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Marriott Bonvoy hotels in or near Cairo, Egypt

Old Jun 14, 2008, 2:51 pm
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I just read on SPG's web site that the club lounge is closed at the Sheraton Cairo until 6/30/08...does anyone know what they are doing for Plats in the meantime...the hotel will not answer my emails.

Also, does anyone know which would be a better recommendation Hilton or JW Marriott instead?
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Old Jun 23, 2008, 6:08 am
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bump...am at the Sheraton now, there's a Towers Lounge by the front desk...is that the main lounge? They serve drinks all day, very light snacks, and one hour for Happy Hour in the evenings. Im not sure if that is the temporary lounge or the main lounge.

Wifi for 24 hours is $40 though!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Aug 2, 2008, 9:11 am
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Just returned from a trip that included 4 weeks in Egypt. Stayed at the Le Meridien Heliopolis the night of my arrival (flight landed at 9pm) and the night before my departure (flight left at 8am). As noted earlier, if you specifically e-mail them before your trip, they will have someone meet you at the airport...in fact, the person will meet you INSIDE security, INSIDE immigration, right where you first enter the terminal building from your flight.

I would not stay at this hotel for any other reason than a before/after flight place to crash for the convenience of the airport pickup and saving the hassle of navigating taxi hire & haggling from the airport into town.

They're just finishing renovations on their gym in the "basement" downstairs. Nothing fancy in terms of equipment, but decent treadmills, a universal wieght station (think high school gym thing), and (for an extra charge-) suana/steam/jacuzzi facilities.

Breakfast in the Royal Club lounge upstairs is like that of most nice westins I've stayed with, good combo of hot & cold dishes, eggs, sausages, potatoes, & breads, cheeses, etc.

Their "snacks"\ throughout the day" are just a couple baskets of fruit. In the evening, they add deserts as well (cheesecakes, etc.) They have bartenders/staff their 24/7 so you can get a drink anytime (including their fresh juices & juice purees, my fav. was the mango.

The pool area serves as a restaurant at night and "closes" to swimming at around 6:30pm.

Staff was really inconsistent on both of my stays. Some really friendly, some really rude, some really informative, some really not. Examples: On my first stay, they said all Plats were upgraded to the Royal Club Floor (and I was) yet on my second stay they denied this and said Plats were upgraded to a suite on standard or SPG floors & had to pay extra cash or points for upgrades to the Royal Club floor yet could still access the Royal Club lounge. The front desk staff say the entire gym facility is included/free for guests. The gym staff don't tell you until after you're sitting in the jacuzzi that the jacuzz. is extra. Front desk staff said pool is open until 9pm for swimming, pool staff said it closes at 6:30 for the restaurant. The front desk tell you to arrange your cab into town thru the bellmen at the front door as this will be much cheaper than haggling it w/ the driver on your own (I've heard that before about Egyptian hotels as well). Yet, the cheapest price the bellman could get me was 60 EGP one way (per local friends of mine in cairo, it should be a lot lower, like 30-45 or so). The Royal Club receptionist will tell you that all Plats as well as all Royal Club floor guests should receive a complementary bottle of water & fruit basket on arrival, in their room. On my first stay, I never rec'd either, nor did it come after two phone calls. On my second stay, just a plate with a banana, an apple and a fig, no water--yet a "note" from the manager pointing me to all the instant things I could spend my points on.

The suites I rec'd on both stays were immaculate, and the housekeeping staff was consistently really, really cheerful & friendly with warm hello's & how-are-you's every time you pass them in the halls.
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Old Aug 10, 2008, 4:47 pm
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cairo - marriott cairo or the jw?

I am looking to stay at one of the cairo marriotts this coming feb and trying to figure out which one to pick -- looks i can stay on points at either location.

we have never had a bad experience at a jw! but i was not sure if it was as close to things downtown as the other marriott. We will be coming from sharm so the resortiness of the jw is not as important ... it looks like we can spend an afternoon by the pool at either hotel.

it looks like the JW is really nice but everyone on this forum has sworm by the cairo marriott.

any thoughts?

thanks for any help!
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Old Aug 15, 2008, 9:31 am
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I haven't stayed at the JW, but (a) it's in Heliopolis, which is close to nothing but the airport, and (b) while it looks gorgeous, doesn't have Nile views.

