lti Tropicana Grand Azure
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Excellent value for money
Before we were about to go we read some really terrible reviews (on another website) of this hotel and we were very worried that we were going to be disappointed. These people however cannot have been to the same hotel as us! It was extremely clean, the staff were very friendly and the a la carte restaurants were lovely. For the price we paid for the holiday it was excellent and I would recommend it anyone.
I was looking forward to being at home!!!
We was in LTI-Grand Azur Resort for 2-weeks holiday with my parents and all the time we were looking forward to being at home! It was the worriest holiday I have ever had! We came back tommorow, fortunately!
I was in Egypt for the second time and for the first time (in another hotel) we was very satisfied.
The rooms were cleaned, there aren't any problems.
The hotel garden was wonderfull too...
The restaurant... everyday was the same food in bufet. Rice, potatoes, spaghetti and sauces. After a few days I had a stomachache and until this moment I ate only soup...
If you go to Egypt to swim in sea, in this hotel you have to be fit. The jetty is 900 metres long and after this you have to go ca. 200 metres over the coral.
In the evening you can't do anything. Entertainment program is boring, every night sing a few songs a italien singer, all tables are always full.
I agree with all your animadvert on it. I can't believe, that this hotel is 5*! I think, in this hotel only the lazy people will be satisfied, who want to lie next to the swimming pool, eat all day and drink warm beer and coke.
I'm very sorry for my language mistakes.
We stayed at the LTI Grand Azure from 26th June - 10th July and had a great time.
The Hotel Grounds:
The pools and lobby were beautiful. It never felt as though the pool was crowded as there were lots of areas that felt very private. Walking into the lobby was heaven with its ice cold air conditioning.
Lobby Bar served nice drinks but service was sometimes rather slow.
Pool Bars were good.
Billiards Bar was excellent as Adel the waiter kept our drinks topped up constantly.
Tropicana served wonderful stonebaked pizzas prepared and cooked before your eyes. The waiter at Tropicana (Khalil) was fantastic the whole time we were there. Topped our drinks up constantly and even fetched us chips and condiments without us asking. He was always smiling and extremely friendly. He would not even accept a tip from us which was most unusual in Egypt.
The main buffet served good food but food was a bit cold. Wednesday night was Egyptian Night, which was excellent. You could even have fresh popcorn served hot. The atmosphere was very lively too.
The Chinese Restaurant was very nice and the meals were served hot. Good choice ranging from duck to chicken to beef.
The Italian Restaurant was very popular. Starters were excellent. If you have steak be careful if you order it anything below well done. As with many places overseas, ordering medium can equate to rare. However, the steak was good.
Arabian Restaurant was different. The staff were super and dressed in traditional costume. Very enjoyable evening.
Breakfast was fantastic. I have never seen such a wide choice. You could have freshly cooked pancakes or doughnuts, pastries, cereal, fruit, toast, rolls, bread, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, omelettes, sausages, beans, potatoes, yoghurt etc etc.
Daytime entertainment ranged from belly dancing to football. Excellent choice.
Evening entertainment was not great. There were a couple of odd shows but that was about it. Billiards Bar was best in the evening. At the end of our holiday we found out that the hotel next door had a nightly disco...maybe worth checking out.
The hotel offered a free shuttle into Naama Bay. Every hour but book in advance if you want to go in the evening as we were only able to book 6pm or 10pm. The taxis are cheap so it didn't bother us though.
The rooms were a good size and very clean. Our room was in a great location; right next to the pool, close to the beach and the main restaurant. (Room 2108).
The room cleaner was fantastic and he even folded our clothes everyday.
We booked a quad bike excursion through the hotel which was very good value (£25 for 2 people).
We used a mixture of dollars, british pounds and Egyptian pounds in the hotel shops. The general store tended to charge much less if using Egyptian pounds but things like massages worked out much cheaper in dollars.
Overall, we found the hotel excellent and did not want to go home. We would not hesitate to stay at the hotel again or recommend it to others.
Hello to Emma, Dean, Lee, Lynsey, Stuart and Aimee.
Absolutely brilliant :o)
I cannot believe some of the bad reviews written about his hotel. I was extremely wary after reading them and I really need not have been because as soon as we set foot in the hotel we received brilliant service in a wonderful spacious hotel. Me and my friend who are 22 and 23 stayed 2 weeks here and it is still a very couple/family based hotel but this meant it was peaceful after returning from naama bay at 4am. We were quite suprised at the nightlife in Naama Bay always finding a bar open til 3/4am to drink and dance in. Beware tho drinks are not cheap out there expect to pay about the same as you would here in the UK or a little bit more.
Food absolutely no problem plenty of choice and it changed each day, as well as the 5/6 restuarants you can book a day in advance. I really cannot see why people say there is no choice! All i will say is stay away from things like salad as it is washed in their water which isn't very clean and can give you an upset stomach! Also a tip is to used bottled water to brush your teeth aswell.
