Verginia Sharm Resort
23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Fantastic Sol Verginia Hotel
"Me and my partner have returned recently from a two week stay at the Sol Verginia Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh and what a fantastic hotel this is.
From the day we arrived we were made to feel extremely welcome with nothing too much trouble (a nice start to the holiday).The hotel is a courtyard design around a stunning pool area with swim up bar under a waterfall. All the staff that we met both in the bar area and throughout the hotel were eager to be of assistance, exceptionally friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble for them. The food was fabulous, even to the point were one night they had run out of a chicken dish from the barbeque that was a particular favourite of our, and on finding out about our disappointment the executive chef personally came to apologize and specially made us the meal we had missed the next day. (What can you say about that sort of service - brilliant!!!!)
They even cooked special meals to accomodate young children who did not like anything on the buffet.
A special thank you to head waiter Aymar El Shwadfy who looked after us both and ensured we had everything we could possibly want. Also, a huge thank you to Rabie, the resteraunt manager who again made us feel really special.
Last and no means least a very special thank you to Sammy, our friendly barman who kept us smiling and stopped us from dehydrating.
You could not write a report on this hotel without a mention about the hardworking animation team who kept everyone entertained all day and night, they did not push people into participating but usually managed to encourage most people by their enthusiasm and fun. (Well done lads)
The only downside to the holiday was that there was not many English people there............. just ignorant Polish and Russian people. So come on dont let these have this fantastic hotel all to themselves, lets get some English overthere.
Derek and Karen"
- Travel date: Sun 2nd of September 2007
read this - you might want to reconsider
"myself, wife & teenage daughter stayed in the Sol Verginia all-inclusive for one week earlier this month - here are some comments.
the good stuff ;
- rooms are of a good size/standard (we had a large private balcony overlooking the pool) & room cleaning, towel/bed-linen change services were v.good.
- large pool & toddlers pool, sun-beds/towels readily available (esp. if you make arrangements up-front with the staff) & surrounding terracing/gardens well maintained.
- restaurant & entertainment staff (entertainment was minimal) were generally friendly & helpful (I'll come to the bar staff later).
- hotel bus service to the local beach & Naama Bay was v.useful (you'll realise this after the amount of haggling that's required with taxi drivers).
the not so good stuff ;
- the hotel dining facilities were very limited i.e. one self-service restaurant (don't be fooled by the italian 'restaurant' described in web pages etc - this is one corner of the self-service restaurant where unimaginative pasta dishes are served up).
- breakfast, lunch & dinner v.much lacking in variety, no fresh fruit, anything worth drinking is not self-service - consequently, having more than one (small) beer/glass of wine/fizzy drink with your meal was not straightforward.
- on the odd occasion that some freshly grilled chicken or similar was served up, again this was not self-service & the portions were at best meagre. If more was requested, this was met with a challenge or even a flat fefusal.
- after the second day of eating from the hotel, I found myself with a nasty bowel infection that lasted 6 days & met another guest who had suffered similarly (my wife & daughter were OK by the way). Needless to say, I chose not to take any further risks with the hotel food.
- food from the pool bar grill though, was pretty good but had to be paid for over & above ! (the fact that it was well patronized says everything about the main restaurant).
- don't be surprised to find your beer served up in 1/2 measures (1/2 of 250ml that is). I did question this but found the bar staff (particularly the evening hotel bar) to be arrogant, surly & even hostile. You will find your success rate at the bar improve remarkably if you are young, blond & female.
In summary, I wouldn't advise against anyone staying at this hotel (the Red Sea experience is a must) but seriously consider eating-out locally (after all, it's fairly inexpensive). This was or 1st time in Egypt & the Sol Verginia is way short of it's 4 star billing - in my experience, all-inclusive holidays in Mexico & even Turkey have been far superior to this one."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of August 2007
not the best for a 4 star
"me and my wife stayed at the sol verginia on our honeymoon,on our arrival we were pleasently greated and checked in,on reaching our room we found we had 2 single beds(not what you expect on your honeymoon.)after seeing the manger that night we were moved to a different room but only 2 days later.As for the food it was the same food evreyday lunch and evening not much variety for an all inclusive,unless you went to the pool bar but you had to pay for it,so it was not all inclusive.On the good side of things the staff were very friendly and were always willing to help even though there english was limited for some,but still they try to understand and learn from you and i was all to willing to exchange a few english sayings for some basic arabic.overall not a bad place, but not a 4 star hotel.need to do something about the food."
