Friday, March 15, 2013

Titanic Resort, Egypt


Hotels and resorts line Egypt's Red Sea coast.  Along with international chains, like Marriott, Hilton, and Movenpick, there's the Titanic Resort in Hurghada. 

Seriously? Who would name their hotel the Titanic?

The only Titanic that most Egyptian people know is the movie "Titanic," which they assume is fictitious.  I kid you not.  I thought whoever owned this resort was so in love with the Dicaprio-Winslet epic that they spent millions making the hotel look like a ship.  But apparently, this is an international chain, too!  The company is based in Las Vegas.  (Why am I not surprised?)


I stare at it every time I drive past, less impressed by the architecture than amazed by the name.  I guess if Hollywood makes a romantic movie about the Hindenburg, we can expect a new, dirigible-shaped resort to pop up somewhere, named "The Hindenburg."

Is there a "Hindenburg Resort" in the future?
This week, I'm grateful for my Western education.  I may not have enjoyed History in school, but at least I know what the Titanic disaster was -- although my education isn't enough to deduce why a Las Vegas company (Titanic Resorts,Inc.) would name and build their hotels to resemble a doomed vessel that took the lives of 1502 people.



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62 comments:

Mark Means said...

It's sad to say, but I think there are a lot of Americans who think the Titanic was just a movie, as well...

Al Diaz said...

Well, at least this Titanic is really unsinkable.

Elise Fallson said...

They didn't build the hotel correctly. They should have had it shaped as a sinking ship, going down into a large basin of water. Now that would have been . . . eh . . . interesting?

Suzanne Furness said...

Oh my whatever next! At least there shouldn't be any icebergs around.

Sean McLachlan said...

Mark: Sadly, I've met Americans who thought the movie was fiction. Many people live entirely without context.

Is the pool cooled to freezing temperatures and provided with bits of wreckage for the guests to float on?

Patsy said...

Maybe their thinking is that people will be put off cruising and book a hotel instead?

Natalie Aguirre said...

So weird they chose that as a name. Sad if they and others don't know what the name represents.

unikorna said...

OMG this is breathtaking...you are just mean showing us these photos :).

L.G. Smith said...

That photo of it by the pool is kind of neat. But what an odd thing to name a hotel. And shouldn't the pool have an iceberg shaped slide?

Jess said...

Wow, this is hilarious! I love the "Titanic resort and WATER PARK" sign. Really? Really? Too funny...

ajgoode said...

There's a treveling Titanic exhibit in my town right now, where you can go in and get a boarding pass with the name of a real Titanic passenger; you touch ice to see how the victims felt, and look at some of the artifacts. I thought it was pretty cool until a friend of mine pointed out how morbid it is to make a hands-on tourist attraction about something that killed so many people. I had planned on taking my daughter to the exhibit, but now I'm not so sure.

Suze said...

Hindenburg Air Show ...

Kelly Hashway said...

I do have to admit the pools look pretty awesome.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I think we could title this one, Lost in Translation. This is such a wonderful glimpse into the cross-cultural experience.

Julia said...

Lexa, I read your post on your day when the British news is full of the story that experts have definitely authenticated a violin as that played by Bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who played with the orchestra as the Titanic went down. It's expected to fetch £400,000 at auction. I wonder who will bid for such a morbid item.

S.K. Anthony said...

Oh, I have no idea what to think? I can't believe so many people think it was just a movie and there is a chain? Wow. On the other hand, that pool looks fantastic to me right now o.0

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is really wild! You're right - that the company is based in Vegas isn't surprising at all.

Mina Burrows said...

Okay, that is so typical. I bet you're right about the The Hindenburg. Some people will do anything for a buck.

Kate Larkindale said...

A recognizable name works wonders... But it is a little ghoulish, isn't it?

VikLit said...

Education is a great thing to be grateful for. I guess the name is recognisable and people will be drawn in!! But still.. I'm not sure I'd stay there ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for adding my books to your widget!!
(That just sounds weird, doesn't it?)

mshatch said...

Yeah, I don't know as though I'd use a name associated with a tragedy. Seems a little morbid.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

It IS gorgeous, but I'd want assurance of sufficient life jackets and row-boats if I stayed there.

Have a good weekend, Farawayeyes.
xoRobyn

DMS said...

The hotel does look unique- but definitely an odd name for a vacation spot. I have never heard of this chain. Fun pictures and interesting to know that lots of people don't know the Titanic disaster was real. Thanks for sharing. :)
~Jess

Cathy Keaton said...

The Titanic ship was something very fancy and special even before it set out to sea and sunk. I think that's why people still glamorize it even to this day. It stays in people's memories because of the sinking, but it stands out as a symbol of luxury and wealth and is easily recognizable by the entire world as these things. I think that could be why this logic persists. But, I could be wrong....

