Advertised as 5* 'Where luxury meets comfort'...yes the room was spacious, but quality lacking in everything; the beds were covered with plain white bedsheets giving the appearance of a hospital ward while the mattresses were so old that the ridge supposed to support the sides were on the top and not very comfortable to lie on. There was so much ice on the freezer part of the fridge that the door would not close properly. It was de-iced but the water was left pooled on the floor and inside the unit. Mould and rust in the bathroom and I think you have the picture. This hotel is vast - 500 or so rooms in the hotel proper and about 40 annexes, each with 26 room. I was in annex number 40 and they continued up to number 80 and there is not the staff to look after it properly.
Having said that, the foyer is magnificent with an elegant curved marble staircase and there is a 24hr bar staffed by lovely people and the coffee is very nice.
Let's move on to the main restaurant - the food is geared to western European tastes; don't expect roasts; fish in sauce and chicken in sauce were the staples with rice, pasta or potatoes in sauce to accompany. Lots of fresh salad and bread but butter only at breakfast time where you can find cold milk with the coffee and hot milk with the cereal - bizarre! Fresh orange juice is lovely and again the coffee is good. However, it was difficult to tell which blokes were the waiters [unless they were carrying plates] as they wore open necked shirts and looked like guests.
The staff were helpful especially during the 5 complaints that I made - leaking toilet, fridge door not closing, air con not working [twice] and no cold water in shower. There were several short power cuts also.
The majority of guests were Russian and German and I was the only Brit there, so no-one to talk to for 2 weeks but that's not the fault of the hotel, I went primarily for the snorkelling, and while the sandy beach was lovely, there were no fish due to the netting encompassing the bay to exclude swimmers from the boating area. All in all a very dismal place and not recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Egypt's spectacular Red Sea coast, TIA Height's large resort is ideally situated on a stretch of sandy beach in Makadi Bay. The hotel faces the magical waters of Egypt's Red Sea, nestled between desert dunes and breathtaking mountain ranges. The bay provides a superb location for scuba-diving and snorkeling. Built over 250,000 square metres (in a total surrounding area of one million square metres of land), this five star resort boasts an international standard Aqua Park, a 6,400 square metre swimming pool that is considered the largest pool in the Middle East. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tia Heights Makadi Hotel Makadi Bay
- Hurghada Le Meridien
- Meridien Makadi Bay
- Le Meridien Makadi Bay Hurghada