Personally, I think the Cairo Marriott is a special hotel -- originally built for the opening of the Suez Canal. Its location in Zamalek is terrific. The rooms are not that great, but are you going to Cairo to stay in your hotel room? Just be sure to get a Nile view!
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Old Aug 16, 2008, 6:26 am
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Originally Posted by as219
I haven't stayed at the JW, but (a) it's in Heliopolis, which is close to nothing but the airport, and (b) while it looks gorgeous, doesn't have Nile views.

Personally, I think the Cairo Marriott is a special hotel -- originally built for the opening of the Suez Canal. Its location in Zamalek is terrific. The rooms are not that great, but are you going to Cairo to stay in your hotel room? Just be sure to get a Nile view!
The JW is really out of the way, not very clsoe to any of the main attractions that a tourist would want to visit. If you're not looking for the resort feel as you mentioned, definitely go for the Marriot in Zamalek.
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Old Aug 16, 2008, 7:39 am
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While this is a perfectly valid question for the Middle East forum, I'm going to move it to the Marriott forum because both hotels have been discussed there.

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Old Aug 16, 2008, 8:06 am
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I've stayed at both this year. Both are very nice hotels and you will be treated well at either. The JW is definitely the newer of the two and it shows when you walk into the public areas and the rooms are probably a little nicer. The pool at the JW is by far better than the Marriott on the Nile. The JW's pool is basically a water park and has lots of play areas. The pool at the Cairo Marriott (by the Nile) is just a normal rectangular pool. Nothing fancy. So if your going to make a decision based on the pools, the JW is the way to go.

But as you imply, it isn't downtown. It is on Ring Road which would take maybe 15-20 minutes to get downtown, though the JW is closer to the airport. The really nice thing about the Cairo Marriott (by the Nile) is that you can walk to a number of places (or take a cheap taxi ride). The Cairo Musuem is within easy walking distance. If location is an issue, the Cairo Marriott is the better choice as it is right there in the city and getting around is easy and quick. The JW is almost completely by itself and you won't be walking anywhere (off property at least).
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Old Aug 16, 2008, 8:49 am
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I'll second the post immediately preceding mine. I was in Cairo in March and stayed at the Marriott in the city located on the Nile. Geographically it wins hands down. I had a really nice stay there. It is a beautiful property, and as was stated, try to get a room with a view of the Nile. If casinos matter to you, I believe there is also a casino on the property called the Omar Khayyam Casino. Have a fun trip.
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Old Aug 17, 2008, 2:36 am
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Stayed at Zamalek property for the 7th time this past January, however notwithstanding its much better location, and close enough to walk to La Pasha Houseboat for a choice of dinner, I found that the doormen will not allow the new yellow taxi's (metered) into the hotel to pick up customers as no kickback.

[QUOTE=coffeeguzzler;10180711]I am looking to stay at one of the cairo marriotts this coming feb and trying to figure out which one to pick -- looks i can stay on points at either location.
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Old Oct 5, 2008, 9:27 pm
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Is It Worth Paying Extra For Club Floor?

Is it worth paying extra to stay on the Club Floor to get the benefits of the club lounge at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino?
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Old Mar 10, 2009, 7:37 pm
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I will be staying at the Marriott on the Nile in a couple of weeks as a base for a 24 hour tour of the sites. A couple of questions:

1. Has anyone used the car service the hotel offers to pick you up at the airport? I realize the $70 it is probably 3 times more than a taxi but after 20 hours of travel having a Mercedes waiting for you and not having to negotiate the taxis might be worth it. Especially with 4 of us to split the fare.

2. Does the hotel offer any type of shuttle to Giza or are we better off just taking a taxi?
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1) Having the Marriott Driver waiting is not only the transportation but also a fast track through immigration as he is likely meeting you right before the immigration counters and speeding up the process. Getting a local taxi at the airport without paying a taxi tout surcharge is not that easy imho. Also the real cheap taxis are quite uncomfortable and you might have to split up your party of 4 in two groups anyway. If you want to save a few bucks, you might consider prebooking your transfer via one of the several taxi providers.

2) There is a travel agency right inside the Marriott offering everything. Ive never used them though as i found the prices quite expensive. Lots of alternate providers at the airport and the whole city. NEVER prepay the whole trip, i made that mistake once, and was left alone in the lobby at the scheduled pick-up time to the airport. Going to Giza by local taxi is easy but the local driver might try to stop at any of his favourit shops before...
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 2:35 pm
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Contemplating the use of either Marriott Rewards points or Starpoints in Cairo. For our time in Cairo, we will spend a day at the Cairo Museum (which makes the regular Marriott attractive) and then 2-3 days doing daytrips to nearby sites. Ideally, we'd arrange personal tours/drivers either solely for us or with a very small group. (In other words, no bus tours or anything like that.)

