9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very nice and quiet
"My husband and I arrived in Egypt around noon and were meet at the airport by Misr Travel. They took us straight to this hotel. We had already reviewed this hotel and it was above our expectations. This is not the United States. The people here were very nice and accommodating. We asked for a quiet and non smoking room and were put far away from noise which we liked. Bungalow type setting with outside table. Our room was very clean and so were the linens. We have stayed in a lot worse places in the U.S. that were suppose to be rated well. We enjoyed the buffet for most of our meals we also ate one meal at the Thai restaurant which was good. We spent two nights here before we went on our Nile Cruise on the Ramadis II. I would highly recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of August 2008
Lovely Hotel, good start to a holiday
"We stayed here for four days at the start of our holiday before moving on to Sharm El Sheikh. We arrived in the middle of the night, which was no problem, but we had to wait while a third bed was brought to our room and made up for our son, despite the booking stating three persons! However the same happened at our next hotel and this seems to be the way in Egypt.
The hotel was clean, the room was a little small with a third bed, but we were hardly in the room so not a problem.
The photographs of the hotel are not correct as you cannot see the pyramids from the pool, but you can once you step outside the front of the hotel and are easily seen from the rooftop bar. Although you really have to ask to get to this as it seemed to be permanently locked and we only went in there on our own to take a couple of photographs.
The food was very good, and although on bed and breakfast we ate at the hotel everynight, including the Thai restaurant.
The swimming pool is lovely, although a feels a little crammed in with the sunbeds around the edge.
The main reason for staying here was easy reach of the pyramids, and it is but you do have to go by taxi, walking is not an option as there are several busy roads to try and cross and cars do not stop for pedestrians.
Taxis outside the hotel are far cheaper than inside the hotel, if not quite as clean.
Overall we enjoyed our stay."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of June 2008
Pretty good Hotel, pity about the food
"We went to Cairo after spending 7 days on Magic 1 cruise ship. We stayed at the Movenpick for 3 nights. First impressions were that the bungalow style hotel was very nice. The room was very big and bright. Had a shower and found that the door leaked from a few places making the floor very wet and slippery. The twin beds had mattresses so old that it felt like we were sleeping on a wooden floor.
We reported both these problems to reception the following morning and they offered us another room. As we had unpacked we decided that we did not want to have to repack again for 2 days and they offered to change the mattresses and repair the shower. The 'new' mattresses were also very old but much more comfortable and they tried to repair the shower but failed. This hotel appears to be undergoing a re-furbishment as the block opposite was having new bathrooms and new furniture etc. put in.
We had paid Cosmos Â£10 each per day to ungrade to half board. My advice would be don't bother. The buffet food was cold very night and not very nice, we found it difficult finding something to eat, only the soup and the salad was appetising. You could order a meal from the bar which was much cheaper and look hot and better quality. You can upgrade to half board there if you so wish for around Â£7 per person per night.
When we arrived, we had the Cosmos rep. asking us to sign up for and pay for trips, the only one we decided to go on was to Cairo Museum the Citaldel and Cario city and market which was a full day trip. We are glad we did this as our guide was the one we had on the Nile Cruise, Galal. It is much cheaper to do this trip on your own but I feel it was worth the expense of having an Egyptologist to show you everything. The treasures from King Tut's tomb were really worth seeing.
As the hotel was within sight of the Pyramids, we decided to do this trip on our own. Cosmos were charging Â£26 each and we arranged a Limo from the hotel with the driver as our guide. This cost us Â£12.50 + tip for a 2 hour guided tour of the Pyramids plus entrance costs of Â£12, half the cost . You need transport with the Pyramids area as they are quite far apart.
If you go to Egypt, it is really worth going to Cairo, we are glad we went for 3 days instead of flying there for 1 day and trying to cram everything in."
- Travel date: Sun 8th of June 2008
"We stayed here as part of a Nile cruise/Cairo/Luxor combo with Archers direct.
The hotel looks dreadful from the outside and you might wonder what you've let yourself in for but it's not so bad. The reception area and restaurants are lovely and the staff are very attentive.
The rooms are bungalow/chalet style and nice enough, definitely 3*. They are very clean. Downside is that because they are chalets all the little mosquitos sit outside, next to the door, waiting for you to open it.
