Park Inn by Radisson Sharm El Sheikh Resort
182 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
golden resort aqua fun, what aqua fun!!!!
"The rooms we stayed in were excellent and cleaned on a daily basis, but beware of the cleaners, they have a habit of using your deoderant, toothbrushes, perfume etc. We resorted to locking all our toiletries in the safe (free of charge). Take a spare card with you like tesco club card as you have to leave your key card in a switch to activate the air con, if you dont the room is very hot when you return after being out all day. The food is about average but it does get a bit repetative after a while, mon-french food, tues-bedouin night (bbq), weds-italian, thurs-english night, fri-curry night, sat-egyptian night (watch out for the bird tongue soup) and sun- international night. There is a childrens menu but you have too ask for it and wait for it to be cooked for you. Expect to be an early riser, as we had to get up at 5.45 am every morning to put towels on sunbeds, one advantage of this was going snorkelling that early in the morning as there was no one in the sea and there were loads of fish to sea(must be done amazing fish to sea). By the pool there are 3 pervy egyptian men who do tatoos, if you get a tatoo it will stain the bed sheets and the hotel will charge Â£10 english pound to replace the sheet. If you are unfortunate to get what the locals call pharoah's revenge you will spend about 2 days on the toilet weeing from your bottom, its bad believe me! get to the chemist and get some tablets as alka seltza and imodium do not touch the sides, literally. The tablets from the chemist work in a matter of hours. When you land at the airport in egypt you will be expected to pay Â£10 per person for entry into the country, you DO NOT have to pay this if you intend to stay in the resort of sharm el sheikh, it is only needed if you intend to go on trips out of sharm to cairo etc, we learnt the hard way. As for the aqua park that was supposed to be opening in may 2007 it doesnt look like it will be open until jan 2008, so query this with your travel agents."
- Travel date: Wed 8th of August 2007
"Myself and my husband spent one week in the Golden Resort.
We will not be going back!
This hotel is selling itself on the back of the Radisson across the road, which is by far a much more superior complex.
Staff in the Golden resort are friendly, however the hotel overall is lacking in 'atmosphere', the dining room is by no means a place where you can enjoy a meal! Its more like a canteen...at least thats how we seen it.
Although we were there on an all inclusive, we actually ate in the Radisson across the [email protected] extra expense. There are a couple or restaurants to choose from in that complex, and the Italian is very good. Not even comparable to the Golden Resort!!
If you enjoy good wine with your dinner, forget it - the Egytpian wine is like 'port' and an Italian Chianti will set you back Â£60 stg!!
The location of both hotels is not great if you like to get out for a walk about @ night, near nothing!!! Again, just makes you feel trapped! The brochures really do not highlight this enough!
We were not alone in our disappointment, and if we had of booked a 'last minute - cheap' holiday - then we could hold our hands up! But this was not the case, and we are very disappointed!"
- Travel date: Fri 27th of July 2007
Egypt belly is unavoidable
"The hotel is clean and well maintained and the rooms are of a good size however...there is nothing to do in the evening as the entertainment is none existent. The temparature at night is stifling and no breeze so take a fan with you.
They advertise a waterpark that is not going to be finished until 2010.
They only rinse the cups/glasses from around the pool so bacteria etc is spread amongst the guests. The buffet restaurant is very standard and the same foods every day. In my opinion this is a 3* hotel.
There is no escaping the egypt belly even if you stay 5* and you will need more than imodium to stop it and the stomach cramps.
The sister hotel across the road as "ricks nightclub" this is permanently closed! the pizza restaurant at the Radisson i highly recommend and you receive 25% on all meals. The average cost of a pizza is Â£4.
The radisson as more swimming pools and a spa in a cave which is very original and relaxing. they also have a small bar bit on the beach where you can have free drinks and ice cream as this is for all Golden Resort residents.
DO NOT BOOK TRIPS THROUGH THE PEOPLE WHO COME ROUND THE POOL OR YOUR REP....REASON ....its a rip off.
