Egypt is really suffering from a lack of tourists so when I visited (March 2012) the hotel was pretty empty and some of the restaurants and bars were closed. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was good.
I didn't spend much time by the pool (a bit too cold for swimming!) but the pool attendant rushed over to put out a towel for me and folded another to act as a pillow!
There was a problem on my first day with a leaking seal round the bath; I reported this to reception just before I went out for the day. By the time I'd got back the old seal had been removed and new seal put in place to keep the room dry - excellent work!
On my first 2 nights there were so few people staying that the buffet wasn't available but soup and a choice of bread was available as a starter. I was offered a choice of main courses and a couple of side salads and then a mix of baklava style desserts - all perfectly acceptable. For the rest of the time there was a full buffet choice for the evening meal and a good pianist to add to the fun!
Breakfast was good - a selection of meat, cheese and salad; various fruit and yoghurt; breads and pastries, cereals and cooked food - together with coffee and fruit juice.
The housekeeping staff were fine (and checked with me several times to make sure everything was OK - "do not disturb" labels are provided so you can hang them on the door if you don't want to be disturbed.
The hotel taxis were not cheap but not particularly expensive and if you don't want to use them it's easy to walk outside and pick up a taxi on the road - there were always cabs waiting when I went out.
It's only about 10 minutes from the hotel to the pyramids (it's hard to be precise about journey times in Cairo - the traffic can be a nightmare!) and you can see them from the roof terrace
If you want to save money on the journey into central Cairo then take a cab to the nearest metro station (El Mounib - not marked on Google maps but it's been there for quite a while!) It's then just 1 Egyptian Pound (about 11p in UK money) to get into town.
There's no wireless internet in the rooms but if you have a laptop then wired internet is available (but quite expensive)
All in all, it's a lovely relaxing hotel some way from the hustle and bustle of the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cataract Pyramids Resort has a unique location, beautiful panorama of the great Pyramids, surrounded with farms and green grace peaceful. Superbly located within peaceful, quiet and pollution free farmland. The resort has been built with a low-rise building spreading over almost 11 hectares of the landscaped gardens; keeping with the local architecture and landscape with a promenade boarded by enormous hundred year old palms that connect the two extremes of the complex, and unfolds more than 20 garden acres. The resort, Applying 4 star standard hotel, is located on the road to Sakkara towards the oldest made structure - The step Pyramids of Sakkara. The Great Pyramids of Giza are a 10-minute drive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cataract Pyramids Hotel Giza
- Hotel Cataract Pyramids
- Cataract Pyramid Resort
- Cataract Pyramids Resort Egypt/Giza