For evenings/night, I think we want to be *in* Cairo - that is, with restaurants, markets, and the liveliness of the city around us. Staying at an airport hotel isn't usually our style. So there are two points that make the downtown Marriott attractive.

My only hangup is that I value 80k Marriott (for 5 nights) quite a bit more than I value 15k Starwood, which is what their downtown hotels would cost me.

So my questions:

(a) What does this hotel tend to do for Platinums? I see it listed as 977 rooms and 112 suites. That seems like a ton of suites...do they tend to upgrade Platinums to them if available? What is the lounge/breakfast situation here and do they do anything different on weekends?

(b) I've read both here and elsewhere that in-hotel booking agents will vastly overcharge for daytrip-type excursions. Is there anywhere outside - near the Marriott - that is recommended for this? Or should we plan everything ahead of time? (The Middle East forum does have some links to guides that people have liked.)

(c) How much of a step down in quality is the regular Marriott from the JW? They are both Cat 4's, and I think we're all used to JW's being nicer, but how different are they? I'm talking about general feel of the hotel - we don't care a lot about the resort-like amenities like water slides and such.

(d) If anybody here also has Starwood experience, I'd love to know how those properties stack up to the Marriott Cairo.

(e) We have a 5:30AM departure from CAI on LH on our trip home. Yes, I know that sounds awful, but to get LH C awards and make it home to MCI in one day, that's what we had to do. I would prefer to avoid hotel-switching on the final night just to be near the airport. How long is the drive from the downtown Marriott from the airport, considering we'd be in a cab at about 3:30AM or so?

(f) Is it worthwhile to arrange the private greeter inside security on the inbound from LXR to CAI? I've been under the impression that the value of the greeter was really on incoming international flights - getting fast-tracked through C&I.
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a) I've stayed at the both Marriott's a few times. The Cairo Marriott I was always upgraded to a high level room with a nice view of the Nile. I was never put in a suite. I stayed twice at the JW. Neither time was I upgraded to a suite room, but one of my friends traveling with me was upgraded to a bi-level suite for a 3 night stay. I was upgraded to a CL level room for each of my stays. (In all fairness, I do believe all my stays were for 6 days or more at a time.) The CL is a fairly nice one. They have a decent breakfast and evening food spreads, better than what you would find in most any NA based hotel, but maybe a slight bit below what I found in most of the Asia CLs. The CL was open during weekends as well. I don't really drink alcoholic beverages, but I think that both hotels did have free drinks for an hour or two each evening.

b) I would agree that going through the hotel would probably be a more expensive option. Probably your cheapest option is to just walk down to the street one morning and ask each of the taxi drivers what they would charge for the day. When you walk down to the main road (assuming you are staying at the Nile Marriott), the taxi drivers will very quickly see you and stop by to see if they can get your business. If you have any local contacts, they can probably give you some reasonable rates for getting their services for a day. With that said, most taxis will probably only hold upto 3 persons (and they better not be very large.) If you are staying at the JW, you may have to get the hotel to help you get a local taxi. There just aren't many driving by the hotel there.

c) The JW is much newer (as it hasn't been open for very long.) It also has what may very well be the single best pool complex in the city. You will get access to what is basically a waterpark. The Cairo Marriott is part of the old palace complex used during the 1800s. So it has a bit of history to it, though the rooms are all in newer buildings. Also, if you are into casinos, the Cairo Marriott has a small casino on site. The big downfall for the JW is that it is out of the city, where the Cairo Marriott is right in the middle of everything (even within walking distance to the Cairo Museum.

d) I haven't stayed at any of the *wood properties, though I did to a little searching in the SPG forum when I went to Cairo. Based on general posts, I'm not sure any of the *wood properties would match either of the Marriott properties. (Which may be why they are low point costs.)

e) If I remember correctly, the JW Marriott is a bit closer to the airport. Maybe a 15-20 minute drive. From the downtown/Nile area, the drive is probably around 30-40 minutes, but I admit that I didn't time it.

f) Since my trips were for business (as well as pleasure), I was able to get a local reception inside of security. And I didn't have any flights inside of Egypt either. But in any case, I wouldn't think you would need to have a greeter except for a bit of peace of mind given you are already within the country.
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