We booked a full day boat trip/snorkelling to Tehran Island Â£25 per person. OKA SAFARI located at Sharks Bay will pick you up from your hotel in an air conditioned car(very rare) for the same trip and it only costs Â£15
We went Quad biking with the above company, it is a family run business 11 brothers and Ali Oka (the driver) picked us up from our hotel and took us in to the dessert for 3 hrs and charged us only Â£10 per person plus Â£2 for the headscarfs. The reps etc will charge you Â£35 per person
if you are flying to Cairo, please note it is a very very long day. the cost of this trip is Â£140 per person, we booked this through our rep mainly through ease. you get picked up at 4.30am and you do not arrive back until 9pm. it is well worth it, but they take you to a market and leave you their for 1.5hrs which is a total waste of time as it smell, dirty and quite honestly a load of crap. The pyramids etc is most impressive and you get lunch on the nile.
Egypt it self is a beautiful place and Nama bay is good for a night out. Taxis from the hotel to Naama bay costs Â£60EGP which is Â£6 sterling. everything is dirt cheap but you do have to do alot of haggling to get what you want.
if you are looking for jewellery then visit Cristinas in Nama Bay and speak to Hanji, a very professional man and he won;t rip you off.
We had a lovely relaxing time and do not be put off by my negative comments. For 1st time visitors to this sort of destination its nice to give a heads up so that you do not miss any part of your holiday sitting on the toilet!
Any questions, I will be happy to help"
- Travel date: Fri 29th of June 2007
Fab Holiday... loved evey minute.
"Me & my fiance stayed at the Golden resort for 1 week from 12th nov until 19th nov.
We had a fabulous time, could not fault anythin at the hotel. Rooms are lovely, big and clean. The food was good, pleanty of choice buffett style food, different theme each night. Tuesday night was bedouin night, its a must kebabs are superb. The hotel has two pools, one which was heated in november, there are also pleanty of sunbeds to relax on. All the staff at the hotel were very friendly and could not do enough to help you. We also went to namma bay a few times which is about 15 mins in taxi, would recommend a trip if you.ve not been before, and highly recommend the hard rock cafe, food is really cheap.
We had fantastic hol and would reommend this resort to anyone, we will definately be going back in furture.
Marie & Ian x"
- Travel date: Mon 18th of June 2007
"This hotel was just amazing - do not worry.
The 2 pools and gardens are gorgeous and always kept immaculate - there is always somebody cleaning something at this hotel! They never stop! Each pool has its own bar with the furthest away one having the swim up bar - this was our preference!
The rooms are spacious and clean. They have 2 double beds, plenty of wardrobe and drawer space, a fridge, full bathroom, hairdryer and a balcony (or terrace if you are on the ground floor) which gorgeous views of the pools/gardens. The housekeeper came every day and even made our towels into different shapes. Be sure to leave a wee tip and you'll get this a lot!
The food at the resort is great if you are not fussy. I am quite fussy, so i found it a bit repetitive after a while, but there was always something for me to eat, i never went hungry! Basically, they have a different theme every night of the week (British, Italian, Egyptian etc), but there is always pasta available - the chef will make you pasta any way you want it and there is enough fresh bread to feed an army! There were some gorgeous puddings as well - hard to resist sometimes.
The staff cannot do enough to help you. They are always happy and smiling. There is an entertainment team who seem to be starting more and more night entertainment as things were starting to liven up in our second week. They are a good laugh and wont annoy you too much if you aren't interested. They also organise the daytime activities such as water polo, darts, belly dancing etc.
The Raddison is across the road and this is the way to the beach. There is a bar for Golden resort guests here to use. The beach is fairly nice, but wear something on your feet as its not nice soft sand. Have a wee dip in the sea and see what there is - we saw lots of fish!
Naama Bay is about 20 mins away on the hotel bus, but we only went twice as we found it far too hot to walk around and you also get a lot of hassle from the shopkeepers. I'd recommend the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch though - was really good food and really cheap as well.
The weather was lovely while we were there - about 40 deg celcius every day and in the 30's at night! There was a breeze which helped a bit, but sometimes it can get a bit too hot!
All in all, we had a fantasic holiday and I'm missing it already!"
- Travel date: Sun 17th of June 2007
Great Get Away
"My girlfriend and I went here for 1 week. The weather was fantastic, the hotel was great. The room itself was huge and very clean. The entertainment team were good, very friendly and knew not to bother you if you didn't want them to. The food is what you would expect of an all inclusive hotel. The buffets were nice with lots of choice. It's not fantastic but you will not go hungry. The Sea was beautiful - So clear. The beach itself isn't great though. Overall if you just want to relax for a week or two, this is the place to go!"
