We were staying here as part of a 12 day tour, so we added on extra nights both before and after. At first they gave us a room in the lower building which links the two towers, overlooking the parking lot. We asked to move, they moved us to a room with a construction site outside the window, so they moved us upstairs overlooking the pool. We were very happy. We found the room to be fine. Not superb, but no complaints. We were very comfortable. The hotel itself is gorgeous, so be sure to walk around, not only the grounds, but the inside also as this was once a palace and it shows. Look up at the ceilings and walk into the conference rooms if they are open.
Beware of the lovely little bottles of Evian water they place in the rooms, as they charge a small fortune of around AU$6.00 ea. I think they did give one comp bottle per day. We were extremely careful not to let any Egyptian tap water pass our lips. Therefore I always kept a bottle of water right next to our toothbrushes so we wouldn't slip up and forget. We also were very careful not to let any water trickle into our mouths when showering. I filled the kettle with tap water before bed, and boiled it. When it was cool in the morning I used this water to re-fill our bottles. This worked fine for us and we didn't suffer at all.
We found the food less than average and expensive, as were the cocktails. However the restaurant down the front entrance ramp (to the R) and across the road called Maxim was wonderful and cheap! Very modern and relaxed. We ate there twice. Take the elevator upstairs, as they also have a cruise division.
I thought some of the comments about the shops were a bit harsh. Having spent several hours over two days in the Khan El Khalil market, I thought the selection at the shops was quite alright and not that much more expensive if you don't want to go to the market. I think they had all the same selections we saw outside.
On our return stay at the end of our tour we again had to ask to be moved to a better, and higher, room, which they did and we were satisfied again. This time we overlooked the Nile and the city. I think if you are booked there as part of a tour they try to put you in the lesser rooms. So if you are not happy, don't waste any time asking to be moved. We pointed out that we are Marriott Rewards members and staying extra days and they wanted us to be happy.
Try to catch the local women baking fresh bread down by the pool/restaurants in the mornings. The breakfast buffets were fabulous!
I think the internet connection was expensive.
The swimming pool is open 24 hours!!
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