Sonesta Beach Resort & Casino
54 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Brilliant, Friendly And Relaxing
"Well, prior to departure we thought that it wouldnt be as great as we wanted BUT my mum had stayed here previously and said it was brilliant. WELL IMPRESSED. The staff were friendly, the sunbeds were plentiful, the food was great and the rooms were very clean and spacious.
I would defo recomend this to anyone. The walk along the beach to the centre is about 10 mins but its a really nice walk and the weather was tops!
We went as a couple on our first holiday together and vowed we'd return. It was quiet and relaxing but we like a beer and a night out so we headed to Naama for that!!!!
Egypt in general i found very friendly. My girlfriend was often complimented with the 'how many camels for your wife' joke but they really are only joking.
We did the trip to cairo by air, that was great, and the camel safari, jeep safari and snorkel dive was a great day.
WE WILL DEFO GO BACK!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 20th of July 2006
Wouldn't go back.
"We have just returned from a week at the Sonesta Beach (21-28th May).
This hotel is definitely not a 5 star resort. We stayed on a B&B basis which was a good job as we ate in the hotel one evening and the food was very average. Breakfast was OK - good omelettes but everything was just ok. Our room was very large and was kept reasonably clean although we had to complain to reception about the bath not being cleaned and the room service trays and leftover food were left there for two days - however on our last day the cleaners did leave us a vase of handpicked flowers which was a nice touch. We also had no TV for the first two days but they did get it fixed very quickly once we informed them.
With regards to the facilities at the hotel, there were lots of swimming pools and a fairly small beach which we were always able to get sun beds on. Overall the hotel seems to be of a fairly good standard however on closer inspection it could definitely do with an overhaul as the swimming pools all have cracked and missing tiles and it generally has a bit of a tired look about, although the gardens were beautiful and there seemed to a be an army of gardeners! This hotel complex is gigantic and our hotel room was a 10 minute walk from reception and in 39 degree heat it can get very hot so we'd advise you request a room near the main part of the hotel.
However the real problem we had at this hotel and Sharm in general was the fact that as two girls travelling on their own we were harassed by the locals and staff at the hotel every second of the day. Whether we were having lunch in the restaurant, lying on the beach or by the pool there was always someone trying to talk to us, cracking jokes or asking us to marry them. We are not unfriendly people and understand that when you travel abroad the culture will be different but it was far too intense and we found them quite rude. We could be lying on a sun lounger reading a book with our Ipods on and people would stand next to you for 5 minutes waiting for you to talk to them and would then accuse you of being rude for not paying attention to them. It leaves you in a difficult position as you do not want to be rude or offend them but after a while it really gets to you - it seems they have no concept of personal space or peoples need to relax on their yearly holiday! It was also difficult as every member of staff at this hotel (bar two girls from the massage company) are male so we felt our concerns may not be taken seriously.
Having read other reviews from Trip Advisor we were aware we may get hassled in Naama Bay but did not expect it within the hotel.
In general we had a good holiday as the weather was great (39degrees) and the snorkelling amazing but we would not return and would not recommend it for females travelling on their own."
- Travel date: Wed 31st of May 2006
"After reading some of the reviews, my husband and I were apprehensive. However, we were very pleasantly surprised. The staff were all very helpful,cheerful and polite. Our room was enormous. It was near the Cactus Bar pool where we spent a lot of time as it was smaller and quieter that some of the other pools. Our travel company informed us of the ban on bringing food and drink into the hotel and it is the policy of all the other hotels. We can highly recommend the Indian Restaurant at the nearby Sofitel but booking is essential, and the Egyptian restaurant above the Hard Rock Cafe. We took the air trip to Cairo and the Pyramids. It is a very long day, but well worth it. We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and are considering going back next year."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of April 2006
Not allowed to bring water in.
