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Marriott Bonvoy hotels in or near Cairo, Egypt

Old Jun 8, 2006, 2:19 pm
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A and K really had no interest in helping me out with my trip to Egypt unless I booked one of their all inclusive tours which in my opinion sounded like a bit of a rip off. I preferred to create a custom itinerary for our family and had to look elsewhere for help. Our trip only included Cairo and Luxor. Stayed at the Old Winter Palace in Luxor and really enjoyed it...fantastic location. We had an extra night in Cairo at the end of our trip and rather than staying at the airport thought it would be nice to wake up on our last morning in Egypt with a great view of the pyramids. I would however agree with the previous posts that its not worth making Giza your base for other activities in Cairo. The Four Seasons Nile Plaza was the way to for us. It is newer than the First Residence and closer to the Egyptian Museum and I think the Bazaar too.
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Old Jun 8, 2006, 4:53 pm
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I am in the process of booking a roughly 24 hour excursion to Cairo because we are going to be in the immediate area and not likley to be back again any time soon. We're going to be in Cyprus for a week and found a reasonable Egyptair flight that arrives Thurs evening around 9:30PM in Cairo and then departs the next day at 5:30pm. So we have about 20 hours there which I think is plenty for what we want to do.

The bottom line is that we both have always wanted to see the pyramids, are fine spending only a few hours there. We would also like to do a little bit of shopping and then we'll be fine running back to the airport. We would stay longer, but these are the only flights that would work, Egyptair has some pretty irregular schedules on this route.

I wanted to get some input, first, I booked the Meridien Pyramids, I got a great rate and figure it's so close that's where we should be based. Given that we're going to be getting in late and out the door early, is this the best option. Second, are we crazy to do such a short excursion? Third, where to get in some quick shopping?
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Old Jun 8, 2006, 6:23 pm
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Its a really good choice. Thats where I stayed for a night. If you want to go inside the great pyramid make sure you get to the ticket booth really really early. You want to be in line when it opens. They limit the number of tickets to I think 150 in the morning and 150 in the evening. If you miss out head for the other big pyramid. It is really easy to get into and they dont limit the number of tickets. I mentioned it in an earlier post but if you are there for such a short period of time it might be worth having someone take you out. I found Debbie on the internet and in fact an article was written in the USA today that included her services. She organized a lot of stuff for our family. If you contact her I'm sure she can take you around for the afternoon to the best spots in Cairo and then drop you at the airport. http://www.casualcairodetours.pyramids.net/
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Old Jun 30, 2006, 3:35 pm
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I had a reservation for one night at the Sheraton Royal Gardens in August.

I have received an e-mail, dated June 29th, stating that, as of June 30th, the Sheraton Royal Gardens "will no longer be a part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts or participating with the Starwood Preferred Guest program."
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Old Jun 4, 2007, 2:39 pm
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Sheraton Cairo Gold Upgrade - :td:

Just got back from Cairo. Have to say overall the hotel was very nice and the people were friendly. However, I reserved a Nile View Room and at check in was offered an upgrade due to my gold status to the club floor however there weren't any Nile View rooms available on the club floor. I took the upgrade thinking the benefits of the club room would outweigh the view in the long run. Well, when I got up to the room and called to inquire about the club floor ammenities I was told about the cocktail time in the evening and the breakfast in the morning but then the lady said "oh you were upgraded. You will have to pay for the benefits." So I asked what were the benefits of being upgraded??? She said that being on the club floor was the benefit. So I asked to be "downgraded" to my room with a better view. I had to go back down to the lobby and talked with the gentleman who checked me in. He confirmed that the upgrade did not come with any benefits and upon my request he put me back into my Nile View room.

So my thought - why have a Gold Upgrade without any benefits???? Every other property I've been upgraded in comes with access to the "lounge" for cocktails and/or breakfast - why not this property?? Price was very similar between Sheraton and Hilton. Went with Sheraton due to they usually give good upgrades. Will probably stay at the Hilton next time if the price is the same.
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Old Dec 2, 2007, 10:56 pm
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Which Cairo hotel?

Hi all, I've done a search and the info on Cairo hotels looks a bit outdated. With that in mind a couple questions for you.

I've never been to Egypt before but am doing a 7-day tour. I need a hotel the night before and the night after. I currently am debating between the Sheraton and Le Meridien Heliopolis, and here's why:

1) Thinking Helipolis might be best the first night, given the airport pickup and the proximity (I get in a little after midnight on BA - free ticket in Business class . However, I'll need to meet up with my tour at somepoint in the afternoon and I'm not sure how long that will take. I anticipate sleeping in and maybe a little light sightseeing - is Helipolis a neat area to walk around for a few hours? My other idea was to try the Conrad the first night and just immerse myself right in.

2) Considering Helipolis again the last night, with the idea that I could sightsee all day and then check-in later, since my flight is early the next morning. I'd probably rather stay in town my final night since I'd be more familiar with Cairo and do a bit better on my own. But I'm concerned about how long it would take to get to the airport (my flight leaves at 8:30 am).

So in short, I'm considering Helipolis the first night and downtown Cairo the last night, assuming it won't take hours to get to the airport in the early morning. Can anyone offer any advice?

