9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
good hotel, but needs some improvement
"just returned from egypt yesterday, this hotel was ok, but for an hotel that is only 18 months old there was a few things needing done.our room had a leaking toilet seat, the patio doors didnt lock and the hairdrier was hanging off the wall, despite reporting these faults, the toilet seat was the only repair done (eventually) also for the size of this hotel, the only toilet facilities were either at the top end of the hotel or down at the beach, could do with at least one other loo in between, the water park was good but chutes and slides mostly only on if you asked for them to be put on. food was ok, always something we could eat, if you are a vodka drinker take a bottle with you, hotel stuff like paint stripper"
- Travel date: 12th February 2009
really good early break
"27/01/09 - 03/01/09 Check in was smooth and we were allocated a room relatively quickly - suitcases followed within about 10mins which was good. (this may have been because there were only 3 couples that turned up at the same time) The room was spacious and clean, with a safety deposit box, mini bar with water & sodas which were refilled as necessary, flat-screen mounted TV, plenty of storage space, powerful hairdryer and the usual small bottles of toiletries. We were on the ground floor with a terrace which was nice as it looked out onto a green area, we could also see the pool bar from here too, so the location was nice (room 1137). The only downside was that the terrace was open - in that you could just walk up to the door - no little wall. Not that the wall would save you from anything but it did make me feel a little exposed!!! The pools were beautiful - the heated on (which runs from reception right up to the pool bar) was at a constant 24 degrees and the others about 15 degrees and too cold to venture into!!! The wave pool was at 19 degrees. The slides were excellent fun and well monitored so it felt very safe - and the "lazy river" is more like the "crazy river" as it has rapids but it's really good fun. (small tip - the water that the green slides go into is very warm - donât know why but I always started and finished here!!) The grounds were nice if a little arid in places, but it looks like they are trying to irrigate more as some of the driest areas are roped off so people donât walk across them. (you'd hardly notice the roping off - it isnât unsightly or anything) We didnât use the speciality restaurant as the hotel was quite quiet whilst we were there and we didnât want to be the only ones in there! But there are 3 - Italian (which we were recommended as the best) Egyptian & seafood. You get one visit per week. There are 2 buffet restaurants (Rose & Jack), but because of low capacity, only Rose was open. Each night is themed - egyption, oriental, Tunisian, etc although besides the waiters uniforms and the restaurants dÃ©cor I didnât notice much of a change! Lol! The food is plentiful - anything that run out is quickly replaced and is generally hot. Very good options for vegetarians. The only slight is there isnât a massive choice available - but then I never went hungry either. They have a pasta station - fresh to order A bread & salad bar Desert section Hot plate station - meat/omelettes & eggs pending on time of day & outside they have a BBQ'd meat option (even crab) & a hot desert option. At breakfast you have a thermal jug of hot water, but I suggest using the hot water urn in the middle as it never seemed hot enough in the jug - or go upstairs (esculaters!) and grab a cappuccino from the machine first - loads better! There is a pool snack bar (which is next door to Jack - Jack being in the middle of here and Rose) that does either Chicken/ steak baps with chips and hotdogs. The ice-cream is in here during the day also. There is a beach bar also - very nice & seems to be the only place that pumps out music by day (I missed having music around the pool) - we never ate here but I think it did the same as the snack bar. Service in general is very good and quick - and nearly always with a smile. I felt no obligation to tip, although we did. Local beer is nice & local spirits seemed palatable. Found that the vodka was very week..... so moved onto rum which was much better. Orange juice is nasty - tastes kinda like the powdered version, almost sherbety, but the pineapple and apple was pretty good. Housekeeping lads were very good & always happy. They even folded my clothes that I had left on a table - which I hadnât expected (needless to say we left a big tip at the end of our stay!) communal toilets around the grounds are very clean too. Entertainment - leaves a lot to be desired!! It really is bad!! If