Marriott Cairo Hotel

, Cairo, Egypt
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Marriott Cairo Hotel

5 star

Rooms: 1090

16 Saraya El Gezira St. Zamalek - Cairo - 11211 - Egypt Hotel Website | | 20-2-7283000
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10/10
Great Hotel in Cairo
Submitted by: John in 04/08/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I stayed at the Cairo Marriott Hotel during my last business trip to Cairo, I must say that it was great to stay there they have a great location which saved my time & money, also the service was very good with their management philosophy 'Yes is the Answer".
The price was very reasonable and dinning outlets were available all the time and full of life, they have 15 restaurants and a lot of them are working 24 hours, which was convenient to go any time of the day.
I stayed in one of their newly renovated rooms it was great to stay there.
10/10
A fine, fine hotel!
Submitted by: Robert Ramey in 09/07/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
This is a $$$$ hotel but worth every penny. We stayed on the 10th floor in a standard room with an OUTSTANDING bathroom and a view of the slums of Cairo. Requested a better view from front desk and was changed immediately to the front with balcony view of the Nile River. Staff and management treat each guest as family. No request is denied. The entire hotel is spotless and the food is top notch. The breakfast and dinner buffet is beyond compare.The pool area was clean and well maintained. There is a casino on-site but hardly worth the effort. The Marriott is 2 miles from the Cairo Museum which is an absolute gotta see!!!!! Across the street is the Nile with evening entertainment cruises.
The hotel is about 14 miles from Giza and the pyramids which translates in Egyptian traffic to 45 minutes by taxi. Ask the front desk for taxi. It's an honor for them to get one for you. Security is apparent and obvious and there for our protection.
All in all the Marriott is a fine, fine hotel and should be on everyone's itinerary.
10/10
Great location & Professional staff
Submitted by: Jackie in 28/03/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I've stayed at the Cairo Marriott and I really find this place great in everything. specially for business traveler. I also did not forget to enjoy this place in my free time. It's really great place to go.
8/10
Peaceful Marriott
Submitted by: Keith Woolnough in 30/08/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I've stayed at the Marriott twice and the only reason I looked elsewhere was when they started to refurbish and I was stuck next to a room where they were working. But apart from that, the gardens are very nice and peaceful, allowing you to get away from the noise of Cairo. The hotel is quite distinctive and a bit different from the typical modern hotel.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Marriott Cairo Hotel

Very nice place

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were there for the first time.
we really felt like home, they have a Beautiful Palace & a very Nice location, nice restaurants.

Great hotel except for the Rooms!!

from Akba
This hotel is in a great location in central Cairo next to the Nile river. All major tourist sites are a short cab ride away even the pyramids. The hotel is truly a 5 star palace until you reach your room. The rooms are very outdated and are in desperate need of an upgrade (new carpet, wall paper etc.) The tower room view was absolutely wonderful, you can see all of the major tourist areas and even the pyramids in Giza off in the distance. The hotel staff from the front desk to the floor sweepers were absolutely professional and very polite. If Marriott can get their act together on the rooms this could be one of the best hotels in Africa.

Rooms need refurbishing

from Peggysue45
We stayed at the Marriott before & after our Nile Cruise. The room before the tour was ok high floor - but the room after the tour was sad. We were put on a very low floor overlooking the car park & the Nile (bit of a gold fish bowl) the curtains in this room were disgusting - old & dirty along with worn carpet & plumbing problems. The grounds & resturants were very good as were the staff. The security was a bit of a joke between us all (just a token handling of our bags not even asked to open them for inspection) We had no choice with this hotel as included in our Insight Vacation tour booked in Australia.They do say a refurbishing program will be undertaken this year maybe then it will attract a higher rating

Restaurants surprisingly reasonable

from candysmom
We were pleasantly surprised by how inexpensive the restaurants at the Cairo Marriott were. The selection was great, and the service was particularily good at Roy's. My husband had the one pound (yes that's the size!) burger and loved it. With my meal, bottled water, coffee, all tips and taxes the bill only came to $26.00 Canadian!

Good location in central Cairo

from texassage
We stayed at the Marriott Cairo on our return from a Nile Cruise. It was very centrally located to the tourist spots and downtown. It is on an island in the Nile near the opera house, the sports complex, and the residential area inhabited by foreigners. There are many good restaurants nearby. Omar's, the breakfast room/ dining room was very crowded in the morning and service was spotty, However, the Tuscany Restaurant and the Steakhouse were both very good with excellent service and a wide selection of entres on the menu. We did not find any good local wines in Egypt. The terrace restaurant was great for relaxing and watching people. The pool was clean with terraces for sun bathing. The shops were disappointing. We had problems with ants on the 17th floor and also a stopped up toilet. Both of these problems were solved immediately by the staff.