- Travel date: Wed 6th of June 2007
"From start to finish my holiday was absolutely fantastic! The Golden Resort was just amazing, the staff couldnt do enough for the guests, the atmosphere was so lovely, even the children were quiet & well behaved! lol...
the rooms were large, airy, incredibly clean, sheets & towels changed daily. Large balconys on all rooms overlooked ornamental gardens & the huge lagoon style pools & swim up bars!
The food was buffet style and the variety was fantastic! a different countries cuisine was offered each evening. There was so much for vegetarians, the food was exquisite! And the dessert table was hard to resist! there were also a variety of different breads baked fresh on the premises to accompany every meal.
The evening entertainment was good with quizzes, karaoke, bands, and even bingo!
The beach was a short walk away although there was a shuttle bus that came every few mins for those who didnt want to walk in the awesome sunshine!! There was even an all inclusive beach bar available for members of the hotel who went to the beach! how cool is that?!...fantastic coral shelf at the beach with amazing marine life, great snorkelling, plenty of sunloungers & a kids adventure area. i want to book and go again next year! cant recommend it highly enough.
there is an aqua park being built at the back but there is no noise from this, its supposed to be finished in october."
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of May 2007
"I have recently returned from the Golden Resort in March. Me and boyfriend spent a week there as we were both in need of a holiday.
The hotel was fab, all the staff were really friendly and polite and could'nt do enough.
The rooms were spot on, cleaned everyday and they even made out towels into shapes, which was a sweet touch.
Ive nothing really bad to say apart from there could of been more on the menu, it was the same every night pretty much and i did get an upset tummy on the 3rd day.
Also there was no entertainment, especially for the children at nights.
They had a disco in the sister hotel across the road but was always empty.
Me and my partner are in our midd 20's so like nightlife and the hotel is quite out the way, 25 mins in a taxi to the bars.
Apart from that we had a relaxing 7 days, peope are friendly and the weather was fab!!"
- Travel date: Fri 18th of May 2007
"We have just returned from a fantastic holiday at the Golden Resort. The hotel is brand new and the staff are wonderful.
Everything at the hotel was all inclusive - as much beer/spirits/soft drinks/tea and coffee as you wanted. Both the pool bars served alcohol and snacks (one did not serve beer but had a choice of at least 20 cocktails).
There were fridges in the room but no mini bars. If you buy a bottle of water (Â£1.20) you can fill it as many times as you like at all the bars.
There are 2 pool bars at the Golden Resort, another bar upstairs in the hotel and a beach bar, which is a ten minute stroll through the sister hotel across the road.
At the beach there is a towel hut which you can use so this saves you carrying all your stuff to the beach. There is also a little bus which runs up and down to sea to save your legs.
The hotel is in Nabq which is about 20 minutes away from Naama Bay, where all the main restaurants and shops are but there is a mini bus provided by the hotel, which costs about Â£4 return for 2 people. There are also plenty of taxis outside the hotel. These are slightly more expensive at Â£6 each way.
During our first week there was not a lot of entertainment in the evening but they have now started providing entertainment in the Panaroma Bar every night, including a local group, dancing competitions, bingo, quizzes and a DJ.
There is also entertainment at Ricks Bar in the sister hotel where drinks are free till midnight.
As our flight did not leave until 9pm we asked if we could keep our room on to 6pm. This was available but at a charge of Â£31. The staff at reception told us not to bother as all guests could use the showers and changing rooms located in the Health Spa at no extra cost.
We would definitely recommend the Golden Resort. The staff are friendly, helpful and nothing is too much trouble.
The hotel is great; the rooms are fantastic and so big.
And I've not mentioned the food - a different theme every night including Indian, Italian, BBQ, Bedouin and even a British night"
- Travel date: Tue 8th of May 2007
Golden Resort - excellent holiday!