you have ever been AI in the Caribbean - do not expect anything close! No sets & no costumes- just a group of German girls and 1 Egyptian guy doing dance routines that could only be described as bad end of year school shows!! It all takes place in the disco with no set. They definitely tried hard but it wasnât good....... one show called "Lord of the dance" had nothing Irish about it, it was more can-can without the skirt!!! Lol!! They do have some that come in from outside though that weren't so bad. The Fathir show was very good - some dagger throwing, whip slashing and a really strong guy that could do some amazing things!!! This was well worth seeing. Disco - plenty of seating (upstairs and down) and a small dance-floor, great dÃ©cor and an amazing looking ceiling. DJ seemed to play for himself (very euro dance) but then when we were there, there wasnât really many people to play for anyway! I imagine if busy and with a few more brits to call the DJ into playing decent music it could be very good. Other facilities - 2 lane bowling alley - you have to pay for it but it's very cheap Computer/arcade games in the same area. Internet available but very slow. Hotel offers a bus at 2LE (about 30p) into Hurghada (leaves at about 2.30pm returning at 6ish or leaves at 7pm returning at about 1030ish) we used the cabs outside the resort - you shouldnât pay more that 30LE (Â£4) to go anywhere - so haggle!! Our biggest gripe was that we got hot water only twice in our stay (once at 5pm and once at 9pm). Reception usually ignored our first call - and sent someone to take a look after our second call an hour later. He'd come down tinker and go away again - we were none the wiser and the water wasnât any warmer!!! By day 4 we'd had enough and went to reception - they offered to swap our room but we were there for 7 days only so it didnât seem worth it. We were advised we could keep the room on our departure date till we left (3.30pm instead of 12) for free but come the day - no one was around to honour it so it cost us 30euros!!!!!. Not pleased!!! I think that covers it all - sorry it goes on for so long but I wanted to give as much info as I thought would be helpful. If I've missed anything let me know!! I'll be happy to help"
- Travel date: 5th February 2009
Must be the best Hotel in Hurghada!
"First of all i am an experianced traveller and have been to Egypt before. Admitadly the hotel rooms are a little rough round the edges (grouting in bathroom etc). However they are large,compfortable and very clean. The food was superb! large choice - something for everyone. The pools (1 heated to 26 degrees when i was there) were the best i have seen. the beach was fantastic but small (you can walk into the sea to snorkle - fantastic!) All staff very attentive as long as you give small tips as you go along (1 or 2 british pounds a time will get you very attentive service - dont forget they are poorly paid and rely on tips) Wouldn't go to any other hotel on the red sea."
- Travel date: 5th February 2009
"14 of us travelled and stayed at the Titanic Beach Resort near Hurghada. Our experience was very complimentary and we were very weary after reading some reviews prior to our visit. The hotel is classed as a 5 star but has a few things that let it down especially the finishing in the rooms, bathroom where fittings and workmanship are not of the highest quality (but thay may be because its Egypt!!). Saying that the general facilities and service from the staff is impeccable and thats what really counts. Its not the Savoy or Ritz so don't expect that for your money - and if you did you must be so tight generally as the hotel price for your stay is a bargain for what you'd pay. You'll pay much more for a basic 3 star hotel in london with breakfast for the day rate charged at this hotel. We had 7 kids with us and the food was fine and there was something to eat for everyone and we had 2 very fussy eaters in our party including also a vegetarian. We tipped staff and room service daily either a dollar or 5 egyptian pounds which is nothing but grwatly appreciated by them and it was nothing to us and a lot of money for them. We did 3 excursions and found them all worthwhile (Safari, Luxor, snorkelling boat trip) and all are recommended. All in all it was a relaxing pleasant stay, entertainment was poor in the evening, but a few drinks pack of cards and some good banter sorted that out. The kids tired themselves out during the day either in the heated pool, water slides or snorkelling in the sea at the end of the pier of the beach, this is always a challenge for parents to keep them entertained. They have a kids club up to 12 but ours never used them. We have just got back and everyone wants to go again!"
