Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
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"Went 2nd-9th Nov, weather was 27- 31deg lovely. The hotel staff and Kuoni reps were the best. Food was average and the only reason i gave our room lower marks was because we had no balcony.The hotel is kept very clean.We did the trips to Gizza and Memphis,You must see these,the only thing that spoils it is people keep hassling you to buy things, but we learnt a good reply M.SHE means go away. People who say they get a upset stomach, it is not normally the food its handling the money as it is filthy and smells, so take a hand gel with you and clean your hands every time you touch the money.Cairo is filthy,busy and noisy, but it is full of sights and sounds you will never see, great place, you must go.The pool at the hotel were lovely and each one had a lifegaurd,all the sun beds had towels on them and were changed every time you moved.We never had a problem getting a bed there was plenty."
- Travel date: Thu 18th of November 2010
Good hotel - shame about the hidden fees...
"Good hotel - shame about the hidden fees. Lovely hotel, clean, great view and good location for the pyramids but be warned that they will add 24% to all costs quoted in the hotel including room rate. Thus $240 per night becomes $300 per night when you come to check out - this is due to taxes and service but isn't mentioned anywhere in the hotel literature (though apparently it is in 'other information' on their website).
It's a bit of a trek from the aiport - but you are paying for the view of the pyramids so this can't be avoided! Took us close to 2 hours at 11pm at night! I think this was unusually long though - an hour seems about standard.
Don't book the hotel tours to the pyramids - they are vastly over priced vs local operators - to the tune of $172 for 2 people Vs $60. This reflects the hotel premium on the likes of food and drinks as well but that's to be expected from a major hotel chain I suppose and you are paying for health peace of mind as much as anything."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of May 2008
We stayed here in March 2008, This hotel...
"We stayed here in March 2008, This hotel has to be one of the best in Cairo if not the world everything is just wonderful Itâs so close to the Pyramids you can nearly touch them.
Le Meridien Pyramids is located within walking distance of the Pyramids at Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, on the west bank of the River Nile and 10 km from Cairo. Bedrooms are well designed, clean, comfortably furnished and equipped with all modern amenities including air conditioning, telephone, television and minibar. The hotel offers a selection of restaurants providing cuisine from around the world, we loved the Nubian restaurant near the pool. Within the hotel there is a shopping arcade, beauty salon and swimming pool.
We were greeted in the lavish reception and lounge area of the hotel which simply took your breath away, especially the sweeping staircase.
We found the rooms, food, and service all excellent. This hotel has class, including uniformed bellboys in the lifts. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone staying a few nights in Cairo
I can't think of a bad thing about this hotel. It definitely deserves it's five star status.
As soon as you see the foyer you realised that this hotel is pure class."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of April 2008
We stayed in this hotel on our way to a...
"We stayed in this hotel on our way to a holiday on the Red Sea.
We asked for a pyramid view and boy did we get one. There is something surreal about throwing open your bedroom curtains in the morning and seeing the pyramids which are probably less than a mile from your bedroom window.
The hotel suggested we booked a car and guide for the afternoon as our time was limited. We got a Hertz car and uniformed driver for 3 hours for about twelve pounds sterling. He helped us get our tickets for the Pyramids, told us which things to see and what to avoid and generally looked after us for the afternoon; well worth the money.
We found the rooms, food, and service all excellent. This hotel has class, including uniformed bellboys in the lifts. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone staying a few nights in Cairo.
The only drawback, which the hotel can do nothing about, is that a very busy main road (I doubt if there is any other type in Cairo) runs past their front door.
I would love to go back."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of December 2007
We have just returned from 6 nights at t...
"We have just returned from 6 nights at this hotel and it came up to all our expectations. We witnessed 3 weddings & although we felt that the rooms are in need of a spruce up this is gradually being done.
The food in all the restaurants is good and definitely value for money but imported drinks are expensive as is the wine which is of poor quality however Egypt is currently pretty cheap & the staff could not have been more helpful. Obviously we wanted to see as much of the historical side to Cairo as possible and generally book one or two tours when on holiday. However, we discussed this with the concierge and he suggested why we didnât hire a vehicle, driver & guide, no doubt his cousin! We expected this to cost the earth but instead we got 4 half days visiting:
Pyramids & Sphinx in Giza.
Stepped pyramid at Saqqara & old capitol city of Memphis.
Mosque, citadel & old city in Cairo.
The Egyptian museum, with all the Tutankhamen artifacts, & Souk.
All this plus an evening Nile cruise with dinner & belly dancer as well as the Sound & Light show at the Pyramids for the princely sum of LE3 250 (Â£300) which we both thought excellent value for money. The young guide was very good her knowledge of Egyptian history being comprehensive & her English also being good.
Finally, one or two recommendations:
Donât even consider renting a car as the Cairo traffic & driving conditions are beyond belief & need to be seen to be believed. Always without exception drink bottled water & think very carefully before accepting cold drinks offered in shops as you have no idea where the water comes from."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of September 2006
I have just returned from a spectacular...
"I have just returned from a spectacular holiday in Egypt and needed to tell everyone about it...
As part of the holiday we had 3 nights stay at the Le Meridien Pyramids hotel, and it lived up the all the expectations you would expect from a well known hotel chain.
