Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel

, Cairo, Egypt
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Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel

, Cairo
5 star

Rooms: 523

Alexandria Desert Road - Cairo - 12561 - Egypt 383 0383
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10/10
You will keep coming back!
Submitted by: Anne in 25/02/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Reasonable prices. Drinks a bit expensive, but pop outside to one of the refreshment booths and you can get water/diet pepsi etc for a fraction of the price! Have been visiting this hotel every August for the last twelve years - would be very reluctant to change. Food is good, room service is limited menu (if you re-visit as we do) but very efficient. All staff are welcoming and nothing is ever too much trouble. When you visit again they will remember you and go the extra mile to make your visit as pleasant as possible. Taxi's in Egypt are poor, but the hotel offers a limousine service which is not expensive if compared to UK rates! We love the swimming pool area, and it is true, this pool is one of the best in Egypt - and certainly the best in Cairo. We shall be there again in 2008!
6/10
Third time!!
Submitted by: roger in 15/09/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Third time at m.p/mids.major building work around pool area,v.noisy!!
staff and service good. some parts are starting to get a bit rough around the edges.
Food is good, but the menu is a bit limited.
easy walk to pyramids and a few resaurants.
top floor is no smoking but the rooms dont appear as good as the smoking ones.
Overall it is a clean, friendly hotel and well woth a visit.
8/10
Le Meridien Pyramids Giza
Submitted by: Mike in 07/05/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Rooms are in a good state, bathrooms ample size & well looked after.
TV choice of channels is exceptional
mini bar prices not bad

I ate in all the restaurants, all are good except the Nubian which is by the pool. Food was overcooked.
Breakfast is OK, but if you like your eggs in a morning, keep an eye on the chef...either burns them or undercooks them.

Pool is not cleaned regularly & I had stomach problems due to this twice (I was there for 3 months).
There is a 9 hole golf course 10 minutes walk away, it is flat & unchallenging costs around 100LE per round (15 USD).
Hotel staff are top rate, always helpful & polite.
Within walking distance of the Mena House hotel where the ffod is even better but more expensive.
Hotel laundry service is fantastic & cheap, you get everything back the same day.
Beware weddings during the week, make sure you have a room 3rd floor or above or you'll hear everything.
beware taxi drivers outside hotel, they will rip you off for a ride in a death trap! Hotel taxi service is slightly more expensive, but worth it.
I used both, eventually managed to find a local who I could bargain with for regular use. trip down to the local Carrefour supermarket was 50LE plus 20 for waiting one hour.

8/10
Great views of the pyramids
Submitted by: Michelle in 21/06/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
we stayed at this hotel last November it was our first stop. When I opened my curtains the pyramids only seemed a stones throw away from our hotel. Views were very impressive. The hotel in general was first class the food was buffet style.
Pool was clean and a good size. The hotel had a few shops which we frequently visited! We even saw an Egyptian wedding in the hotel which was an experience!. Overall not a bad hotel if you were stopping in Cairo.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel

Better than Mena House Hotel; Outstanding!

from jlange79
LeMeridien Pyramids, is a great hotel with a superb location next to the Pyramids of Giza, in Egypt. While it is not as close to the pyramids as the Mena House Hotel, its view are no less dramatic, and its ammenities are superior. We ate at the Mena House Hotel (a great experience in itself), but we were glad we stayed at LeMeridien Pyramids.

While the Lobby was not all that impressive, our room was up to typical LeMeridien standards. We had a fourth floor room with a view that can only be described as breathtaking (see photo). We had a panoramic view of the pyramids from our beds, balcony, bathroom, etc. It was stunning!

The room was spotlessly clean, and the air conditining worked great. Towels and toiletries were plentiful, and the staff was willing to fullfil any request.

The pool at LeMeridien Pyramids must be one of the largest in Egypt. It is beautiful, and it is possible to sit under an umbrella poolside and enjoy an unobstructed view of the pyramids. There is a swim-up bar, ice cream shack, and pool attendants to make an afternoon at the pool a real treat.

The hotel is probably 1.0 kilometers from the Giza Plateau entrance, but not too far to walk.

The Mena House Hotel may be closer, but the pool and views at LeMeridien Pyramids are much better. Go to Mena House for a good meal, but stay at LeMeridien Pyramids.

t want to leave!

from blunatic1
My family and I stayed in this hotel at the beginning of July, the first stop on a world trip. We couldn't have asked for a better start to our holiday. The rooms were clean and tidy. The beds very firm but comfortable. The breakfasts were absolutely delicious.

The staff were warm, friendly, courteous and very helpful - nothing was too much trouble.

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from at the hotel, though we only ate at Al Shams and the Harris cafe and had some room service, but regardless of where we were eating the food was always top quality.

The view was amazing from the hotel and the pool area was gorgeous (in the words of my 14 year old daughter).