- Travel date: 18th January 2009
Lovely hotel - good choice
"This is for the hotel LTI Titanic Beach with the pool that runs from the reception down to the beach. The hotel is new and therefore in very good nick. There is a small army of staff permanently going round cleaning and tidying. Waiters are very evident too, the majority are friendly however there are some that ruin it as they are purely motivated by tips. You will need to tip (especially the bell boy and room cleaner) however only give it to people who deserve it. They are happy to take Euros and US Dollars as tips so if you have any left from past holidays take them with you to tip with. Yes there are Germans and Russians at the hotel however I did not witness anyone being rude or pushing, infact everyone queued nicely while waiting for the freshly cooked food. Good points - Two large restaurants open when I stayed offering a good variety of food. There is a large choice and while it may not be to British tastes there is always something to eat. - Beach bar serves quick and easy food such as chips, pizza and kebabs. It's all too tempting to keep nipping over for a chip butty!! - Pool area and pools are clean. All sunbeds have pads on them so are very comfortable. - Shuttle bus from hotel into Hurghada daily. Costs 15 Egyptian Pounds for each person and is worth it to take in the sights of Hurghada, make sure you visit the new Marina. - Fridge in room with branded soft drinks however the Fanta Orange appears to be a bit too orange!! - Waterslides are great and there is a sort of lazy river but they have a machine that makes the water choppy and you dingy round it. - Manager is a tall German man who is very evident around the hotel and available should any problems arise. He seems to run the hotel with good German precision. Bad points - Flies around the pool and beach. Restaurants are kept relatively clear of flies though. - Cakes and sweets on the buffet are not covered or refrigerated. - Some waiting staff will stand and wait for a tip when they have simply brought you a drink over. We didn't pay up to people like that. - Evening entertainment is shockingly bad. You really need to take cards and a board game or two. Or take the bus into Hurghada for the evening. All in all the hotel is lovely and I am certainly glad I chose it."
- Travel date: 31st December 2008
Review on other link too.
"Just back from a fantastic week at the Titanic - i will break this down into categories and will be honest. Happy to field any questions so please ask. This is for the hotel on the beach. Opened within the last year. Other is called Titanic Resort - about 5 mins away by car and a 4* Checking in - faultless - but we were at the front of the que. Others had a small wait but secret is to make sure your bags are by the front of the bus - partner grabs your bags whilst you check in - simple. Rooms - spacious and adequate. Considering its brand new dont expect a palace. Its all nice and clean but edging / grouting etc is not done to english standard. Hairdryer etc there so dont take yours...you will need the extra space as baggage allowance is rubbish. Shower is massive and powerful. All rooms are pool and garden view - very few are beach view. Tv has 42 channels of which 3 are english speaking but stations you would never of heard of. No BBC world or CNN. We had initial problems with room but a quick phone call to reception sorted it. Food - We are not fussy eaters / and delicate stomachs but i have to say i was genuinely surprised with the standard of food. Some other reviews on here i just dont know what people expect. Its never going to be the Ritz or even a Travelodge breakfast but its decent. We probably had 1 poor night of food out of the 7. Breakfasts great - omlettes / pancakes to order / fried eggs etc / plus your usual cereals etc Lunch and dinner all ok. Certainly hot. Decent choice. I avoided salad and was fine / partner had salad and was poorly - would recommed to avoid this. Soups were very good. Its literally 24/7 food. Drinks - 24/7. Branded soft drinks i.e. coca cola / zero / fanta etc - Stella beer - local other - wine was half decent as well. You help yourself to all soft drinks with machines all over the place and that includes tea and coffee from the machines which was pretty impressive too. Cocktails etc available also. Bit potent for my liking. Pools and Aqua Park - amazing. Best hotel i have been too for swimming facilities and like to know what could beat this. Massive pools. Large pool near to reception is heated and a welcome relief. Large pool towards pool is cold water....and trust me its cold. If you want waking up its perfect. Aqua park - brill for free. Would be disapointed