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

PS Oy vey, my brain is a weird thing. On my way home from the gym, a few hours after I commented here, it popped into my head that I mistakenly called you Farawayeyes (another blogger). I adore you both, and met you around the same time. I guess that's why my wires got crossed. Sorry Lexa. =o)

Yolanda Renee said...

I don't know, maybe to tempt fate -- so in the future they can achieve some macabre satisfaction. I don't tempt fate -- at least not on purpose!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Thanks for your understanding message, Lexa. =)
Have a great weekend.
xoRobyn

Kirsten said...

It does look beautiful, even if the whole thing is a bit sick. Interesting that it bends in the middle too! :-/

Annalisa Crawford said...

That photo is a bit creepy... but not as creepy as the people who came up with the original idea!

roe2me said...

Wow only knowing Titanic as a source of entertainment is just sad.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

It is a gorgeous building, but a strange name. But then I know little about Egypt's or other countries stories.

michelle said...

They probably used that name as part of a marketing strategy, knowing people would be drawn to the hotel... even if it's out of a kind of morbid fascination and curiosity...
The architectural shape and design is very interesting too.

meradeth said...

lol! I've heard of this hotel, which is just so random! Of course, every time I drive through Vegas I have a similar reaction to the hotels there (pirates, romans, come on!).

M. J. Joachim said...

hahaha - That's too funny! Wish I had seen that when we went to LV last fall...worth a picture at least!

Lara said...

That's definitely... interesting. :) I agree, I wouldn't want to name my business after a shipwreck.

Have a good week!

Mina Lobo said...

Surreal. I can appreciate the beauty of the architecture but it creeps me out at the same time. No bueno.

Empty Nest Insider said...

What a wild name for a hotel chain! The design is stunning, but it does signal distress!

Julie

Jaxbee said...

How truly bizarre! But I do really like the design and I'm not generally a fan of much modern architecture. However, I'd be a nervous wreck if I ever (unlikely, looks rather out of my price range ;)) stayed there - tempting fate and all that...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

What an incredible hotel. I've been to Vegas and it would fit right in there.

Nas said...

Hi Lexa!

Egypt sounds so fascinating to me. I would love to visit someday. Thanks for this post as it gave me more insight.

Kim Lajevardi said...

It's an oddity of human nature that we can forget the people who suffered such an event, but remember the event. Just add in beautiful stars and dramatic music and it's entertainment, instead of a tragedy. Leave it Las Vegas ;-)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Oh, how funny! Yeah, looking at it figuratively, would you want your company to go down like the Titanic? That's a crazy name to choose. Never take anything that failed big time and use that for your namesake. It is an interesting building, though.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

tfwalsh said...

Wow... not too sure what to say, but I have seen such mis-understandings in other countries too... makes me laugh though:) Just a bit of research would address it really.

J. A. Bennett said...

And did you hear that someone is building another Titanic (with the correct amount of lifeboats)? Funny that people think it's fictitious. It's amazing what's passed as fact or fiction these days when information is so readily available. It is a pretty cool looking Hotel, though :)

Catherine Stine said...

How very strange and disturbing! And it must be exponentially so if you pass it on a regular basis. yes, how very Vegas!

Nas said...

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DL Hammons said...

Do they provide motion sickness patches? :)

Nickie said...

I am falling apart laughing at the idea of a blockbuster movie of the Hindenburg... and yes, someone would make a resort out of it. Or maybe they could make a Lusitania line and have mock missile fire taking down the hotel? X_X

Cherie Reich said...

I'm surprised so many don't know the Titanic was real.

And it's a pretty hotel, so I can see why people might want to stay there.

Mark Noce said...

Lol, Hindenburg resort indeed:)

Pk Hrezo said...

Wow how weird and cool at the same time. Coincidentally Titanic has a part to play in my latest ms. So this was inspiring!

Lynda R Young said...

lol! This post gave me a brilliant chuckle. I love that someone called their hotel the Titanic. So funny!

Stephen Tremp said...

We're cruise junkies and would love to stay here. Thanks for the post. This is officially on my To Do List.

Heather Ostler said...

Wow, I don't know if I would want to stay there haha!

Jocelyn Rish said...

Despite the ominous name (really?!?) that first picture is so gorgeous I might be tempted to press my luck and stay there. :-)

Cecilia Robert said...

Wow, I have to admit the first photo caught my eye! LOL @ The Hindenburg

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

That looks like a great resort. Too bad it's in Egypt. I'll probably never see it.

Medeia Sharif said...

I've never heard of this, but I do like the look of the building. I wouldn't mind staying there.

Romance Reader said...

At the risk of sounding cheesy, this is a fascinating post. Dare I say, I hope this Titanic doesn't sink....

Romance Reader said...

Sorry, Lexa, forgot to sign off,

Maria RR

Enchantress said...

awesome place and you have a beautiful blog

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