I stayed here for one night as a stop-over ahead of my flight home to the UK - the airport isn't far from Cairo international airport.
My basic take is this is a place for business NOT for tourists. If you're heading to Cairo to see the sights DO NO STAY HERE (I'll explain more below).
Basically, this place is in the middle of nowhere, and I get the impression because of this reason people think they can charge you what they like to get there! On arrival at the airport - I arrived from Luxor - the limo company at the airport tried to charge me 140 Egyptian Pounds to travel no more than 6km. The same company had previously charged me 90 pounds to travel at least twice as far "I know it's close, but that's the price Sir".
Forget it - I haggled a better price outside the airport - 90 Egyptian (still a lot). BTW - if you take the 'haggle' route make it EXTRA clear that you are travelling to the Mirage City Marriott NOT the Zamalek Marriott. I think it's a common con/mistake for them to drive you all the way to Zamalek, then you find out it's the wrong hotel, then they charge you more to take you to the same hotel.
Anyway ... the hotel itself: it's definitely very big. The room was decent, mine was apparently 'deluxe' and I think this meant I had a decent view over the golf course. The room was pretty big, as was the balcony. It was clean, not particularly modern in style - but not old. It's very well maintained, big bathroom with separate bath and shower. The staff were really nice, friendly, and helpful, too.
I didn't get to try the restaurants or other facilities such as the gym etc as my stay was so fleeting, but I'd be interested to know what the prices as like to eat there, as I got a sense this place is a money trap due to being in the middle of nowhere.
For example, to use the internet in my room, it would cost me 70 Egyptian Pounds for ONE HOUR - over twelve dollars! If you wanted it for a week, the listed price that came up on my computer was 750 Egyptian - over 120 dollars!
So, needless to say, I didn't use their internet access. Still, the hotel was fine for my purpose - a place to sleep before catching my flight home to the UK (if on the expensive side - but the other airport hotels seems to have such bad reviews I took the hit).
Still, I did find out the hotel runs a free shuttle bus to the airport, which runs on the hour and half hour - saves on expensive taxis. I imagine you could arrange to be collected form the airport, too - for free. Give them a call before you stay.
I think this place is probably good for corporate travellers, and I think much of the clientele there were businessmen. There seemed to be a lot to do in terms of hosting corporate guests, lots of restaurants, going to play golf etc etc.
If you're a tourist, my advice is DO NOT STAY HERE. You're not remotely close to any of the sights, and it will cost you a fortune travelling back and forth. Even if you're on an arranged tour, I still wouldn't go for it, as you will still have a lot of travelling to do, when you could be staying much closer to the centre of the city.
If you're a tourist, and want to stay in a Marriott in Cairo, go for the one in Zamalek (Marriott Cairo Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino) - it's a really nice hotel, and is very central, and a great place to use as a base for your sightseeing.
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