if you had to pay for it - but some great slides etc there / wave machine etc. Beech - clean / sand based / very shallow for first 100 metres. Man made jetty is excellent. Takes you right out into the ocean and drops you deep into the sea for some great array of fish. Lifeguard at top of jetty too which is great. All lifeguards are very attentive - could not do enough for you and make it fun. No t shirts etc allowed on rides. Entertainment - its so bad its funny. Seriously rubbish. Go and see the shows in the evening in the nightclub. They put on a west end show for us - we were in stitches for the wrong reasons. Decent nightclub though. Interruptions - First day your hounded for massage / haircut etc - but we found if you say no on day one they say hello after that but leave you alone. Avoid the free massage as you will get hounded. Shop keepers can be a pain in the shop - one found it most amusing to play with my partners bra strap. We did not venture out into Hurghada but i understand its chaotic. Flies - someone mentioned bluebottles - did not see one so i guess they dont know what a blue bottle is. Yes there are lots of flies around the pool etc. They are a pain. We never saw any though around food etc or in buildings. We invested in some fly spray for humans before we went and it was brilliant. Spray it on your neck and arms etc and around your towel and the little pests leave you alone - get some from boots. Other holiday makers - 20% British 40% German and Russian i reckon. Never found any of them rude...just got on with there own thing. Secret to the stay is keep the staff happy / the odd tip here and there etc and you will be well looked after. We did one trip - quad bike safari. Thorougly recommend it. But ask for the shorter trip otherwise you will be killing time at a camp you wont want to be at. Building work is going on outside of the complex but you dont see or hear it. You fly over the hotel when coming into land. It will be on your right handside. You cant miss it. We had a fab time / has faults but for Â£320 what do people expect. Weather varied between 26c and 32c - but 26c was hot. Strangely i went brown - did not burn at all which is rare for me. Others were similar. We will certainly go back - and take the kids this time. Had a fab time. Happy to field any questions so please ask."
- Travel date: 15th December 2008
Lovely hotel, dreadful flies and food
"This is brand new (April 2008) and the quality of it is really good by Egyptian standards, nice pools, interiors (some still need finishing off) but lovely huge hotel-which they are still building on the left side as you approach it -with some beautiful looking bungalows. No wrist bands or signing for all inclusive drinks. Good water-slides only a few but fun - wave pool freezing so no-one used it. Beach nice,clean and bar on the edge of it - manmade jetty -still working on it - so mind the angle-grinder as you walk miles down it to get to the snorkelling depth - will be lovely when finished - very shallow water for miles! High 20s touching 30 each day and sun hot till about 4pm especially if you are in a sheltered part of the complex -and it did not drop cold at night as we had experienced in previous years in November time in this region. Friendly staff, excellent standard of cleanliness in the rooms and communal areas and all round first impressions are pretty much WOW. Sadly that is all the positives - the food was passable for the first few days - then absolutely appalling- in both restaurants. The food in the baine-maries were cold when they should have been hot - wierd tasting or soaked in oil and in most cases unrecognisable or edible - we can generally find something edible and like to try the local food - but this was rubbish! Breakfasts were lovely but you need to insist that they put your omelette back on to cook through as they tend to throw them on/off the griddle-but once you explain they are happy to oblige. Shame the other food on the griddles at other meals were badly cooked and mostly some concoction of a stirfry and though we tried it - it was really poor and undercooked! The food was covered in clingfilm but there were no electronic fly catchers and the bluebottles swarmed the food as soon as the clingfilm was pierced. Sadly the snack bar and outside grills were the same.They did not clear the table quickly and this just encouraged the flies and this was awful, we saw a little mouse run under the outside clearing station by the food and it looked really well fed - eek! We booked the Little Italy restaurant(within the hotel) for one night (my birthday) and it was terrible and we understand that the other one the egyptian was as bad - glad they are free - or we would have refused to pay! We left there and went to see if there was anything edible in either Jack or Rose (!) the main restaurants - and we had soup! If you stay here you will need to pick and choose what you can find to eat that you like and then get a taxi to the centre to find a decent restaurant or risk the salad before the flies get it- shame as the hotel is fantastic opportunity missed! We are experienced travellers and this is our fourth time to egypt -but we will not go back.We did not go into the centre this time as the reports we heard were of sheer hassle and rude shop owners and even taxis taking you to the wrong Titanic just further back and up the road from here and then asking for more money to take you back to this one. Shame they are getting greedy it will put people off going in to the town and this will ruin tourism. At the hotel there was a bad infestation of bluebottle flies - literally thousands of them - they just covered you as soon as you laid on the sunbeds, at the pool bar, they were all over the bar even around the self-serve drinks dispensers - do not insert the pourer part in to your plastic glass and take one of the beer mats out with you to cover your drink or it will be a swimming pool for flies in minutes - terrible and there seemed to be no attempt to deal with them - which I have to think contributed to the tummy troubles. On day four we both went down with severe stomach problems and then we could only stomach the soup and bread - and drink the tea - great if you want to detox - but not what we went on holiday for. We survived three days trying to keep french fries and bread in our systems. For the first few days we did try the alcohol and the all inclusive was unlimited (own brands - so a bit strange) but OK with mixers and the all inclusive had ice cream,water in dispensers and bottles, hot and cold soft drinks all included-and hotel brand cocktails. The entertainment was dreadful - a group of kids- russians and egytians and even the hotel managers were part of the fake mimed abba show -we stayed to watching as it was hysterically funny- though meant to be serious. The rest of the "shows" by the animation team were of the standard you expect from your kids "PLAYS" for grandparents at family gatherings -we tried them in the hope they would get better - NO! Sitting in the lounges and having a drink (lots of card players as nothing else to do!) of the disco is what you can do in an eveing -it is great for the first 10 minutes (but same every night) then it caters for the Russian holiday makers and it is impossible to recognise the music - this room is superb and really well equipped as nightclubs go - another missed opportunity. There is a games room.pool/indoor bowling ally etc - all payable and quite expensive. There is a row of shops outside the hotel and couple in the hotel - but not much else and as the hotels are remote they are are exclusive to residents so not much chance of anywhere to wander on an evening to pass the time, loads of lounges and outdoor areas if you don't mind the flies and as soon as the sun goes down you need a cover for your shoulders if you want to sit outside. Daytime entertainment consists of the same group of kids "animation 2008" - a loud PA system the same looped CD and an attempt at a few games - "ball in the cup" - catch a bouncing ping pong ball in a china teacup - hilarious fun- NOT! It was all a bit pathetic really we went to the beach or ran to the nearest loo (of which there are very few unless you get to your room easily)! Alternative you could practise NO in as many languages as you like - to try and stop being PESTERED by the Spa staff who constantly try to get you to pay for treatments and massages - which we did not want -we did not even take up the free one as we heard once you were inside the SPA they pestered you even more to have treatments- they need to leave you alone particularly not prodding you when you are reading a book or worse waking you up when I had been awake all night in the bathroom - that went down really well. On the whole there were a few British there and none of them we overheard had a good word to say about the food and the flies and all had the tummy problems - it ruins your holiday! We were ready to leave and this is a real shame as this hotel has missed the opportunity here to be stunning - hope they get there act together before you go. Needless to say we were not given a feedback sheet or asked our opinion of the hotel at any point by the management! But then they were probably too busy being part of the Shows!"
- Travel date: 10th December 2008
Titanic Beach (NOT Aquapark) - The better one!!! Please read the whole review.