I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. If all of our stays in the next three months are as good then we will have been very fortunate indeed.

Incredible

from jacrye
This hotel was the best I have ever stayed at. 1st rate, 1st class. The upgraded pyramid view room well worth the small extra cost, picture postcard perfect. Excellent value for money. Definately recommend this hotel for all travellers, you have to stay there to believe it. The food was excellent and the hotel exceptionally clean & modern, the staff catered to our every need.

Fantastic

from 182joe
Nothing bad can be said about this hotel. The rooms, service and decadence of it was second to none. I would recommend this hotel. If you are needing a tour guide, which I think everyone should who wants to know everything there is to know and more then I can recomend a young man called Yasser Magdi. His e-mail address is,yasser_guide2000@yahoo.com we met Yasser at the Coptic area of Cairo and learnt and saw things that just aren't mentioned in any of the tour guides booklets. He met us one evening and took my husband, mother and daughter to the very highest point in cairo at night to see the whole city. We went through the busy bazaars and had traditional tea and a smoke of the Shisha before going on to mosques. We sampled Egyptian food, not something you get with a Thomson or Thomas Cook guide, Yasser showed us the real Egypt and his knowledge of his city is fantastic, we finished off with a visit to the city of the dead and then to the Government Bazaars, the shops where you know you are getting the real deal and not being ripped off. Very highly recommended. Feel free to mail Yasser to book him and you will not be dissappointed.

Definitely worth the extra for a pyramid view

from F_H
We arrived at our hotel from a “supposed” 4* hotel in Luxor to Le Meridien Pyramids which was rated a 3*+, so were dubious at what we would find.

We couldn’t have been happier - we had booked our trip through Trailfinders “Cairo Discovery Package” and had decided to upgrade to a pryramid view room, for the additional cost of $35/night – and boy are we glad we did. There were none of the standard pyramid rooms available – so we were futher upgraded to a Royal Club room on the 5th floor (but were advised we would have to pay extra for the use of the Lounge – if we used it). Our room was the standard of a good international 4* and overlooked the pool, so there was no noise from the road. Only issue was the dodgy shower screen and shower – as mentioned by someone in an earlier review.

Pool and service was excellent. Great choice at breakfast, and food in the restaurants we found OK - all the staff were friendly, especially when we spoke a few words of Arabic to them.

Bottled water in the hotel is approx 12 Egyptian pounds + service, however there is small kiosk near the hotel (go out of the hotel turn left and walk a few minutes down the road) which sells the same water for ½ the price.

The traffic is manic – so the 30 mins (at least) it takes to get into Cairo in the evening is not for the faint hearted Though is all part of the fun. If you want to experience Cairo at night this is not the best location – however the Mena Oberoi, an easy 10 minute walk from the hotel – taking care to ignore all the taxi drivers on the way, has a fantastic Indian – book beforehand though as it is very popular.

One evening we took a taxi to the Fish Market opposite the Four Seasons (near the zoo) and found it a great experience – we got the taxi driver to come back for us at a fixed time to avoid the hassle of bartering twice in the same night (80 Egyptian pounds for the return trip). There were quite a few locals in the restaurant - always a good sign, and you choose which fish you would like from the selection displayed on ice – we had shrimps and sea bass (about 8 UK pounds)– you tell them how you would like it cooked, and they send it into the kitchen, for it to appear not long after at your table - delicious!

Faultless

from A TripAdvisor Member
I found the service at this hotel outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble - late check-out, early check-in, arranging drivers or guides. The front office and concierge staff could not have been more helpful.

This was our first visit to Egypt, so I can't compare it with any other hotels in Cairo. We paid extra to confirm a pyramid view room, which we got. The pool area is beautiful and very well maintained. This is a full-service hotel, and we enjoyed every service that was available.

Since our visit, there have been three incidents of terrorism in Cairo, and although we were unaware that security was high while we were there, it explains why the staff were so eager to arrange transportation and guides. We felt as though our enjoyment was truly the aim of every employee.

I filled in a comment card on leaving with some minor recommendations, and received a personal e-mail from the general manager within a week.

It needs complete refurbishment

from Arzu
If you choose to stay in Le Meridien Pyamids I think you should know these before you go: The hotel is 5 min. to Giza Pyramids, 20 min. to Sakkara pyramid, 1 hour 15 min. to the airport and half an hour to the Cairo museum by car.

If you don`t like hustle and bustle of the city and have no interest to see the sites other than the pyramids and the museum like us than you are in the right place. When we chose to stay in this hotel we had no intention to walk around Cairo as we don`t like to be hassled by people. Also you are not in Paris or London to go out and enjoy yourself in a nice and pleasant street cafe outside of your hotel.

The hotel is meant to be 5 star but it should be between 3/4. It is an old and not very appealing building.

