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Marriott Bonvoy hotels in or near Cairo, Egypt

Old Mar 6, 2017, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by catbox9
I just finished staying in all 3 Cairo Hotels. Here's a quick review of all 3 (I'm SPG Platinum and this is a leisure trip):

Le Meridien Cairo Airport:
This is the nicest of the 3 hotels, but unfortunately it's located furthest from anything worth seeing. I was upgraded to a rather nice suite. Breakfast in the restaurant was good enough. I didn't use the lounge so I can't comment on it. Being connected to terminal 3 is handy especially if you have a 2AM arrival like I did.

Le Meridien Pyramids
: A rather run-down hotel located very close to the pyramids. Hotel does not offer a lounge yet has a club level floor. I was upgraded to a room with a pyramids view + balcony, but this doesn't seem like much of an upgrade as the room is the same as a standard room. Hotel would have been serviceable if not for the fact that the pool area just outside of my room played loud music until at least 1AM. Breakfast in the lounge was tolerable, but most of the food items were constantly empty and were oftentimes too cold.
Folks, I have a 36 hour layover in Cairo on a cheap RTW fare starting CAI-DOH. I have been to the airport 2 times before, but never left since it was a 4 hour stop. This time, it would be nice to see the Pyramids at least. So I booked 2 night award at LM airport. I would normally go for the LM Pyramids were it not for arriving on BA at 1 AM Would you switch hotels considering the arrival times? Or just take a day tour that might include viewing the night time light show. By the way, I don't do Uber and the LM Pryamids want 95 Euros for a transfer from the airport.
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Old Mar 6, 2017, 2:11 pm
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Originally Posted by headinclouds
Folks, I have a 36 hour layover in Cairo on a cheap RTW fare starting CAI-DOH. I have been to the airport 2 times before, but never left since it was a 4 hour stop. This time, it would be nice to see the Pyramids at least. So I booked 2 night award at LM airport. I would normally go for the LM Pyramids were it not for arriving on BA at 1 AM Would you switch hotels considering the arrival times? Or just take a day tour that might include viewing the night time light show. By the way, I don't do Uber and the LM Pryamids want 95 Euros for a transfer from the airport.
I would say the late arrival would be a positive point for choosing the LM Pyramids (you could be there on the ring road in 20 mins with no traffic). As for how to get there, the Egypt forum might provide you with some pointers on how to get there for less than EUR 95.
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Old Mar 6, 2017, 2:25 pm
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Originally Posted by RafKa
I would say the late arrival would be a positive point for choosing the LM Pyramids (you could be there on the ring road in 20 mins with no traffic). As for how to get there, the Egypt forum might provide you with some pointers on how to get there for less than EUR 95.
I can definitely agree and speak to the traffic RafKa is referencing. The traffic was not impossible, but definitely present to slow down the trip. Evening driving is a super breeze. It is a shame you do not use Uber, but I believe there are other mobile ride apps that exist that accomplish the same goal for a lot less for 95. Or see if there is a shuttle company at the airport itself. I saw a couple, but ignored them to acquire a SIM card for Uber.
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Old Mar 6, 2017, 8:34 pm
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I saw some pictures of the St. Regis Cairo. Looks like construction is well under way. Will for sure be the nicest hotel in Cairo.
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Old Mar 6, 2017, 9:10 pm
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Originally Posted by tfong007
I saw some pictures of the St. Regis Cairo. Looks like construction is well under way. Will for sure be the nicest hotel in Cairo.
I'll believe it opens when I see it.

The Four Seasons at the First Residence will be hard to beat. It's already a stunning property with thousands of dollars of fresh flowers adorning the common areas, artwork throughout and views of the Nile, the Pyramids and the Zoo.
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Old May 16, 2017, 11:01 am
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Originally Posted by RafKa
I would say the late arrival would be a positive point for choosing the LM Pyramids (you could be there on the ring road in 20 mins with no traffic). As for how to get there, the Egypt forum might provide you with some pointers on how to get there for less than EUR 95.
I am about to embark on my third trip involving Cairo. Do you have any recommendation on how to get a good transport price to LM Pyramids without haggling excessively?
I will also arrive fairly late and have a departure the next day at 7pm, so I am thinking LM Pyramids would allow me to go back to see a few things I did not have time to see on my last visit.
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Old Feb 22, 2018, 5:18 am
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Since both JW and Ren is located at least 20 kilometers away from tourist area, why would they open two full service hotel in that residential area and what kind of the customer is the major? Those looking for a resort feeling or MICE event in Cairo??
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Old Feb 22, 2018, 7:40 am
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First, you are replying to an almost 10 year old thread. I can say that my last stay at the JW there (which was about 10 years ago) there seemed to be a lot of construction/building going on in that area. So I'm guessing Marriott thought the area would be growing and could support multiple FS hotels. Given the JW is still there a decade later and they now have the Ren there, I'm going to guess there was growth at least to a degree someone thinks will support both hotels. I guess time will tell.

