After a lot of comparison and consideration, I decided to stay at the Marriott in Zamalek. Although the standards for hotels seem to be lower in the Middle East, the Marriott was pretty in line with the brand for the most part. I would not consider it a 5 star hotel, but a solid 4 star. But I was very pleased with my choice. It was a beautiful property, and a cool historic building and the location was perfect. Zamalek is a great area that is an oasis from downtown yet only minutes away from the heart of city.
The minor negatives:
Food. Although good, the hotel restaurants are very overpriced for Egypt, and even a bit expensive for the US. But I guess that is to be expected, and there are quite a few restaurant options near the hotel. Also, bringing outside drinks and snacks is frowned upon by the hotel. But I have heard this is common at all the higher end hotels in Cairo and I never had a problem bringing in a couple beers or bottles of water at a time. But they might give you a hard time if you are bringing grocery bags of food in.
Also the casino was not what I expected it to be. It was very small room, and usually only a couple tables open at once so they were always pretty crowded. So I ended up not gambling at all which I had kind of looked forward to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Among premier Cairo, Egypt, hotels, Marriott Cairo Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino, in the Zamalek area, is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations, and business travel. The twin towers of this landmark hotel rise 20 stories high and provide magnificent views of the Nile and six acres of palace gardens. with an upgraded outdoor heated swimming pool, in-house guests can enjoy their relaxing time around the pool bar. Kids can also enjoy their time in kids pool area ... more less
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