Radisson Blu Resort, Sharm El Sheikh
30 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We have just returned from the Radisson SAS hotel in Sharm El Sheikh. It has to be one of the best holidays I have ever been on. The hotel was fantastic, the staff were so helpful and friendly and the weather was great. I think the friendliness of the staff rubbed off on everyone because other holidayers were so friendly with each other.
There were plenty of activities to avail of.
It is a perfect place for families with young kids (Egyptians love little kids and cannot be more helpful).
When we went originally we were told that the hotel was not wheelchair accessible. My partner is confined to a wheelchair but we found no difficulty in getting around the hotel. Anyway, if we did encounter a difficult step somewhere there was always someone who would help.
I have no hesitatons in recommending this place for potential holiday makers as it is a fantastic place to stay."
- Travel date: Sat 18th of March 2006
"The Radisson SAS in Naqb Bay is delightful. The staff are extremely welcoming and full of hospitality. The hotel itself is located amidst a tropical garden, and is well designed with all rooms facing the ocean and the pool area.
The pool and beach area provide sunbeds for all and towels are also available which means you can leave the big beach towel at home and save room for souvenirs in the suitcase!
We were really impressed with the overall service provided during the meal times and throughout the day. The food was excellent especially at the Jeita (typical Egyptian food) and the fruit cocktails were spectacular!
Particularly valuable was the Shuttle Bus running to Naama Bay throughout the day and the efficient Taxi service available at the hotel. We were occasionally in Naama til the early hours and were fortunate to have a taxi from the hotel pick us up rather than take one of the 'dodgy' blue and white cabs.
To some, the hotel might be too far from it all but Naama Bay is really somewhere you would want to visit but not stay. I recommend dinner in Naama Bay as it is cheaper than the hotel restaurants (and buy bottled water at the nearby supermarket as the hotel charges 13 egyptian pounds!), however other than that, the Radisson SAS is faultless and makes the holiday experience one to remember.
For those interested in seeing more of Egypt, the trip to St.Katherine's Monastery is worth a visit (don't be put off by the early morning start) and of course any chance to do some snorkelling is a must.
Go to the SAS for a refreshing break - don't expect activities and entertainment galore. It's a place to unwind, relax and experience royal treatment."
- Travel date: Mon 13th of March 2006
"This hotel was fab! the staff are amazing and love to have a laugh with you, especially the waiters in the dining hall. rooms were great and as lots of other people have stated they made towels into boats, swans etc. we also had flowers and petals on 1 of the days. the recreation team are very entertaining and join in playing table tennis with you and other sports. the entertainment wasen't very good but you could entertain yourself or seek out the bar staff who would entertain you. We stayed in dec 05 and left on the 25th dec. the gala dinner on xmas eve was a great way to end the holiday. the staff get up and dance with you and it's just so fun. the food was good and had a different theme every night. plenty to chose from. not much for kids over 12 to do as we found out. i am definately going to return."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of February 2006
Radisson SAS (not Golden Resort) Is excellent.
"Be careful with some of the reports on this site because they refer to the Radisson Golden Resort and not the Radisson SAS which is of a noticeably higher standard.
We stayed for a weeks B&B in Late January in a standard room at the SAS and cannot fault the quality of the hotel.
The layout was picturesque the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful the rooms were spotless and every service you would expect from a 4/5 star hotel was available.
The breakfasts were superb and we ate in 3 of the five other restaurants on site. The French and Italiian ones were fairly expensive (GBP 20-30 for a three course meal without wine) but the food and service was of a very high standard, we didn't try the Evening Buffet because it looked a little bland.
It is definitely a resort for getting away from it all.
The evening entertainment was very limited and although you had free access to the local Disco it was very low key. They hold theme nights such as Arabian Dinner shows and Bedouin Nights which were ok but fairly pricey. (not a hotel for the Disco Party set).
One big drawback is that there is absolutely nothing around the resort within easy walking distance, you can walk along your own private beach & Snorkeling jetty for a couple of hundred yards in both directions and that is it.
Naama Bay is a twenty minute Shuttle Bus or Taxi ride away (GBP 5 in each direction) and is well worth a visit if you stay away from the tacky tourist bit where the bus drops you off.
We were fairly lucky with the weather 23 or 24 degrees most days but it can get a little windy and make the sea and snorkeling Jetty totally out of bounds (but what do you expect in January).