"Firstly - a holiday is what you make of it but here is our honest (and hopefully useful opinion!). We spent 2 weeks here in late March 2007. Please DO NOT get this mixed up with the Radisson SAS Hotel on the beach over the road. The Golden Resort (terracotta colour!) is the all inclusive and sister hotel of the Radisson SAS.
THE AIRPORT - be prepared - it is chaos! Chill out though - this is the start of your holiday. Be advised that you DO NOT need a visa if you are staying in the Sinai area but you will still need an immigration card!
THE HOTEL - relatively small and set in lovely grounds. The staff are very very friendly but we didn't find them over-powering. The rooms are a little dated but perfectly clean - the cleaners are meticulous and often leave towels on the bed in fancy shapes with flowers (love birds, crocodiles, funny men!). A nice touch! There is a free safe in the room, a fridge, tv - the only "downside" was the lack of tea and coffee making facilities in the room but it didn't spoil the holiday.
THE GYM - quite a nice little gym with 2 treadmills, a bike, a basic smith machine, machines for legs, back, chest and shoulders, a load of free weights and 2 ab rollers. Everything that you need really. The only annoyance with this was the staff really didn't enforce any rules (children allowed in as well as people in swimwear and ridiculous shoes - not very H&S and annoying if you are after a proper workout!). Everything that you need really. There's a small pool with jacuzzi and water jets. There's also several massage rooms and a beauty salon and although we didn't try them, we did hear that they were all very good. We were particular about having a gym and weren't disappointed.
THE FOOD - a great selection of food for every meal. The salads were excellent - so many different choices. Each night was themed but there were the core dishes for the "fussy and less adventurous" (chips, pizza, bread, cheese etc). There was also plenty of cakes and sweet things (well, you are on holiday!). Snacks in the morning were chips and sandwiches and around 4.30pm, cakes. With so much choice, it is easy to see how you can put on weight!
THE ENTERTAINMENT - activities during the day but not much at night. There's a Bedouin night on a Tuesday (get there early for a table!), there are a couple of nights where there's singing, and Rick's nightclub over the road has a few entertainment nights (e.g. karaoke). We didn't go though as we were quite happy having a few drinks in the bar.
THE DRINK - the beer was perfectly drinkable, as was the red wine and the cocktails (my favourite was a Zombi!). There's plenty of soft drinks (& alcoholic ones) during the day and the pool staff are very efficient at collecting the glasses.
THE POOLS - one is heated and the other isn't. Plenty of sunbeds and shade for those who want it. We found the entertainment team slightly
annoying as they tried to get you to join in their activities but they are only doing their job and they soon get to realise you aren't
interested. You also get a few people selling massages and diving trips but again, they are polite and don't really hassle you.
THE SUN - it is hot so take plenty of sun cream. Even when it is cloudy, you can still catch it (lecture over but it's not worth spoiling your holiday!).
THE BEACH - whilst we spent most days by the pool (there was a welcoming breeze although it was a little windy at times!), we did go over the road, through the SAS Radisson. The beach is quite good for Sharm standards. There's a jetty into the sea and the snorkelling
is amazing. There's also a beach bar for the Golden Resort guests which offers the same sevrice as the hotel but also ice cream!!
OVERALL - we spent 2 weeks there and never left the hotel apart from walking down the beach (walk to the left and you'll eventually come to a really really long jetty which is worth a walk down). We've been
to Naama Bay before so weren't that bothered about going again - worth a trip once though! We had a totally relaxing and chilled out holiday - there was nothing to complain about and we really would recommend it."
- Travel date: Wed 18th of April 2007
if the price is right
"Booked this last minute and got i thought a good deal. the hotel grounds are well maintained as are the swimming pools. the rooms and reception are tired and the staff on the whole aren't that bothered with you. foods ok. typical fayer, lots of variety with breakfast probably being the poorest meal. alcohol isn't just weak or local stuff it is water. its a complete joke that a Radisson hotel can be allowed to take the Micky out of it guest. my hotel room also had coach roaches and i seemed to be the only one. i even had coach roaches in my bed. also the beach bar is awful. lunch there is a a very poor a fair with the staff looking after themselves and friends rather than paying guests. just horrid"
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of December 2013
"just return from another great stay at this hotel
staff could not do too much for you.
food is much better then last year
hope to begoing back in november"
- Travel date: Thu 14th of March 2013