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Le Meridien Makadi Bay, Hurghada
I have just returned from Le Meridien Makadi Bay on Friday 20 Jan 06 so my review is "new". Stayed for a week. Flight was with Excel Airways and me and my family were very impressed with flight for timing/leg room/meals etc. All was very good. Didnt have a transfer from airport so relied on getting a taxi once there. Got ripped off as travel agent said it should be no more than £8. In fact driver wanted £22 but I said no and said £15 was acceptable and gave him £20 and said I wanted £5 back. He then pretended he didnt understand English which I'm sure he did. Someone from the hotel came out and explained to him that I wanted the £5 back to which he agreed with a hard done to look.
I had read some of the reviews so knew pretty much what to expect. The hotel was absolutely huge, as big as a village - literally! We stayed in a dune room and as such had a walk from beach back to our room each day but this wasnt a problem. The room was ok but I would not rate it as a 5 star room, more a 3. The furniture/bathroom could do with updating but was nice enough and very clean. The hotel is not all inclusive as website would make you believe. There was no safety deposit box in our room (although I'm sure some rooms may have them) but we did get a safety box which was located behind the reception desk free of charge. They are very hot on charging for most things. Only one restaurant open that was all inclusive the remainder of them were charged but as an all inclusive guest got 50% discount and drinks were free. Price of burger and chips £4.50 in our money 45LE (egyptian pounds) minus 50% but then add on top of this 12% service charge which you get billed for at the end of your holiday. Ice creams £1.50 per scoop (expensive). Weather each day was about 25 degrees is windy when sunbathing but there are wind breakers on the beach which keep the wind off you and then the sun is nice and hot. Sea temp was also 25 degrees with pool temp about 15 - 17 degrees. Cold. In a full week I didnt see one person in the pool and I dipped toes but was too cold. Shame really as the pool is impressive and huge. Every day on the beach was hassled by people selling boat trips £35 for two adults 1 4 year old camels wanted £45 again 2 adults and 1 child, horses same price, quad biking (I managed to get a price in the hotel for £30 for all 3 of us full day but then they wouldnt let me go as pregnant), restaurants 50% off, henna tattoos - eventually paid £6, hair braiding - they wanted £30 to braid a 4 year old's hair, eventually paid £10. I personally thought everything was expensive and decided to go on horses/camels and a couple of restaurants but that was it. They know how to charge you as tourists. Went to Makadi Bay Centre and again the things in here were expensive. Mum wanted a magnet and he wanted £2 and wasnt prepared to haggle. Went to Hurghada (old part) and my this was a shock to the senses. Got the shuttle bus from hotel £4 each for return journey which wasnt bad as Hurghada good 20/30 minute drive from hotel. Needed toilet when got there and went in a cafe. Put it this way little girl of 4 wanted to be sick at the look/smell of toilet it was that bad. I lifted her up to wee and I stood (just imagine for a woman). Constant hassle come into my shop and they all used little girl to get you in shop by taking her hand and taking her into shop to give her a "present" all the time telling you what they sell. Only bought 3 t-shirts and paid £9 sterling but he wanted £25 in first place. Was there for 3 hours but not long enough really as everyone stops you constantly.
What else can I tell you. Paid £10 each for visa, taxi booked via hotel back to airport was £11.50.
Service: good if tipped, if not very slow. Bar staff were great and my hubby never got up to the bar, they would watch for you nearly finishing and bring another drink/peanuts. Only downside in all bars you need to sign a slip with room number so that hotel can keep track of things. Think my husband was big tipper at 20 LE (£2) each night for bar man. Also tipped restaurant guys, cleaner 20 LE every other day. Anything else you want to know email me at email@example.com
Le Meridian Makadi Bay is the Best.