The pool is nice and clean, the restaurants serve great food so no need to leave the premises other than for trips. There is a great Mexican place at Le Meridien (10 minute walk) but the route is quite busy and noisy. We travel a lot (and dress conservatively) but did feel intimidated walking along the street. There are nicer hotels (Le Meridien/Nile Hilton) but for the money this is a nice comfortable hotel with everything you need for a short break."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of June 2008
good start to our holiday
"Considering the location of the hotel, right by a very busy road, it was a peaceful place to stay and unwind after a stressful time spent in the mayhem that is Cairo! We stayed there for 3 nights at the begining of our trip to Egypt. Our room was not large but everything was very clean and comfortable. The staff that we met were friendly and helpful. We highly recommend using the hotel taxis. This bunch of drivers would be at home on a race track but will take good care of you. Our driver even got my husband a birthday gift and me a red rose! On the down side the food was poor. The wait was long which would have been ok if worth waiting for but it was not. My husband said he had the worst meal he had ever had there. It was cold and not nice at all.
In general we were quite happy with our stay there and if the food could improve we would be more than pleased to return.
Just a little note, most pictures show the pool with the pyramids rising in the background. Not so. The pyramids, although quite close, cannot be seen from the hotel. You would have to go outside to the busy road to see them."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of May 2008
Location is good
"Stayed a total of 4 nights - 3 at the beginning of a 9 day Egypt tour and one night at the end. The rooms are very tired and in need of a makeover. Plumbing was leaky - but at least it worked. The beds are extremely hard - felt like we were sleeping on a granite sarcophagus. The buffet breakfasts and dinners are quite plentiful and good. We were pleased with the food. The staff is friendly and helpful."
- Travel date: Thu 8th of May 2008
Great for short break!
"We had 5 nights here with Kuoni and cannot fault it. Room large, clean, and away from very busy road outside. Breakfast was to die for - right down to the made-on-demand pancakes! Half board suited us and dinner was above average - plenty choice and delicious desserts.
We opted to use hotel taxi for trips - worked out cheaper than organised ones. Ask for Sharif at the desk - he will take you to the Pyramids and guide you around them (telling you to watch out for those wanting money for absolutely everything) without boring you with too much history. Also took us to Egyptian Museum in Cairo and waited 2hrs. Very cheap day out - OK he expects a tip but the wages are so meagre he deserves it!
Staff very courteous at all times and went out of their way to help. Pool area nice and quiet.
Just listen throughout the day for the beautiful haunting call to prayer from nearby mosques.
Be aware of walking out in front of hotel - we were approached about 20 times within 10 mins. Do not speak English - just say La Shokran (no thank you) and walk on."
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of May 2008
Ok hotel, but not great
"Movenpick Cairo was very clean, and the staff was very friendly. I must admit that only stupid little things bothered me, but overall it was a good experience. The pool as pictured on all the websites is not nearly as big as it looks. Also a lot of the websites says that they have complimentary airport transfers 24hrs a day....well this is not the case. The hotel will arrange it for you but for a price of course! Needless to say we made our own way to and from the hotel. It's a good location, out of the center city, but close to the pyramids.
We did try ordering outside food a few nights (KFC, Pizza Hut) and the hotel did not like this and would not let the food come in. This upset me a bit because I thought the dinner buffet was overpriced, so I'd rather take-out and who are they to tell me what and where to eat!!! The price for the same buffet dinner seemed to change night by night as well. One night for the 2 of us it was 258egy. pounds. The next night it was 365epy. pounds? Now how can the price change I have no clue? I am american and the exchange rate wasn't bad, but most would agree that $50 - $65 dollars a head for a buffet dinner is just plain silly. Nice hotel, but I'd only reccomend it to those who have lots of money to waste on stupid things like over priced food."
- Travel date: Sat 26th of April 2008
Pleasant and good value
"We stayed at this hotel for a week in March. It was close to the Pyramids and only about 20minutes from Saqarra. The Egyptian Museum was about 40minutes away by taxi.
Our room was not very clean and the chairs were unacceptably stained. On the plus side the shower was always hot and powerful. Also the air conditioning could be used to heat the room when it was cold at night.
The rest of the hotel was good, the pool never busy,the grounds were attractive and the gym was well equipped. We enjoyed the food in the Thai restaurant and the Italian restaurant by the pool and both were very reasonable. Reception were helpful.
We were delighted to find the Roof terace was open and not closed for refurbishment as it states on their website. It has wonderful views of the pyramids but is difficult to find so do ask reception. The only other views from the orangerie were always obscured by curtains.
The hotels limousine service was worth using for days out .
Be aware the drivers expect a tip ."
- Travel date: Fri 11th of April 2008