Just returned from a week with our teenager in Block 31. Accommodation suited us very well: one king bedded room, a shared bathroom and a twin bedded room with a connecting area. The accommodation is showing its age but was kept very clean by our man (didn't spot his name) and apart from a minor issue one evening with the toilet - which they were quick to fix - the beds were good and comfy and the air con/fan worked well.
Like others on here, suggest you breakfast at the Mexican. It was nearer to us anyway, but much quieter than the main buffet and not such a bun fight. Don't leave your breakfast unguarded outside though while you pop in for another juice or coffee - the birds will have it!
We usually like to sit on the beach but the SRM stretch is quite cramped and almost 100% occupied by Russians. We opted for sunbeds by the pool instead; necessary to get up early to secure them, unfortunately, but we were going to bed early anyway so this wasn't really a problem for us. Plenty of space around the main pool, and quite reasonably quiet! If you want spaced-out sunbeds on a nice, long stretch of beach with snorkelling offshore, look at the Fort Arabesque (wish I had!).
If I'm honest, I was a bit disappointed with the food. We have had much better in the "A la carte" restaurants offered in AIs before (Dominican Republic and Turkey). That said, there was plenty of choice and we never went hungry. Nor did we have any tummy problems. We tried the Asian, Italian, T Bones, Egyptian, Mexican and Greek; enjoyed the Egyptian and Asian best. Don't bother with the Greek: it has all the ambience of a Bulgarian railway station waiting room!
Good food on flights out and back (well done James Martin - if in fact he had anything to do with the meals!) with Thomas Cook, but horribly cramped.
Cannot fault any of the staff: all very friendly and helpful. It is a nice touch that some of the managers, chefs etc come round and ask for feedback on the food, service etc.
Overall a good week at a reasonable price. Would I go back? Probably not - but many do. We did overhear someone saying they were going back for their 18th time!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunrise Select Royal Makadi is located in the heart of Makadi bay. The hotel is built on relaxing landscape, with spectacular avers and fine sand beach for enjoyable vacation. Distance form Hurghada international Airport 30 minutes, from Hurghada downtown 35 minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Royal Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay
- Sunrise Makadi Bay
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