We stayed here twice on our trip to Egypt, both times in a room in the older area of the hotel. Quite a walk from the lobby, out thru the courtyard. I think all the rooms have balconies: unfortunately, ours overlooked what must have been a fountain until construction. It looked like a place to hang people....but to be honest, the courtyard at night, with the lights on the trees lit up, is beautiful. The room itself was very nice.
There are two restaurants out in the courtyard, we sat outside twice, lovely atmosphere and you can choose from either menu. Just the people watching is fabulous.
There is a lot of walking: be prepared. There are also a lot of steps to the pool area, and down to Omar's cafe, where they serve breakfast (a great breakfast buffet, you can get fresh cooked omelettes and waffles). There is a wonderful little bakery with sandwiches and pastries, but you pay more to sit in there to eat: we bought the food and ate it on our balcony, which was cheaper and nicer as well. Coffeemaker in the room very spacious room. My elderly mother found the tub an issue to get in and out of, no handrail and high up: we went to the pool area and showered there, where there is a shower for handicapers you can walk straight into.
The area around the hotel is congested with traffic, and difficult to walk around, but worth getting out into to see the people and the city. I saw a man riding a bicycle balancing a ladder on his head in traffic. . . crossing the street is a risk. A local woman took pity on us and finally came across to help us. If you go out the front door of the hotel, and turn right, and right again at the corner, and walk one block down to the red "Vodaphone" sign, just past it is a Mobil station that sells cookies, water (cheaper!) and groceries. Across the street (which is 5 lanes) is a restaurant with a wood door, Abu Sid. We ate there: it was ok, but others have raved about it. Very local atmosphere and worth a try.
There are two banks in the hotel for money exchange. I was glad that I had used them, as we did a cruise on the Nile and in other cities, people had trouble using the ATM machines. The Egyptian Museum is nearby, but I highly recommend taking a cab there, as walking thru the traffic can be difficult. There are guards with bomb sniffing dogs outside every entrance to the hotel: but we noticed this outside many hotels or office buildings in Egypt.
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