We went to look at the sister hotel (the golden resort) on the other side of the road and it was fine as well but not quite of the same standard as the SAS.
We would definitely return back to the SAS if we wanted a holiday of total relaxation but I am not sure there would be enough at the hotel to keep a family happy."
- Travel date: Tue 31st of January 2006
Great Hotel, Shame About The Location!!
"My wife and I stayed in the Golden Resort, Sharm el Sheikh over Christmas and New Year 2005 / 2006.
First of all the resort is fantastic, the rooms are immaculate and the cleaning staff and all the waiting staff in the restuarants are very friendly and a lot of them speak very good english too.
A couple of things to note about the hotel not mentioned by other people, the rooms all have safes in them and the hotel also has internet access (chargeable). The also wireless internet available for guests, but again this is at a charge.
The food was wonderful, i have to agree with another reviewer about the "theme nights" e.g. italian, chinese. There is not much evidence of the theme night from the buffet (pretty much the same every night). The food is wonderful, i am a vegetarian and never struggled to find something to eat, the choice was excellent and the flavours of the food where superb. I can heartily recommend the calamari, the best i have ever had. The pool and the facilities are also very good, the gym seems very modern and the staff are always willing to show you around the complex if you cannot find anything. I have to mention the 2 Ahmed's on the upstairs reception, they where both so friendly on our trip and also Ayman in the dining hall.
My one problem with the resort is that if you are expecting something to do all the time then you will be dissapointed and the place seems very remote from naama bay (the nearest town). Even Naama Bay is not that great and you do get hassled to buy things a lot! The problem does seem to be due to the location, there is nowhere to walk to and at times I did feel a bit trapped on the resort. If I where to go back then i would probably think about hiring a car, but this would seem to defeat the purpose of staying all inclusive. There do seem to be a lot of people content with going to the pool and the bar and nothing else. In short Sharm seems to be something of a cultural wasteland with not much else to do than snorkel or scuba (but this is fantastic).
I would ignore the people who seem to think the radisson over the road is superior, it is not. They are essentially the same hotel with the same amenities but the golden resort is all inclusive and the radisson hotel is not, people staying in the golden resort can use all the facilities of the radisson anyway, oh and by the way for the reviewer who said the beach was difficult to reach, they now have a bus every five minutes to the beach and there is a bar for golden resort guests on the beach, where you can get free drinks.
One piece of advice would be to shop around for excursions as the Thomas Cook ones that the rep sells seems to be very expensive and naama bay has much cheaper ones (and you can probably bargain them down). Having said that I would definetly recommend the Thomas Cook snorkelling trip to Ras Mohammed, best trip ever.
If I was to go back to Sharm, I would probably not go back to the Golden Resort due to the location of the resort and the lack of local attractions and may choose to go to Alexandria or even Cairo.
I hope you all find this review helpgul, happy holidays!"
- Travel date: Sun 15th of January 2006
Overall very good
"A lot of the reviews on here are pretty accurate as i read them before we left to go to the golden resort.
My personal views are:
Rooms: Very good, large and kept very clean.
Food: Ok, pretty standard AI fare. I would imagine that after 14 days you might get a little bored (we only stayed for 7). The egyptian themed night was fantastic however! Huge outdoor BBQ's!
Bars: Pretty basic with drinks of your usual AI standard. The red wine was nice enough...well you get used to it :)
Staff: Amazing, really could not do enough for you. Even though we visited during rammadan they were always happy and eager to help.
Pool: Freezing.... a bit of a let down as its huge
Overall its a nice hotel with great staff. If you aren't expecting 5 star standards in the bars (which in a AI resort you aren't gonna get are you?)."
- Travel date: Wed 11th of January 2006
A bit dissapointing
"Stayed at the Radisson Golden Resort Hotel between the 17th December and the 24th December 2005. My personal opinions are as follows:
Rooms: Excellent. We had a standard room which had 2 double beds. Very very comfortable beds, good air con, nice bathroom, nice terrace/balcony over looking the gardens and pool area. Rooms were kept clean on a daily basis. Room had a fridge which the cleaners used to store your 2 bottles of free mineral water every day.
