The drive up to the resort is rather alarming past various building sites. However, the hotel itself is very nice once you actually arrive. This is described as 5 star all inclusive, it is not 5 star and it is not fully all inclusive. The hotel, pools and beach are all very clean however the standard of room cleaning is quite poor. Our bathroom mirror and basin taps were not cleaned in a whole week, they were covered in smears and water droplets. The towels are very small and not at all soft. We paid extra for a late check-out and whilst we were at the beach the housekeeping staff removed all the towels, when we queried this we were told that we could have a shower at the spa!! Not much point in a late check-out, if you can't have a shower. The beach towels are often threadbare and almost bald.
If you want freshly squeezed juice for breakfast you pay extra for that, if you want a drink after 2300 thats also extra and if you order from the mobile cocktail trolley thats also extra so it not fully all-inclusive. The 3 a la carte restaurants are also an additional charge.
The evening entertainment is absolutely awful, very low standard and I really can't understand how the hotel manager allows the entertainment staff to carry on making such fools of themselves. Its really embarrassing and best avoided.
The pools are all lovely and kept very clean but they could do with a nice pool bar other than the swim up bars. They also need an area where you can have a quiet drink in the evenings to get away from the loud entertainment.
The food was probably the worst part of the holiday, its quite low quality and the same items served up night after night. It is most definitely not 5 star quality. The lunch served at the beach bar is even lower quality and I would steer well clear. there is no service as such, everything is self-service so don't expect to be waited on and spoilt.
Also a word of warning there are no tea spoons anywhere so if you see one hold onto it, we kept one spoon with us all the time and washed it ourselves. They are like gold dust.
We have stayed in lots of 5 star resorts and hotels and this is not a 5 star resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stella Di Mare Makadi Beach Resort & Spa is located in the prominent Makadi Bay area, on Egypt's beautiful Red Sea Riviera. Makadi is a peaceful bay with many opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. The semi-tropical climate makes this both a summer and winter resort. With its warm, healthy climate and the beauties of the coral reefs, this is a place to delight sun seekers and water sports enthusiasts alike. Makadi Bay is a convenient 25km south of Hurghada International Airport. The location makes it easy to access the town of Hurghada, and there are many other notable places of interest nearby, such as the island of Giftun, which is a Marine National Park, where desert and marine life are protected by law. In fact, much of the Red Sea area has a protected status. The Stella Makadi Resort & Spa is situated on a white sandy beach, and has a spectacular house reef very close by, which guests may use for snorkeling. In addition to the natural beauty of its setting, the resort has the advantage of many facilities and services to ensure a holiday that offers a wide choice of activities. There is a Spa and Health club, a shopping mall and a discotheque, to name just a few Stella Makadi Resort & Spa guests are assured of dedicated service, with all their needs taken care of in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stella Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay