My husband and I have just returned from a weeks holiday here. Last minute booking with Red Sea Holidays. Must admit we had never used the company before and were a little nervous of what service to expect.
We need not have worried as the service, from being transfered to the hotel, to the meet and greet the next morning and the very good rep being there for your service every morning, was alot better than a well known high street travel agent we've booked with before!
We had a free upgrade to a Junior Suite, which was huge and always kept very clean. A nice little touch was that you had in your room a beach bag with beach towells in for your use during your stay, which were changed each evening for clean dry one's.
The gardens and grounds are kept immaculate, by the most hard working Egyptian staff. When on the numerous sun loungers ( no need to get up at stupid oclock to secure a bed! ) the bar staff would come round asking if you would like a drink, whether it be a soft drink or a beer. They do this all day untill about 5pm. They have brilliant memories too!
The food was good, with a choice of dishes. We were all inclusive and it was well worth it. The hotel also had a choice of Lebonese, Chinese, French, Italian, Caribbean and Indian, which you had to book the day before in the reception lobby. Most of the staff were very polite and could not do enough for you.
The pool was very large and a separate childrens pool was also on the complex. Talking of water, the highlight has to be the beautiful turquoise water at the end of the private jetty. We snorkelled daily and saw some amazing fish....( luckily no sharks! ). You can buy underwater cameras in the hotel shop, they are about £10. The Paradise Island trip is well worth doing if you like snorkeling in the open water with lunch on the island.
Unfortunately I would have to say that the hotel is NOT 5*****, in our opinion it was more like 4****. This is because, I believe the hotel to be around 10 years old and in some areas it is in need of a refurb. Mainly the Pool I would say, as like many people have commented, their are missing small tiles etc......
At the end of the day, people see things differently, and have different expectations. I try to give an honest review. This was our second time in Egypt, the first time we went to Sharm. The next time we might go to Taba.
Overall summary : Superb weather ( very hot ) stunning location and a nice hotel. Hard working staff.
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- The Grand Makadi Hotel Hurghada
- Grand Makadi Hurghada
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