I stayed in the Concorde and the hotel was wonderful. But I had a terrible experience with the taxicabs that are allowed by hotel management to pick up guests. I wanted to see the Pyramids. I asked the concierge for a taxicab and I told him to drive me to the Pyramids. Instead the driver took me to a crime-mafia infested village beside the Pyramids and delivered me to his mafia boss. It was a scary experience to see the cab intercepted a number of times at the entrance to the village by thugs. The driver utters the name of the mafia boss and the thugs let us proceed. I found myself with my wife in a very precarious situation. I was asked for 1000 pounds for a carriage tour of the Pyramids that I didn't really want. I didn't know if I could have refused or what would have been the consequences if I did. In this village you feel in real danger. There was no sign of the police or authorities. I played it safe by bargaining the boss down to 800 pounds, but I couldn't understand how can the hotel allow a taxicab connected to such schemes pick up hotel guests? Only taxicabs registered with the hotel are allowed to pick up guests. The carriage was extremely uncomfortable and was driven against the traffic in the major Pyramids road, which was the only way to exit the village to the real Pyramids. If you want to see the pyramids be aware of this taxicab scheme. Tell the concierge that you don't want to be driven to Nazlet El Samman, where the mafia resides. Taxi driver name was Mahmoud Al Samman. He bragged that the village was his birthplace.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the fashionable suburb of Heliopolis , 10 minutes from Cairo International airport , 10 minutes from the Cairo International Conference center and 25 minutes from the city center with courtesy hotel shuttle.Georgian Style hotel of architecture boasting all leisure facilities including tennis courts, glazed squash courts , equestrian club & business center . 320 spacious rooms with 18 suites and 14 individual pool side rooms , Executive floor including business advantage rooms, Executive lounge and butler service. All rooms & public areas have broadband internet access with free WI FI technolgy,IP telephone with voice mail, data port. All rooms with 32-Inch LCD TV. 11 fully equipped meeting rooms accommodating up to 500 people. All rooms feature the latest audiovisual equipment, fax and computer facilities. Fitness & Health Club fully equipped with cardio vascular equipment for total body workouts. The Spa" Sauna, Jacuzzi , hammam and professional massage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Concorde El Salam Cairo