The Marriott is one of my go-to hotels in Cairo. Compared to others in the Zamalek or adjacent areas, I do prefer the Marriott. Last trip to Cairo, I had experimented with various hotels, but I am back with the Marriott for good now. Although the security is not up to standard, it is better than at most other hotels in Cairo. As a business traveler, I have to take this into account. One night I took at trip out to get some IT equipment that I needed for presentations the next day. The hotel staff noted the license plate of the taxi that picked me up, and were sure to welcome me back. That extra bit of security is appreciated The rooms are fine: clean enough, modern enough. Not noteworthy, but I didn't find anything that I would complain about. Beds are reasonably comfortable. Views from many rooms are spectacular: the historical nile in full view! From my room, I looked north down the Nile, across to Tahrir Square and the Museum of Antiquities... a pleasant balcony experience. The room price was a bit high when all taxes were added in, but still not excessive. I will be back to the Marriott for future travel.
The Novotel is the best choice if you want adequate standards in the centre of the city without paying 5 star prices. The location is perfect, just across the bridge from Tahrir (and the antiquities museum); adjacent to the opera, bang on the Nile for great views and access to riverside walks or boats. The hotel is a straightforward 3/4 star. No fancy décor, bedroom are comfortable and functional. One restaurant which really only serves breakfast (which is very good btw) plus a nice roof terrace for f&b and views. Free wifi worked perfectly every time. Staff were helpful although untrained in security (they have a screening gate on the door but ignore the people walking through and beeping! - but that's normal in Egypt so I can't single out this hotel for this failing). I recommend paying the slight extra for a Nile view room for great views of the river - see pics attached here, taken from our 4th floor non-smoking room.
The hotel was clean, comfortable, and safe. It is near many embassies and security is heavy. It has many places to dine both Egyptian and international, cafes, currency exchange, and clubs. The hotel stuff were pleasant and provided me with power converter for electronics. The view of the Nile is nice but not exceptional. All in all, it was a good stay and I would recommend it.
My stay at May Fair hotel was very convenient and relaxing. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The location is great. There is a nice and big grocery store at your foot steps which is open 7:00 am to 3:00 am. If you have a car, parking is available for a very reasonable fees that is cheaper than the average of the area.
Overall, great choice if you're looking fit shirt stay in Cairo for vacation or business.
I booked and did not notice it said the money would be collected by the hotel, but ok. I took care of that and then the hotel told me that not all the rooms had wi-fi and whilst later I saw the main page said free wi-fi in public spaces, the booking pages of expedia say 'ALL ROOMS INCLUDE FREE BREAKFAST AND FREE WIRELESS INTERNET', which I showed the staff.
I said the room smelt of cigarettes and they said they'd send someone - they never did. Later, I bought water and drinks and noticed the fridge did not work as as you may know, in Egypt you should not drink the water, I called and they never sent anyone even though they said they would.
THIS HAVING BEEN SAID, PLEASE NOTE: I believe the hotel is fine for the price and I think the staff was sweet and nice and they definitely helped with keeping my bags today.
Traveller from Costa Rica
Modern hotel set on the green island of Zamalek between two branches of the River Nile, 10 kilometres from Coptic Cairo …More
An island on the Nile River, Zamalek is known for its gardens, embassies, and ambassador homes. Egypt’s longest concrete building, the Cairo Tower, is in Zamalek, as is the only Opera House in the country. Zamalek also has many waterfront restaurants and casinos. Three bridges connect the island to other areas of Cairo.
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