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I arrived just after sunset. Flying over the desert was an experience. I have flown over parts of Egypt before, but never exactly landed there. Hurghada is a tourists spot that attracts Europeans such as Germans, Russians and British. I spent 4 nights in a lovely resort that was all-inclusive. Everything was included in the price, therefore i did not have to ...
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Great for chillin-but be prepared!
I've just had a great week chilling out with my friend and my son at this hotel. Yes-you need to be aware that all inclusive in egypt is not the same as the caribbean. Freshly squeezed juice is constantly beilng peddled at an extra charge, there are no in-between meal snacks (other than the delicious sandwiches, cakes and pancakes in the afternoon),ice cream is not included and you can only use certain bars in the all inclusive package. Also, you often get people hassling you abit-trying to get you to go to the oriental night (extra charge), book for the a la carte restaurant (extra charge) etc etc. This did not spoil our holiday and if you are prepared for all this before you go, then you'll have a great time.
I cannot comprehend people moaning about the food as there was such a massive choice-always meat being cooked on the BBQ (chops,chicken,burgers etc), always at least 1 roasted joint of meat, always a fish dish, fresh pasta and sauces being cooked, varieties of rice,loads of salads, vegetables and tons of cakes and desserts. This was both for lunch and dinner.
But if you are abit fussy and fancy beans on toast (sad, but it happens), then just speak to one of the reataurant managers, they are very helpful and accommodating.
The hotel was spotless, but very large and spread out-so much so that there were tuk tuks outside reception to transport you to your room if you were in one of the dune rooms.The staff were brilliant. The snorkelling just by the hotels own beach was great. We went to Makadi centre once, but there wasn't enough there for us to go back again.
The entertainment was a bit odd to say the least, but caused afew giggles.
We went to downtown hurghada which was full of hassle,but that was the only time we actually felt we were in Egypt.
All in all it was good value for money and we had a fantastic time.
Not so all inclusive !!
Just got back from Le-Meridian Makadi BAy, ??? 5* no way, maybe a good 3*, Food was not up to much and definately not what we were expecting, it was mostly barely warm ,not hot, DEFINATELY German/eastern european orientated and absolutely Not for children, The All inclusive label is a joke, no ice cream ,only certain bars in certain restaurants at certain times, very complicated,The hotel itself is really very good, all rooms clean,tidy and well presented. the pool is fantastic but had a few problems like a metal expansion joint in the middle of the pool which was broken and the jagged edges would take a toe off if you caught your foot on it also a lot of the tiles were broken in this area and were razor sharp !! the organised shuttle bus into Hurghada is a joke also, it takes you to a really dodgy part of the old town and you get forced into a shop which is allied to the hotel for "instruction" then you are let out into the rabble of shop keepers outside, very intimidating ,especially for women.whilst we were there approx 45% of guests of the hotel had some sort of illness, mainly the runs and sickness although the rep denied there was a problem?? the beach is spotless and the snorkling 20mtrs out is really good for watching fish, the water is crystal clear although on windy days it does get a little cloudy. the Hotel shops are VERY EXPENSIVE although a 10 min walk to Makadi Centre shops and the prices are very resonable, about a 1/3rd of hotel prices but you must haggle.All in all to sumarise ,a really good place to chill out without kids, night life non existant, weather fantastic, pool great, sea fantastic, hotel itself really good let down by food and a few maintainance problems, but at 1200 on the day of your departure you become a "was a guest" and staff no longer want to know you, once your all inclusive finishes it's bye bye see you sometime,......staff attitude changes completely, try getting a drink and paying for it ??and getting change after paying with Egyptian pounds, "sorry sir i have no change" oh really ???
Please please don't be put off by other reviews
Having read a number of negative reviews after booking this holiday, we were more than nervous about what we would find at the hotel on arrival and at one point, even considered cancelling.
I am SO pleased we didn't. The hotel, resort, service, accommodation, weather, staff and overall holiday were excellent and far exceeded what we had hoped even before reading the negative reviews.
It is possible that in high season some of the service may be stretched a little but as an out of season luxurious holiday, this hotel and resort cannot be beaten
No way 5* (hope u love russians)
Just returned from a week at this hotel. Its billed as 5*, but having been in numerous 5* hotels, this one certainly isn't. More like a reasonable 3*.
The story we were told was that the hotel had been recently sold and was allowed to trade under the meridien name for a year afterwards, but the original standards and levels of service were obviously not being maintained.
Talking to other guests, some had stayed at other meridien hotels and were of the same opinion, that this one was well below what they expected, even for egypt.
We dived at the 'campus' scuba school. Its more expensive than going offsite but otherwise was ok. It should be mentioned that a couple of the guides were somewhat inattentive and a couple of friends ended up coming back with no/little air on various occasions which shouldn't be allowed to happen. This is a shame as the school seemed fine and even give out free nitrox 32 to try to improve dive safety. If you like night diving, check out Ines (photo nutter but she runs a v. good night dive).
Service was slow in the hotel with numerous staff stood around talking while customers sat waiting. Of the bars, I'd recommend the sunset bar as this was quietest.
Watch out early in the mornings as they 'fertilise' the local plants and grass with what smells suspiciously like the contents of the sewage system from the night before.
Other staff were generally fine, but seemed let down by the hotel management.
By far the most offputting thing was the number and rudeness of the large russian section of the customer base. I don't know if this is typical of the region but there were quite a lot and were as a rule, rude, arrogant and pushy. If you are between a russian and the cake bar, get out of the way :-)
The pool was lovely but far too cold to swim in at this time of year (the sea was wamer). There was also plenty of room round the pool but the beach was a little more packed with some teutonic tourists spotted putting out towels at 5am in the morning to get the best spot nearest the sea!
The evening entertainment was an old man playing an organ in the foyer for a couple of hours. A curiosity for the first night but very annoying after hes gone through his list of 5 songs for the umpteenth time.
The pool and table tennis tables were great entertainment for kids, but you have to pay to rent the ball. Also they provided two playstations which you can rent.
We flew with Air Atlanta and paid 100 uk pounds per person for the upgrade to what they call first class. The rep. at Gatwick told us that this wuld be for both ways and all we had to do is show our coupon for the outbound journey at the return check in. They alledgedly fax your details ahead to Hurghada airport. However it seems that despite repeated instructions to check-in staff this is not being adhered to. We were put on the upper deck of a 747 (an old 200 model) which is just a mirror of the seats in economy below. We mentioned to the cabin crew when we boarded that we had not got our allocated seats that we had paid for and they undertook the difficult task of moving 10 passengers around. Apparently this happens regularly. The air crew on the flight were great about sorting the problem. This appears to be an instance of poor local ground handling staff. Dont stand for any of the rubbish the ground crew give you and make sure you get what you paid for.
Le Meridien, Makadi Bay - unfair reviews II
After reading all the web reviews I could find, it was with some trepidation that we arrived at Le Meridien, Makadi Bay on April Fools Day. Panorama Holidays (AI). I shall never be tempted to read Trip Advisor again.
So - reception - fast and efficient, porterage to room - excellent. Dune room - the best I have ever stayed in (Amsterdam Hilton move into second place). The food - yes a bit the same each day but such a choice that you could try a different 'main' each day (the Egyptian dishes were first rate especially the Foule at breakfast) and the BBQ, salads and freshly baked breads were excellent. The (AI) bars were fine, we used the Docker, tipped about 10% of what the round would cost in the UK and soon found ourselves being shown to the best table, getting generous measures and receiving fast service.
The pool was cold (21C.), but the sea was warm (24-26C.) and the shade temperature 28-32C., it was quite windy on a few days but the sun shone for 13 hours each day! The beach is great and probably the best in MB (have a look at those at some of the more expensive hotels!) and no problem getting a prime location sun-bed spot before 9.30am.
