I stayed here twice recently, just one night on 20th January ’09 & then from 30th January -3rd February ’09.
It’s situated in Giza, so it’s a bit awkward crossing the city but one just has to be patient with Cairo traffic & accept it as being part of the whole experience. It’s about 40 mins, by taxi to the Old Bazaar, according to friends who travelled there. It’s probably not the place to stay if you want to make your own way around but it was ok for us as we had a coach taking us to Saqqara, Darshur, the pyramids for private time & what time was spent in the hotel was for brief relaxation from our busy schedule.
Both rooms overlooked the pool & the tips of 2 of the pyramids were visible from the balconies, although, only just on 20th January, as the smog was really thick!
The reception is pleasant & spacious, with plenty of seating & little tables, so one can sit & chat, have a coffee etc. The doormen / porters are polite & helpful, as are reception staff.
There is are a couple of small areas through towards the pool where one can also sit & chat. The sunbeds are comfortable & towels provided. Being by the pool in the middle of a busy, somewhat polluted city like Cairo, is a little oasis of peace.
There are a few shops on site selling souvenirs, jewellery, postcards & clothing. The clothing was fairly expensive but the staff were pleasant & the guy from whom I bought the postcards trusted me enough to let me owe him a small amount for the cards as neither of us had any change that day.
The rooms are very nice, including the bathrooms. There are hairdryers & toiletries provided. I didn’t use the mini-bar or room service.
The food is ok; I’m not struck on AI but had no choice as I was part of a tour group. However, there is quite a lot of choice & the staff in the Italian restaurant of the hotel were very attentive when they saw that I was on crutches. They offered to fetch my food, helped me carry it back, moved my chair for me & were very polite.
The staff in the main restaurant were nice but I didn’t appreciate the nightly singer in there, I’m afraid. He has a nice voice but it was too loud & intrusive.
I also didn’t appreciate the “jobsworth” who objected to my fellow travellers bringing me a little breakfast up to the room one morning when my injured ankle was really painful & I couldn’t make it down to breakfast. He wanted me to get room service! I don’t think so!!! My room mate went ahead & brought me some stuff back anyhow. The “jobsworth” was the only blip as far as the staff is concerned.
Door keys are the “credit card” sort & you can obtain duplicates from reception if you’re sharing a room.
I wouldn’t dismiss staying here again, but not as a family holiday & not if I were having to get around by myself. We certainly appreciated ending our hectic 2 weeks by relaxing a little for the last 48 hrs or so.
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- Grand Pyramids Giza
- Grand Pyramids Hotel Cairo
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