19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Don't stay here
"I stayed here with my husband for three nights in April 2006. We found the public areas very dirty and in need of attention. No members of staff spoke to us unless we spoke to them first. Breakfast was held in a temporary room and smelled attrocious. The table linen and chair covers were dirty. Although our room was fine, there was a used breakfast tray outside one of the rooms for the entire duration of our stay.
We would not be able to recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of May 2006
"No complaints about this hotel, it seems to be one of the better ones in the Cairo area. It is in Giza near the pyramids (there is a second group of reviews on this site under Giza instead of Cairo). The journey into town takes about half an hour, but we preferred to be away from the noise, smells and hassle of Cairo City Centre.
The Pyramids are close but not walkable. A shuttle bus from the hotel to the Egyptian Museum in town is free, but leaves only at 10am and 6pm, returning at 1pm and 8pm. If you take a taxi from the hotel you will be strongly pushed to keep the taxi with you all day - annoying that they are so aggressively commecial, but financially it's not necessarily a bad decision.
I have seen references to high prices in Egypt on some websites - this is only the case when you are drinking wine. We had lunch, dinner and drinks at the hotel for 3 days and it cost us about 1000 Eqyptian Pounds.
The room was great, the restaurants fine and the pool seemed excellent. The only thing that spoiled the pool a bit was the constant smells of food that wafted over, and the sun loungers are all a bit close together.
We would highly recommend a faluca ride on the Nile (we used Dok Dok by the Four Seasons hotel in Garden City, make sure you haggle - 30 pounds Egyptian for an hour seemed ok to us).
We certainly weren't disappointed with the hotel."
- Travel date: Fri 28th of April 2006
pleasantly surprised !!!
"I stayed in this hotel recently and was one of a party of 9 including 2 children. Having read some of the reviews of this hotel i was slightly nervous about what we would find when we arrived, however all of my concerns were unfounded.
We all had lovely rooms which were set on 2 floors - lounge and bathroom downstairs,and bedroom and another bathroom upstairs. The decor was old, but the rooms were kept clean and tidy and everything worked as it should. My kids had the room next door with an interconnecting door, so we had loads of space (much more than we needed infact).
The children loved the hotel pool - yes, it was cold; but once you had taken the plunge and got in it was very pleasant - especially when it was over 30 degrees C in the sunshine.
My husband visited the gym a couple of times - not to work out, but to have a massage and he said it was very good. I tried out the jacuzzi, steam room and sauna and it was very good value at about Â£2.50.
The staff were very friendly and always willing to help, especially with the children and i have no complaints there.
The standard of food varied depending on which restaurant you ate in. The breakfast buffet was fine but not great. The boys had cereal and toast and yoghurts most mornings, and i usually just had toast with marmite (yes, i took my own jar with me !). Lunch was spent by the pool, and there were sandwiches and burgers available for the children which kept them happy.
In the evenings there were a number of restaurants to choose from. We didnt enjoy the Lebanese, but the Italian and French restaurants were both good, and we ate in each of these a couple of times. If you wanted a lite option then both restaurants served very good soup (useful, if your stomach is feeling a little delicate).
Overall, we were very pleasantly surprised, and if we were returing to Cairo we would stay here again. One evening we went for a meal at the Mena House - this is a lovely hotel, but i would have constantly worried about the children there - so as a family hotel i think the Pyramids Park was the right choice for us."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of April 2006
Away from the crowds
"I just returned from a 2 week trip around Eqypt with my family. We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel for 2 nights after the tour we joined ended so that we could spend a day in Alexandria.
The hotel is approx. 40minutes from downtown Cairo. This isn't a bad thing considering it's nearly impossible to get around downtown Cairo on foot anyway becuase traffic is crazy and dangerous! The hotel isn't really within walking distance of anything, but for L.E 15 you can catch a taxi and it will take you just about anywhere. We ended up going to a restaurant called Felfella, cheap clean eyptian food, about 10 minutes away by the Le Meridian hotel, in a taxi where 4 people can eat for under L.E 150 and the food is delicious!
The hotel itself is decent. For USD$60 a night we couldn't have asked for much more. The hotel rooms are spread out in separate 2 story buildings and there is a lot of ground to cover. They did include a free fruit platter to each room on our arrival with a banana, orange and strawberries. There was a large swimming pool just outside of the main lobby, but it's not heated and the water was very cold. There is a nice gym with sauna and hot tub which is free to hotel guests if you have time to spend around the hotel. One major problem we had was with bugs in our room, not because the rooms aren't clean, but there are flys and mosquitos there. The hotel does provide each room with an electric bug repellent.
We found that the hotel was ideally located for our trip to Alexandria. The main road outside the hotel is the desert road that all tour buses take to Alexandra, so we ended up being the last to be picked up for the tour and the first ones to get home. We found that our tour from [-]eyptreservation[-] was the best deal we could find. For $40 per person it included RT transportation, lunch and admission fees. There were 8 people in our tour and they picked us up in a little Toyota mini tripod(?) van. You'll know the type when you get there, if you're not familiar. The tour was originally $55 when there were only 4 of us, so the price goes down when more people are in the same tour. Ask them to quote you the price of the tour without admission, they paid less than L.E. 50 in admission costs when we went but charged us an additional USD$15. Islam was the name of our tour guide and he was excellent! Email the company ahead of time to get a quote and call them when you get there to finalize your arrangements. We did not wire them money as they requested for fear of fraud... just pay them when they come to pick you up.
If you're looking for shopping, the shopping center next to the Ramses Hilton in downtown Cairo is a great spot. There are lots of clothes, shoes and eqyptian souveniers sold in a clean and air conditioned plaza. I would reccommend that location if you are looking for shopping. It's also located just across the street from the Egyptian Museum, so you can shop after you visit the museum. The shopping center closed around 9pm. But becareful crossing the street!
The trip back to the airport cost L.E. 110 from the Hertz reservation counter in the lobby.
Hope this helps someone on their trip."
- Travel date: Tue 25th of April 2006
Don't stay at this hotel
"This hotel was a huge let down. My husband & I almost always stay at Intercontinental Hotels & have been very happy w/ our experiences. This hotel was more like a "Holiday Inn". It seemed to cater to bus loads of tour groups. The staff were terrible! Everyone we came into contact with (except the cleaning staff) was so stuck up. The refrigerator was broken in our suite. No effort was made to fix it. There was no safe in the room, which forced us to use a safety deposit box at the front desk. Again, the staff were terrible. They would have us wait while they chatted. The hotel also recommended a driver. The man was a con-artist...I could go on & on about this place. Save yourself the grief; go somewhere else."
- Travel date: Mon 17th of April 2006
Close to Pyramids...but out of view!
"The disclaimer that the hotel is close to the pyramids is true, but not close enough to walk, nor can they be viewed from the hotel because of the highway obstructing all views.The grounds are quite lovely as is the pool. The rooms are adequate, but a bit worn. The rooms are in need of a major renovation, as is the rest of the hotel. A major renovation would make this hotel top-notch. The staff and hotel personnel are very friendly and helpful. It is not by any means a 4-star hotel. It is not in the class of other Intercontinental Hotels."
- Travel date: Sat 8th of April 2006
I stayed here in 1992 and we could have...
"I stayed here in 1992 and we could have not been more happy. Fabulous rooms, service and restaurant.
Would like advise anybody visiting Egypt, please never eat any salad and make sure your scrape off extras on your food. Also always clean your teeth with bottle water.
- Travel date: Fri 31st of July 1992