Tips - No. 1 take Euros and Egyptian pounds., if you have been to an Egyptian tourist destination before forget the shops, try the cocktails (£2 each!) and the icecreams and ignore some of the rubbish written about this resort.
A nice week at makadi bay
We have just returned from the La meridien Makadi Bay and we are really satisfied with it. We were with friends and with 3 small children together and we had unfortunatly not really good weather (the wind was too strong), but the service vas O.K., the employees was wery kind and loved the children. We liked the food, it vas varied and delicious. The rooms were big and nice, but it's fact that at first our friend's room was too far from us and from everything and we had some discussion at the reception. After a day they changed their room, and this second one was next to ours and it was a really nice place. (We had Dunee rooms, but close to the main building.) So, in spite of the weather we have spent a great week there, tried the horse and camel riding, ate calamaris and shrimps in the fish restaurant(nobody had diarrhoea), made great walks on the beach, and took sunbath e.t.c.
we have just returned after a week at this hotel and we found it fine.
please remember with over 1000 rooms many thousands of people will visit each year and only a few ever report back- usually because they have had an unfortunate experience or expectations were not met?
however we have holidayed in the Menorca, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Grand Hyatt Bali, Namibia etc etc. I was worried about the reports here and even tried to change the hotel before we went on these reports!
so here is my HONEST experience of Le meridien Makadi bay.
- huge hotel - the biggest i have stayed in 1100 rooms 60% full last week. i imagine it may get a bit busy in july / august. however it seemed only 20% occupied it is so big.
we never queued for food and the half price restaurants were empty!
only costs about £3 per head if you have a meal on "all inclusive".
- the grounds are beautiful and clean, the kids loved the crazy golf eveyday on the way back to the room, - they said it was the best manicured course they had played!
pool too cold to swim in this week. (but in summer it would be gorgeous)
- sea was a bit chilly at first but then was great after a few minutes - great little house reef 30 metres off the beach.
evenings - entertainment team were great - typical "all inclusive in house team" if you have been to these nightly shows before.
but not that sophisticated as you might find at the HILTON london! -
we have been "all inclusive " in the carribean as we have two children and it suits us, the entertainment was aimed at them and they loved it - all finished at 11.30 - 12.00am
- a disco opens after this but we never went - be aware "ALL INCLUSIVE " ends after 12.00am - so a bailys & ice will cost you £4.50 then!
- food is typical for an "african all inclusive" - it was the same in the carribean, plenty of variety, but fairly "same-ish" inc, a pasta chef, or Omlette chef, a great barbeqeue at the side with a little bedouin woman (probably the owners wife) making fresh hot naan bread in a clay oven next to it- i loved this type of food and having naan kebabs with salad is a must!.
The food is not UK standard or but is it ever when you go abroad? - but we had no compliants at all and the waiter service was fantastic.
- we did the luxor trip - best decision we made was book via the guy on the beach (works freelance for the hotel and competes against the tour opertors excursions in the hotel), we got a private 10 seater minibus with aircon between 4. - only done 20,000 kms on the clock -loads of space and own driver. incuded was a guide for the 2 days in luxor who would fit the tour to suit us - which we did. he was a great guide and no need to worry!
We asked to upgrade the hotel from a 3 star one near the nile- to the le meridien luxor 5 star! - with a room with a nile view! (itis actually on the nile and you can get river taxis , from the edge of the swimming pool). paid a little extra but fantsatic hotel. we ate their in the evening.
first day they took us to a typical buffet restaurant where the bus loads of tourists in cheaply- it was rubbish! i insisted next day we go down town luxor to a nice quality restaurant which is typical egyptian food ? WOW! we had a liitle restaurant and it was great ate like a king and it costs peanuts!