omg!!!! this was the best holiday i have ever been on n ive been near enough everywhere!!! i loved this place so much!!!! the main thing about it what i miss most is, the reps there!!!! they were the best ever. i love them all so much : Nina, anna, mizo, mido, hassan, kago, marco, seid, wild, momo. they made the holiday the best. As well as the reps, Robin and Mario were ace. the guys in the hairdressers really grest people. the hotel was great. very clean, very high standards aswell, the foods was great, specially the bread hehe, home made it was really nice. rooms wasn't what we expected but were nice all the same. the beach was excellent the pool was ok too cold though. it was freeeeeeeeeeeezzing but good becuase you get really hot and nice to just take a dip in :P. its not all god for all inclusive you only really get your food and drink free! the games and water sports you hav to pay for! and all the ice-creams and everything like that. the dockers bar is great was there everynight and after that at 12 every1 goes disco time!!! were the fun carries on!!!! the shows there are excellent and alot of time and effort is put into them!!! i really wish i could go back but its not enough money just yet.but its great and hopefully i will go again later on in life!!! THE BEST HOLIDAY EVER!!!! TRY IT!!! ITS GOT KIDS CLUB FOR AGES 3-14 ANY AGES UNDER 3 PARENTS HAVE TO BE WITH THEM. I KNOW THESE THINGS I WAS IN THERE ALL THE TIME!!! the gym is great and free. the people over there are very friendly also. EGYPT WE LOVE YOU!!! X X X X X X X X X
Thought we'd write a review that says a little more than it was just lamb chops. We found the meridien makadi to be a wonderful hotel to stay at. The cleaning, bar, waiting staff were most couteous and welcoming. There was lots to do, and it was really not bad food. Many of the UK guests were heard complaining about the Aladdin buffet but our feeling was most of these probably live on fish n chips at home. We did not hear other
Europeans complain. The buffet was varied and perfectly OK, better than most you see anywhere, and what you'd expect for a buffet feeding 800 guests at a 5* tourist hotel.
One comment would be they cook everything in corn oil which can leave a strong aftertaste. Why they do this rather than olive oil which is available locally in abundance is unclear. Cooking is very oily as per their tradition.
The bill was charged in LE and printed out in $ at an unfavourable conversion rate. Difference is about 12%
The Egyptian Govt. did a deal with the Russians so they can go all inclusive for about £200 including flights. The Egyptians on the ground are not so happy with this as the Russian tourist tend to drown themselves in drink and wade through the food!
Best option we found was to go HB and pay for extras. For £4 each you can move up to the a la carte restaurant upstairs where everything is prepared before you to your taste, and use the buffet just for breakfast. Take you tennis rackets and balls, table tennis rackets if you like these, as they charge extra for these though the excellent tennis courts are included. We tipped all the staff mentioned above as these guys work long hours.
The entertainment/animation side could be improved. The music for the dance class is the same every day and you cannot escape this noise from the beach, though it was only 2 or 3 hours each day.
Brilliant destination if you want an easy weeks holiday.
Makadi in November
Comments: Initially very worried about more negative comments on this site and others, but in general - they were harsh, and shouldn't really be taken at face value - I imagine everyone has their own feelings about this place but I thought it was absolutely ok for the price paid.
This is a basic but lengthy description (so go get a cup of coffee before you start).
The flight (my travel) fast, comfortable (last minute extra leg room seats worth evry bit of the #15 we paid). The arrival at Hurghada airport problem free - guided in to airport by a Mytravel rep, visas first (get them at airport - only #10 compared to #15 at home) quick easy, then through a check point, into baggage, out again, to be met by another Mytravel rep, onto bus and away.
First impressions of Hurghada and trip down to Makadi Bay is that the place looks like a building site - lots of sand (naturally), but endless buildings being built.
Through various checkpoints on the road (simply waved through - saw an open top van full of small camels on way - very cute, although not sure where they were headed for.
Le Meridien Makadi Bay - Big Big hotel. Massive sprawling entrance with tiny reception desk where you will queue five deep to get your keys (and anything else you need unless its in the middle of the night). Lots of staff - but only a couple of them seem to do anything.
A bell boy (man) will keep your luggage safe outside til you get your room, and then he will take you to your room, show you round it, try and chat you up (if you are female - and possibly if you have a pulse I would imagine) and happily take his 1$ tip after asking you for a photograph for later (???) - all this with my husband inches from my side. - This was to prove the norm throughout the holiday - clearly for every woman in the hotel, not just me I hasten to add.
When this happens, take it with a pinch of salt, laugh with them - please don't take offence, get rude or angry - they are charming people, very friendly and only having a laugh - they certainly aren’t as pushy as some I have come into contact with on holiday.
The rooms are clean - exactly what they look like in the brochure on or the web site (you didn't check? - shame on you). Two big twin beds which you can shove together, plenty of space, extra blankets, pillows etc., in the very big wardrobe (with hangers) and the balcony is a good size with very good balcony furniture. The bathroom was ok with very hot shower (which actually showered, and didn't just dribble as some showers in hotels do). There is a fridge in your room but it is not a mini bar - there is no alcohol in there but its great to keep your water in. There is also a hairdryer in the rooms but this is a very soft blowing one, not a strong one, so if you style your hair with a dryer - then bring your own.
