27 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Horrendous - You better watch out, cos Beadle's about
"This place is a joke and the only surprise is that our stay was not the subject of a Jeremy Beadle prank.
On checking in the three of us were taken to our room which had no windows and no balcony. Room 1114 I think so if you get that checking in, unlucky.
We changed our room the next day which to be fair to them they did hasssle free and the other room had a non-openable window and a balcony but all balconies at this hotel are tiny - you barely fit two people on them, never mind three.
Also, the third extra bed in our new room was about as big as a cot and about six inches off the floor. Other than that the room was OK, very good air con and fair enough bathroom though no shower.
However, as other people have mentioned, the main problems with this joke hotel are the food/smell of food and the stupidly loud music.
Don't even think about going All Inclusive as the food is abhorent. You go into the dining room for lunch which stinks of foul food and all the different foods are stuffed in metal tins which you then slide open having to guess what's what. Most of the times you get to the end of the tins with an empty plate as everything looked disgusting. The meatballs and their take on lasagne are the worst. Ramsay would have a field day. If you like salads youre OK and the deserts are OK but dont expect any burgers/chips/anything like that - there is anoher restuarant on complex that does that stuff but its not included in the All Inc.
As for the music, what a joke. The hotel is about 70 per cent Russians so all day you get rubbish Russian or Egyptian music blaring out at full pelt when youre trying to relax. They throw in the odd bit of English but its Boney M and they even played Jesus Christ Was Born on Christmas Day?? Eh?? The music totally spoils what could be a nice pool area as the pool is quite big and decent though the jacuzzi is knackered and has black bits floating in it.
Also, the drinks for All Inclusive are only served til 10, theres not much choice and the beers come in pezzy half pint glasses which they only wash by running under the tap. No wonder we felt ill.
The hotel is 5 mins walk from its own beach and if youve had the missfortune of bookig here go there as its much more chilled out though you have to pay for your drinks and food down there even when on All Inc. Hardly the "Beach Resort" that the wristbands say.
The sea there is ince but one day we went down and they had run out of towels. Also, you cant take town the parsol type things so half the private beach - which isn't very big - is in the shade. Brilliant.
About the best thing you can say about the hotel is its got a great location - everything in walking distance - and the staff are all very polite and friendly.
Sharm itself is very dirty and the constant smell of wierd/disgusting food lingers over the resort. Both Camel Bar and The Tavern are English themed bars which do good food and all the sport and we met some quality people in those. All in all, I couldn't recomend Sharm to anyone - go to somewhere like Cancun or Aruba instead. If you are going, dont say here, stay somewhere else self catering near the centre.
Also, there is a duty free shop next to the hotel which is the only place in Sharm to get stuff like Jack Daniels. However you can only buy it up to two days afer your arrival so stock up as soon as you get there - we didn't know this and couldn't get any as a result.
The list of problems goes on - my mate got locked in the bathroom for an hour and the English adaptor plug blew up but by now you get the jist - dont go here.
If you do, dont expect Jeremny Beadle to turn up saying its a wind-up - unfortuantely its all very much true."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of October 2007
"Hotel is well loctaed, just 2 minutes walk from the beach, rooms are off a good size, but balconeys are a little small.
the only negitive point of the holiday was the loud music at night, music was loud during teh day but that is not really a issue, but at night it would be on until about 4am and it was always Russian rave music.
the rep is off little help with this as he keeps on reporting it to the manager but he does very little to turn it down. the DJ is a complete joke, he can't mix and thinks putting a CD on is djing!!!
over all decent hotel, but if music was turned down at night or if they advisere a nightout it would be a good pleace to stay."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of October 2007
Great time at Kahramana
"We stayed at the Kahramana in early September this year and have to say were a bit nervous on arrival after hearing other reports of blasting music round the pool all day, when we were looking for a relaxing holiday. We even considered changing our hotel but im so glad we didnt.
We found the hotel to be in a great location, friendly and spotlessly clean. Although the rooms were a bit dated they had everything you needed for a comfortable stay, including a fridge which was great for keeping drinks cool in the heat.
Admittedly at times the music was played a quite a loud volume but we found this was only for approx an hour or so per day when the entertainments team were round the pool. The majority of the time the music was at a "normal" volume and certainly didnt spoil our enjoyment of the pool.