The concierge arranged, on the spot, for a driver to take us to the old market and accompany us through the market. It is a maze of streets and alleys that goes for blocks and one could get lost. Lots of touristy stuff, but also good silver, gold, antiques, and clothes. I did find a hand in my pocket at one time, but nothing was taken and the child got away in the crowd.

A sanctuary

from Freo
We stayed here for 3 nights before our tour and one night after the tour finished. The complex consists of two towers and a concourse overlooking the courtyard area. Our first three nights in the concourse were hampered by a toilet not flushing and hairdyer not working. It seems to be common thread across the country but both of these problems were quickly attended to. The courtyard, pool area, restaurants and lobby are first class and we would recommend the food in the courtyard cafe washed down with a cold Stella. On our second stay, we requested a non-smoking room in the Gezira Tower but smelt of stale cigarette. Once again, we were promptly moved to another room with a minumum of fuss. Overall, our stay was highlighted by the beautiful surroundings which was a tranquil zone amongst the bustle of Cairo.

An excellent hotel

from gberkson
We stayed only one night at the Mariott after finishing a Nile cruise before returning to Sweden. The staff was friendly and helpful. We asked to keep our room until 2 PM which proved to be no problem and at no extra charge. The breakfast buffet was extensive (thank God it was included in our room rate) and the dinner at the steakhouse, although expensive, was fantastic. Don't remember ever having a better steak! They gave us a room with a Nile view. Unfortunatley, there is constant noise from the traffic. Since we had just been on a Nile cruise, we probably should have opted for a room without the view, but, you never know when you'll be in Egypt again...

Pretty Good

from A TripAdvisor Member
It is true that the rooms are outdated. This seems to be a fact of life in Africa.

However, there are many things that I like about the hotel. There is a good choice of on-site restaurants and cafes, the garden courtyard is very nice, the Gym and Pool are good and open 24 hours a day, and the hotel has a good location.

I prefer this over the Hilton.

Dated hotel with lousy service

from Nordlicht
Stayed twice in July/Aug. Nice courtyard but otherwise dated interior with bath rooms that are more appropriate for a two star hotel. Last renovation probably in the 80's. Be warned, the highway next to the hotel and the hotel court yard are very noisy at night. Avoid the lower rooms in general and those facing the court yard or in the south tower.
Nice Pool area partly covered and small gym.
Service is very lousy. You may have to queue for quite a while to check-in, check-out or for breakfast. Calls to "At your Service" frequently end nowhere as the reception or the concierge would not pick up the phone. Frequently, I was told I would be called back and never was. Overnight "express" laundry was only ready after 2:30 p.m. the next day after repeat reminders. Surprisingly for an internal 5 star hotel, staff often appeared not be able to speak more than minimal English.
Tried to charge me double the original rate when I checked out and checked in within a few hours.
The hotel is also not too convenient for tourists as all major attractions are at least half an hour away by taxi.

Great Hotel, Great Location

from everglades_gal
We chose this Marriott because it was ALOT less expensive than the other "nice" Western hotels, and we were not disappointed. We stayed here for 2 weeks in a conceirge-level room. When we first checked in, we were taken to a regular room which was a little small and run-down looking - not bad, but not great. Since at checkout they had mentioned we could have a conceirge-level room for not much more (and which included free breakfast in the conceirge lounge), we went back downstairs and asked for the better room. It was very nice - not fabulous luxury, but nice furnishings and very clean. We ate at most of the restaurants and also had room service - it was all excellent. The staff was helpful, the building was gorgeous, and we loved the location - we went walking everywhere from here. Make sure you walk into the shops in Zamalek - lots of fun stuff and people are very friendly. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this hotel and would stay here again. Just remember, keep copies of your bills - they never reported my stay to Marriott and I had to apply myself to get my Marriott reward points.

Top Local Tips for Cairo

Mummies Tummy After leaving the Marriott, our group spent four nights on a Nile cruise. At least half of us developed Mummies Tummy, a horrible, horrible illness characterized by severe vomiting and diarrhea. This is apparently a common occurrence on some of the cruises. Some required medical attention by the Marriott's doctor on return to the hotel after the cruise. Bring along an anti-diarrheal medication such as Imodium and a prescription antibiotic such as Cipro just in case.

Money You will need a lot of small bills when haggling in the bazaar, and for taxis

Tour guide I used a personal guide who was terrific - knowledgeable and accommodating. She looks like a teenager but is 26 years old and has a degree in archeology. Her name is Eman Massoud and her cell phone number is 0105760757. Email address is pheroqueen2003@yahoo.com.

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  • marriott cairo
  • cairo marriott hotel omar khayyam
  • cairo marriott
  • Address: 16 Saraya El Gezira St. Zamalek - Cairo - 11211 - Egypt
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