"Hi OK, the first thing I want to do is clear up some confusion about the Titanic hotel/aqua park. There are two Titanic hotels in Hurghada (just to confuse everyone). The first one is called Primassol Titanic Aqua park. This one is NOT situated on a beach and is about 5 minute drive away from the other Titanic hotel. This one is the Aqua park and from the outside looks like a ship (like the Titanic). The second one is called LTI Titanic Beach. This one IS situated on the beach and is the one that Iâm going to be doing my review on today. The Titanic on the beach has a couple of slides on the beach, but is NOT the aqua park. I have been to Egypt twice â first time to Sharm and this time to Hurghada. When I went to Sharm I suffered with stomach upsets â I have a VERY sensitive stomach, which I blamed on the food, so this time I spent a lot of time looking into my trip to Hurghada for fear of this happening again. I found a website which was extremely informative about everything to do with Egypt and I want to share this website with everyone. www.ask-aladdin.com On this website I was informed that it wasnât the food that causes the upset stomachs (unless you eat uncooked food that is), but it is the alcohol. The website explained that when people go on holiday they change their habits â like drinking during the day etc which leads to dehydration â this is true. I was at the Titanic Beach hotel for 7 nights and only 2 of those nights I drank excessively and the next day I had a stomach upset, which proved to me that it wasnât the food. http://www.ask-aladdin.com/health.htm OK, onto the resort. We arrived very late on Friday 31st October. The reception staff were abrupt, but I think this is because they are unfamiliar with what nationality they are dealing with, they gave us a German welcome letter, so just goes to show they werenât sure. Also, they are working such long hours and in such hot conditions that I feel they have a right to be a little bit tetchy every now and again â especially when they are dealing with rude guests like we witnessed during our stay. We were then escorted to our room. This hotel is very large â there are roughly 1500 guests staying there, so expect a long walk, but donât worry you will have your cases bought to you. We had to wait about 20 minutes for our cases â tip the person who brings your cases â there are no lifts there, so they have to carry them up and down stairs two at a time (which is minimum 40kgs they are carrying!!!!). When we first walked into our room we wasnât impressed â two twin beds one in each corner, however, then we looked up and saw a hallway, which contained our built in wardrobes and safety deposit box and then our bedroom â the bed was massive â bigger than a king size. The bathroom was massive too. OK there were modernisations needed to the bathroom, but it was clean and tidy and spacious â what more can you ask for when it's just somewhere where you will just sleep and freshen up in. Tip â make sure your mosquito repellent is in your hand luggage â they are everywhere when you first get in the room, so to wait for your case is quite dangerous as you might get bitten. As soon as you plug in the mosquito repellent they will practically vanish. I donât think either of us got bitten while we were there. The first two days we stayed on the beach â this was beautiful â white sand and a lovely view. You are able to walk roughly about a mile in the sea before it gets deep. We advise you to go to the local shop and buy a pair of beach shoes so that you donât cut your feet on the coral. These will cost you about 55 Egyptian pounds (about Â£5). We spent the whole time on the sun loungers and enjoyed the sea breeze. On the third day we decided to venture to the pool and use their facilities â advice is donât get too close to the pool bar as the music is quite loud, so will disrupt you from a relaxing holiday (if this is what youâre after). There are plenty of sunbeds. If you donât want shade then donât get a bed near an umbrella â they are wooden static umbrellas, so come a certain time during the day you will end up losing the sun. We found that being on sunbeds on the grass was the best place because the sun lasts the longest in this area. Onto Food â as with the majority of all inclusive holidays â donât expect a 3 course a-la-carte restaurant with candle light. Expect a school canteen buffet and you wonât be disappointed. OK the food isnât fantastic, but as I explained before, I have a VERY sensitive stomach and I didnât suffer after eating anything. Stick with things that you recognise â pasta, rice, potatoes, veg and you canât go wrong. Breakfast â we had this from the 3rd day and it was fine. We tended to have omelette on toast. Note that the cheese is like stilton, but stronger (or smelly feet), so doesnât taste great first thing in the morning. My tip would be to just have a plain omelette and get some cheese on the side and then try it. Lunch â didnât have this at all in the