(we always try this when abroad and never fail to have great local dishes at a typical loacl restaraunt, where as the average tourist never strays from the muck they will try and give you!) - he might get mugged!! -
he is being!
get a taxi from the hotel (£6) to "Sharm El Nage" reputedly the best private beach on the hurgahda coast! it takes 25 mins and costs a nominal £5 per person to enter.
it has a beach bar, pool, and shade but it has the best reef in hurgahada literally 2 foot from the beach . the kids snorkelled in amzaement as it was like being in a marine aquarium. I had a lesson on scuba diving and this was unbelievable!
understand that this is expected- they have NO social security in these African countries and a lot of people make a living by tips alone!
Even the guy sat outside the public loos, doesn't get a wage but by virtue of cleaning the lavs after you etc he hopes you give him 10p (£1 Egyptian)!
some tourists feel this is begging but it is the way of life in Africa, it doesn't take a lot -just 10-20p max is alot to these people and gets you service! especially if you want a bit of extra service at the show at night - make sure you tip the waiter descretely!
but hope this helps!
Would we go again?
Makadi: the worse Le Meridien
We went three times to this hotel in 2002 and 2003. It was perfect.
The Manager was a French genleman who was taking care of the
We went back last month (Dec 2004) and it was a shame.
Before food was good. now it's cold and restaurant is dirty and full.
Before staff care abiut guest (I imagine that they were supervised),
now nobody cares and they laugh on you when you complain.
I stayed many times in different Le Meridien but this one is even
less good than a 2 stars hotel.
I heard that now it is a franchise and Le Meridien doesn't control it anymore but just take fees. I don't know if it is the reason, but either it is true or not, this hotel is a shame.
Worst Le Meridien Hotel in the world
We stayed one week (7 November -> 14 November 2004) and we were very disappointed. We know Le meridien hotels very well and what they represent, but this was really outrageous. It was unworthy for Le Meridien Hotels. Reception Desk is an accumulation of the most incompetent and rude people. They make you queue for hours to get a NO before you've even asked what you wanted to ask. General cleanness: 0. Food: 0. Service: 0. We took the all-in formula, but you have to walk around with your paper all the time in order to try to find oud what you can get where at what time. Almost nothing is included and if you want to eat a bit more decent, you have to pay extra... Mainly Russian tourists. Also a lot of Germans and Austrians.
Just returned from a disappointing week at Le Meridien in Hurghada. Have stayed at Le Meridien hotels worldwide (the one in Cairro is excellent) and been to Egypt many times but this was easily the worst hotel. 1 hour wait at check-in, hotel overbooked so not given the upgraded room we had paid for for 2 days. Hotel is advertised as 5 star - no way. We had a reasonable room and had gone all inclusive but food was awful. On AI you could only eat in 1 restaurant without paying extra and it was terrible. People queued for tables 30 minutes before restaurant opened as you could not get a seat otherwise. The buffet was like being in a rugby scrum as people pushed and shoved to get to the food. If you waited to eat later, there was nothing left! OK, it was a school holiday in Europe so it was a busy time but the hotel advertises itself as having 800 rooms, when in fact there are nearly 1100. Imagine this ammount of people all fighting for dinner at once!
Clientelle consists of mostly Russians, followed by German, then French and British. All the French we spoke to were demanding a refund. It seems the French management pulled out back in May - I'm not surprised as Le Meridien usually have an excellent reputation.
Went on 2 excursions arranged by the hotel - mistake. Book with one of the tour reps instead. Hotel tours are cheaper but poor. We booked a private mini bus with air conditioning to visit Luxor. The hotel said it was a 3 hour drive. 5 hours later in a bone shaker with no A/C was murder.
Everyone we met had been sick including 4 out of our party of 7. There is a clinic on site and people were queueing up to be charged 150 euros to be put on a drip. They said it was too much sun but no way.
On the plus side, the staff do their best to help and are friendly and there is an excellent house reef, teaming with fish, just off the beach, but we paid a lot of money for this package - we could have gone to the Caribbean for the same price - and no way was it worth it.