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Marriott Bonvoy hotels in or near Cairo, Egypt

Old Feb 19, 2004, 7:04 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by PresRDC:
Hi All,

I'm off to this hotel on Saturday. Does anyone know what is offered by way of upgrades to Platinums? Specifically, do they upgrade to the Towers floor(s)?

Thanks!
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After some light negotiation, they offered us either a suite in the main section of the hotel or a room in the Towers. The furniture in the main section is a real pile of old smelly cheap junk -- something along the lines of worn out ten-year old Ikea. As far as I can recall, I've never seen another Starwood property in this condition. Still, after hunting around with a helpful desk clerk we did manage to find a suite in the main section that was vaguely acceptable. The Towers lounge breakfast is great and the concierge desk is very helpful. The restaurants and room service at the hotel are also quite good and reasonably priced by US standards.

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Old Feb 29, 2004, 6:32 am
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WHICH HOTEL IN CAIRO ???

Staying in Cairo for two days Apr16. - Apr.18. after my easter Thailand trip and beginning my new DONEW4 !
Checking availability I found:
Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino
Preferred Room, Nile View, Balcony, Spacious, Turndown Service Endless Wknd W/Bkfst USD 85.00
or
Sheraton Royal Gardens
Classic Room, Pool View, Spacious, Classical Furniture, In Rm Safe Endless Wknd W/Bkfst USD 68.00

We are 2 adults + 2 Kids age 8 and 10, want to visit one day the Pyramids and one day the old bazar, may be the egypt museum.

Which of the hotels is better ? The other two which are available, are more than 100 $ incl. ABF !
Are they worth that more in price ?


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Old Feb 29, 2004, 7:32 am
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I stayed at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Was given a upgrade to a HUGE suite which was actually scarry. It was BIG and had a couple of entrances. I retreated every evening to the bedroom portion luggage and all.

The Hotel was ok but dated. The tourist services were farmed out and a rip. The only competant person I had was my driver on the second day. Everyone else was trying to figure was to get $ out of you. IMHO
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Old Feb 29, 2004, 12:29 pm
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I found most of the 5* hotels in Cairo to have quite low quality rooms. The lobbies were generally very nice but the room quality was something that was expected of a country such as Egypt.

My advice is to get as "upgraded" a room as you can. You'll thank yourself for it. Trust me.

Hotels near the "downtown" core are quite convenient but the traffic is just impossible these days. You'd be wasting a lot of time just trying to get through it.

There's a Hilton right beside the Egyptian Museum and several hotels in the Pyramids area. Most hotels offer a "sightseeing" service but it's somewhat expensive. You can try www.touregypt.net which is a list of some tour agencies in Egypt.

You probably shouldn't try to drive yourself there unless you want to freak your family out.

Have fun!
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Old Mar 1, 2004, 7:05 am
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Just got back last night, but had traveled onward to London and Frankfurt after leaving Cairo. The stay was, overall, good, but I was unimpressed with the hotel. I was out onto the 18th floor, which is the "Club Level," but is not, I think, a Towers floor. Nevertheless, all the in-room amenities were branded as Towers amenities, so I am not sure what the difference is between the Club Floor and the Towers floors. There was a Towers lounge, but I did not use it at all.

The room was not a suite and I did not ask for one on check-in as I was tired and it was just me, so I didn't really need the extra space. The room (1812) overlooked the Nile and had a eastern view toward the Citadel. The room had a brown carpet (which was ugly), old furniture (including a couch, a lounge chair and a coffee table), but a decent bed (no duvet, though, which increasingly is something I use to differentiate between a great and adequate Starwood property). The bathroom was a dissappointment, as it featured a very small tub/shower (it was too narrow, forcing me to come into contact with the shower curtain, which grosses me out).

While the room was not stellar (I would describe it as adequate), the service was pretty good. I used the hotel's in-house limo service both for my trips to the airport ($16 each way) and for two day long excursions to Cairo, Memphis and Saqqura. I have no complaints about the service.

The best feature of the hotel was, buy far, the excellent Kabab restaurant, which is located on the Nile and has outdoor dining. They serve excellent kebabs (I'd reccomend the mixed grill, which was excellent) and a very good hummus. I ate there each night.

Overall, I was satisfied with my experience, especiually since my room rate was only $65 per night. I'd probably stay there again, but wouldn't be excited about it.
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Old Mar 4, 2004, 6:35 am
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A few observations:

It's USD 16 for a Mercedes transfer from the airport - well worth it. Don't be surprised to be handed from person to person as you progress through the airport, and expect to walk a little way through the car park to get to the car!

The towers rooms hve their own check in on the 23rd floor - however it shuts around 10pm. The Towers check in area is part of the lounge, which has a decent breakfast spread of pastries, fruit, cereal, yoghurt and a few hot bits. There is also a waiter serving tea and coffee during the day.

Towers rooms are the 21st - 27th floor. While the decor is much nicer than the normal rooms, it is pretty average by international standards. Were it not for the selective use of marble, the room would like just about Sheraton in the US. They were last renovated 5 years ago and are showing their age - the odd cigarette burn, worn wood etc. No Sweet Sleeper beds either.

Platinum does not get you an upgrade to a Towers Suite - even if the hotel is quiet. Also, many of the rooms are smoking, making upgrades for the non-smoker quite difficult to accomdate.

The business centre charges are laughable - USD20 for 1 hour on the internet, but high speed is available in room for USD 15 per day.

There are a decent selection of F&B outlets. Other than the great Kebabgy, the other standout facility is a terrace/cafe offering drinks and sheesha - a great way to pass an hour or 2.

