“ Address: El Remaya Square, Giza 12561, Egypt „
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in May 2012 prior to a Nile cruise, tha pack being operated ny Co-operative travel.
The drive from the airport took the best part of 2 hours along a 3 lane motorway that had 6 lanes of traffic - an experience in itself. The hotel is situated close to the pyramids, with the main entrance about a mile away.
Initial impressions of the area were strange - an absolute bombardment of people and noise, then all of a sudden you are in an air conditioned oasis of peace and calm. The whole hotel exuded a feeling and look of exclusiveness.
Check in was easy, we were allocated a pyramid view room without asking - I think as visitor numbers were low any way. The room was large (very large actually) and extremely well appointed, with a well furnished balcony to watch the sun go down over the pyramids - quite a sight.
Whilst at the hotel, we took 2 tours (to the Pyramids and to the Egyptian Museum details of which do not form part of this review) which were organised through the hotel and went without a hitch.
There was a beautiful pool area with a swim up island bar. I have never swum in water that felt so clean and relaxing. The landscaping was sympathetic to the design of the hotel and used local stone (or so we were told). The pool area has a real bonus in that it has been designed do that you have full pyramid view whilst swimming - quite an experience.
Breakfast was a plentiful and varied hot and cold buffet of very high quality - delicious fruit, and every combination of British, American and European breakfast dish you can imagine as well as the best omelette bar I have ever found. They even had Marmite! I am not sure though that there were Egyptian alternatives available.
Dinner was again a buffet of very high quality, with a selection of hot and cold dishes, this time from around the world, you really did have the option to explore here. The monings Omelette bar in the evening changed to a live cooking station, where you chice of meat cut was cooked while you waited, exactly as you asked for it to be cooked.
The general surroundings, as mentioned above were chaotic once you left the hotel - just looking out side gave you an insight into what life was really like. After the first night, we made a point of leaving the hotel on foot (admittedly no later than early evening) and walking to the nearest small shop (left outside the gates) to stock up with bottled water and foods for the next day in order to put a (very) little back into the locals pockets. The walk was only 200 yards, yet it took around 15 minutes each way as everyone wanted to say hello (or sell you something) - but it was worth it.
This really is a luxurious hotel and I would visit again like a shot.
Thank you for reading.
In February 2010 I stayed for 3 nights at Le Meridien Pyramids, Giza, Cairo, after spending 7 nights on a Nile Cruise.
Check in, was organized by our Longwoods holiday representative, but was very easy as all the concierge spoke excellent English. Whilst we were checking in by filling in a simple form, the Longwoods rep was sorting our luggage and passing it to the porter. A label was put on each piece of luggage with the room number, and the porter insisted on taking both suitcases up to the room himself. If you need more than one key, ask at this stage - it made our life easier as my father could go to the room earlier if he felt tired and I didn't feel quite so obliged to accompany him.
There was a lift to all the rooms and standing next to the lift was the lift boy who pressed the button on our behalf! Really felt like the height of luxury! I noted later however that the lift boy wasn't there all the time.
The porter accompanied us to the room and showed us how to use the electronic key and then left us to get on with our stay. There was a safe in the room that was big enough to put a laptop in and there was internet facility in the room if you wanted it.
I was sharing a twin room with my father to cut costs but the facilities were excellent. Both beds had cushions on them so you could lounge on them during the day, there were 2 bedside tables, a desk, a mini-bar, large wardrobe with coat hangers (although dad had taken some of his own, as he always finds there is never enough but on this occasion there were plenty), a TV that had several English channels including one that showed English speaking series such as CSI, The Mentalist, etc. We watched sport and some of the series, in the early evening before dinner.
Our room had a restricted view of the Pyramids due to another part of the hotel blocking it, and we looked out on the pool, which would have been amazing, but they were in the process of refurbishing it and did so quite late into the evening!
This did not disturb our sleep however and dad even managed to sleep through it during the day as there was a large double glazed sliding door onto the balcony. This balcony even had 2 chairs to sit on!
The room had a large bathroom with bath and overhead shower, toilet, and bidet. We also had towels (various sizes), bath robes and toiletries provided.
I can not tell you what the price per room is as this was included in our package and I can't find the breakdown at the moment, but we had opted for this hotel as a slightly cheaper option to the original hotel offered. If this was the cheaper option, I can't imagine what the other hotel was like. My dad described this hotel as like Meadowhall with a hotel on top. For those that don't know Meadowhall is a large shopping mall/centre near Sheffield.
This hotel had 4 restaurants (2 for breakfast, we only used one as it depended on which company you'd booked through as to which one you could go to) which included one Mexican and one Mediterranean style.
We used the Mexican one evening but were then recommended to go to a local Egyptian one round the corner which was much cheaper. There were also 2 coffee bars, 3 shops, a business centre where you could pay to use the internet, and a Travel Bureau where you could exchange money or travellers cheques. I don't think we saw half of the hotel.
One evening when we came down to got to the restaurant, some of the staff were conducting a candle lit ceremony which loads of the guests were filming.
There were also toilets near the upstairs breakfast restaurant but if you use these be aware that the staff expect a tip for providing you with a hand towel to dry your hands.
The breakfasts were of a buffet style but the evening meals were of a sit down menu to choose from. We spent 260 Egyptian pounds on 2 main courses and 4 drinks (all soft ones), which with our exchange rate being around 8 Egyptian to 1 Sterling worked out at £32.50. The Falfela restaurant round the corner charged 150 Egyptian for a similar amount of food and drink!
My father and I really enjoyed our stay at this hotel and dad was very surprised by the security measures employed here - every car, minibus, etc had to stop and open its boot/trunk and be searched and there was a sniffer dog at the car park entrance.
We had to put our bags through a security conveyer belt and go through a metal detecting machine to see if we were carrying anything illegal. It made us feel very safe, but was unnerving the first time! Dad has a plastic hip which must have some metal and he beeps every time, so got frisked!
We wanted to go to the Cairo war memorial cemetery where my great uncle is buried so we hired a private car (taxi) from the Hertz desk, which cost 230 EP but the driver took us there, waited nearly 2 hours whilst we looked around, drove us back pointing out the sights as we went, stopped on the Nile bridge so we could get better pictures and was a real asset at the cemetery, as he spoke to the War Memorial people who showed us straight to the right grave.
I hope I have given you an insight into what this hotel is like. Werewolf2