Review of Grand Rotana Resort & Spa, Sharm El Sheikh

Территория отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Finally, we visited the most mysterious hotel in Sharm el Sheikh: very few possibilities to book it, and there is very little information about it either.

In 2020, the hotel can be booked on Booking (more expensive), from the only Ukrainian tour operator Join Up (the hotel has an exclusive contract with it), as well as on the hotel’s website (which I did by taking accommodation in a hotel with breakfast).

We reached the hotel from Sunrise Arabian Beach in 5 minutes (they are located near) and we were immediately settled.

From the first minutes I realized that this is the strangest hotel in Sharm el Sheikh, where we were:
– unusual design and architecture of hotel buildings
– a very strange shape of the territory, where at first it is very difficult to navigate, and there are almost no signs of where to go
– psychedelic main building with… attention…. Funicular inside instead of stairs 🙂

Главное здание отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

We had booked a premium room, where we were settled. The room is of a normal size, a little dark and already very tired: everything creaks and seems to be falling apart soon 🙂

Номер premium отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Номер premium отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Bathroom is small, shower available.

Ванная комната номера premium отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Ванная комната номера premium отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Excellent balcony, where it is very pleasant to admire the sea and the hotel grounds.

Балкон номера premium отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Балкон номера premium отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Normal size of bed, comfortable mattress, good quality linens and pillows.

The big problem with the room: very noisy air conditioner and poor thermal insulation (after turning off the air conditioner it immediately becomes very hot in room).

The main feature of the room is its view and location just 2 steps from the beach and the sea.

Upon checking into the room, we found a screaming TV turned on, the remote control from which did not work. It took 2 hours to replace it, 3 calls to the reception (in English) and 1 call to the guest relations manager. It was only thanks to her that we managed to get a new remote control.

The territory of the hotel is very strange and stretches from the entrance to the hotel (there are also buildings with rooms without a view or overlooking the access road), further to the main building with a large swimming pool and residential buildings near, and down to the sea, where are number of buildings with direct sea and beach views situated.

The main pool is really big and beautiful.

Главный бассейн отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Главный бассейн отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

There is a small infinity pool for adults only with sun loungers and sea view.

Бассейн Infinity отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

The biggest plus of the hotel is simply an incredibly huge beach (the largest in Sharm el Sheikh that we have seen) with different recreation areas: under the trees in the green zone, on the sand by the sea, in the shade of a special area, as well as with 3 piers for sailing in the sea. 2 fixed piers with convenient access to the sea, and 1 floating pier. The water area for swimming in the sea is very large and, most importantly, no one whistles while swimming.

Пляж отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Пляж отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Амфитеатр отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Пляж отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Пляж отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Пляж отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Пляж отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

The only problem of the beach is the umbrellas with holes, which do not give a solid shade. In the very heat we got into, I wanted to hide from the sun, but under these umbrellas it was almost impossible, unfortunately.

A great and very interesting reef is the second strength of the hotel. The hotel has a deep sea and the depth goes down sharply.

Well, what about food.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main restaurant, which is spacious with high ceilings.

Главный ресторан отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Главный ресторан отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

Главный ресторан отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

At the entrance, you’ve been measured the temperature, all employees are wearing masks, food is behind glass, employees give it out.

For breakfast there are good pastries, fruit, not a very large selection of cheese and yogurt, there is oatmeal, falafel. You can order a dish of eggs, but you will have to wait, because there is always a queue to this station. Poor quality tea and coffee, all drinks are served in paper glasses. The worst in breakfast is juices. Apparently these juices are not even from packages, but some kind of terrible concentrate with water. Therefore, we ordered an orange fresh juice for an extra charge (for some reason, no other kind of fresh juice was available even for an extra charge).

We decided to have dinner once at an Italian restaurant, and order room service the second time.

There were very few guests in the Italian restaurant. I will remember its interior for a long time: I have not seen such a miracle anywhere else 🙂

А ля Карт ресторан отеля Grand Rotana Resort and Spa

We waited for our order for a long time, but on the whole we were satisfied with this dinner. The appetizers were tasty and well served and the veal was well cooked too, almost medium rare as we requested.

The next day we ordered room service. We had a huge portions, carefully packed. The soup and salad were well prepared, but the grilled platter disappointed us greatly (the meat was overcooked, dry and tasteless).

Unfortunately, we did not visit the SPA of the hotel, about which we read good reviews about, because it was closed due to virus restrictions.

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