We stayed B & B only but found a good choice for breakfast. We also ate at the Which Way restaurant at the hotel a few times for snacks at lunchtime and the food was excellent and really good value for money.
The hotels beach is about a 4-5 minute walk from the hotel and we always had a good choice of beds to choose from.
All in all an excellent stay and would definately recommend to others. Dont expect the Ritz for the price but you will certainly have an enjoyable and comfortable stay."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of October 2007
A Great Holiday
"A lovely hotel, which I couldn't find any fault with. As soon as we got to the hotel, our suitcases were taken by the staff all the way to our room. They all speak very good English and the hotel was kept in pristine condition. The rooms are standard but provide everything needed for a holiday including a mini fridge for your water. All of the balconies face inwards towards the pool, however there are plenty of flowers and nice areas to look onto instead of just the pool. A great experience, and would definitely go again. Great value!"
- Travel date: Sat 8th of September 2007
Picture perfect,ideal location
"This hotel is in an excellent location. Only 1 minute from the main shopping strip with bars,restaurants and banks.
Some really good shops. The private beach the hotel uses is only 4/5 minute walk from the hotel and has a couple of excellent coral reefs to go snorkelling in.
The hotel itself is very clean and tidy and the staff are very helpful. These guys who do the cleaning or work in the bar probably earn as much in a month as we do in a day or two. Tipping them for a job well done goes without saying.
The guys who do the rooms are brilliant at making animals out of the towels. Get down sharp in the morning and see the pool guy for some loungers by the pool.
The music is loud and despite attempts by the Direct holidays and Thomas Cook reps to tone it down it still belts out obscure songs at a high decibel level. Take some ear plugs to help you.
There is a 24 hour pharmacy at the hotel which is useful if you need something quickly.
We stayed B&B and have to say that the range of food for breakfast was quite impressive, from cereals to bread,omelettes,pastries,cold meat,salad etc.
The resort is very clean and well presented but you will get hassled every 10 seconds by people wanting you to go into their restaurant, bar,shop or whatever they own. I got caught out more than once and ended up buying things I didn't want or need.
These people will just want you to sign their guest book or give you a business card- this is their way of getting you into their premises.
Be warned, if you don't like being hassled then think up a good excuse to avoid them. Telling them "you are in a hurry" won't work with them.
All in all a really good holiday, but be prepared to haggle with the shop owners if you are buying anything. Whatever price they offer it for you need to half it."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of September 2007
Great Hotel Except...
"First the positives,This hotel is in a superb location. The rooms are spotless and we stayed in a recently refurbished room. The hotel seems to be undergoing some improvements as they were painting the main building on the tallest step ladder I have ever seen! Most of the reviews on here are fair and so we had heard about the loud music before we arrived but I thought, no problem I can stand music around the pool. Nothing can prepare you for the volume of it in the afternoon when the "DJ" comes on duty, it is ridiculously loud dance music, many of the tracks having unsuitable lyrics for young children to hear. On one occasion this went on until after midnight. There is a shortage of sunbeds and on a couple of occasions when we did get some we were showered with soot from a fire next door to the hotel, this all settled on the top of the pool and ruined clothes and towels. It took 4 engineers a good time to resolve then the next day they lit it again with similar results. Management appeared unsympathetic to these complaints. We complained to the My Travel rep about the music and she said that the manager just laughs when she mentions it as she does so all the time, she told me that she recently asked them to turn it down for ten minutes so she could do a welcome meeting and they refused. We were there on a bed and breakfast basis and to be fair the breakfast was fine with something for everyone really. To sum up this is our third trip to egypt and second to Naama Bay. If the music around the pool was more universally acceptable and at a much lower volume and the fires were stopped, I would come back to the hotel but as it stands we will be looking elsewhere in Naama next year! Great though for young clubbers, not so for families."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of September 2007
Superb Location and Value
"Got back two days ago, Hotel is in perfect location to main Street and 2 min walk to private beach, Stayed half board which was good, nice breakfast , variety eggs bread etc, dinner was a bit repetitive, ate out during day, pool was good , with good music ( sometimes a bit on loud side ) overall its great value hotel, especially location and would highly recommend,
take care and enjoy if u do go :-))))"
- Travel date: Wed 29th of August 2007
"Returned 3 days ago after spending 2 weeks here with my partner and our 3 boys of 12, 15 and 16. We had a fab time and the hotel was a great central place to stay. The rooms, yet basic were in good clean condition. They have a fridge to keep your essential water in and the rooms are cleaned daily with fresh towels left. The pool area was good, clean and comfortable, daily clean beach towels provided for the sunbeds.The only downside was the loud music which was turned up so loud mid afternoon for a couple of hours that you couldn't hear yourself speak. The pool bar staff were excellent, always really friendly, down to earth and nothing was too much trouble. Downtown Sharm was great with plenty of good restaurants. The best were the pomodora, camel bar and the Hard rock cafe. Shopping was great fun and all the locals were so friendly and always ready to barter with you with the prices. Namma Bay beach was lovely with all water activities that you can imagine, parasailing, banana boat, pedloes, glass bottom boat, etc, etc.
