Just back last night from an 8 day stay at Cairo Marriott and had a look at Trip Advisor and was surprised at some of the more negative reviews. The most previous is definitely misleading as the reviewer does not appear to have been there but has posted a review based on friends' opinion of visiting, not staying.
Myself and my partner's experience was entirely positive and in fact we would certainly recommend this hotel. One of the things we found really impressive was the service: from check-in to check-out we found every person helpful. Guest relations are excellent source of info e.g. opinion on local restaurants and making reservations for you at them, booking trips for you, directions, advising you of what cost of taxi should be to places etc. The hotel itself is beautiful with a huge number of eating choices and bars and food/drink excellent. The entertainment is perhaps a little bit cheesy especially for people in their 30s but alright. We ate at Tuscany restaurant, Egyptian Nights and at Harry's Bar - all brilliant. The prices are quite steep but 5* prices so not surprising. Problem is not so much the cost as the 12% service charge and 10% sales tax put on top (this is the same in outside restaurants so not a Marriott thing) which increases everything by almost 1/4. By the way there are non-smoking tables in restaurants (not bar though) so you can request these.
I would say that a high floor might be the best option due to traffic noise etc (although in Zamalek area this is nowhere near as bad as staying in one of the downtown hotels). We were in an Executive room on the 15th floor which overlooked the Nile and the pool and was lovely.
The area is probably the nicest to stay in - not such bad traffic, noise or rubbish as downtown but still some nice restaurants etc. Abou El Cid, a restaurant across the road from hotel is amazing and great Egytian menu. Also, as we found out you have to reserve at good restaurants or be prepared to be disappointed.
To be honest in some ways we enjoyed the hotel more than Cairo itself. It is a large, noisy, polluted city that has so much to offer but really needs a good clean!! Walking around is not that pleasant and crossing roads in rush hour is an experience to say the least!! We were a little disappointed in some of the tourist sights for example, The Egyptian Museum is dirty and disordered - many exhibits unmarked etc. (Of course Pyramids are amazing). Also, be prepared for a bit of hassle. While we found most Egyptians to be really helpful and kind, some are less so. Be careful of people saying I do not want money, I just give you information! Not so! We were approached on a couple of occasions with people asking if we were on our way to a nearby attraction and then telling us it was shut or closed for lunch and they would show this or that shop etc. But they are not pushy. All in all, I would go to another Marriott but have done Cairo and would not rush back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Among premier Cairo, Egypt hotels, Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino sits in the Zamalek area and is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations, and business travel. The twin towers of this landmark hotel in Cairo rise 20 stories high and provide magnificent views of the Nile and six acres of palace gardens. ... more less
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