The hotel is located some way out of the centre of Cairo, actually in Giza so is absolutely ideal for the pyramids but journeys into the centre of Cairo are long, worsened by the horrendous Cairo traffic. Our journey for the airport took an hour on a “quiet”, weekend day so independent transfers would be expensive. On arrival, it is obvious the hotel offers good quality accommodation and service. Private balconies overlooking the pyramids afford you the pleasure of being able to sit and stare at wonders of the world (try room service for dinner on the balcony). Very spacious, well appointed. clean rooms with giant beds, international channels on the widescreen TV, free safety box, tea and coffee making facilities (you have to ask room service for milk). Bathrooms are large, very clean and exceptionally well appointed with a range of toiletries. Very well kept gardens and a large swimming pool for post-excursion relaxation. Staff were all very friendly and welcoming. We had a very early flight on our last day and were given a packed breakfast.
Breakfast was very good, full range of cooked and continental food on offer, including a good range of Egyptian food. The hotel and breakfast room are busy but this was not too much of a problem. We tried the Indian Restaurant one evening where a meal for two cost £96 including wine. This was probably the best Indian food we have eaten outside of India. Booking is advisable/essential and, whilst there is a 12.5% service charge on the bill, tipping was still expected. Other meals were taken in the main restaurant and I was pleased to be able to sample Egyptian meals which seem to pander to vegetarians. Makes a change from more Americanised foods served in other hotels.
Evening entertainment was limited to a live quartet in the bar but this was enough for us, having been out all day. Always really enjoyed that “Ice Cold In Alex” moment coming back into the hotel after a long, hot and dusty excursion. Cocktails in the bar proved a pleasant way of spending the evening and we got used to the bowls of mixed nuts, pita crisps etc
Try the hotel tour, you may be lucky enough to be an honoured “special” guest in the Montgomery suite – say no more!
There is a bank on site which will change large notes for small. In general, tipping seemed to be on an as you go basis, rather than a communal tip at the end, so this facility was useful. Stock up on £10 Egyptian notes as these were very useful for tipping guides at various sites and hotel staff.
The slight down sides of this hotel are a) the surrounding area does not offer any distractions and is not the sort of area you would sit out and watch the world go by – not so much a matter of safety, just rather grimy. Having said that, the hotel and is grounds are so nice, you would not really want to go out; b) the hotel is run by the Oberoi company and has all the marks of an Oberoi but does not quite live up to the standards of say, the Oberoi in Agra but is still pretty good; and c) whilst there are shops on site, these offer limited stocks of purchases, souveniers and memorabilia and I would not rely on them to provide all of your shopping needs.
Many rooms do not have views of the pyrmaids, ask for a room that does, preferably on the 3rd floor...
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