restaurants. We had three lunches in the beach bar and each time it is basically pizza, chips, veg and koftas. We tended to have pizza and chips. It was edible and if youâre lucky youâll get it when the fresh batch comes out â it does get busy, so is constantly refilled. Dinner â we had dinner in the hotel on all nights baring two. I would advise that you go to the hotel called Rose. Jack was ok, but found the selection to be less and also the service not as good as Rose. We didnât try out the a-la-carte restaurant as we didnât know where it was. We went to the Hard Rock cafÃ© twice â this was amazing. The food was delicious and the service was great â donât want to go into too much detail, but the waiters put on a show about every hour. My partner and I bought 5 starters and 2 mains for about Â£13, however our bill came to Â£100 â this is because they sell normal alcoholic drinks (Smirnoff, baileys etc). Also they add on tax and service charge, so donât take the prices at face value. However, it was fully worth it and if you buy a large cocktail you get to take the glass home with you. We didnât understand this, so ordered two large cocktails each and have ended up bringing home 4 cocktail glasses â nice memento though. Note â a cab driver will try to charge you 50 Egyptian pounds to get to the Hard Rock cafÃ© â barter down to 30 (Â£3). They will then ask you for a time to come and pick you up if you want them to. We did this the first time and because we were waiting around for our cab driver (we was early â he didnât come late) we got hassled by other cab drivers to take their cabs. My advice is to pay the journey 1 way and then get a different cab back, so that you arenât waiting around, but always agree a price before you get into the cab. OK back to the resort â drinks â Vodka - yes it is like paint stripper, but if you explain to them that you want a small drink then they will eventually get it right. If you like Vodka, try the Beduwin madness cocktail â this is delicious and takes the edge off the vodka. All in all we had a great holiday, but I think it helped that we were friendly to the staff and tipped where necessary. We tipped the room service guy at the beginning, so after that we got very special treatment â he topped up our mini bar with diet coke instead of normal coke (as well as the usual which is fanta and sprite and 3 bottles of water). Nightlife - There is a club in the resort, which is pretty rubbish (if Iâm totally honest). The DJ will play whatever music he wants to play and doesnât take too kindly to requests â he thinks he is in Ibiza or something, but saying that the bartender is fantastic. His name is Mahmoud and he was very friendly and constantly looked after us. We tipped him 20 Egyptian pounds after a couple of days and he treated us like royalty. Whenever we were nearing the end of our drinks he was pouring us another one. At the end of the week we gave him 100 Egypitan pounds (Â£10) as a thank you â he was so grateful. This is like a weekâs salary to them, so just remember this when you are asking them for service. At the end of the week we told him that we were leaving and said we were leaving reception about 2pm. At 1:55 he came rushing out to say goodbye to us and was genuinely unhappy to see us leave. On one occasion we were in the entertainment room (which is across the corridor from the club) and playing pool we saw Mahmoud walk into the room. He was carrying some drinks. He came over to where we were and placed two Vodkas with diet coke on the table as well as a glass with just vodka and a glass with just diet coke so that we could make yet another drink after weâd finished the first one. He didnât do this for anyone else and we hadnât asked him â this is the proof that being friendly, polite and tipping the staff pays off. To be honest with you there isnât much to do of an evening â the entertainment isnât great, but it is a good place to relax and chill and enjoy free drink. Our advice to everyone that is going to the Titanic Beach hotel is: Be friendly and youâll be treated well Have manners to the staff â they work long hours for pittance and will always treat you well Donât expect too much from the food If you get an upset tummy, go to the pharmacy outside the resort and their medication will be better than Imodium Tip well and you will be treated like royalty throughout your stay. There is an excursion which I really wanted to go on, but when we spoke to the rep it only happens on Saturdays and Thursdays â we were leaving on the Friday so didnât want our last day in the sun to be on the excursion, but it is a swim with Dolphins and it costs about Â£30 each. We will definitely be doing this when we next go to Hurghada. If you have any questions then please email me and I will endeavour to answer any question. I hope that this review helps â I try to make my reviews as clear and precise as possible so that people get a true understanding of what a place is like. I donât moan unless there is a true need to. OK this resort isnât 5*, but it isnât far off really. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Toni"