We tipped our cleaner every day with a single dollar note (and a little note saying thank you) and our room was sparkling everyday with fresh towels and sheets.
The hotel itself is a bit sprawling although all the action seems to take place in the main reception area and the Dockers bar.
The main restaurant (Aladdin) leads from the reception area on the ground floor and has a big food station in the middle with additional ones to the side (these are the ones where fresh pasta or omelettes and juices are made), and then an outside pagoda area again with seating and a smaller food station in the middle of this too. The pagoda sits in the middle of the swimming pool but you get to it through the restaurant at main meal times.
Two other restaurants - The Saghara and the Prince Karim are on the next floor (up the sweeping staircase in reception). They are both used sometimes for breakfast and evening meal as part of the all inclusive, but this is not the norm, so don't expect it - it seems to change daily they will advise you in the Aladdin. Usually they are paid for restaurants.
Outside there is a seafood restaurant again by the pool, and an Italian restaurant near the beach. Neither of these are included in the all inclusive package. However if you want to eat at these - then the drinks are free, and the meals are reduced by 50% in cost so the overall charge is hardly anything.
All inclusive means you can drink in any of the bars free other than the swim up bar one - but as the pool was so cold when we were there, anyone who was daft enough to get to it from the water side were given their drinks free anyway. (and that included us by the way). Also a bar on the beach is not free, but another one is - you will know which is the free bar because it is the busiest (and close to the kids pool and play area).
A brief low down of the restaurants :
Aladdin (all inclusive) both inside and outside. Breakfast is taken here - its a very good breakfast with lots of options. Always fresh omelettes made for you, always fresh juice (1 euro) or free (possibly from a carton). Eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, sausages, different types of toasts, breads, cakes, fruit, cereals, and freshly made pancakes to name just a few items. Fresh coffee or tea brought to you, and if you want it - a bottle of water (always advisable to keep well stocked up on this - water is never served up in a glass - always by the small bottle - and its free).
Lunch and Dinner can also be taken here too both inside and out. Can I suggest that if you like lunch then take it outside the pagoda at the tables to the right? These are fully outside, under sun shades and much quieter than in the actual restaurants themselves.
In the entrance area to the pagoda from the restaurant, there is always a bbq - sometimes good cuts of meat, sometimes kebabs - but always smelling good. You can eat from this no matter where you sit. Opposite the bbq there is also a village bread station (built to look like a local hut) where a lady sits on the floor and bakes local flat breads in a clay oven. These are amazingly gorgeous when hot - so keep an eye out for a new batch.
The food is good, sometimes a bit samey but still a little different. Not always piping hot, but the chefs are there to help you if you don't know what something is, and will explain how something is cooked if you still aren’t sure. We saw stir fries, roast lamb, sides of meat etc., and if you are vegetarian there is always something for you. I am a vegi, and I never went without (they prepare and cook their vegetables wonderfully. Salads, rices, breads, pastas etc.
And finally cake. Endless - all damn good. If there is two of you get a couple (or three) pieces of different ones and try them all (they have a different choice every day more or less.
Prince Karim : I heard some good reports about this restaurant before I went but to be honest I was quite disappointed - although much much quieter than the Aladdin - the food was more or less the same and you will pay about 7 euros for it. Really not worth doing. The boards say cooked in front of you - but actually its still buffet style with just more chef stations than help yourself.
Saghara - Only went in here one evening because the Aladdin was so full so can't really comment on this as a restaurant in its own right - when it is part of all inclusive the food offer is exactly the same as downstairs.
Fish Restaurant and Italian : Not all inclusive but at the same time away from all the other guests so therefore a lot quieter - nice if there is just the two of you and you want to get away from other people. The Italian was good food and a main course cooked fresh (with waiter service) and pudding plus cake and wine (free) came to five euros each - so again not a big price to pay for a little bit of quiet eating.
The Bars : The main bar in the reception area is free, but waiter service is quicker than standing at the bar. However, this is in the main area and lacks any atmosphere - mainly used for people leaving and whiling their time away. There is 'entertainment' but its a bloke on an organ - so if you like a little 'ballroom type dancing' then that’s fine - but that’s it.
