Just got back from an 8 night stay with my wife and son at the Pyramisa in the district of Dokki(pronounced Do-ee), Cairo. Initially I was slightly apprehensive about the booking I had made, as some of the reviews here are not that brilliant. I chose this hotel because it was considerably cheaper to stay there than at the likes of Hilton, Hyatt, Sofitel and Four Seasons. After a very pleasurable 5 hour flight on Egypt Air (brand new Airbus A330-300) we were picked up at the airport and brought to the hotel by the tour rep. I was quite taken aback at how bright and gleaming the lobby was. There was alot of activity in the lobby area, and this was at 9pm in the evening. Several restaurants were open and guests from all over the world were socialising with staff and eachother. We stayed at the hotel on a bed and breakfast basis and the breakfasts were always plentiful and varied. There was a high chair available for my son and were always offered a top up on tea and coffee. I have no regrets about staying at the Pyramisa and I would definitely do it again. We were given a room facing the pool, which is what I would recommend anyone else looking for a good nights sleep to do. The other "top notch" hotels are bang in the middle of noisy traffic. Behind the hotel you will find a very conveninent supermarket called "Soudi", a Pizza Hut, Mc Donalds, 24 hours Pharmacy and other interesting shops. The Goethe Institute is not too far from the hotel, which is witness to the fact that the hotel is located in a good area. I would advise any one staying at the hotel to explore the Dokki district behind the hotel. Its a really nice area. Just turn left out the hotel entrance and then left again!
Back to the hotel....well they polish the floors every night!!! There's an onsite bank, atm, hair salon, spa etc and if you are lucky to be at the hotel on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday you may even witness an authentic Egyptian wedding. The Pyramisa is an excellent hotel, so don't believe the negative hype. Staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome. My only gripe is the cost of internet use in their Business Centre....far too expensive. You'll find a much cheaper Net Cafe around the corner for just 4 Egyptian pounds for an hour. Beware of hotel taxis, they are more expensive than usual black and white ones. A trip to anywhere shouldn't cost more than 20 Egyptian pounds, unless you are going to the Pyramids (40 pounds). We were ripped off by a few taxis when we first arrived. I'd steer clear from the metered ones and just agree a price up front before you clamber aboard. If you make them put the meter on they will take you on a scenic route to squeeze every penny out of you. While in Egypt do try out Fish Market, Nile City and the Pharaohs Tour boat. All were fantastic. I wouldn't mind going back next year!
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