"I was stopped by the security guard bringing a bottle of water into the hotel grounds and told that the hotel policy was not to allow any food or drink into the site. After protesting to the reception staff and the Thomson representertive I was targeted by their security staff every time I came back into the hotel and on one occassion as I left the hotel. There was no mention of this policy in the hotel information book in the rooms. The Thomson board in the hotel clearly stated that water could be purchased from the resteraunt or the local convenience store accross the road. This note was taken down following my complaint. I felt as if I was staying in a prison camp not a 4 star hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of April 2006
If your not russian or Itallian forget it
"We have just returned from a weeks cruise on the Red sea and a weeks stay in the Sonesta club. We were told it was about a 4 star NO WAY itis more like a 2 star, we were lucky enough only to be on a b&b board as the food was terrible, 1 pool at the sonesta club however there are 5 at the sonesta beach only across the road, 1 is for the use of russian visitors only. Get up early if you plan to stay by the pool or do what every other guest seemed to be doing and put your towels out just befor you go to bed.
the beach is a short walk away through the sonesta beach hotel and is very small again you got to be early to get a sunbed.
The sea is wonderfull and would recomend speaking to "Diamond Geezer" on the beach to book any trips as they will be a lot cheaper than through the reps.
The bus driver at the hotel will also take you anywhere for a very good price ask him the day befor.Would recomend a visitto Sharks Bay the coral and fish are amazing, they charge about Â£2.00 each to use the beach facilities.Naama Bay is really clean and loads of resturants, the Camel Bar is excellent if you want a good Lasagne. On average for 6 adults we were paying Â£45.00 for a meal and 1 drink each. Only thing in Naama Bay it's like running the gauntlet while you decide where to eat, just be firm and keep walking. Nearly forgot the quad trip into the Sinai is not to be missed, make sure you take a sarong or something like it to cover your head and face as it can get pretty dusty, reps charge about Â£35.00 its Â£15.00 for a double quad or Â£18.00 for a single if you book on the beach."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of April 2006
loved sonesta beach
"My wife and l stayed here in March for 1 week.Checking in at the reception, l found the staff very polite and helpful.Our room which was situated near the shops we found very clean,well decorated, and welcoming. The pool areas were clean and well maintained.We didnt try all the restaurants, but the meals we had were lovely.The trips we went on were fantastic, visiting Luxor, and a jeep safari in the desert, riding camels, visiting a bedouin village and snorkling at the blue hole.The only thing wrong with the complex is that you are not allowed to take food or drink in from outside.As we like a drink in our room on a night, and all had closed by the time we got back from Naama bay, we had to do without, as although there is 24 hr room service, the price of alcoholic drink is through the roof. The guards will search you at the reception area for this.That is the only let down, and also there is no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms. Apart from that we had a holiday of a lifetime. All the staff were wonderful and all polite, and freindly"
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of April 2006
Had a great time!
"We stayed at the Sonesta Club 11th - 18th March 2006 and had a great time. The hotel was fine - not a 5 star by any means, the rooms are a bit tired, but clean and have plenty of space. I was worried after reading some previous reviews on this hotel but I needn't have been. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. We stayed on a B&B basis and the breakfast was wonderful with plenty of choices. This hotel is about a 20 minute walk from Naama Bay - along the promenade. If you don't feel like walking you can always take the hotel mini bus into town which runs frequently in the evenings. Eating out is very cheap but drinks are a little expensive. When out walking , even late in the evenings,
you do feel very safe. The only annoying thing was
the taxi drivers, who are constantly touting for your business - we found a polite 'No thanks' worked a treat!
We booked our weeks holiday with 'Odyssey' and found them to be faultless - reps were always smart and on hand when you needed them - their excursions were very reasonably priced too! I would definitely book with them again. Snorkelling is a must,- it was absolutely fab! I will be back!!"