And as a final side note, does anyone know if Le Meridien Heliopolis will still meet you at the airport if you use points to stay for free? On the SPG website, it's mentioned as part of the room rate if you're paying for the room, but is silent as to whether it's included in an award room.

Thanks in advance!
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Old Dec 3, 2007, 8:19 am
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I would recommend staying at the Le Meridien if you need to get to/from the airport. Be aware though that you need to let them know a day ahead of time that you are coming so that they will pick you up. If you arrive at a reasonable hour there is a Le Meridien office at the airport but they may be out waiting for an arriving passenger. I didn't know that when I arrived very late at night and waited for a long time. On the return, I flew back from Luxor and had the hotel call ahead and they were right there to get me. It is so much easier (and free) than trying to argue a price with the hordes of taxi drivers which hang around the airport.

Heliopolis is like Cairo light as it is not as crowded as central Cairo. There are some interesting buildings and the Presidential Palace is there but it is much less chaotic than central Cairo. It is north of the city so getting to/from the airport is very easy as you don't have to go through the city. The hotel also has the Royal Club floor which gives you free breakfast in the morning and snacks/drinks throughout the day.

For me it was a relaxing way to enter/exit Cairo.

If after your tour you find you need more time to explore Cairo, you can either take a cab from Heliopolis (leaving after the rush hour to get there) or stay downtown at the Sheraton. Once you have been there for a while, you know how much things cost and can better negotiate cab fares.
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Old Dec 3, 2007, 5:44 pm
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I would stay in Heliopolis both nights. We just returned from two weeks in Egypt (4 nights at the Conrad Cairo up front) and the last night in Heliopolis.
Downtown Cairo is just madness; except for the Nile Hilton, next to the Egyptian Museum, none of the hotels are really walkable to the major sights and you have to endure major traffic jams in taxis wherever you go. Heliopolis is calmer, quieter, and only a 10-15 taxi ride to the airport.
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Old Dec 4, 2007, 12:18 pm
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OK a couple quick follow-up questions, seems Heliopolis is the verdict.

1) How long would it take, theoretically speaking, to go from the Sheraton to the Airport at 5:00am on a Sunday?

2) How long would it take to go to/from Heliopolis to downtown Cairo on a Friday/Saturday afternoon?

Thanks again!
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Old Jan 24, 2008, 7:31 pm
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Which Starwood in Cairo Egypt [Master thread]

I plan to redeem SPG points for nights in Cairo on an upcoming vacation. ^
There are three options - a Sheraton and two Le Meridien's. All 3 are comparably priced points wise (3000 and 2000 a night) so I'm looking for feedback on which of these properties is nicest and best situated for touring the city.

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Old Jan 24, 2008, 9:13 pm
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Welcome to FlyerTalk. Much discussion regarding merits of Cairo properties has been lodged here:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showt...ighlight=cairo
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Old May 10, 2008, 1:19 am
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There is no real need to be based in a hotel at the pyramids as you're only going to spend a few hours there.
We are planning a trip to CAI in August. There are 5 of us (2 young children). We were planning on staying at the Le Meridien Pyramids for 1-2 nights. Is this overkill? If it were just me and Mrs. Onedog, then I woudn't have any problem doing a day excursion, but with the youngin's, a lot depends on their mood and how tired/hungry they are.

I'll be using points for an award stay and since CAI hotels are all Cat 1 & 2, $$ isn't the issue.

Thanks,

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Old May 10, 2008, 4:57 am
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Originally Posted by onedog
We are planning a trip to CAI in August. There are 5 of us (2 young children). We were planning on staying at the Le Meridien Pyramids for 1-2 nights. Is this overkill? If it were just me and Mrs. Onedog, then I woudn't have any problem doing a day excursion, but with the youngin's, a lot depends on their mood and how tired/hungry they are.

I'll be using points for an award stay and since CAI hotels are all Cat 1 & 2, $$ isn't the issue.

Thanks,

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I just returned from the Le Meridien Pyramids and posted my review at:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showt...582&highlight=

There's a few other reviews of Egypt properties there too, but its still not too detailed yet.

While I do acknowledge being hounded a bit by the vendors, I didn't think it was as bad as others have made it out to be (I found Mexico to be far worse). We used Viator to arrange our tours and they set up good private tours with a great guide.
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Old May 15, 2008, 3:55 pm
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I will arrive at 02.00 in the morning in CAI and leave around 02.00 the next morning.

What would you recomand guys? I want to get most for smallest price

There is actually
Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino - 140 $ - 7k points
Le Méridien Heliopolis - 140 $ - 3k points
Le Méridien Pyramids - 180 $ - 2k points

The Le Méridien Pyramids seems to be interesting for someone who uses points, am I right?

Is there maybe a possibilty that one hotel charges me for one night only? My main concern is that I might have to pay for two nights. This would hurt me. Autusch!

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Old Jun 13, 2008, 9:00 pm
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Is it still the case that the Sheraton has one tower with modern rooms and another with dated rooms? Can anyone comment on the food/drink selection in the lounge? free wifi anywhere?
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