The bar on the floor above the reception is the sunset bar. Again this lacks atmosphere - is very open and close to various facilities such as play stations, pool tables etc., - so ideal if you have kids with you. The staff at this bar are very surly. Only the waiter is friendly here, but he is so run off his feet because the guys behind the bar don't want to serve anyone its difficult to get his attention, and then to get some drinks - a little friendly smile and a couple of dollars will ensure that he remembers you next time. Again this is free
Dockers Bar is outside by the pool - it has an inside and an outside - inside is dark loud and has some form of entertainment in the form of dancing girls, karaoke etc., . Outside is nice, feels more like a holiday environment and you can sit on cushions, smoke sheeshas (1 euro), have your drinks brought to you, and ignore the pounding Euro beat in the Dockers bar. Again this is free. The staff here are very friendly indeed.
The swim up pool bar is part of the seafood restaurant at one side and the end result of a freezing cold swim at the other. Very nice and friendly bar staff but still damn cold to get to. (the sea is far warmer).
The all inclusive beach bar is nice and comfortable with comfy type wicker chairs, tables, a grill (paid for food) and waiter service - again nice and friendly.
We didn't go to the pay bar on the beach - didn't seem to be any point really.
The Beach :
Firstly and most importantly, the snorkelling is pretty poor off the beach so don't expect anything like tropical fish swimming round your ankles. There is tiny bits of very dead coral (or dying) with a few fish but nothing special. To get good snorkelling it is important to go on a trip - and these are worth their weight in gold - amazing.
The sand is rough - almost like builders sand until you get nearer the sea and then it is the soft sand you expect.
If you like to sunbathe on the beach - then you are going to have to get up very early in the morning to put your towels on the endless sunbeds which crowd the beach in front of the hotel. If you think you are going to wander down there at 9am and find something - forget it. This hotel is majority Russian /German guests - the English are a very small smattering - and as such, you need to be up very early to beat the towel huggers. However, the upside of this is that the areas around the very large and gorgeous pool is quiet - and there is always a bed to collapse on.
Bring your earplugs if you are after a bit of peace and quiet as the entertainment team get started about 10:30 ish with extremely loud music - accompanied with beach aerobics, sea aerobics, volley ball, belly dancing, afternoon aerobics etc., It stops for about a couple of hours mid afternoon then starts again about 4 ish for a little.
There are lots of sun shades everywhere which is a great thing as the sun is very hot (when its out) - and free beach towels which are handed out everyday in place of a towel ticket which you give them. There are two beach towel huts one by the sea and one by the right hand side pool.
Shopping : There is a small arcade within the hotel with everything you could need but naturally this is quite expensive, however if you wander out of the hotel, and along the beach to the right for about 10 minutes following the signs, you will come to the Makadi Bay Shopping Centre. Plenty of shops and restaurants there for you to look at but to be honest the stuff isn't much different to the stuff in the hotel. There is a supermarket there though.
Balcony : Bring your own drinks with you if you like a tipple on the private balcony of your room. We were told off for sneaking up a couple of drinks one evening - absolutely no drinks are allowed up there unless you buy them from their in room bar menu (which is overpriced) - and there is no coffee and tea making facility either - so despite the balcony being really nice - you can't enjoy it in that end of day with a drink relaxing way that we all do.
There are so many trips to do from here. A must is definitely snorkelling - opt for the half day (20 pounds ish. This is an 8.30 start and back at the hotel for about 4.30 - and it takes you to two off shore snorkelling sites and one island and includes a really good buffet lunch. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly and fun and will snorkel out with you to show you things. Remember to take a camera and take it out with you on the first snorkel - I swear you won't see anything as good as the first time you go in the sea, and you'll regret not taking pictures. The corals are beautiful and the fish are teaming and stunning.
You can also do a trip to Luxor from here and a trip to Cairo. We flew to Cairo on a day trip which was an early morning (3.30am) til 9pm day and cost 190 pounds but was worth it to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx and the Cairo Museum. The trip also includes a bazaar and a papyrus museum/shop.
Finally - this is a very busy hotel - it has a lot of guests in it at any one time and also seems to be the resort of choice for families - so if you are looking for a romantic get away for just the two of you - forget it. If you are looking for somewhere lively, with other children and lots of people - then its for you - the five and a half hour flight goes quickly.