- Travel date: Wed 8th of August 2007
Great - booked for next year already!
"Our family of 5 stayed in Sharm at the Sol Verginia for the first time at Easter. The 2 rooms we had were overlooking the pool - a must because of the building work that surrounds you everywhere in Sharm. The rooms were spacious, very clean and well maintained. The Hotel is much more pleasant than the facade photos would indicate and Motel Street is actually a quiet, pleasant road.
The food is ok as long as you enjoy buffets for each and every meal. There is plenty of choice - freshly made omelettes, Danish pastries and pancakes were our favourites for breakfast. As long as you don't expect to be served restaurant food such as steaks for evening meals, you will find the food to be just what it is - international buffet food. You can order and pay for different food from the pool bar such as burgers, chips and pizzas etc.
We were on a half board basis, but we started to eat at lunchtime and go out in the evenings after a while so that we could have a change.
The staff was more than happy to serve different food if you asked. We wanted pizzas so the Head chef made sure that there were pizzas on offer the following evening, as were kofta later on when I requested them.
We were not ill from eating here. Funnily enough, one of the famous Brit restaurants in Naama Bay seemed to have caused upset stomachs to some people we met.
There are not too many Brits in the hotel, but we didn't have a problem with that. It was quite interesting mixing with so many different nationalities.
The entertainment team were great with our three children -aged 9, 14 and 15. There weren't many children staying in the hotel when we were there, but the team kept our 3 busy playing water polo, water gym (water aerobics to you and me), water volley ball etc. They tended to play music around the pool most of the day but we didn't find it annoying.
The music was loud when the entertainment was on each evening but that was only for about 45 minutes. It didn't stop us sleeping if we had gone to bed early. The entertainment had an amateur charm about it at times, but as the 2 weeks passed we got into the swing of things and some nights were very good.
The beach used by the hotel was brilliant for snorkelling. The bus runs every hour and the journey only takes 5 minutes. I thought beforehand that it would be a major trip to get to the beach but it was really easy.
The floating pontoon made walking over the coral reef easy, (woe betide anyone who wades in treading over the coral - expect to be told to move by beach staff and divers alike) and we saw some wonderful sights when we were snorkelling. Low tide seemed to be the best time. There were plenty of free sunbeds and brollys, as well as a snack bar and basic toilet facilities. The showers by the beach were essential to get rid of some of the salt.
Our daughter tried scuba diving in Naama Bay and as it is a sandy beach there was very little to see. We wouldn't stay in a hotel at Naama Bay having snorkelled there. Snorkelling was the main reason we had gone to Egypt!
To surmise, the staff were really friendly and helpful at The Sol Verginia. My daughter was presented with a huge chocolate birthday cake compliments of the hotel because they check the passports for birth dates. We all thought that was really impressive!
It's true that you will struggle to bring food and drink into the hotel, but if you use trip advisor it would appear that lots of hotels are on this particular band wagon in Sharm. What you need to appreciate is that the bar prices in the hotel include all the taxes where as everywhere else in the town tend to charge 22% on top of the menu prices so the hotel is actually fairly reasonable.
The bottom line is that this was the cheapest holiday we could get in this resort for a similar quality hotel. We didn't expect 5 star standards because we hadn't paid for it, BUT........ we had a great time overall and we have put our money where our mouths are and already booked for Sol Vergina next Easter!"
- Travel date: Fri 18th of May 2007
Keep your sense of humor
"The rooms are clean and the garden is lovely. So at first my friend and I were pleasantly surprised after a sleepless night on an airplane and a seemingly never-ending bus trip to the hotel. Things looked more than good enough for a great girlfriends getaway.
Everything changed the second day when my friend got a very bad attack of travelers diarrhea. Since we havenât been eating elsewhere, she must have got it from the hotel food. There were rumors that more people were sick, but the receptionists acted as if they didnât know or all of a sudden were unable to speak English. After a few days they offered to call a doctor. Which my friend had to pay her self, of course. It was hard to find out if rumors were true, because unlike most of the guest, we donât speak Polish or Russian. But we managed to talk to two people who appeared to have the same kind of disease. I later on learned that the cooks are used to serve the leftovers until nothing is left. When we checked out, the receptionist humbly asked if my friend wouldnât sew the hotel. Come on! Apart from this hidden confession, we have no leg to stand on.
