Tropikist Beach Hotel - Reader Reports & Opinion

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SiannDave from U.K. visited in October 2008 and awarded  Two out of Five

Just returned after 14 nights at the tropikist hotel. or should i say fawlty towers !

Good bits---- nice location, lovely pools.

Bad bits---- lazy and idle staff, food is well below school dinner standard. hotel in desperate need of maintenance and decorating. Hygene is usually disregarded, regular entertainment? I think not, the only regular entertainment was the radio in the bar , which sometimes comes on full volume at 5am. Food and drink far too expensive compared with other local retailers. Many areas of the hotel would not come up to uk health and safety standards, [ ie- broken glass in balcony doors and room windows, bare electrics on some sockets, very slippery floors, cockroaches behind fixtures, plumbing bodged and unreliable, plaster falling off walls, bare mains electric cables within easy reach of being in the main pool. Missing wall light shades, and bulbs, broken glass on hotel beach, both resturants open to birds flying in constantly , stealing your food and pooping!!. Window locks in rooms often broken,] having spent 14 days here and spoken with lots of other geusts , I have come to the conclusion that none of them would return for a second stay. Me included!

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Norman Smith from Spain visited in September 2008 and awarded  Four out of Five

The room was very comfortable but a little tatty, could do with some TLC

The staff were exceptionaly friendly and helpful

The breakfasts were excellent, lunch was very good although lacking a litte variety. Dinners were OK but nothing special.

The grounds and pools were beautiful and well kept.

Over all our stay was very enjoyable and much better than some reviews had led us to believe would be the case.

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David Martin from Trinidad visited in July 2008 and awarded  Two out of Five

My wife and my two small children (3yr & 6yr)and myself stayed for three days on an all inclusive package. It was overall an enjoyable stay. Some of the staff were warm anf friendly others whilst not rude or abusive may have had personal issues which they brought to the workplace. The children loved the pool and we had to keep them busy until 9.30 am before they could use it. A feature that management should consider would be lights in the pool and earlier opening and a later closing hour. At 6.00 pm the place was still bright and the kids were disappointed to leave it. The room was cozy, the showers were old but functional.The A/c worked well no excessive noise. The TV (kids stations )were horrible could not see anything. The beach front is a reef so no bathing is possible its cozy though for a seaview and relaxation. the meals are not the greatest and fruit variety would be welcome. not much to say about lunch, was never there for it. Dinner was very basic, we expected a bit more variety however all meals were tasty and luke warm, not hot. Food warmers would solve this. Things that could transform this facility to truly a bargin hunters paradise would be an in house one stop shop for things like mosquito repellant, sun tan lotion,floats for kids ect. Also a Tour guide leaflet that the HOTEL recommends, There was a guided tour which i took from the facility which i am not sure was sanctioned by the hotel or not, but it was a total disaster, the front desk knows the individual and one of the other staff members recommended him. This tour was costly and 90% of it was seeing bush. and i had to pay for meals as well as entry to Pigen Point(We spent 45 Minutes there)The tour guide went to carry some one back to their hotel. The Tour did not even take us to Fort George or the unnamed grave, or to any other beach facility or to any waterfall or to the Gulf city mall in lowlands, seven hours of crap. Get this guy off your premises he will do no good for your image. On closing the hotel could do with a Paint job and proper lighting at the entrance. Other simple maintenance which a power washer could fix and a laundry service would be welcome. In spite of the negatives the ambience of the facilty is good and my family and i enjoyed our stay. This letter is sent with the intent that your facilty can truly become a sought after one.

Thank you

David Martin ( Room # 76)

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Catherine from U.K. visited in July 2008 and awarded  Four out of Five

My family stayed at the Tropikist in August 2008 and had a wonderful time. We were glad that we had not chosen all-inclusive as generally the food was not great, although the breakfasts (especially the omelettes cooked by an excellent cook) were scrumptious.

Although you cannot swim off the nearby beach, it is a short walk to the sandy beach where we went swimming every day.

The pool is fantastic for kids and we met many families.

One reason why our stay was so good was that we had a fantastic view - some of the 'garden views' were not so good.

There are no real facilities in the rooms, just a small fridge, so we would bring at least a kettle etc next time.

The staff were friendly and helpful.

We thoroughly enjoyed our 24 night stay and will definitley use the Tropikist again, hopefully choosing the same room.

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Mr Jeremy Ec Baily from U.K. visited in June 2008 and awarded  Four out of Five

My wife and I stayed in room 88 for two lovely weeks (June 2008) and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The room was painted a dull peach, had a high ceiling and a beautiful sea view from the balcony. The shower and toilet were old but in full working order. There was adequate drawer and hanging space and a Queen size bed, a mini-fridge and a TV that was never switched on, so no idea if it worked or not, we donít watch TV when on holiday. The air-conditioning unit made all the right noises and its fan pushed air about, it however steadfastly refused to drop the temperature anywhere near the 16C degrees the remote control claimed it would. Clean towels and a maid service daily ensured all was fine.

We stayed all-inclusive and thought it good value for the money we paid. Donít expect the huge buffets style meals favoured by most all-inclusive packages. We ate well, if sometimes with luke-warm food. Most guests dressed (long trousers, dresses, etc) for the evening meal.

The pool was clean and tidy although some areas could have been cleared up more often. The staff appeared stand-off-ish at first. We got round this by smiling a lot and engaged them in conversation while waiting to be served and were looked after eventually.

A 2 Star, budget hotel is what we paid for and that is what we got, if you want 5 Star service and amenities like some of the guests did, then go elsewhere and pay the difference.

It is a long way from perfect, but a lot better than some reviewers seem to think.

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