Went to the Sunrise Royal for a week in late January, weather was good, sunny about 21-24oC a slight cold wind sometimes, but temperatures dropped raidly when the sun set, so cold at nights . We chose this hotel as it had great reviews and overall it was good and the staff were excellent, most attentive. We flew cattle class on Thomas cook, leg room was worst I had ever experienced. On arriving in Hurghada the airport was a bit hostile with abrupt unfriendly airport staff. After a short transfer of around 30 minutes we arrived at the Sunrise and were warmly greeted, checked in and our bags taken to our room. Our room in block 31 was great, clean, Queen sized bed, A/C, TV, fridge, safe deposit, another bedroom with twin beds, good size bathroom and shower. Couple of things did let it down, such as badly fitting wardrobe doors, dirty net curtain, and leaking shower cubicle which in turn was rotting the skirting. There was a hair dryer but no iron, but a quick call to reception and one was in the room within minutes. Gardens were beautiful and immaculate.
There are 2 levels of all inclusive, normal (which we had as we took a late booking at half the brochure price), and Ultra which also entitles you to use the 7 a la carte restaurants and also gives you 5 branded spirits. We opted to pay for the a la carte meals as we wanted them at 120 Egyptian pounds per person per meal. Asian and Italian were great and mexican and Grill were OK however grill is outside so wrap up warm if you go winter months.
The main buffet restaurant was OK, a bit busy, but your on holiday so whats the rush. Food was always fine, well presented, hygene was excellent, but may not be to everyones taste and could be a bit boring, but saying that we always found something to enjoy.
Biggest let down were the swimming pools, which would be great in the summer, but are freezing in the winter. They do say 2 are heated, however this barely takes the chill off them, and you dont see many braving them in January. Beach was OK, nothing special, sandy with a few rocks. Plenty of free comfortable sun loungers on the beach and around the pools, with bars for a welcome drink. Once again staff were excellent, ordered 2 cokes the first day and next day he brought 2 cokes over and towels were laid out as soon as he saw us coming.
Did not bother much with the entertainment which I understand was a bit lame, but thats just our opinion, some enjoyed it.
To sum up, the hotel was good but not 5 star compared with for example the 4 star last year in Cuba. Numerous people did mention it was one of the best they had stayed in Egypt. Best point was the excellent staff, so reward them for their service. We used US dollars rather than £ coins as they can exchange these, however the hotel only encourages tipping in the communal tip boxes. Bad point was the freezing pools. Would I go again, probably not as there are plenty more places to go. Would I recommend it, yes but dont expect true 5 star.
- 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
- Sunrise Royal Makadi Bay