- Travel date: Sun 26th of March 2006
2 STAR 5 STAR SONESTA BEACH HOTEL 2 Star 5 Star Sonesta Beach Hotel
"I have just returned from a cruise and stay holiday with Thomsons holidays to the red sea the cruise part was good value for money the second part was at The Sonesta Beach Hotel, Sharm El Shiekh. Thomsons claimed the hotel is 5 star the best it could be is 3 star. They also failed to mention that the hotel catered for Italians in both entertainment choice of food and kids entertainment. I was fortunate to have only gone b&b but friends of ours had gon full board and complained that the food was mediocre with very poor choice. Breakfast was boiled scrambled fried or omellets with cocktail sausages. cakes toast fruit cocktail or cereals not forgeting the pink lint and cheese. the accomodation was tired and required complete refurbishment our shower leaked all over the bathroom, the grouting was numerous shades of brown and chis and his wife who were half board had a bath with a hole in which was ptched with some sort of filler. The pool area near our apartment had wide cracks in the sides between the tiles. the hotel is also right on the flight path and the flights go on all night and when the russian planes come over who have different standards of noise control you are lifted out of bed with the vibrations. Sharm El Shiekh is like a little Italy almost every other resteraunt is Italian and the majority of the entertainment is Italian linked. Hotel 5 STAR IT IS NOT"
- Travel date: Fri 17th of March 2006
Despite other reviews this hotel was great
"This is one of most relaxing holidays I have been on. The hotel was very friendly and the staff extremely helpful. No matter who they were or what they were doing they spoke politely and were only too happy to be of service to you. We stayed on a b and b basis, but the food was good and reasonably priced. The beach and pool areas were spotless and although the beach area was often crowded it was still possible to find a spare sunlounger. The pool areas (of which there are many) were very uncrowded. We had a great time and would recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 7th of March 2006
Satisfied with Hotel
"We have just returned from Sharm el Sheikh after Thomson Red Sea Cruise and stay, 16 Feb - 2 March
Cruise excursions very good, but pricey, with early starts, 06.30hrs & 07.30hrs and with 14/15 hour days sightseeing. Two to three hours coach to reach destinations but worth the cost. Guides very knowledgable on past history of the country and destination. Visitors a 'bit longer in the tooth' really do need a weeks stay after the cruise to relax.
The Sonesta Beach Resort is on the beach and easy access to the sea, I believe only hotel not to have to enter via a platform over the coral.
It is at the end of Naama Bay ped. walk in to the town
with plenty of good restaurants next to beach also in the town.
We found the Hotel adequate, food choice for dinner at night limited and is a buffet. Bed/Breakfast is sufficient. Would not classify as a 4*, 3* at best.
Everyone should barter hard for purchases, at least half the price quoted, if not less.
We would go again but to a better Hotel on B/B, as meals, at the moment, are very reasonable indeed.
The area, we felt, is safe with many Police patrols"
- Travel date: Sat 4th of March 2006
"just returned from this hotel ,we cannot speak highly enough ,,,we had an amazing time ,i travelled with my husband and 17 year old daughter , the location is good , the hotel was spotlessly clean , great food , great drink , great waiters , fantastic weather , there was nothing to dislike about this place ,,,,, we are very particular about where we stay and there is only one hotel where i have ever stayed which comes close to the qualitly here ,,,,i would go back tomorrow and re live the last 2 weeks in the Sonesta Resort ,,,,,, met great people there had such a laugh ,,, also had a little Egyptian tummy but as Jimmy the barman said one day : WELCOME TO EGYPT ; easilt solved by a quick visit to the Chemist near the Marriot hotel they supply you with tablets and u r instantly better ,,,,, it would never put me off though ,,loved the Sonesta , loved Naama Bay ,,, loved Egypt , we r planning returning in Oct ,,,,,,"
- Travel date: Sat 20th of July 2013
good fun had by myself
"i t was quite a walk to our room but well worth it after all i had nothing else to do The room was very spacious and very clean and the houseman made it fun with his artistic towel designs a fresh couple of bottleled water was in our fridge every day i must say the animation team made my stay memeroble they make you want to get involved even though the water was freezing special thanks to liam miriam and just a bundle of fun oreally from belgium sorry still cant say your name loved our stay would go again also my fellow friends 16 others enjoyed their stay as well"
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of January 2013