Drinks were good at the LTI Grand Azure too after reading that the spirits were watered down with water before I went I expected to have to have 5 cocktails before I felt tipsy but if you just ask the barmen nicely to put a little more vodka in they are more than happy to!!
The rooms were lovely with a good sized balcony/terrace and were cleaned immaculately every day. You must go on the trips to Cairo and Luxor after all why go all that way not to go and visit these places with sooo much history. Also worth a visit are St Katherines Monastry, Tiran Island (snorkelling), Quad Biking in the desert and if you aren't up for the snorkelling go on a seascope submarine.
I really recommend Sharm el Sheikh as it has so much to offer everyone, just be careful if you travel in an all girl group as we got loads of hassle. Also be careful about getting ripped off from taxis. from the LTI Grand Azure it should cost no more than 50 egyptian pounds to go to Naama bay. But use the free shuttle bus provided by the hotel because the taxis fares soon mount up. All in all a brilliant holiday and i'm very sad to be back!!!
Had a really lovely time
We stayed at the LTI Grand Azure at the end of April '05 and we had a great time. The hotel is lovely and the grounds are very well kept and very clean. There are various pools to sunbathe by plus the beach, which we felt was a little more secluded and private to sunbathe on. The staff were very friendly and amiable and the food was good. The evening entertainment was not that great but the hotel ofers a shuttle to the lively resort of Naama Bay. We walked out on the jetty from the hotel beach and went snorkelling on the reef with some of the most beautiful fish I have ever seen. The sea was so warm and it was just amazing. Totally worth the holiday just to do that. We are very keen to go back to the LTI Grand Azure, but next time I would take US dollars or sterling to use as currency as Egyptian pounds are pretty worthless.
Stayed here for 2 wks August 04. It was really great - kids (12 and 13) had their best holiday ever. The hotel, grounds and 3 pools are amazing. Highlight for me was the snorkelling off the end of the hotel's jetty. Not really a jetty but more of a walkway to get you over the old coral so as you can swim in deeper water at the edge of the reef. However, the jetty is about 400m long and still falls short of the reef - it could do with extending by another 150m. Take a pair of cheap canoeing shoes to swim in or old coral will rip your feet to shreds, (they are for sale in hotel though). I don't do scuba but those who did, agree that the snorkelling here was almost as good as the open water diving. The hotel aren't too keen on you going snorkelling when the tide is in and they provide a lifeguard who sits at the end of the reef on a chair under an umberella, yes it is true. The rooms were excellent. Down side was food in the main buffet restaurant, although of a good quality you had to queue like cattle and were soon switched onto beach restaurant for b,fast, lunch and dinner. Although range of food was not as extensive, quality was good and who can complaining about eating your meals on the beach? Mama Mia Italian restaurant was excellent only you had to queue to make reservations in the morning prior to you eating. Somedays queue was for about half an hour, lots of moaning and groaning here but it didn't bother me too much as I get bored easily sunbathing so standing in air conditioned lobby was a bit of a treat! Took a trip to Cairo, there are 2 ways of doing this, cheaper way is on coach for 6 hours but you stay over night, I think this was about ''110, more expensive was to fly a.m. and return early evening, this is what we did with having the kids with us and seem to remember coughing up about ''160 each. It was well worth it - however, Sphynx not as large as I expected. All in all we had a great time, 11 out of 10.
ME, my husband and 2 children(12 & 8) have just returned back (31/3/05)from 1 week at the Grand Azure and we had a brilliant time. The staff especially the bar staff and waiters were extremely helpfully and always very pleasant, they liked to talk to the British to help improve their English.
The grounds and rooms were all kept ammaculate. There were numerous pools with waterslides- plenty to keep the kids amused during the day. The evening entertainment was the only downfall as not much going on.
Weather excellent all week getting hotter each day !!!
Only had one trip to Naama Bay and soon came back to the hotel as it was very bustling and quite intimidating.
Will definately return.
Great relaxing holiday
We have just returned from a 2 week holiday at this hotel. Having read very varied reports about it we did not know what to expect. We need not have worried. It was great.
Although the hotel is large, you do not feel cramped as there are plenty of pools as well as the beach. There was no shortage of sun loungers. The reception lobby is by any standards opulent and the lobby bar a lovely relaxing place for a drink. Our room was large and excellently serviced on a daily basis. The gardens are a delight and beautifully maintained. Everywhere is spotlessly clean. The staff are very friendly. Service is generally good and only occasionally did we have to wait some time for drinks to be brought.
The general buffet restaurant is very good. It is on 2 floors and we found the upper floor to be more spacious. There was always plenty of choice and the food was beautifully cooked and hot. The bread and pastries are to die for. On Wednesday evening they have a Middle Eastern theme in this restaurant. This was excellent and gave us an opportunity to try some different dishes. We also tried all of the speciality restaurants except the Beduoin Tent. We did the Arabian and the Italian twice. We thought the Chinese was not as good as the others.