Itâs worse that you are not allowed to take any food or drinks from the restaurant to the rooms. And the guard at the door isnât there to keep the terrorist out, but to prevent the guests from bringing in any food or drinks. There are some drinks in the fridge in the room, but if you are sick itâs unlikely you want a beer or a soda. If we would have stuck by the rules, my friend would have been heading towards an early mummification. So I smuggled in food and drinks taking (the only) advantage of my blond hair and blue-green eyes.
During my friends sickness, being alone at the pool and in the dining room, the staff members followed me around like puppies. But I was wrong thinking it was out of kindness. Even if sheâs past her twenties, about 50% of the male Egyptian population considers a single woman to be a prey. So donât be surprised if the male health spa worker takes great effort in massaging your behind and the highest parts of your inside legs, telling you youâre such a beautiful woman. And the apparently charming waiter starts making crude sexual proposals.
On the other hand, the staff does everything to keep you inside the hotel, even suggesting that itâs dangerous outside. Well, thatâs not true. Apart from the endemic dirty man itâs rather relaxed. Especially in Naama Bay and Dahab.
Iâd recommend this hotel to:
-People with a strong stomach.
-Women who want to get their ego polished by male attention 24/7.
- People who are happy to stay at the same 500 square meter; listening to the same mp3âs from a scruffy sound system every day; doing water aerobics, getting dancing lessons etc.; paying 5 Euro for a lager; taking pictures of the hotel and their new Egyptian best friends; buying overpriced tacky souvenirs from the hotelâs shop to show the folks at home they have been abroad.
If you donât expect to much, be careful of what you eat, stay alert and keep your sense of humor, youâll have quiet a nice time and funny stories to tell the home front."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of May 2007
Sharmed not sheiken
"We have just returned from our third holiday to Egypt but first time to Sharm El Sheik and had a wonderful time. The hotel is small, modern and spotlessly clean with fresh flowers on your bed every day.
All inclusive is great and worth paying the extra for the drinks alone. There is a very good choice of food 2 soups, beef, chicken, fish, veggie dish plus salads every day (no you won't find burgers and chips in the restaurant but this is Egypt not Butlins!!!)
The pool area is lovely with plenty of towels and sunbeds with snacks and drinks available from the pool bar (you can even get burgers and chips).
There is an hourly bus to the coral beach (which is within walking distance) and a bus to Naama Bay twice a day in the evening which is free for all inclusive guests.
The animation team are great and you are never hassled into doing anything you don't want to. There is a show every evening but the music is not loud and usually finishes around 11.30 pm.
Kids and adults will love the dophinella (only 10 minutes walk) and also the show at Fantasia Alf Leila Wa Leila (again within walking distance but would advise taking a taxi at night).
It is much cheaper to book trips in shop opposite the hotel than with your rep often as much as 50% cheaper per person so its worth shopping around.
Taxis are cheap don't pay the asking price but bargain with them. The reception staff are very helpful and will advise on restuarants, trips etc. Old town is much cheaper than Naama Bay for shopping. A good tip when shopping is never take a handbag, put small amounts of money in different pockets, bargain like mad and if you are hassled, shrug your shoulders and say no money spent it all - it works for me every time.
Enjoy yourself and have a wonderful time - we did and can't wait to go back."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of April 2007
What can i say!?
"I visited this website before we left leaving me apprehensive about our visit as i could see both ends of the scale good to the very bad..so here goes...
we was staying for 10 day all inclusive..
We arrived at the hotel and was welcomed extremley well. the reception was very polite and professional. the hotel and rooms was very clean. which was standard throughout our stay.
Thats the best i can say really...This hotel has no facilities for famiies with small children or disabled people. Stairs everywhere. NO LIFTS
The waiters was very selective about who they served, as long as you supplied tips and you was happy for a 3rd of a pint each time. bottles are avaliable if you would like to pay..However this seem to change when a new bar man started by the name of mohammed who obviously must have worked at a higher standard of hotel.. he was very professional competent, and was like a breeze of fresh air!
In the restaurant..
the speciality dish in the restaurant was macaroni cheese(without the cheese??) THE FOOD IS TERRIBLE.
Breakfast - Toast was the safest option
Lunch- Macaroni without the cheese and a selection of undesirables
Dinner- as above
This hotel was sold to us as a 4 star hotel - i can only rate this hotel against others i have experienced all around the world and i would say that this should be rated at best 2 stars.
