10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
New hotel to the city, very affordable and friendly
"PRO: very fairly priced, nice rooms, good beds, nice bathrooms, all brandnew as the hotel only opened some 6 months ago. There's a rooftop pool, a panoramic restaurant with Pyramids view and the staff is very friendly.
CON: the only big con is the Pyramids Road on which the hotel is located, this is THE busiest road of Giza, one will enjoy watching the chaotic traffic of Cairo, other people may hate it, I personaly didn't mind as I sleep very well, no horning carr will wake me up!"
- Travel date: Thu 18th of March 2010
Good Stay and friendly staff
"We stayed at the Barcelo Cairo Pyramids for 3 nights in the first week of March.
Our stay was very pleasant. The rooms were clean and tastefully decorated. Considering the hotel is on Pyramids street , which is a great location , the noise from the street was not audible in the rooms. The staff is friendly and always willingt o help.
The breakfast served in the morning is standard and caters to everyone from omlettes to cereal to pancakes to Egyptian style food. However , my only suggestion would be to extend the breakfast hours to atleast 9am. Currently it is from 6:30-8am. This way if you want to relax ( after all your on vacation!!) and sleep in late , you can still make it for breakfast.
Overall a wonderful experience and will surely recommend it to others."
- Travel date: Thu 18th of March 2010
Warm Staff and Tasteful Decor
"The Barcelo is a good hotel for business or short stays in Cairo. We stayed for one night on a tour of Cairo from Israel and it was comfortable. The breakfast buffet could have been better, but the staff was very friendly and the lobby has free internet and live music. In the middle of a very busy, loud city, it manages to be fairly quiet. There was a gigantic tour group there during our stay which sometimes made it hard to push through the large lobby, but our floor was pretty quiet and the beds in the room were very cozy. The hotel is tastefully decorated and welcoming, but doesn't have much local character to it, which often happens with large chain hotels. Overall, it is a great value for the money and it has everything you would want in a short stay hotel!"
- Travel date: Sat 13th of March 2010
decent with some annoyances
"Nice, big rooms, nicely furnished, good amenities.. but VERY noisy if you face Pyramids road due to bad architectural design of the hotel. You will absolutely need earplugs to sleep if you do face the street. Pillows were big and uncomfortable, but that is a personal opinion of course. No choice of pillow like some hotels have.
No business center. We asked at the front desk to use a computer and were told nothing was available. There is a concierge desk with computer but we never saw anyone sitting there our entrie stay.
There is no tour desk at the hotel for bus excursions etc. Instead they have a car service with set prices to various locations around Cairo and the area.
No free water at the hotel. However steps around the corner was a small shop that sold the necessities for very low prices.
Restaurants reasonably priced and good quality but every meal took 40 minutes to arrive even if there was no one else present. Breakfast buffet was very good. Pool area uncrowded and nicely laid out.
overall decent with a few annoyances, reasonable value for money."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of March 2010
Best sleep throughout my Egypt trip
"Hello all, this hotel is fantastic. we arrived from a 24hour trip from the UK and once we got to the check-in we asked if we could have a quiet room which they did without any extra charge. The bedroom very well decorated and clean, and the bed, wow, is the best mattress i have slept on and very quiet at night.
The breakfast is the same every morning, however there is a large selection of food and we were very satisfied.
The swimming pool area is nice there always someone there, besides from the evening, to provide you with towels.
Only negative thing is the taxi service, they do provide a guide to take you to the Pyramids, but we did not get one. If you do get a taxi from the hotel they will take you to shops but they get 50% extra profit from you so haggle with the price at the shops. we played good cop and bad cop which worked.
Location wise? well there are a few cafe and shisha area's. also a Mcdonalds and a shopping mall which is opened till late.
The restaurants in the hotel are a bit pricey but very nice, you can eat out and spend a third of that price but the experience wouldn't be the same.
Overall i would recommend this hotel to a family member as it is very well decorated and clean and safe. The staff are very helpfully and not so much in your face."
- Travel date: Tue 9th of March 2010
Nice hotel, nice staff, no sleep
"We stayed at this hotel one night on an overnight trip to Cairo from a shore excursion. The staff was very pleasant and courteous, but spoke very little English. At first glance, it's modern and inviting. The rooms were a fairly good size with contemporary furniture. Everything seemed to be clean. No complaints there. We were exhausted and went to bed late from sightseeing. It just so happened that this was the night that Egypt won the Africa Cup and all Cairo and Giza was celebrating in the streets. The window was closed but all the noise from the street was seeping through. There is no insulation on the windows to drown out the noise from below. I didn't rest very much. Furthermore, the next morning, I heard my next door neighbor's conversation through the bathroom wall. No privacy. We had breakfast the next day in the restaurant down stairs. That was a pleasant surprise. Yes, they have Tang instead of juice, but the fruit was very fresh, the omelette station was good, everything else was nice. I would recommend this hotel based on the amenities, but not based on location or (auditory)comfort."
- Travel date: Wed 24th of February 2010
"This hotel is a good place to stay, I stayed here for 3 nights. The room that I got is in the corner so the room is quite big. If have to comment the bad thing in this hotel are.
1. The twin bed (2 beds) is too small..smaller than usual.
2. The breakfast is same..should have some more food.
3. There are no pot in the room so if you want to ask for hot water you have to pay.
The good thing is the hotel has a good location, you can walk to the shopping mall in 3-5 min. there are many shop and food or supermarket for you to buy anything."
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of January 2010
a real pleasure
"I was a little scared about choosen a 4 stars in Egypt but what a big surprise to dis cover this Nice and very elegant hotel.
This is not my first visit to Cairo and belive that this Barcelo is much better than many
5 Stars and branded Hotels round there.
Very clean,with nice and cosy outles and specially the Rest and Lounge on the 12th floor
where you can see the Pyramids by sunset
Go ahead don't and hope that you will enjoy it as I did"
- Travel date: Sat 16th of January 2010
Lovely new hotel, excellent price.
"Service was very good with a welcome drink on arrival and we were picked up at the airport. Rooms were stylish and clean. There were various restaurants, but a little pricey, (there is a McDonalds down the road, turn left out of the hotel and is on same side of the road). We could see the Pyramids from top of hotel, but not within walking distance. Room service was prompt and there was a lovely driver in the hotel called Himan who took us wherever we wanted to go. The pyramids road is very long and very, very busy - do not attempt to cross the road or you will be squashed! The traffic doesn't let up day or night and you can hear this from your room, so be aware of this."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of January 2010
much more than we ever expected
"Barcelo Cairo Pyramids is really much more than we ever expected in Cairo. We booked it in a web site called Last Minute Travel for about 130-140$ a night (for a double room) and we thought it was quite over our budget but than again it is 4 stars rated and on the pictures it looked quite impressive. In reality it was even better. Hearing all kind of strange stories about other hotels in Cairo, we realized we were lucky to pick this one. It was of a high standard and I believe that it is important to find a good hotel, particularly in cities like Cairo which can be hard in a way for tourists like us ."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of December 2009