Restaurant: Food was pretty good and served in a buffet style.About 3 or 4 rotating themes including Asian, Egyptian, Italian and International. To be honest whilst the themes "rotated" they were pretty much the same every day. There is something for everyone. One thing that really annoyed me was that although all inclusive if you went to the pasta station or noodle station more than once you were asked "is this your first helping". To me that is irrelevant as this is supposed to be All Inclusive. We were not greedy by any means and on several occasions ate out for a change so to be questioned as to how much you want really annoyed us. Guests staying here get 25% discount to eat at the sister Radisson hotel across the road and I would definitely recommend a visit especially to the Italian restaurant where a main course together with 2 glasses of wine and 1 dessert only set us back Â£ 20 after discount. One word of warning though what your step as the lighting is poor at night and my wife managed to break her arm here !
Bars: Very very dissapointing and that was pretty much the consensus of most guests. During the day you have 2 small pool bars with seating for about 15 - 20 people. These bars get extremely busy and unless you are regularly tipping the bar staff they were pretty slow and rude. The only other bar is open from 6pm till midnight and is located on the first floor within the hotel lobby. It is basically a large open space with a bar at one end. The lights are always switched off and there is no real atmosphere. Very much a drinking culture in this bar with Benidorm type of holiday makers getting as much free drink as they can. Tip get a couple of drinks and take them to your balcony. Its the only place to enjoy a quiet relaxing drink.
Entertainment: Very very Butlins catering for once again your typical Brit abroad. Most entertainment takes place in the Bedouin tent which most people with sense avoided like the plague. Karaoke, Miss Golden Resort, Mr Golden Resort etc etc. Unfortunately no Knobbly knees or gurning contest.
Overall: A very nice hotel with massive potential but it really did feel like Butlins. If you have travelled a bit and stayed in 4 or 5 star resorts in say the Maldives, Bali etc then dont expect this too match. The hotel is also quite remote and approx 1/2 hour by Taxi to Naama bay which is where all the dive centres are although they do pick yopu up from the hotel. I will definitely return to Sharm although not the Golden Resort although I would pay extra and stay B&B at the Radisson SAS across the road which really is 5 star."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of December 2005
Fantastic all round holiday
"We Travelled to Egypt on a last minute holiday on the 17th Nov - 1st Dec.
What a stay.We had a wonderful time.
The hotel was clean, friendly and was very relaxing.
The hotel it's self is situated about 15 minutes away from the airport. It is vert peaceful and yet close enough to the main town to get a bus or taxi if you want to be in the hussle and bussle.
The staff were incredibly friendly and took great pride in their work. They all spoke very clear and fluent English.
The buffet was extrordinary. Although we were advised to stay away from the fruit, salad and ice we found that we were able to eat it daily without suffering upset stomachs.
There was such a wide variety of food, there was no room for complaint.
Our room was very spacious and cleaned to well beyond our expectations every day. As with many of these hotels we were made a beautiful ornament with towels and given bottled water each day.
The only let down was the entertainment, if you are not one to get up and try but would rather watch. There was kareooke and belly dancing etc but much of this was audience participation.
The entertainment was wonderful on Egyptian night however. With dancers, music and a fantastic buffet.
As we went in the winter season, only one of the two pools was warmed but the cool pool made for a refreshing dip as temperatures soared.
Over all we found it a fantastic trip, we are a young couple in our twenties, we met people from all ages and walks of life and everyone seemed to find it equally enjoyable."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of December 2005
A bit disappointed!
"The hotel buildings and landscape are very well kept. The resort itself is quite visually appealing, although it is situated in the middle of nowhere! If you are looking for a more centrally located hotel, I would suggest finding a resort closer to Naama Bay. The hotel staff were very friendly, courteous, and attentive to the guests. They were, perhaps, the highlight of our stay. We were, however, extremely disappointed with the food. It was bland and uncreative. It was three star quality, certainly not five star quality! The cooks and wait staff were eager to please, but the food was just not up to par. In fact, after a few days of our holiday, we started dreading meal times, because we knew the food was going to taste exactly the same, day after day."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of November 2005
Best holiday ever!!
"We have just returned from a week spent at the Golden Resort hotel in Sharm el Sheikh. I can't sing its praises high enough - the people who work there are just so friendly and very funny which we didn't expect, they loved a good joke, we felt sad to leave.