We were greeted in the lavish reception and lounge area of the hotel which simply took you breath away, especially the waterfall centrepiece by the sweeping staircase.
We booked a pyramid view room and we not disappointed in the view overlooking the pool area and as a backdrop the breathtaking pyramids.
The room was spacious and very clean and was serviced twice daily including a turndown service.
The pool area was clean and the pool itself was a welcome relief from the heat of the sun. The staff worked very hard to keep it looking pristine and look after you as best as possible.
We ate our breakfast in the main restaurant which offered a wide variety of foods and freshly squeezed fruit juices and again the service was top class.
Each evening we ate our dinner in Tex-Mex where we were welcomed each evening by the staff with friendly smiles. We ate there every night sampling the wide variety of Mexican dishes all of which were so lovely we had to finish the whole lot!
If anyone is looking to stay in this hotel it come thoroughly recommended and if I should return to Egypt I will definitely be checking into the Le Meridien again."
- Travel date: Thu 22nd of June 2006
Certainly one of the best hotels you'll...
"Certainly one of the best hotels you'll find in Cairo. The thing which sets this hotel from the rest is typically it's location.
You come to this hotel to wake up with a view of the pyramids and that is exactly what you get! The hotel offers comfortable, very accommodating rooms and friendly staff are at your beckoned call.
A fabulous lobby area takes your breath away on arrival which opens out to a grand stairway. We managed to witness two weddings on this stairway and we were there just 2 nights.
The only negative point I'd have on this hotel would be the tight security. Armed guards at the entrance I found quite intimidating but then everywhere we went in Egypt seemed to follow suit."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of February 2006
I have stayed at Meridien Pyramids 5 tim...
"I have stayed at Meridien Pyramids 5 times now and what can I say.... if you want 5 star service then this is the place to go. Staff are fantastic, food is fabulous & the view from the rooms is fantastic... I always have a pyramid view room, just to see the sunset at night is a must in Egypt.
There is a lovely Shisha cafe here too, food is really nice in there and nice beer too...
Always greeted with a warm welcome at this hotel & cannot fault it in anyway."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of January 2006
Key to a Good Room
"i stayed here for 2 nites, went on a 5 day cruise up the Nile then back again for 3 nites. what a diff in the room-the first time was a large room with a spectacular view of the pyramids out my window. the next time was a view of bldgs with a small room. i found that the diff was the guide from my tour company who can make or break your room choice. he insisted on the pyramid view as he has many customers. great for tours around Giza but far away for most attractions so stayed @Sheraton Cairo for the next 2 wks. lobby had a beautiful Egyptian wedding almost everynite complete with belly dancers-filmed it all. buffets were decent & could enjoy dining sitting outsidewith a beautiful view. hotel lacks entertainment @ nite so went to other hotels. don't buy anything in hotels, go to Khalili Bazaar for a full day of bargains. make sure u pay for your camel ride up front @ Giza or u will be in for a big surprise later! also desk wouldn't allow me to keep all my gifts from Kenya & Cairo in storage til i got back which caused a dilemma & almost missed plane so i wrote a statement that they weren't responsible for lost or damaged items. Nubian res't was very different & had a room to smoke the shisha pipes. had a nice stay & met people from all over the world."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of January 2006
view was spectacular
"we stayed at this hotel in cairo for 3 nights.
We had a great pyramid view.
The hotel itself wasn't too bad, the reception area had a few gift shops, nice lounge area.
The food was buffet style, it was ok, though not a great variety for breakfast - don;t axpect bacon and eggs! they don't eat bacon over there, so it was crossiants, or pancake things we had, it has ok if you had a sweet tooth!
Food overall ok.
Pool area was very clean and plenty of sunbeds to go around.
I would definitely go there again if we stayed in cairo, but we prefer Luxor and Aswan."
- Travel date: Thu 8th of December 2005
Excellent hotel as a base
"Stayed for 3 days at LE Meridien Cairo as part of a package tour with Discovery Egypt.
The hotel was of the standard you would expect from a main player. It was clean, well serviced and a pleasent place to stay. Staff were helpful and couteous though the hotel is large so it all seems a little impersonal at times.
Great location where you can see the Pyramids whilst sitting next to the pool. A 10 minute walk to the pyramids makes it a good base if thats what you want to see.
Food was fine but if you want a cheap meal try the Falafal restarant just down the road. Good fayre at an exceptionally low price.
The flamingos outside the main entrance are a somewhat odd if interesting feature. Security was the best of the hotels we saw. proper physical bollards (rather than a man at a flimsy gate) and sniifer dogs for any vehicles.
Certainly worth staying at."
- Travel date: Thu 8th of December 2005
Safe, clean and reasonable.
"The Meridien was an oasis among poverty near the pyramids. The staff was friendly, helpful and spoke good English. The rooms were clean and spacious (dont bother w/ a pyramid view, as you are mostly out of the room during the day and it wasnt lit up at night).
Restaurants were excellent with delicious food at reasonable prices.
Tip of the day: Have the hotel arrange a driver to pick you up at the airport. You will essentially have an expeditor to help get your visa and safely pass through immigration and customs."
- Travel date: Wed 7th of December 2005