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“Relaxation in the sun - just what we needed!” 4 of 5 stars
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The Grand Makadi
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Makadi Bay, Hurghada, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #42 of 182 Hotels in Hurghada
Devon, United Kingdom
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“Relaxation in the sun - just what we needed!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

My husband and I booked this very last minute as we needed some sun and rest ... That's exactly what we got!

We paid £449 pp for a week all inclusive. For what we got I think this is incredible value. Red Sea Holiday guides were very attentive and knowledgable (although they did lose our return tickets which caused some stress on departure) and offered a good selection of trips. Highly recommend Paradise Island.

The hotel is exactly as others describe, yes the decor could do with some TLC, but it's so clean and well-kept it didn't matter to us at all.

Good Points:
Big comfy beds
Great food & huge selection
Plenty of loungers and space by pool & sea
Heated warm pool

Negatives (but minor)
Hassled on beach to buy massages/beauty treatments/photos/trips/meals.
Entertainment not great.
Not always service with a smile.
Drinks sometimes warm (no ice)

All in all we had a lovely holiday and I would recommend this hotel to anyone. I think it is incredibly good value for money.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CommunicationManager, Leiter Gästebetreuung at The Grand Makadi, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Dear Mrs. Anna,
thank you for comments and for sharing with us your holiday feedback.
We are very pleased that you enjoyed this experience.
Neverless we would like to add that the entertainment will shortly be upgraded
and all factors of beach hassling will be rectified immediately.
We look forward to your next visit of relaxation in the sun at the Grand Makadi.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Staff excellent. Food excellent. Junior suite was lovely, however bath was worn and well passed it sell by! Water pressure and mixure tap the same. An engineer did call to fix it, but there was no change; we were only there for a week, so didn't bother to room move; although I believe that we could've done, if we wanted to.
We enjoyed a variety of dining, Lebanese, Carribean, Chinese; all of which were absolutely delicious.
Drinks weren't bad either, excellent white wine!
Entertainment in the evening was a singer, who was excellent, singing many English songs, from the 60s right through to current day.
There is a long pier which offers excellent swimming and snorkling, steps lead into the water and in just a few feet you can be in really deep water with many, many colourful fish.
We really enjoyed our holiday and would return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CommunicationManager, Leiter Gästebetreuung at The Grand Makadi, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Dear Mrs. Sally,
thank you very much for your review and for your compliments regarding the staff
and our facilities. We are delighted you have returned home with pleasant memories
of your recent stay with us.
We look very much forward in hosting you again and will gladly provide you with a
renovated room during your future visit at the Grand Makadi.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Makadi bay is a complex of several hotels, around you have nothing, just the desert. Closest city is of course Hurghada and take about 30-45 min. Hotel organised free buses. Take care that they will bring you in area or stop in place or shops where the drivers are some interest. It is not bad, but you can feel like trapped, if you take your own route, you can discover some picturesque places.
Now the hotel. The place is nice, and very postive point is that they have heated swimming pool which very good in winter time. The building is a bit old and needs some refreshment, but globally is ok. The beach is nice and they have a very good spot for snorkeling. Some hotels around look better but price could be more expensive as Grand hotel, Spa makadi... Room are standard for Egypt, nice simply design not more, Equpement are old, teh bath was so used and worn, that you could think it is dirt Not at all, "the majolica cladding" has disappeared. I think you will spend more time outside. In February NO Animations, except fitness in the morning. Food is just good, not so much choices but enough to enjoy. Desserts are always the same kind did not enjoy so much. A lacarte restuarant are Ok we liked very much the Lebanon one. For 10Euors per day you can get an upgrade to the Grand hotel. It does not worth the try, food is almost the same than Grand Makadi. BUT WHEN weather is windy (it was very windy in fenruary), this worth the money because Grand hotel is protected from the wind ( the yard is a round shape, and you can eat outside, this is not possible in Grand makadi. All inclusive drink are poor quality as often in Egypt. Do not forget tot he small mall common with grand Hotel. Conclusion after 1-2 days acclimation we finally enjoyt the stay. We were like spoiled as our last stay was in Karibik Punta Cana in Bavaro beach Hotel ( Wonderfull)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Had a wonderful holiday. Hotel is a little tired but are refurbishing but rooms are spacious and lots of choice of restaurants also able to use Makadi Palace which adjoins. Staff very helpful and friendly. Excellent grounds which were full of different plants - very green. The beds by pool and on the beach comfortable. Brilliant for snorkelling but must wear rock/beach shows as you need to walk on coral but you can take the beautiful jetty which you can walk off the end into the deep water. Entertainment could have been better and wifi only available near reception. Tip the staff and you will get looked after well, you don't have to tip much and they will accept any currency but they prefer notes as easier for them to change up. Will definitely be returning and would highly recommend. Weather at end of Feb was 30C. Great holiday for chilling out and soaking up the sun.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CommunicationManager, Guest Relations Manager at The Grand Makadi, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your review and most importantly for your trust in our services and establishment. We are extremely pleased to acknowledge the positive outcome of your recent holiday shared with us. We are delighted that you will be returning to the Grand Makadi once again and anxiously look forward in providing you with yet several pleasant experiences to follow.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

