Prime scuba diving, camel rides, and sandy beaches are all top experiences enjoyed by travelers to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. As with many vacations though, taking part in those activities means you’ll be spending a pretty penny. To ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck, we visited the Egyptian city to sleep in the beds, eat in the restaurants, and swim in the pools, so that we could determine how they stacked up. For a hotel stay that still delivers quality rooms and amenities that match its price, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our picks for hotels offering the best value in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt and start planning your getaway!
The 180-room Sea Gardens offers a relaxing beach retreat for families, with all-inclusive dining and nearby sandy shores with coral reefs for snorkeling. Guests have access to features at two sister properties, and on-site amenities include a lagoon pool with kiddy pool, buffet restaurant and 24-hour bar, and kids' club with disco. Guest rooms are spacious and bright, with separate bedrooms for kids, and balconies or terraces with pool views -- although bathrooms are a bit of a letdown. While the quiet setting may not offer enough live entertainment for some adult guests, there is plenty on offer at the sister hotels.
Iberotel Il Mercato is an upscale, 318-room resort located in the center of Sharm El Sheikh's Il Mercato retail and entertainment promenade. While the location means there's no beach on-site (instead there is a free shuttle to one), there is an abundance of bars, shops, and eateries in the immediate surrounds. Bright and spacious rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, and most have private balconies. Three outdoor pools, a decent spa, and a choice of restaurants are on offer, though the hotel can't compete with the facilities of some of the larger resorts in the area.
The 304-room Xperience Sea Breeze Resort is an upscale, adults-only complex located in Shark's Bay, a 10-minute drive from Sharm El Sheikh's Naama Bay tourist hub. It ticks all of the boxes as far as facilities, with plenty of pools, bars, and better food than most all-inclusive resorts. However, it lacks the spacious grounds of many similar properties in the area and its sloping, hillside setting also means there's a lot of steps to navigate. Rooms are spacious and some have balconies with sea views. The snorkeling just offshore is excellent and the rooftop shisha cafe stands out.
The 382-room Hotel Novotel Sharm El-Sheikh is an upscale, family-friendly resort located in Sharm El-Sheikh's tourist hub of Naama Bay and a short walk from its buzzing nightlife. Although the complex is bisected by a road, the grounds are lush and attractive with a private beach that's better than most (it's possible to wade into the water from the shore; most beaches in Sharm El-Sheikh have coral right up to the sand). Rooms are spacious and clean with minibars, tea/coffee facilities, and free Wi-Fi (which is unusual for hotels in the area). There's also enough to keep the kids happy, including indoor play areas and a kids' club, and plenty of pools and water sports on-site.
This Hyatt Regency hotel overlooking Gardens Bay is an upscale resort popular with both couples and families and located a five-minute drive from Sharm El-Sheikh's tourist hub of Naama Bay. Attractive architecture is matched by lush gardens, with no shortage of water features and colorful flora throughout the property. The pool complex features cascades, hot tubs, and a waterslide, while the sandy beach offers great snorkeling and a coral reef. Dining options are tasty and aplenty, but can be expensive, and free Wi-Fi throughout is a real bonus. The 432 rooms are spacious and offer private balconies with sea views. All in all, this is one of the better upscale resorts in the area for the price, although some rooms are awaiting renovation.
The 165-room Le Royale Sharm El Sheikh is an upscale boutique resort set within Sonesta Beach Resort in the bustling tourist hub of Naama Bay. The grounds are particularly attractive, with lush, landscaped gardens and three swimming pools. Rooms are spacious and elegant, with good tech including free Wi-Fi (a rarity in hotels in the area); some offer direct pool access. One downside, however, is all dining options are in the neighboring sister hotel, though guests can also share its ample amenities including a fitness center and lovely beach where there's a designated area only for Le Royale guests.
The 401-room Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort is an upper-middle-range vacation complex set on a hillside overlooking the Red Sea, about a 15-minute drive from Sharm el Sheikh's main tourist hub. While the rooms are fairly plain and simply furnished, they offer the comforts of minibars, tea/coffee facilities, and high-quality toiletries; some have outstanding sea views. The waterfall gardens are particularly attractive with funicular carriages that transport guests back uphill (though these are not always in service). Pools are numerous and the beach, though small, is pleasant and has an excellent off-shore reef.
The 298-room Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa is an upscale resort set on a low cliff overlooking Naama Bay and close to its bustling downtown area. It's one of the area's best hotels in this price range and is impressive inside and out, with an elegant lobby, manicured grounds, and attentive levels of service that give it a high-end feel. Rooms are pleasantly if simply decorated and have private balconies or terraces, with higher-floor rooms offering superb sea views. Besides the main buffet restaurant, there are two a la carte eateries serving Mediterranean and Asian dishes, plus several bars.The grounds include two pools and a kids' pool, as well as a full-service spa and tennis courts. Though the artificial beach consists of a sandy terrace, there are jetties out to a lovely coral reef.
The 484-room Coral Sea Holiday Village is an upscale, all-inclusive resort located in the newly developed Nabq Bay area of Sharm El Sheikh. Its numerous bars, restaurants, and pools are set in extensive tropical gardens that lead to a wide (although coarse-sand) beach. Guest rooms are spacious and outfitted with air-conditioning, minibars, flat-screen TVs, and furnished outdoor spaces. There are a dizzying array of facilities and activities, and the hotel's all-inclusive plan is one of the better. Despite occasional overcrowding, its a solid choice for families with kids while also providing plenty of opportunities for more adult-oriented fun.
The 282-room Sea Life Resort creates an upscale, romantic holiday experience directly on Nabq Bay’s sandy shores, with a private pier and picturesque snorkeling. There’s a seafront pool, a spa with poolside massage rooms, international dining, 24-hour cocktails, a business corner, and fitness facilities. A kids’ club and amphitheater also attract families. Simply furnished rooms offer mini-fridges and balconies or terraces with sea or garden views. However, the party scene on-site can be bothersome to some guests.