Three years ago we visited a supposedly premier hotel in marsa alam which was absoluteley dreadful and were put off ever returning to Egypt even though we had previously loved it.Coming to the tropicana restored my love of Egypt, Don,t be put off by the thomson downgrading,this hotel has so much to offer.Yes it is a bit tired and scruffy and there are definiteley way too many loud , rude and irritating Russians,they come over in jumbo jets and apparentlly have thier own terminal to allow mass invasion,but there is so much going for this hotel which makes up for this. The hotel is definately overdue renovations but as this would mean higher prices grab it quick now if you can get it for a good price,we paid 1400 plus extra for seats and more luggage,for 2 for two weeks. but bear mind that you can eat and drink 24 hrs if you wished,i didn,t but did stay chattjng till 1am afew times.They leave water in your room on arrival,but its not a problem as you can pick up as many little bottes at the lobby bar or buffet restaurant as you like.We ate in the buffets for lunch and breakfast onlly,the food is good with plenty to choose from,but it is so huge and the russians so loud with no manners. Lukilly you don,t have to.It is well worth queing to book the A La Cartes.We ate in the buffet for the first night only then in the lovely acs for the other 13 nights ,they are waiter service,with a small selection to choose from,and drinks included.The lobby bar does a good range of coffees and hot chocolate,cocktails if you want them,the brandy ,vodka and rum are drinkable,not so the gin or whiskey,and the wine is only drinkable with soda added,but for A I and what you pay its good value. The entertainment staff were all very friendly even if you didn,t join in,we like to eat late on holiday so didn,t bother with the shows.Special mention to alex and ricky ,and the young english girl who even though we did,t do spa was always friendly and chatted.The staff are all so friendly even without forever tipping them.The hotel is opposite a strip of shops ,chemist.s bars etc.I got some great converse pumps.not, real,but look great and only 8 pound.,and had agreat vanilla skinny latte at the starbucks. IN CONCLUSION ,if you want posh,pay more and go somewhere else,but if you want a good standard cheap break in awarm country,not too far to travel,with lots to do and see,reasonable food with plenty of choice and venues and friendly helpful staff, then you won,t be disappointed. It would of course be better if the hotel controlled the ratio of nationalities better as i,m afraid the overwhelming ammount of russians could put a lot of western europeans off and i feel that this could become a big problem in future if it is not addressed soon.The management also need to replace the tatty balcony furniture as small things can make a big diference to the overall impressin,we had a room in new block near reception with plastic balcony furniture and we loved it.Also,you need a high floor for privacy.
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- Also Known As:
- Lti Tropicana Grand Azure Hotel Sharm El Sheikh
- Tropicana Grand Azure Hotel
- Grand Azur Sharm
- Hotel Tropicana Grand Azure
- Lti Sharm
- Lti Grand Azure Resort Sharm El Sheikh