My sister in law and I stayed at the Grand Makadi the last week of February. We have been to Egypt many times and although we have stayed in better rooms (GM's need refurbishing) we have no hesitation in recommending this hotel. Every member of staff we came in contact with were polite, happy and helpful. We ate in the Mall 2 nights and would recommend the various restaurants there. We also ate in the italian on site on 2 occasions. The heated pool was wonderful at this time of year. Our only complaints were on arrival we sat for over 20mins waiting to be checked in and the ridiculously small plastic cups they serve 'takeaway' alcohol in.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CommunicationManager, Guest Relations Manager at The Grand Makadi, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your review and for your very kind recommendation.
We deeply regret that our check-in procedure was not-up to standard upon your arrival and please rest assured that the volume of our disposable cups will definitely be modified.
Kindly note that a room renovation program is currently in process where over 70 % of our rooms have already been refurbished for you to enjoy during your future visits.
We are all truly thankful and look forward to your return.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

So we booked this holiday last minute as we saw the weather forcast and it was lovely :). Most of the staff in this hotel were lovely but alot made us girls feel uncomfortable, espessialy the staff in the main Restrant, which is why we only ate there twice out of three meals aday for 7 days. The food wasn't great to be honest and when I go on hol I like to enjoy the food, also the drinks on all inclusive were all very sugary, made me feel sick and not everything is on all inclusive food or drink. I suppose the best one we liked was the Thai, but still not great. At lunch time there's an area in the middle by the pools that was nice to eat they did nicer salads then the other places and I asked why they don't do fresh fruit like pineapple etc and they went and cut one for us, which was lovely of them :). Also we love to swim on holiday and seeing as there beach is horrid and really stony, the sea area wasn't great either. We wanted to swim in the pools which they gave loads but apsolutey freezing :( Luckly I asked somebody dont you have heated pools and there was one at the sister hotel so we spent most of our time there. The entertainment wasn't great either :(. This hotel is ok I surprise but not for me, wont bd going bk.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Good week, booked on holiday hypermarket One week before , bargain at 400 each. Flights were horrible make sure u take a I pad or some thing no inflight entertainment !! Try wasting 6 hours!!

Hotel : staff couldn't do enough for you , a tip goes a long way, so tip after meals etc, they will remember u for next time. loads of restaurants to choose from, we thought the Caribbean was the nicest , for quality of food and scenery , didn't think much of the makadi mall , ate there twice , and didn't understand what all the fuss was about , we ate in the Indian - watered down food , and Italian, treated u like cattle , apparently the French restaurant was nice.
Breakfasts were fab, hot and cold .. Waffles!!

Beach: very nice, only disappointment was being asked if u wanted a massage very hour.. Just be nice and say no.
There's a promenade bridge what takes I out to the sea, where u can snorkel at the end , fantastic! Views , brilliant for a mornin stroll after breakfast, I would take ur own snorkel mask , flippers, think u get ripped off in the local shops

Hotel room : we stayed in a suite, only down fall was the bathroom, baths desperately need replacing , bed very comthy , so big !! Tv has a couple of English channels , rooms get cleaned daily, and towels changed .. We didn't pack any!

Hotel entertainment , was poor, got a bit bored at night, but did force us to go be earlier than most holidays, but encouraged us to get up bright and early in the mornings!
Wifi in the reception , handy to keep in contact with family and friends ! Very expensive to use ur own phone for Internet in Egypt.

day trips .. Worth booking a couple to break the week up we went on the shopping and the jeep safari! Brilliant

Don't know much about the sister hotels ,there's 4 hotels close together, which I think you can eat in if you buy a wrist band .

You will defiantly have a lovely quiet holiday here, perfect for couples, wouldnt stay here if you had children.. Didn't seem a lot in the way of entertainment etc

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Makadi Bay, Hurghada, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Hurghada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#30 On the Beach Hotel in Hurghada
#35 Family Hotel in Hurghada
#36 Luxury Hotel in Hurghada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — The Grand Makadi 5*
Number of rooms: 302
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