weather, what can I say......hot hot hot- great!
Over all the hotel and rooms are lovely and clean. The staff are brilliant and we have booked again for March 2009.
We are missing all the guys and cant wait to see them all again."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of November 2008
The Conrad Resort is a lovely hotel situ...
"The Conrad Resort is a lovely hotel situated on the beachfront in Ras Nosrani, approx 10 mins from the airport and 10-15 mins from Naama Bay.
Our room was wonderful - definitely worth paying the small supplement to have a Beachfront Room here. The maid service was excellent too. We had a nice large balcony overlooking the beach, a huge King Size bed, satellite TV with English channels and an average size bathroom.
The pool area is large and clean and there are loads of sunbeds. Beach/pool towels are free and the pool guy Shady will have your towels out ready and waiting for you on your favourite sunbeds every day!
The dive centre on the beach was great and offers all kinds of watersports and excursions. Really good value for money too. Parasending was Â£20pp - Snorkelling trip was Â£20pp for 2 and a half hours by speedboat. There is a floating jetty from the beach over the reef and snorkelling here is fantastic, loads of fish and corals.
The beach is clean and sandy and unlike some hotels further up in Nabq, you can actually swim out from the beach - it's so shallow and wonderful clear water.
There's a good choice of food, although the buffet was a little repetitive, I always found something I liked. There's a pizza station, pasta station and meats, fish, salads, soups, rice and chips every night for dinner. Some nights there are BBQ's on the beach and themed nights. We didn't use the Italian or Seafood restaurants at all, but heard they were good - you have to pay for your drinks in these though! There were lunch snacks by the pool daily - usually hot dogs / burgers / pizzas etc.
The All Inclusive was pretty good, and even though there's only one pool bar, we never waited long for a drink. There's also 2 beach bars and the lobby bar and the terrace bar.
I would definitely return to the Conrad, although it is being taken over and will soon be the Coral Sea Imperial. I hope standards don't slip when it changes management!
Oh, and book through www.preferredegypt.co.uk - we paid so much less than everyone there who had booked through First Choice."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of October 2008
I don't actually think i've every been s...
"I don't actually think i've every been so disappointed in my life!! You may think I am being overdramatic but believe me when you have stayed at the conrad your know how I feel.
When we booked it, it looked so nice in the brochure and on the website, the travel agent told us it was one of the best and that we'd have a great holiday. Then we arrived, we were ushered in like cattle and our bell boy just grabbed our bags as soon as we signed in and told us we HAD to follow him to our room where he just stood thee staring at us waiting/expecting a hefty tip without telling us anything about our rooms or the hotel, we later found out all the new arrivals had a welcoming drink and was shown to the dining room for refreshments and food, which we had to some how find ourselves, and my then was closed and told if we want anything we had to order room service.
The room was lovely, clean and we had a great view of the ocean, the only problem was we kept running out of toilet paper and had to hunt down the maid every few days and even had to take it from the bar toilets as the reception staff just told us to get it from the maids.
The worst part of the hotel was the food, it was absoultely revolting, even now i cringe when i think of it. Breakfast was just undescribable I only manage to eat it twice in two weeks as I just couldn't face it. Lunch was either pizza and chips by the pool or pizza and chips and last night left others in the dining room. Dinner you had a wide selection of salad and desert but revolting main, both me and my partner are unfussy eaters but we both couldn't eat anything they served. I ended up eating pizza and chips and occasionally a bit of pasta but mostly we ended up ordering room service and you can just imagine the prices. It was meant to be all-inclusive but we spent so much money on food we might as well of been self- catering!
Loved Egypt and would def return but would never return or recommend this hotel. It was NOT a 5* hotel but 3/4* mainly due to the food and also the sunbeds. you could never get a sunbed especially by the beach as everyone reserved them but would not use them for hours on end and when we did complain to staff they just strugged and said nothing they could do (5* behaviour??). "
- Travel date: Wed 10th of September 2008