We stayed in a Pyramid View room. It is nice to see them all the time from your room but you have to put up with the traffic noise outside 24/7. It would also be much more pleasant to sit and enjoy the view if the curtains and the windows would be clean! I think the last time the curtains had a wash should be as ancient as Egypt!

The bath has a little glass screen rather than a big bath curtain that`s why when you take a shower all your bathroom floods very badly and you can see your poor bathroom door has been already detoriating badly from water damage!

The food is OK and decent and the hotel desk staff friendly. Unfortunately this doesn`t go for the waiters who are not very professional and could do with a little customer care training. This is a little upsetting when you end up paying 12% service charge +lots of taxes in all over Egypt even if you had only a can of coke!

We used Hertz private taxis service which situates in the hotel to go
everywhere. I think that was the best service about the hotel. You can hire an air conditioned car and a driver with them for a day to go and see the Pyramids, city center or museum etc. They take you wherever you want to go and give friendly advice. Compared to the UK it is very cheap (about £25 for 6 hours) and it is a fixed price and nobody is hassling you for a tip.

Better choices available

from gabirds
Like other reviewers, we paid for a Pyramid view room for three nights and were given a room outside the elevators, which technically did have a partial pyramid view room, if you looked over the facing building. We also asked to be moved and were told they could do nothing until the next day. The noise outside the room was terrible, people would congregate to talk outside the elevator at all hours of the night and early hours of the morning.
The doors are paper thin.
I asked to be checked out the next morning, and only then did this get the attention of one of the managers, who moved us to a much nicer room and view of the pyramids.
The pool is nice and the staff are attentive. But unfortunately there is absolutely nothing to do in the evenings, this is definitely not somewhere to entertain kids or teenagers.
Also be prepared for the pollution and morning smog, you could not see the pyramids until after late morning, even though they are only a mile away. Maybe it was the time of year, late March.
I would not recommend this hotel because you are so isolated. There is absolutely nothing to see or do in the area, apart from a couple of restaurants within walking distance. This hotel, as well as the other Giza hotels, including the Mena and Four Seasons are situated in the middle of a bleak, dusty, dirty gray housing complex. You are virtually confined to the hotel, except for the option of a very long taxi ride into town.
I wish that I had listened to the advise of my travel agent who advised against Giza. After visiting Cairo I would have preferred to stay in a Nile hotel downtown. That way you can walk from your hotel as there is so much to see and do. Most tours only give you a whistle stop tour to the Egyptian museum, one to one and a half hours, yet I could have spent all day in there, after all that is why I visited Egypt, to see the rich history.
The Nile Hilton looked like a perfect location, right on the Nile and yet steps away from the Museum and everything else. Plus my guide pointed out several newer 5 star hotels that would have suited me better, including the Hyatt and Four Seasons on the Nile.
I don't want to give the wrong impression of Egypt, because I had a fantastic vacation. The other hotels that we used in Luxor and Sharm were beautiful. The Egyptian people were great everywhere, and Egypt is a country that I recommend everyone to see, just not at this hotel.

Loved it!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Fantastic hotel. Fantastic view of the pyramids (from our two triple rooms anyway). The pool is great as is the service by the people working there. The only issue (which may be an issue for some people) is that it is a fairly long trip into the centre of Cairo so if you want to spend time wandering around central Cairo the location may not suit. But if you want a day or so of relaxation in a great environment (very close to the pyramids at Giza), Le Meridien Pyramids is the place to go. It is also close to a fantastic restaurant, Felfela (which is better than it's downtown Cairo namesake).

Excellent hotel, not central of course

from MarkGL2
My wife and I stayed at the hotel for 2 nights at the beginning of our holiday in March. Even though we arrived at 1am, there were plenty of staff and they couldn't have been nicer. Even the bank was open. Our room was excellent, clean and everything worked as it should do. If you can get a room overlooking the pool and pyramids, even better. Breakfast was first class as was the Persian restauarnt in the evening. The hotel is very convenient for the Pyramids of course but Cairo is a big, big city and I would not recommend it if you want to be close to the centre. The pool was lovely and very big with a bar in the centre. If you want to stay close to the Pyramids then this is a very nice hotel.

Top Local Tips for Cairo

Why stay at Giza instead of Cairo? Giza is fine for ease of getting to pyramids, Sphinx and Saqqara, but no other reason to stay there. It's now over an hour to downtown Cairo with the traffic as bad as it is. Unless you're going to the pyramids daily, why stay that far out of Cairo?

Must do Cairo Museum The best part of the weekend was going to Cairo Museum but do get a tour guide. Its well worth the money

Avoid the heat in Egypt - go at the right time Mid-October in Egypt was pleasantly warm, not humid, and absolutely perfect.

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Other names for Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel

  • le meridien pyramids
  • le meridien giza
  • giza le meridien
  • Address: Alexandria Desert Road - Cairo - 12561 - Egypt
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