And finally, don't worry about tipping - we did and it wasn't worth the worry. Tip for what you receive not the other way around. Tip the people who do things for you (and who you think will be able to do things for you in the future i.e. the waiters ont he first night) and tip the people who are kind, courteous and friendly at the end of your stay.
Only take single notes - be it dollars, euros or Egyptian currency. No coins if you can help it - they aren’t much use to them as the banks won't change them into notes. We took dollars (even though we are English) which meant that we were tipping roughly 60p when we did it, which is worth about 4 Egyptian pounds (give or take) and that’s a lot of money to them. Be fair.
And finally - your last day. This is when your all inclusive comes to an end and your little white wrist band is snipped off. Check out is at 12 noon. If you want to keep your room for the afternoon it is an extra 30 euros for the room. If you want to keep all inclusive for the afternoon it is 15 euros each! This isn't really worth it. Most flights from the Uk are picked up about 4 ish - so the best thing to do is to check out about 1 ish (the queues at 12 have to be seen to be believed), go and have lunch (lunch is still free even though you have given your wrist band in) - and this is the good bit - if you have been nice to your outside waiter during your holiday, he will offer you free alcohol even though he is not supposed to as alcohol stopped with your wrist band disappearing. However, we enjoyed a lovely pool side lunch, a beer, a couple of wines, and a bottle of water for the flight (all for being nice, tipping a dollar every so often). By the time you've finished all that - you only have a little time left to say good bye to your new friends and then you are away.
All in all - a good value hotel for the price. Don't be put off by the reviews one little bit - Go and enjoy and relax.
real culture shock but amazing...want to go back!!
My family and I went to Le Meridian Makadi Bay from the 23rd December 2005 - 31st December 2005. We have previously travelled to other all inclusive hotels in the Caribbean but thought we would venture out to Egypt this year to see what they have to offer.
Our 5hour flight went very smoothly, we arrived at Hurghada airport and it was quite frightning in terms of how they handle things and their culture...stay away from the trolleys as the men offer them to you and expect money for it and it you dont give them money they will hassle you until you do or they just simpley wont give you a trolley.but soon we began to realise that it is the only way they know as it is how they were brought up so when you arrive at the airport please dont be put off as the hotel definately makes up for it!!
We arived at Le Meridian Makadi Bay at 11 o clock at night and got fed as soon as we got their once we had told them that we were hungry which we were quite impressed with.
The food we found in the Aladdin Restaurant(buffet)was very good...there was alot to choose from and the desserts were endless!overall we were very impressed with the food.
We went on two excursions...safari quad bikes in the dessert and a submarine trip in Hurghada. The quad bike trip was deffinately worth the money...we were picked up from out hotel and taken to the quad bike centre(literally in the middle of nowhere in the dessert!).We got wrapped up in a traditional egyption head scarfs and a group of about 100 of us all went of across the dessert until we were met by Bedouin people(natives who live in the dessert)and tents where we were fed.whilst we were there we rode camels!!...and stood on the top of a mountain to watch the sunset.the whole trip was very good...we were filmed the whole way which means you get a dvd to watch when you go home and if you do go on this trip i advise you to take warm clothing as we went back in pitch black and it gets very cold in the dessert at night!!
The room was spotless when we arrived and the room boy(as their culture does not allow women workers in the hotel) came everyday to keep it spoteless..he certinately did a good job of it, also he made patterns with out pyjamas!! We had plenty of hot water and couldn't ask for more..we also gave our room boy a tip everyday of 1 dollar..its not alot of money but means so much to them..it is deffiantely worth tipping them.
Overall the holiday was very memorable and we would love to go back and the one thing that made the whole holiday was the animation team...they are so friendly and funny and would do anything to help you...they do all their entertainment on the beech in the day and in the Dockers bar at night at about 9:30, we got really friendly with them and the more you talk to them the more they give back to you,they are just such amazing people...a big hello to Franco who made us cry every night with laughter, MoMo, Hassan, Mezzo and everyone else who made our holiday very enjoyabe and memorble...we hope to see you all very soon.
Finally we would like to say..ignore all the bad reviews about this hotel...it is just a big culture shock that you have to accept...afterall the egyptions probably wouldnt like the way that we live either.
we hope this review was of some help.
From kevin, heather, james and lucy.
