We stayed here for the last two days of a long trip to Egypt. We chose the Fairmont Heliopolis because of its close proximity to the airport (it was a very quick trip for catching an early morning flight out of Cairo - 40 minutes from hotel door, through airport luggage checking and security, and into gate lounge!). The Lebanese restaurant we chose was very good at the hotel, all the staff were extremely courteous, and the room was the nicest we stayed in of any on our trip. Only downside, which we found to be common to all the hotels we stayed in in Egypt, and especially off-putting to some American travelers, is the ever-present smell of tobacco smoke in the lobby and common areas. We asked for a non-smoking table in one of the restaurants and got it; however, it was open to the lobby area and the smoke invaded our dining experience.