In a recent visit to Cairo we stayed at both the Sofitel El Gizhara (booked by us) and the Cairo Marriott (booked by the travel agency) in January 2013, when the city had very few tourists due to political tensions. The two hotels are located very close to each other and facilities are almost identical.
Compared to the Sofitel, the Cairo Mariott:
- Has a 25% higher room rate.
- Is poorly signed. That problem started when we arrived as Reception is on the 1st Floor, not Ground and we saw no signage indicating the way to Reception at the drop-off entry, or even when we reached the 1st Floor and had to leave the Gazhira Tower and wander around several corners and a long corridor. The distance wasn’t the issue, the problem was that there is not one single directional sign from the entry on the Ground floor, around 2 corners to the lifts, no tag on the elevator buttons that says ‘Reception’ and no signs when you get out of the elevator go around two corners and past rows of shops and then 50 meters up a corridor. Indeed, there aren’t even any signs indicating where the elevators are.
- Finding ‘Omars’ for the breakfast is simply impossible without asking for directions, as is the case with Roy’s Kitchen. Finding Harry’s Pub took us fifteen minutes and four sets of directions- you have to LEAVE the hotel. We took one look at the right hand side of the menu at Harry’s and walked out.
- Food, either in the restaurants or from room service, is nearly 50% more expensive at the Marriott than at the Sofitel.
- The beds and pillows are much better at the Sofitel (which offers a ‘pillow menu’ with different pillow options).
- Both in-room WiFi and High Speed internet are free at the Sofitel and are charged at the Marriott.
- The Marriott gives you one complimentary small bottle of water PER ROOM per day. Sofitel gives you one per person and if you leave a note for the room-staff they will leave 2 bottles per person.
- For a small charge ‘Club Sofitel’ includes breakfast, and free drinks (including wine and spirits) and snacks in the afternoon and evening. The charge is not much more than the cost of breakfast.
Guess where I’ll book to stay if I return to Cairo?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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