A week is enough
Just returned from a week at Le Meridien. Hotel is rated 5* star, but when compared to Malaysian hotels its more like a 3*. quite impressive to look at with good standards of cleanliness, nice rooms but the staff at dinner never seemed to be particlarly cheerful, clearing table when your still eating; food gets a bit samey after a couple of days. all inclusive does not include all restaurants or activities. excellent reef snorkeling off the beach, if you dont mind the intermittent booming PA system/dj/ music. hotel entertainment 'animation' coming to your sun lounger, trying to persuade you to- volleyball, aerobics, aquagym, belly dancing etc. gets a bit tiresome several times a day, everyday. staff can be a bit abrupt. do not leave your wife/girlfriend alone; men can be overfriendly/ rude. after midnight the staff take your glasses pour your drinks into plastic cups! couldnt believe it. pool is largest in middle east, looks fantastic, just a shame its too cold to enjoy! made some good friends which made the holiday.would we go again? no. back to asia for us.
definitely not 5 star
Although the hotel is billed as five star.. it is far from it. It does have all the facilities required for 5 star status, i.e. gym, pool, laundry etc... but the food was below average, the facilities were stretched - the sailing boats were inoperative, and assistance from the front desk and concierge were non existence. However the staff were very friendly although relatively useless.
Just got back from the Grand Makadi and what an amazing time we've had!
The hotel is in Makadi Bay, which is a quieter part about a 20-25mins drive away from Hurghada. If you want a relaxing holiday this is the place to come to.
Staff were excellent very helpfull, and the food on offer was outstanding as we went on AI basis!
We stayed in a junior suite which was very roomy and to a very high standard.
We weren't aware at the time of booking that the Makadi Palace, its sister hotel is on the same complex, which means that you can use the facilities at both hotels. There are 10 restaurants/Bars so there is a lot of choice, whether you want to go buffet style or use the al a carte restaurants and order from the menu. The Thai Restaurant at the Palace was our favourite and try the crepes in the afternoon at the palace pool bar gorgeous!!!
We didn't go to the bars, but there's 2 and I think one turns into a night club but think its all low key. You can use the AI in all bars until midnight appart from the Lobby Bar.
Hotel is right on the beach, we did find it quite windy but majority of the loungers have a wind guard around them so you can sunbathe fine.
Snorkelling was really good, your best to go on the righter side of the hotels beach... and if you wait till the afternoon the tide goes out, making it easier to get into the sea! Coral Reef and fish were amazing, make sure you've got a waterproof camera!
If you need a cash machine or need to use the internet the Meridian which is about 30 mins walk away on the beach (Right of the hotel) has these facilities, and its a really lovely walk.
We did a couple of trips while we were there... quad biking in the desert included a camel ride and went to a bedoin village, and went to Cairo to see the Pyramids which was really really tiring, but glad I went.
I'd definatly go back to the Grand Makadi again.
Well where can i start?! The hotel Le Meridien is one of the best hotels my family and I have ever been to! There are loads of things to do for all the family! The beach is gorgeous, you cant get a better sea. The red sea is one of the best places to go and see the fish! Its great! The horse riding is great but make sure you go with a group, not on your own!
The animation team are fab, they keep you active all the time. All the Egyptians are really friendly, they help you with everything, they love the english!
Overall i recommend this hotel to any person of any age! Dont listen to all the bad reports, there not true! This place is amazing and you'd be silly not to visit it!! We loved it so much, we're all going back this March 2006!
A 5* Le Meridien Hotel, it is not!!
I work in the Travel Industry, so this 'review' is honest and to the point!
My partner and I stayed from 3-10/2/06, All Inclusive. It is a large complex, encompassing a very large free-form swimming pool. The main Reception area is very 5*, with a grand marble staircase and lobby bar.
It is a few minutes walk from Reception, to the Beach area. There are several 'eateries' between the Hotel and the Beach, but cost 'extra' if you are on All Inc. The Fish restaurant by the pool is VERY expensive, even with a 50% discount offered.
The main Aladdin Restaurant, where everyone eats is fantastic. The food is buffet-style and the selection changes daily. There is a huge array of food, both cold and hot; the puddings are especially tasty. I was worried about coming to Egypt, where food was concerned, but I have to say there was nothing to worry about here; it was excellent. Service is also efficient. For EURO 5 extra, you could eat in the Prince Karim restaurant, although the selection isn't too varied and in my opinion, not a patch on the Aladdin.
