The hotel is honestly a goldmine for what you pay to stay there (I paid $65 USD per day). It is as eye-pleasing a hotel as any in the area and the rooms are definitely more beautiful then what you would expect for the price. I was there for four nights and my only complaint was that the rooftop restaurant and pool was closed but that was due to reparations which is a plus for future guests. That still didn't stop me from sneaking up to the rooftop restaurant and taking some very scenic morning pictures of the pyramids. The breakfast buffet is worth booking since they have a good assortment of options available. I had pancakes, ham, an omelette, french bread, and potatoes pretty much everyday- I called it my Egyptian breakfast of Champions, lol.
The front staff does try their best to help as their internet in the lobby computer for guest use was down and when I asked about it, they were on it asap. I went upstairs for a nap and when I came back they were still working on it so the internet was up and running when I came back from dinner. If you're not with a tour group, I recommend using their taxi service for pick-up/drop-off from the airport as it will be cheaper than what any airport taxi driver will attempt to swindle you for. Also, they have very reasonable rates ($45USD-$65USD) to rent drivers for 6-8 hour days and the drivers (especially Farooq, if you can get him-DO!) make it safer for you with recommendations that are always in good will.
Honestly, as an American used to 5-Star service meaning 5-STAR SERVICE, I was not disappointed at all. If you're in Cairo/Giza for a few days you really shouldn't be spending the majority of your time in the hotel anyways since there is enough to do to keep you busy. When your day is over, this is a great place to come back to and there are many neighborhood restaurants and hotel restaurants in walking distance that can satisfy any of your preferred dinner moods. Also, the souvenir store in the lobby has more than reasonable prices and the owner there is willing to negotiate so play the "ummm, i dont know" game until the price is lowered to your liking which wont take too long, lol.
Enjoy your stay here but beware, the moment you step outside of this place (or any in the area) you will be victim to many luring Touts that want to try and steer you to their "brother's" or "self-owned" store to buy souvenirs. Stick to the hotel taxis to be safe!
*Stayed at Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx in mid-January, 2013.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx combines an exciting location & incomparable service. This impressive hotel offers its guests a unique opportunity to explore the historical surroundings in total comfort & convenience. Located in a magnificent park at the foot of the Giza Pyramids & the Sphinx, 35 km from Cairo international airport, this 5-star hotel is ideal for leisure & relaxation seekers with its various recreational facilities as well as business trips with its two fully equipped meeting rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx Hotel Giza
- Sofitel Hotel Giza
- Sofitel Giza
- Giza Sofitel
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