However do not let this put you off. there is a nightly shuttle bus (escape bus) supplied by the hotel which takes you into naama bay -We ate out everynight and there are many lovely restaurants catering for all tastes from sea food to mexican ( which is superb)
If you would like to visit a beach please take a cab ride to the marahaba bay beach ( SAND ) absolutely spot on!!
Overall i enjoyed my stay in egypt and i am planning on a return but i will be staying at the Hilton or Jolie Villa which are both in Naama bay. If you are planning a trip to egypt add the extra few quid and stay at a different hotel"
- Travel date: Thu 29th of March 2007
"Me and my boyfriend went to Sharm el Sheikh for the first time this year and we will definately be going back. Our room at the Sol Verginia was lovely. Immaculately cleaned every day by the friendly housekeeping staff and occasionally flowers placed on the bed.
We upgraded to all inclusive when we arrived as it worked out less than ten pounds a day so it was worth it for the drinks alone. There was a good selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and the bar staff were lovely. They were all happy to speak to British people as the majority of the guests are Polish or Ukrainian and they have communication problems as the waiters speak English or Arabic. We could not have asked for better treatment from the barmen/waiters. A lovely bunch of guys.
The Animacion team, Alex, Alex and Zezu, were brilliant. There was entertainment every night with great shows such as the African show and the Bellydancing show. There were also games around the pool that happened everyday but we did not feel hassled to play. Music was played until 12 o'clock at night but this was not a problem as it was at a low volume and we were normally not in bed before then anyway.
The beach itself wasn't great, none of the beaches were but we weren't there to sit in the sun. We went to the beach purely for snorkelling and what an amazing experience that was. The best sea life i have ever seen. There was a bus hourly from the hotel to the beach but it was walkable in about ten minutes.
The hotel food was not amazing. There was definately nice pasta cooked every night and fresh omelettes at breakfast but the buffet was hit or miss. We ate out quite a lot as it was incredibly cheap an we went all inclusive mainly for drinks anyway. We ate at a restaurant called Onions in Naama Bay a lot and it worked out about Â£15 for a three course meal for 2 people. Very cheap!
Souvenir shops at hotel more expensive than other places but lovely people who work there will make you a cup of tea just for talking to them.
The hotel staff were the friendliest staff I have ever met and I know that everyone we spoke to while we were there felt the same."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of March 2007
"Webooked a two week all inclusive holiday, but the all inclusive was very limited.No icecream,chips,burgers,milkshakes or wine.
Tthese were available but you had to pay extra.The food was only ever warm&every day chicken or beef. Wewere only allowed one drink per person on the table,when our husbands got a coffee & seperate brandy they were told off.This was whilst childre were allowed to roller skate round the bar reception area and nothing said.The entertainment was very poor to say the least.It goes without saying we would never visit or recommend this hotel to anyone.
- Travel date: Tue 6th of February 2007
"We went all inclusive Chips Icecream Burgers Soda not included at pool bar , you had to pay There is only one restaurant , the food definatley not catered for english was always tepid
The bar was in the reception area which was very small .
You were only allowed one half of beer at a time and you had to wait untill paying guests were served before you it always seemed that way There was no table service if you were all inclusive only if you were a paying guest
There were four of us and none of us will ever go back again, we definatley felt we were second hand citizens, they had our money and were only interested in paying guests
Entertainment none existant if your an adult
From eddie Ros Steve'@ Chris
- Travel date: Sun 4th of February 2007
The best holiday we've had yet
"My family stayed hear for the two weeks and had a fantastic holiday,the staff were very very friendly and helpful they always had a smile for us.my son who was 13 loved it too,apart from trip to pyramids we rarely left hotel complex.the rooms were spotless as was rest of hotel and loved the towel shaped to be a swan on beds when we arrived would definitely recommend and will no doubt go back ourselves. "
- Travel date: Thu 4th of July 2013
Worst holiday ever
"My daughter and partner saved hard for an allinclusive holiday here, place was a dump on arrival they asked to be moved but had to stay, food was slops, they only cater for russians, entertainment was rubbish, 3rd day in my daughter becomes very ill where she remained in her dismal room for 4 days,reps not helpful at all then dr had to be called on last day and she was put on a drip, diagnosed with bacteria in her stomach and gastroenitis(food poisoning), i was glad to get them home, going to be some complaint letters written to holiday company to try and get some money back, Do not not not go to this place....."
- Travel date: Sun 11th of November 2012