At 10.30 every morning, the days activities began; there was always something going on, if you were interested, or you could just laze on the Beach or by the Pool. The sandy beach wasn't too wide and wasn't too soft, either. It was the best beach along the coast, however, because the neighbouring Hotels' beaches' were very stony and also had oil stains from moored boats. There are the obligatory Camel and Horse rides and also boat trips available.
Now, thats the good bits, lets move on to the bad bits!
The accommodation left a lot to be desired. We were in Room 8611, which was at the back of the Hotel. The rooms in these 6 blocks are obviously for people who have booked 'cheapie' last minute deals and don't deserve the better Hotel rooms. The room was very spartan, with no tea/coffee facilities and the light switch kept on losing its outer covering, exposing wires! The glass shelves underneath the TV had jagged, very sharp edges. There was no clock/radio or even a directory of Hotel services/telephone menu either. The Bathroom was something else: rusty plug that did not fit the sink or the bath; cracked marble around the sink; loose/missing grouting around the bath/shower area; wonky shower head; stains around the toilet and cistern; limescale stains around the pipes/drains; cheese-grater towells! Add to this an awful sewerage smell and you get the general picture.
We did complain to Guest Relations, but they said no more rooms were available, even though the Hotel was only 25% full!
I have stayed at 3 Le Meridien Hotels (Seychelles, London and Phuket) and this one has to be the worst. This is certainly a 5* on the surface, but underneath it is more like a 3* at best, which is a shame because the food was excellent. I will not be coming back to this Hotel.
Please guys tell me things about LE MERIDIEN MAKADI BAY RESORT or the HOSTMARK HOTEL in HURGHADA !!
I wasin Hurghada last year and it,s so great but i didn,t know for the la meridien i stay in La basha resort it,s new and good and you have Hilnana near of it and they are in a good street so you can shop near of them but for your hotels i think that they are little far from mail tourist street .
last minute planning of trip to egypt
I really need VT help on this one, A group of friends and I booked a package holiday that used XL airlines which has recently gone bankrupt. We were due to travel on the 21st of October from London to Sharm el Sheik and now are facing the cancelation of our trip. Does anyone know of any good deals to anywhere Egypt for 6 to 7 nights for 400 pounds from London England.We wanted to go to Sharm but will have to be flexible about the location.
Re: last minute planning of trip to egypt
wait a couple of weeks and buy a last minute/second on net
Hurgada/ElQuseir are usually cheaper than Sharm
Re: last minute planning of trip to egypt
Can anyone recommend any websites I should check?
Re: last minute planning of trip to egypt
http://www.lastminute.com for my experience is trustable, I did buy from them twice, everything was all right and it was written.
Re: last minute planning of trip to egypt
Hi! Sorry to hear about your bad luck with XL, why don't you try booking with Easyjet from Gatwick to Sharm, you might be able to get a good deal last minute. Take a look at their website, hope you make it to Egypt! Good luck!
Re: last minute planning of trip to egypt
I have looked at easyjet flights and they cost more than what we paid for our entire vacation since now seats are at a premium
Re: last minute planning of trip to egypt
Yes, flights to Egypt are very expensive these days! In Februari 2008 I was able to book a flight from Brussels to Cairo with Alitalia for 207 Euro's all in. But now all flights to Cairo are over 400 Euro's.
I don't know but if you can book a cheap flight to Amsterdam-The Netherlands you can get cheap prices to Egypt with a Dutch organisation called Sky Tours:
They have offers to Egypt that might interest you:
Hurghada: 5* Le Meridien Makadi Bay, Half board: 399 Euro = 266 GBP
Sharm el Sheikh; 5* Prima Life Sharm Resort, All Incl.: 449 Euro = 300 GBP
Taba: 5* Sonesta Beach Resort, AI: 399 Euro = 266 GBP
El Gouna: 4* Panorama Resort, AI: 449 Euro = 300 GBP
Nuweiba: 4* Hilton Nuweiba Resort, AI: 499 Euro = 333 GBP
Dahab: 3* Daniela Village, HB: 399 Euro = 266 GBP
Good luck, Dora.
Re: last minute planning of trip to egypt
thanks for that, I will check it out.
Le Meridian, Hurghada
My family and I are booked to stay at Le Meridian Hotel, Hurghada in June of this year and are unsure as to wether we need to take cash, travellers cheques or if there is a Cash point available at the hotel. Can anyone help please?
RE: Le Meridian, Hurghada
The are many ATM machines in hurghada. You can also exchane money from the airport or the city. Meridian is fine and you will have fun in Hurghada.