Everything was very well organised in the hotel, all was so clean and cared for. Our room was very big with a very comfortable King size bed, it was cleaned daily. It was definitely worth tipping a couple of times as the genteleman cleaning our room would create different shapes out of our towels and clothes that were lying around, from a swan to a crocodile - we'd look forward to going back mid-afternoon to see what awaited us! It was very impressive!We had a balcony overlooking one of the two huge swimming pools which had bars at their centre. There were plenty of sunloungers around the pool and there seemed no reason to leave the hotel. We did venture out overnight to climb Mount Sinai which was tiring but well-worth doing and our day of snorkelling with aquarius was also fantastic, they really looked after us!The fish and the coral were amazing, we even spotted Nemo swimming around! The water was clear and a gorgeous temperature.
A lot of thought had gone into the menu which was in buffet style and it was clear that the chefs took a lot of pride in what they served. They were often seen chatting to guests. The variety was amazing and they even had a 'diet corner' and a 'Kids corner' so everyone was happy.
A huge Bedouin tent was located on the grounds also, where there was entertainment each night, from karaoke to an egyptian night where we watched traditional egyptian dancers and a man who spinned non-stop for around ten minutes dressed in a colourful flowing outfit - he was incredible and must be seen to be believed!!
The hotel itself is around 20 mins from Naama Bay where the main shopping and bars are located. We went once to do some shopping and did not feel we were missing out on anything, we preferred being in a quieter area. Buses ran from the hotel to Naama three times a day - it was very well organised. Shopping can be quite difficult if you don't like to barter as they are quite persistent. I felt inclined to buy at times but learnt that just saying no thank you firmly but politely worked well. Saying you might come back or will think about it seemed to encourage them and made it even more difficult to leave.
The beach was five minutes away behind the SAS Radisson (sister hotel) which was directly opposite the Golden Resort. The sand was coarse but there was a jetty from which you could dive into the sea and do some snorkelling (snorkelling kits were not provided). The beach itself was not fantastic and we found we had a brilliant time around the pool where there was entertainment throughout the day, from Tai Chi to Water Polo. The recreational staff were great,they tried to get you involved in the activities but understood if you didn't want to, the door was always open.
As active people,we found the gym at the hotel to be very useful. It was well equipped with 2 modern treadmills, an exercise bike, free weights as well as machines. It had no air conditioning while we were there so we definitely had a good sweat! The air condtioning is being put in in the next few weeks so it will hopefully be cooler when we return next year.
Overall, a fantastic holiday,we had such a great time and feel like we have made friends at the Golden Resort. We have just been to get a quote for the same holiday next year, again with First Choice (who were fantastic!!) and although prices have increased slightly (unsurprisingly), it's worth every penny!"
- Travel date: Sat 5th of November 2005
not worth 5star title
"I went here for christmas 2009 and thought it would be like 5star kids food was always cold no kids daytime entertainment only harrasment from sales beauty team was in a good location on the beach restaurant food and breakfast was always the same some staff was rude and ignorant in the dinner hall let us wait over half hour before taking our drink order then never brought it i will go to sharm again it was lovely but not to this hotel at all"
- Travel date: Sun 14th of February 2010
"For my partners 19th birthday i treated him to a week holiday at the Radisson resort, sharm el sheikh. After booking it i read a few reviews closer to the time which worried me a little of what to expect on arrival. But once we arrived i realised people have mixed opinions and didn't apply to everyone, the place was fantastic. As a young couple you usually get treated differently to older couples on holiday but they were very polite and fair to everyone.
One major downfall... the amount of Russian people around kind of spoiled it a bit, i know it's not anyones fault, but they were so rude and pushy and if you were to save a table at dinner and go up to get your food you tend to find on your return to the table they have moved your things and chucked themselves in your place, but we did speak to a few other English people from other resorts and they also found that happened. So just beware, they're all rude not just the ones you meet.
The scenery is beautiful. The rooms are spacious and clean and the cleaners are very very friendly one day i foolishy left the safe unlocked and on return to our room we couldnt unlock the safe, we rang the reception and they told us the cleaner had found the safe unlocked and reset the combination for us, when we got it open we found not a thing had been touched, not a single note or coin, which was fantastic they're very trustworthy (believe it or not).
Our holiday rep had a list of activities for us which we did a red sea cruise which we got to snorkel in lots of places on the red sea which was fantastic.
There are lots of people who come around offering things whilst you sunbathe, if you're interested in what they offering DO NOT go for the price they say, haggle as much as you can because as much as they seem like they wont go any lower every single one does.... so do it and have some fun.
Have a fantastic time... We did."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of January 2009