Le Meridien Pyramids was everything we expected from a 5 star hotel, or even more. Our 5 star experience started at Cairo airport. We had requested an airport pick-up and were greeted before customs by a specially assigned airport representative. This nice gentleman (I'm extremely sorry for forgetting his name) arranged our visa (4 for slightly less than EUR 50), escorted us through passport control through a shortcut and helping us with our bags and customs. Outside, we were awaited by our new best friend, Hany.
Hany is one of Le Meridien's chauffeurs. He and his minivan drove us safely and quickly through Cairo to Gizeh. Before being able to enter the hotel, we were carefully checked for explosives and the like.
After a quick check in we were escorted to our Deluxe Pyramids View (interconnected) rooms by Mohammed. Unfortunately is was far too dark to see the pyramids but the foresight of waking up with a view of them made our kids smile forever. The rooms are nicely redone with a great rain shower, very comfy beds and enough storage room to make your stay organised.
The following day Hany contacted us in a nice manner about our plans for the day. After a superb breakfast, he made arrangements for a camel ride to the pyramids, and the Egyptian museum the day after. The afternoons we spent at the pool drinking the best fresh lemon juices, enjoying the pyramids view and winding down. Staff was nice without hassling you all the time. It is quite clear that business is slow but the hotel has managed to prevent guests to suffer from it.
Of course there's a negative remark as well. As we had booked our rooms under the SPG family campaign our kids were entitled to a 50 percent room fee deduction and free meals of the main menu. Well, the 50 percent room deduction at first was unknown to the reception desk staff (until we showed the booking confirmation), as was the free meals in all restaurants we visited. So every time again we had to show the confirmation and rate details. Slightly annoying but hey, if that's all that we can say on the negative, the stay must have been a very pleasant one!
Wifi, by the way, is not available in the rooms, only in the public places for a very steep fee.
It was hard to leave this extraordinary place, splendid views and indulging experience. Should we return to Cairo, we will return to this hotel and very nice people!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located less than 1 Kilometer from the Great Pyramids of Giza, Sole survivors of the seven wonders of the World & Only 20 minutes from the City Center,this majestic resort brings you the World right at the Heart of Cairo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Giza
- Giza Le Meridien
- Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa Egypt/Giza