20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Cairo Chaos, but with a little touch of luxury!

2
Poor
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Reviewed Sat 17th of November 2012

"Magnificent lobby, especially at xmas. Comfortable rooms, but no aircon in December even though it was still 74 degrees. Good interconnecting rooms for us as a family of 5. Service exemplary, but shocked that you had to pay for everything! Appreciate that we're supporting what could be described as a developing country to some, so rich in culture, but so poor in so many ways. Be prepared to pay for the loo roll in every single loo, towels are free but you have to pay to have them put on the sun bed. Great pool, especially for 3 teenage boys. Trips through Kuoni, VERY expensive. For 3 nights and 4 days total of £4,500 GBP. Breakfast cold, but good range of food. The themed restaurant, provided good selection , but certainly not cheap, not suprising as meant to be a 5 star hotel. Apologies if sound a little negative, but extremely noisy with the main road that separates the hotel from the pyramids, all through the night with constant horn tooting. Great view of pyramids though which remain incredibly awe inspiring. Don't go close to new Year as had to wait 3 hours to get into the Cairo museum and then squashed dangerously like sardines when looking at King Tut's mask. Airport check in also took 4.5 hours due to renovations, but we were warned about it. We didn't eat anywhere else apart from the hotel restaurants and the Kuoni trip meals, but all 5 of us ended up with listeria!!! SO SORRY TO END ON SUCH A NOTE!"

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  • Travel date: Sun 27th of November 2005

Perfect

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Thu 8th of November 2012

"Just checked out from Le Meridien Pyramids, chosen instead of other hotels in the area thanks to the previous reviews.
I have to confirm everything.

Wonderful, friendly and speedy check in.
Wonderful (really) room with a view right on the three Pyramids, lighted up until 11pm with artificial light.
Italians will be glad to know that they feature 3 (three)! Italian channels (Rai Uno, Rai Due e Canale 5) which is very important for italian travellers.
The room was ok, not the newest on the market (not a Four Seasons room, to be clear) but all in all it was simply perfect, expecially for the price paid for.
Do not take a taxi to the pyramids and the sphinx but go walking (about 10 mins).
In any case, you can hire a taxi-cab to be taken there, have it waiting for you and back for about 30 LE (5 Euro).
After all this pros, the only cons was the omnipresent traffic of Cairo, even close to this resort (but it's not the fault of the hotel!).
Definitely would return!"

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  • Travel date: Tue 22nd of November 2005

Wonderful hotel

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Sat 17th of November 2012

"We chose this Meridien because it was A LOT less expensive than the other "nice" Western hotels, and we were not disappointed. We looked also at advises on this site. We stayed here for 6 days in a fourth-level room. The room was very nice - not fabulous luxury, but nice furnishings and very clean and big enough to stay with our two kids. We ate at felfela and mena house indian restaurant several times - it was all excellent.

The staff was helpful, the building was gorgeous, and we loved the location - we went visiting everywhere from here taking black and white taxies. The draw back, is that the Hotel is situated a bit of a drive from the centre of Cairo.

The hairdresser has in no way a reasonable charge. I paid 150 EL to have my haircut refresh and the girl was suppose to start at 10 am and arrived at 12 !

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this hotel and would stay here again."

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  • Travel date: Tue 1st of November 2005

If only all hotels were like this

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Thu 1st of November 2012

"I stayed with my family for 3 nights in October 05.

The rooms were fantastic - we didn't have a view of the pyramids, but we did have comfortable beds with clean fresh linen every day, soft fluffy clean towels, silent air conditioning and superb service.

Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff, the pool area was magnificent and the food fresh and didn't cause us any upsets."

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  • Travel date: Tue 1st of November 2005

Great hotel - rip-off services.

4
Good
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Reviewed Thu 8th of November 2012

"This was our most recent stay at the hotel, having been a return visitor for the last 7 years. As usual, the hotel certainly tries hard in terms of the attention to detail and the genuine concern of the staff for your well being and comfort during your stay but... the hotel is being very badly let down by the services that are operating within the hotel premises, i.e. the business centre and the hairdresser etc. In no way is 45E£ for 15 minutes a reasonable charge for internet access nor 250E£ for my wife to have her hair 'put up' for dinner, plus 150E£ for my son to have a shave is absolutely astounding! The equipment is antique and certainly not up to 5* standard. I myself had a fantastic haircut in Zamalek, from a splendid barber with modern clean equipment - 30E£. This hotel needs to look seriously at its WHOLE operation, not just what it is responsible for directly!"

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  • Travel date: Fri 21st of October 2005

Great Pyramid Views

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Wed 7th of November 2012

"My husband and I stayed two nights at this hotel September 28 & 29 and couldn't get over the views. We had a room that overlooked the pool with swim up bar and the pyramids - unbelievable. The only drawback to this is that the nightly entertainment is held poolside and is quite noisy.
Staff is very friendly and the various restaurants are very good. The buffet had a great variety for breakfast, and The Med had excellent dinners.
Pyramids look like they are within walking distance, but traffic outside is very heavy, so I would not recommend trying to walk.
All in all, a great hotel on the outskirts of Cairo!"

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  • Travel date: Tue 11th of October 2005

Our flight to Luxor was with egyptair, w...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Fri 30th of September 2005

"Our flight to Luxor was with egyptair, we found the service was excellent and the food was acceptable, as far as airline food goes. the rep at Luxor was called Mohammed (they were all called Mohammed!) Did everything for us, could not fault the service at all. Hotel was superb, a choice of three restaurants within the hotel and the courtyard within the hotel had music ever evening .the staff were courteous to the point of being slightly embarrassing, but better that way than the other.

Sheraton Cairo. Again we could not fault most things except we were given a room overlooking a derelict building on the 11th floor, we asked them to change the room and they did so straight away, a room on the 22 floor overlooking the Nile food was first class, Cairo itself was something else!!

We didn’t see the sun till mid afternoon due to the air pollution, but it was worth it, the sites were magnificent, we went on four trips in all and they were amazing, the pyramids, Cairo museum, valley of the kings at Luxor Karnack and Luxor temple, they all included a personal guide and transport, I must say I could not find fault with Thomas cook signature and would definitely use them again.
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  • Travel date: Fri 30th of September 2005

I can't think of a bad thing about this...

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed Tue 1st of March 2005

"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.

We were on the ground floor of the hotel with a view of the excellent pool.

The room was immaculate, spacious with a mini bar and a free TV. There is also a high speed broadband connection if you have your laptop with you.

The pool and pool area are spotless, the pool is warm and has three round pool areas of varying depth’s connected together. You can see the Pyramids clearly from the pool. There is even a swim up bar.

There are four restaurants in the hotel, we only ate at one so cannot comment on the others but we presume that they are excellent. We ate in the same one as the breakfast is served in and were not disappointed.

The breakfasts are something else, there is a man cooking your eggs or omelettes to your liking. Freshly squeezed orange juice. All buffet style.

At night there is a four piece band playing in the bar, they are excellent, and there is a very relaxed atmosphere.

All of the staff are very helpful and friendly.

Presumably you will be going to the Pyramids which as you would expect are breathtaking. We would recommend if you can to go inside the great pyramid.

The light show is also excellent. If you went to the one at Karnak in Luxor do not be put off by that one.

We went on the tour with our operator to the step pyramid as Sakkara, this is fascinating and the oldest pyramid in Egypt. We were also taken to the Citadel which is very impressive.

The Cairo museum is also a must, mainly because of King Tutankhamen's treasures which are amazing.

You will probably need only three days to do all of the sights in Cairo.

This hotel is how we will mark all others.
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  • Travel date: Tue 1st of March 2005

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