AT USD65 for a regular room, it's not bad value, but I paid USD130 for the Towers and feel a little short changed. Both the downtown Sheratons have average reputations (as do the Hiltons) - the hotels of choice seem to be the Grand Hyatt, Conrad and Four Seasons. I'm not sure how much longer the El Gezirah will remain in the Starwood stable - Accor have bought the site and the rumour is a major refurb and rebrand as a Sofitel.

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Old Mar 6, 2004, 12:00 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by RTWSTARALLIANCE:
I stayed at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Was given a upgrade to a HUGE suite which was actually scarry. It was BIG and had a couple of entrances. I retreated every evening to the bedroom portion luggage and all.

The Hotel was ok but dated. The tourist services were farmed out and a rip. The only competant person I had was my driver on the second day. Everyone else was trying to figure was to get $ out of you. IMHO
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I just booked the Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino, but the towers deluxe rooms, Nile View, Balcony, Spacious, Turndown Service Endless Wknd W/Bkfst USD 109.00
I hope that was the right choice.
And for Bangkok I desired this time no Sheraton ( nothing less than 150 USD incl. ABF ) and the Tawana Ramada**** comes for 1050 THB ( 26 USD ) incl. taxes/ABF !!!

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Old Mar 8, 2004, 12:31 am
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If you want to see the Pyramids then stay at the Mena House and forget about the hotel loyalty nonsense. It's part of the Oberoi chain.

To be fair, I have no idea about the rooms. I just go there to have lunch while overlooking Cheops.
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Old Mar 8, 2004, 10:49 am
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Oberio in the nearest hotel to the Pyramids. Hotel is an old palace. Very nice, but again the rooms a bit dated. Great Service & Location.

My recomendation for Cairo is pay for a guide ( Book throght hotel). Well worth it as they will keep all the Hawkers and Rip Off Merchants away. There is a good trip that you can do to Sakara ( The oldest pyramid in the area, with a stop at Memphys both a short drive of less than an hr from Cairo.). I reccomend, if you have time visiting both of these, as well at the Cairo Museam. Get a guide and they will drive u. Memphys is on the was to Sakara.

On another note, while I stayed at the Oberoi I had a meal at Le Meridian Pyramids hotel ( Next Door/ walking distance) It looked very nice with a good pool for the kids. With Le Meridian soon to be part of * wood this might be an option.

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Old Mar 8, 2004, 1:29 pm
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Better than Saqqara is to go further south to Dashur to check out the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid.

It is absoloutely desolate. Not a single hawker or camel ride is offered there. The Red Pyramid is number 3 in size after the two big ones in Giza. The Bent one is the same size and represented the first attempt in moving from a step pyramid to a proper pyramid.
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Old Mar 8, 2004, 2:30 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by jchand:
On another note, while I stayed at the Oberoi I had a meal at Le Meridian Pyramids hotel ( Next Door/ walking distance) It looked very nice with a good pool for the kids. With Le Meridian soon to be part of * wood this might be an option.</font>
Actually, I had stayed in Le Meridien Pyramids. The food and service is top notch. The rooms, however....

One more thing I forgot. If you have any left over Egyptian LE and want to use it to pay for your hotel room/incidentals, many hotels will insist on seeing your receipt for foreign exchange from a reputable bank. The reason? The black market for foreign exchange gives a higher exchange rate.

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Old Aug 20, 2004, 12:26 am
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my reading/research leads me to believe the Hilton Cairo is a better location for a tourist than the SPG properties.
from my experience, the Conrad is the best bang for your bucks in cairo.
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Old Aug 20, 2004, 7:33 pm
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The Hyatt is Really Nice

The Sheraton Heliopolis is the best Sheraton - near the airport and the Grand Hyatt is very nice - it has a pretty central location. It truly is grand with great restaurants and a decent Regency Club
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Old Sep 18, 2004, 2:05 pm
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Sheraton Cairo Hotel Towers

I just returned from a two week holiday to Cairo for a wedding and Sharm for diving and relaxing.

We stayed at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel Towers and Casino. It was nice, but dated (as mentioned in other posts below). The pool and exercise room are really good though, and I doubt you'll be spending much time in your room anyways. The rooms also have open balconies overlooking the Nile, which is pretty cool. The pool is the best bit of this hotel though. They also have a "Hotel within a hotel" on floors 17 and up. Ask for this if you are platinum and for a room with a view of the pryamids.

If you are looking for truely 5* the only hotels that are of this quality are the Four Seasons and Hyatt Grand. The Sheraton was fine - 3* plus by Western standards.

Also - the Camel rides around the back of the 3rd pryamid are really good fun. We went with a guide that the brides brother arranged for us and told us the price for the camel ride is 30 Egyptian pounds (about $6). We paid this plus a tip. That's a fair price to try for when bargaining.

good luck, have fun.




Originally Posted by bertheike
Staying in Cairo for two days Apr16. - Apr.18. after my easter Thailand trip and beginning my new DONEW4 !
Checking availability I found:
Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino
Preferred Room, Nile View, Balcony, Spacious, Turndown Service Endless Wknd W/Bkfst USD 85.00
or
Sheraton Royal Gardens
Classic Room, Pool View, Spacious, Classical Furniture, In Rm Safe Endless Wknd W/Bkfst USD 68.00

We are 2 adults + 2 Kids age 8 and 10, want to visit one day the Pyramids and one day the old bazar, may be the egypt museum.

Which of the hotels is better ? The other two which are available, are more than 100 $ incl. ABF !
Are they worth that more in price ?
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Old Oct 3, 2004, 6:52 pm
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Sheraton Royal Gardens is only $60 per night when we are going in December.

Sheraton Heliopolis Hotel Towers and Casino is $95 per night
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