I've seen conference centers and hotels being built 20 km or more from major cities in the US over the last 10 years. I guess if that model works in the US, it might also work in non-US locations as well. So that might be part of the planned growth for those hotels as well.
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Old Mar 30, 2018, 2:16 am
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Wanted to report some unusual activity as an FYI... hopefully just an isolated incident, but thought I'd make people aware anyway.

I made a reservation two weeks ago through SPG.com for a four-night stay at Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino next week and received the usual stay confirmation e-mail. A few days after, I received an e-mail from "Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino" from a non-Starwood address with a cc to [email protected] with the following:

"Dear Mr. X X,

Further to our correspondences, please press the below link to be transferred to our payment gateway.
[Link at Payport-Go.com]

This link will expire on Monday 02nd Apr 2018 at 04:00 PM (GMT+2)

Thanks and best regards,

Reservation Department
Reservation team

Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino

For any additional questions and/or inquiries, please contact us at:
Head Office:
Galaa Sq., Giza
Cairo, Egypt

Tel: (+202) 33369700 – 800
Fax: (+202) 33364487
E-mail: [email protected]
"

It even came with the hotel's official logo, but what worried me was the fact that I'd never corresponded with the hotel outside of the stay confirmation e-mail, so I ignored it. Just received another e-mail from the same address with the same content today and rang up Platinum Concierge, who told me NOT to open the link and that they'd received a notification of the same thing a few weeks ago, as well as a story of how one guest was conned into paying 800 dollars online over a similar link.

I know these things happen, but they're still annoying and leave a bad taste.

Heads up.

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Old Mar 30, 2018, 2:25 am
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Useful heads-up, thank you. The annoying thing is that some SPG hotels, such as Mainport Design Hotels, do send out exactly this kind of email demanding pre-payment via a customised link so it's an easy scam to fall for.
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Old Mar 30, 2018, 4:10 am
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I loved the LM Cairo Airport. Beautiful hotel, great pool area. I got an excellent PLT upgrade to a huge suite/room. The price is right, too. Enclosed walkway between the hotel and the airport terminal.

One more thing, -- don't use Ramasside Tours. Yes, they have a very high Trip Advisor rating, but they do it by reporting most negative reviews as fraudulent and having them removed. Here's my experience with them: Link
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Old Mar 30, 2018, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by Dr. HFH
I loved the LM Cairo Airport. Beautiful hotel, great pool area. I got an excellent PLT upgrade to a huge suite/room. The price is right, too. Enclosed walkway between the hotel and the airport terminal.

One more thing, -- don't use Ramasside Tours. Yes, they have a very high Trip Advisor rating, but they do it by reporting most negative reviews as fraudulent and having them removed. Here's my experience with them: Link
Agree that LeM Cairo is very good and that they are generous with the suites ( I think it's almost 100% over my 15 or 20 stays). It's a bargain on a weekend night on points ( 2,000?) when cash rates are typically 140 USD. The only weak spot is the lounge breakfast...some stale croissants and sweaty cheese ( and maybe eggs if you ask specifically). I keep meaning to ask if breakfast in the restaurant is included or is it in lieu of the 500 points. I had it once and much better than the lounge but can't recall the payment arrangements.
The walkway to/from the terminal works extremely well for Egyptair and other Star Alliance carriers ( including Fast Track in/out for *G) but the other terminal is far less welcoming ( and I use the transfer provided by the hotel...and it's very efficient in the way the hotel rep seems to edge his way to the front of any queue).
I don't go so often now that QR is banned but occasionally do an Egyptair , Turkish or Royal Jordanian.
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Old Mar 30, 2018, 3:37 pm
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Originally Posted by Dr. HFH

One more thing, -- don't use Ramasside Tours. Yes, they have a very high Trip Advisor rating, but they do it by reporting most negative reviews as fraudulent and having them removed. Here's my experience with them: Link
I sympathise, especially with the early wake up call, but why didn't you just book the flight yourself? All agencies mark up or charge a ticketing fee, but they did take you for a ride.

Why did you need an escort from the LM to T3? Surely you could have navigated check in and security yourself?

If I was in your position in Luxor I would have left the airport and gone to a hotel and booked a dayroom and sat by a pool.
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Old Mar 30, 2018, 7:52 pm
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Since the leak is obviously happening at the Sheraton (perhaps due to a rogue employee), it should be up to SPG to investigate this and plug the leak. But good that khabah warned us about this
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Old Nov 17, 2019, 7:10 pm
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Any up-to-date recommendations for Cairo? I know this thread is a bit old, looking for two nights there.
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