My daughter had been studying in Cairo for almost a year, so a friend and I (American women in our 50's) recently joined her in Cairo for several days. We chose this hotel because it was near her apartment building and also because it received excellent reviews. We weren't disappointed. Excellent, friendly, and helpful staff, nice business center, free Wi-Fi, beautiful spa, and very nice pool with outdoor café, plenty of lounge chairs and several cabanas, and a decent play area for children. Besides the outdoor café (where we ordered an excellent dinner of fish and rice one evening), there's an Asian restaurant, indoor café for a quick sandwich and desserts, and yet another restaurant/club with indoor/outdoor dining & live entertainment where you can get pizzas, etc. into the wee hours. You can purchase wine and other alcoholic beverages at any of the food outlets. They also serve a wonderful full breakfast buffet-style...it's huge with omelets made to order, numerous other hot dishes (including at least two kinds of sausages & French toast) and another table laden with fruit, cheeses, meats, and pastries. Check out the huge slice of honeycomb near the toast...amazing! The desserts in the lobby café are incredible. The sweet and sour chicken in the Asian restaurant was quite good and the spring rolls were quite possibly the BEST I've ever had. The lobby of this hotel is beautiful and has multiple seating areas. There's a piano player in the evening, a full-service travel/tour agent available, and a small bank outlet where you can change money, plus two small gift shops. We stayed two separate times over the course of 12 days, and both times our rooms were very nice with a stocked mini-fridge, complimentary coffee, tea and water, and a new TV. Very clean. The A/C worked great and water pressure was very good. The beds seemed small by American standards; larger than a twin, but smaller than full-size? Definitely not queen-sized. We each had our own bed; two large people would find sharing one bed fairly uncomfortable, I would think. They were very comfortable, however. Elevators were plentiful and we never waited long. At some point during our stay, the staff called our room just to make sure we were satisfied with everything. This hotel is located in Dokki, Giza near the pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Citadel, and it's a short cab ride to the opera and the Nile, where you'll find a plethora of nice restaurants and can cruise up and down the Nile on a felucca (they're so beautiful at night!). You'll always find plenty of taxis waiting outside and most drivers speak English quite well. Taxis are reasonable and have meters (make sure you ask before you get in if your taxi has a meter; if the driver doesn't have one, or says its broken, get another cab). A one-way ride in a taxi to the airport should cost about $25 to $30 U.S. If you find yourself longing for something American, Pizza Hut and McDonalds are just around the corner, or get a cab to Grizzlies' 50's Diner & Mrs. Field's cookies. Also right across the street is a pharmacy and another popular restaurant called Cilantros. One more thing: it's a very short walk (about 3 blocks) to the metro (subway) station. You can ride for one Egyptian pound and it will take you directly to the Giza train station if you're wanting to take the night train to Luxor. It's also easy to reach the Cairo Museum (with it's fabulous display of King Tut's treasures) on the Metro; it drops you about a block away. We rode the metro several times and never had a problem (there are several cars reserved for women, which is nice). I should add that though this hotel is near a major street (where you catch the Metro), it's on a quieter side-street. Our rooms were very quiet, though it is possible to faintly hear the regular Islamic call to prayer, as you will all over Egypt. Seems as though many businessmen from around the world stay here, as well as families. As American women traveling alone, we felt absolutely safe and most welcome here and in this neighborhood. We highly recommend this hotel and would definitely stay here again!
Room 315...overlooking the pool and right off the elevator, but very quiet. Room 326...at the end of...
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