We were very lucky to meet up with some other english people and had an amazing day out to Tiran Island together on our last day, 11th Aug. We hired a private yacht for Â£200 between 17 of us. This included a 3 man crew and lunch. it was a day to remember amongst friends we made whist on holiday.
We will definitely go back as soon as we can!!!!!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 14th of August 2007
"our first visit to sharm el sheikh was everything we expected and more. We had a 1 min walk to the strip where there was plenty of restuarants to choose from, shops galore and very lively as the strip became alive at night with so much to see and do. Going out to eat was inexpensive but you definetly got more than enough and was great value for money. We were very impressed with the hotel everyone was extremely friendly and made us both feel so welcome it was as if we were old friends. Hassan the poolman, ahmed the poolbar bartender, gaber the waiter and marcus bars manager made our holiday one of the best we have ever had. I couldn't thank these members of staff enough as they became good friends and couldn't do enough for us they are a credit to the hotel. Room was spacious and equipt with everything that we needed, apart from tea/coffee making facilities. Also the music around the pool tended to get a bit loud in the afternoon and after some other guests had had a word with the rep this was quickly reduced. We had such a good time we didn't want to come back home and have been home 2 days and have already booked to return next year."
- Travel date: Mon 13th of August 2007
kahramana nightmere hotel, sharm el [--]
"The travel brochure stated a family resort, not true, all the reports about load music are true, all though the majority of the people around the pool where english on most days the music was the same BOOM BOOM BOOM dance and arabic music, the so called djs would aim the music the 4 drunken italians and not the people enjoying a day the pool. the drinks service from the bar would take forever and when you are sitting in 45 degrees and told i will bring your drinks over and then the bar man goes in to conversation leaving you for 10 mins i can tell you your not happy
breakfast was a real joke, eggs pancakes and pastries, the milk was very creamy and not suited for the coco pops which was the only cerial on most days.
as for naama bay, if you like hassle from every shop keeper, bar worker, trip agency, restaurant waiter, taxi driver, newspaper seller and anyone else who has something to sell you will love it, but not me, in the end we would work out where we where going put our heads down and march. I really can not understand how these people think that shouting, Asda price, Cheap as Chip and come and have a butchers will make me spend my money,
i found all the men very learly towards the european woman.
i would have come home after 3 days but in the end we decided to make the most of it.
I have never been anywhere in the world were I have said i will never go back but Egypt and Sharm are now on the list."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of August 2007
Nightmare- the truth believe it or not.
"Just got back from the Kahramana hotel and it was a complete nightmare.
The hotel is scruffy.... Looks good on the surface but when you arrive you see how filthy it is.
The cleaner knocked on our door everyday to clean but he never cleaned it once all as he did was use your dirty towels to make corocodiles or flowers so you would give him a tip.
The pool attendant was very annoying - he offered you towels and layed them on your sun lounger then would stand about waiting for a tip even though we had said we had our own towels.
If you layed by the pool chilling out the lady who ran the hotel massage parlour would come up to you every 20 mins asking if you wanted a facial or a massage. In the end we had to be blunt and tell her that we would come to her if we wanted one but then a man came round asking if you wanted massages.
I found plastic cups in the pool while swimming.
No snacks during the day or ice creams etc the only drinks you could get were vodka (watered down) coke, beer or orange and you were served in plastic cups.
I have been on many holidays and at all the hotels I have stayed in they cleaned the pool on a night so would not allow you to go in after a certain time, at this hotel you could go in the pool all night if you wanted as the pool was NEVER cleaned.
The fish was raw, the chicken was like jelly, the rice and pasta was hard the only thing we really ate was the melon.