There are some things to be aware of. First, if your room is near the beach it is a long walk to the lobby area which also houses 3 of the speciality restaurants. There are quite a few steps too but ramps are also provided. Second, they could do with better lighting at night especially near steps. Third, there is extensive use of tiling on floors both inside and outside the hotel. It all looks lovely but is slippery when wet. Fourth, there are no foreign currency exchange facilities at the hotel. They directed us to a hotel nearby (within easy walking distance) where there is a branch of the Bank of Egypt. We expect a hotel of this standard to have currency exchange facilities either at reception or at a bank branch in the hotel itself.
Fifth, the evening entertainment is almost non - existent (not that this particularly bothered us) and as the hotel is in a fairly isolated location it is a taxi ride to Naama Bay if you want more varied evening entertainment or discos.
We have stayed in 20 "all inclusive" hotels in various parts of the world and we rate the Grand Azure in the top 3. We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone and would definitely return there ourselves.
Never Again !
Just returned from a week over New Year with my husband and 2 children at this hotel - glad to be home for something to eat !
Before our holiday, I happened to come across this website (and 1 other) and read the reports on this hotel. They worried me so much, I phoned my tour operator to see whether there were any outstanding problems (they told me there weren't - not true).
The hotel has a luxurious reception area (newly opened) and on 1st impressions we thought we were in for a great holiday. The rooms too were superb - no faulting the decor or cleanliness. The only problem was that the towels were not always replenished in line with the amount of people staying in it.
The restaurants, however left a great deal to be desired. The main buffet restaurant serves the same food every evening (not all terrines show what's in them). The food is not hot - when the "chef" can bring a new terrine out and not use heat retardent gloves - something's wrong. The staff in this restaurant are not all trained in even the basics of how to lay a table! We tried the a la carte restaurants, and again, the food isn't served hot enough - in the Italian, my taglietelle had a crust on it from being sat under the grill to keep it warm. They also only give you a choice of 4 main courses. The beach bar was the place we tried next - my fish fingers and chips was served stone cold. I told the waiter, who promptly put his fingers in my dinner and agreed ! We saw them cooking the food at this particular bar at 11.30 in the morning, when the bar was only serving food from 1pm. Both of my children had upset stomachs, and in fact by the end of the week it was getting increasingly more difficult to get them to eat anything other than bread.
This hotel obviously still has problems - our rep told us that a "trouble-shooter" has been brought in to sort it out (hasn't happened yet). The staff are mostly friendly and try to be helpful, but don't seem to be able to remember a drinks order between your table and the bar. Getting served anywhere is very hit and miss! The bar staff don't appear to have had any training either - they are happy to serve a drink of coke or a cocktail in a wine glass.
Another point which wasn't mentioned in the brochure I booked from is that this hotel suffers from more than aircraft noise - it is in the flight path of all planes in/out of Sharm - including night flight.
The entertainment is virtually non-existent and that we did see was not up to much.
I was not alone when I complained to my tour rep, and everyone we spoke to had complaint about something or other (usually the food).
This hotel is nowhere near a 5* hotel. The decor and accommodation is probably 4*, the service 2* and the food doesn't really rate a star at all!
5* Hotel! *****
I have just come back from a 2 week holiday at the Grand Azure hotel. After reading all the reports on the hotel I really didn't know what to expect. It is lovely, the new reception is open as well as all the resturants and pools. This hotel is now a 5*. We experienced no significant problems.
The main reception is amazingly grand and luxurious, with attentive and friendly staff. The new pool which is a lagoon style is simply breath-taking. The only problem was the entertainment or 'animation' as they were called. They were quite loud, but after a few no's to there suggestions they left us alone, and the music was not on all the time, but before there was purely background music which was better. The snokerlling in the sea was great and I wish I had done more, just beware of the jetty to get out to the diving area, it is slightly rickety. It all adds to the adventure!
The hotel has 6 restaurants, one is the general buffet the other 5 have to be booked which you can do to cover 2 evenings. They were Egyptian, Italian, Chinese, Fish and a Bedouin Tent. I tried them all, although the Chinese is the best, they are all good. If you are a vodka lover you need to get in early as there are a lot of Russian guests and they seem to drink it the way most people drink water from 10am onwards, so it runs out fairly quickly!
The rooms were fine and had everything you would expect in a 5* hotel. They were kept brillantly clean and nothing was lost. One thing you will notice in Egypt is that as a rule women don't work! The majority of the staff at the hotel are men and they are brilliant! They are all friendly and like to chat and be helpful where ever they can. They even apologised to us when we managed to lock ourselves out of our room, as if it was their fault!
When we left they were still doing quite a bit of work, getting it ready for next summer, as this is the quiet season but this didn't interfere in anyway with us.
I fully recommend this hotel and am looking at going back next year!
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