- Travel date: 21st November 2008
Fine for Egypt
"When planning a trip to Egypt it's really hard to choose a hotel because the reviews are SO varied. Who do you trust. Everyone has different expectations and different experiences. I'm going to give you ours as honestly as possible with some background about us so you know where I'm coming from. We're a young professional couple that live in London. We eat out a lot and have tried some of the best restaurants in London. We managed a luxury boutique hotel in the Caribbean for 2 years and know what good service is about! We went to Egypt because we wanted to get a last minute holiday in th sun. We knew that a 5 star hotel out there would not be what we called 5 star, and not be luxury, but we wanted to not think for a week and have everything there at a good price. We also knew that if we were only going to pay around Â£500 each for all inclusive we couln't expect goumet food and brilliant cocktails. You've got to be realistic. Don't go expecting luxury when you're paying a small amount for all inclusive. If you want luxury you have to pay for it (and that usually means paying seperately for hotel + restaurants + drinks... it goes up fast). Our experience of the Titanic Beach and Spa (which is now the LTI Titanic beach) was what we expected, with even a few positive surprises. Reception: People say the recption is impressive, not really... but absolutely fine. Staff ok, they gave us a room that smelt of smoke and was near the pool. We went right back to reception and they gave us another room right, without any problem, at the end of hotel with sea view (very few of them in hotel but worth asking...) Room: Room fine, lacks art work on wall and getting a bit old even if it's only been open a year. The problem is they probably didn't even look great originally because the construction work has just not been done that well. But it's absolutely fine, air co works and bed is comfortable. Bathroom not 100% clean, but nothing disgusting. ceiling falling through in shower. Bed broke one night and we had call 3 times for someone to come and repair it. Next night lights wouldn't go on, again we had to call 4 times for someone to come (probably the most frustrating part of our trip!). But they came, and it was dealt with. Just don't expect immediate responses. This hotel is huge, they'll help out, but you may have to insist!!! Pools: Nice. We never had any issue finding chairs near pools. The pool up near recpetion is a lot warmer than those further down. Animation team play loud music for 2 hours in morning and 2 hours in afternoon. Can hear it from all of the pools. If you want quiet then this is bound to get on your nerves. We went to the furthest pool and i coped fine... nice when it stops though. Pool bar staff walk round with trays but are not great at bringing drinks back to you. Most of the time i had to go up and get them myself. But again, i didn't really mind... Beach: Really liked it down at beach. Much quieter. Wind breakers really usefull. Nicely done. And staff better at bringing drinks back. Have to walk for ages to be able to swim in sea. Loved the breeze. Food: We'd already been to one of the best hotels in Sharm on all inclusive and the food hadn't been great so we weren't expecting much, but we found the Titanic was better. IT'S NOT GOURMET cuisine. It's buffet food in Egypt, so get real. There's a good selection though and we found it varied well every day even between lunch and dinner. We enjoyed the freshly prepared deserts outside in the evening best. We went to the sea food a la carte restaurant. That was a total let down, fish was not fresh and we thought not as well prepared as in the main restaurant. In any cases, if you go expecting average buffet food, you won't be dissapointed. It's NOT disgusting, it IS varied and it IS safe! We didn't get ill at all, the head chef and the chairman were even eating in the restaurant on most days so it goes to show that the kitchens can't be too dirty. We were carefull not to eat salads though and we only drank and washed our teeth with bottled water. Massages: Some people complain that there's no real price list. We used this to our advantage and negotiated extremely cheap massages for every evening. We found the massages good, I especially liked mine as I like a strong sports massage and some of the guys massaging were professional body builders, so strong! They don't take the time over a part of your body that really needs massaging they just move on systamatically... but they're not bad at all and they adapted well to our demands. Just as a reminder: this is a cheap holiday, don't go expecting luxury, but if what you need is a week relaxing in the sun with good enough food and drinks, then it's perfectly fine. Hope this helps."
- Travel date: 18th November 2008
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