We had ants in the bathroom.
My partner was bitten through the night by god knows what.
My partner went to get a drink from the bar and seen one of the staff getting a drink of water then rinse the glass under the cold tap and rub it clean with his fingers then fill the glass up and tryed to serve him the drink obviously he refused it. If this is how they clean the dishes in front of you imagine what they will be doing in the back where they are out of sight.
The hotel was full of russians and they were very arogant and thought they ruled the hotel. They had pool partys all night with no regard for any other guests - music blasting.
We were both ill for about 10 days of our holiday with stomach cramps and sickness and diareah and we still feel ill now.
The hotel was minging and so was the whole of Sharm el Sheikh.
Outside of the hotel you got nothing but hassle - all the locals wanting to sell you whatever cheap tat they had in their shops. We have been to Turkey in the past and thought it would be similar to that so expected some hassle but this was a complete nightmare. If you did not buy anything from them they would give you abuse and make out like you were not being polite and that you were in the wrong. Basically they made us feel on edge and it was very stressful and wore us down.
On our first day we asked a local shop owner if he knew where the beach was and he would not tell us until we agreed to have a look in his shop - he took us to a shop on a back street where 3 other local men were waiting and tried to seel us bottles of water that he was saying were perfume - we just walked away saying we were not interested as it felt like they could of got confrontational. He still did not tell us where the beach was without crossing his palm with some of our hard earned cash but we just found it ourselves. Do not expect to the egyptians to be hospitable because they wont be.
We booked through Thomas Cook and were advised on the plane to buy a Visa from the airport if you wanted to leave the resort. We both wanted to see the pyramids so got Visas as advised. We booked a trip to go by bus to Cairo and had to be outside of our hotel at 2am to leave we waited and got on the bus and were told that we had been ripped off with our Visas as they had not been stamped at the airport. every passenger on our flight would have been ripped off exactly the same as us as we all done exactly the same thing when purchasing the Visa. So if you do decide to go make sure that when they stick the Visa on your passport that they stamp it too.
We went on a trip to the dessert to go quad biking and seen dead camels just dumped - not a nice sight.
Only a handful of the resorts bars have toilets so they send you to the back of beyond to use a toilet that is not very safe. There is no toilet roll in the paper and when you leave the toilet men are waiting with toilet roll so you can buy it from them and can be a little intimidating.
The men are constantly looking at the women in a way that is offensive and even though I was with my partner they atill looked in a way that was not very respectful.
When you go into a shop they ask where you are from so that they can charge you over the top prices when you say you are from England. They chargfe you one price one day and a different price the next. I know that it is their culture to barter but it was constant and very expensive - the only thing that you can buy cheap here is cigarettes. Cocktails are Â£6 and they have no alcohol in them, local bottles of beer are about Â£3.50. Meals are priced at around Â£40 and if you ask for a steak you get slices of Beef.
We were really ill so could not really leave our room and we like to see some culture, lay by the pool and go out for nights out when we go on holiday but could not really do any of it.
You will be ripped off left, right and centre if you do not know how much things are meant to cost so make sure you keep your witts about you if you do decide to go but I would advise that you spend your money going somewhere other than Egypt. I have always wanted to go to Egypt but it was the worst destination I have ever been to.
Kids would come up to you and rub their fingers together begging for money.
People were rude and the worst bunch of people I have ever met.
Scruffy place - in or outside of the hotel.
Waste of money as cant be bothered to do anything when you feel ill.
If you decise to go I will wish you good luck but if I was offered a million pounds to go back I would refuse, NEVER AGAIN....
- Travel date: Tue 15th of June 2010
not up to 3 star!
"just got back 20th nov. what can i say, lovely place,sun,sea, but id not stay at that hotel again. staff rude,cant be bothered, even ruder russians everywhere(worse than germans!)food boring except breakfast. pool area littered with empty plates,bottles etc. limited pool bar,plastic cups. rooms ok except for bathroom,shower cubicle filthy. advertised at 3 star, prob say 2star.beach area fantastic, try scuba diving, i payed about Â£30 for 2.5 hour course, absolutely brilliant. fish everywhere. eating out ok,choose carefully where you eat, as some expensive.
overall great holiday and great place, shame about hotel,my advice - stay somewhere else!"
- Travel date: Tue 25th of November 2008