Cairo - where to stay?

Old Nov 13th, 2008, 06:05 PM
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Cairo - where to stay?

I'm perplexed! I see lot of Hotels in Cairo at http://www.sieuthi77.com/main/nhakhoa.html - nha khoa Travel Directions. I pick is some of them here. I really don’t know what is the best for us.
We are a middle aged couple and would like to stay in a nice area near transportation to the city center. I have heard of the four or so major areas (Giza-Heliopolis - Zamalak(?)- Mohamadeen(?) which is fine and good but I have no idea if there are restaurants, shops and transportation nearby. And where is the underground I have heard of? And if you can, which middle to better hotels are in the areas you think are best for us considering my needs. You can review below list
Hotels in Cairo
• Atlas Zamalek Hotel -HP D F R OR
• Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel -B HP D F RP W E OR
• Longchamps Hotel -B HP D F RP R W E OR -
• Pyramisa Cairo -B HP D F RP W E
• Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel -B HP D F RP W E OR -
• Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino -B HP D F RP R E W OR
• Baron Hotels -HP RP D F R E OR
• Beirut Hotel -B HP D RP R
• Cairo Khan Hotel
• CairoTel Hotel -HP RP D F R E W OR
• Carlton Hotel -B HP D RP R
• Cataract Pyramids Resort -B HP D F RP E - Reviewed
• Conrad International Cairo -B HP D F W E OR
• Cosmopolitan Hotel -B D R - Reviewed
• El Hussein Hotel -B D R - Reviewed
• El Salam Concorde Hotel
• Europa Cairo Hotel -B R W
• Flamenco Hotel -B HP D F RP R W E OR
• Fontana Hotel -B D F R
• Four Seasons Hotel at the First Residence -
• Garden City House Hotel -B D R
• Grand Hyatt Cairo
• Happyton Hotel -B D R
• Helnan Shepherd Hotel -B HP D F RP R E W OR
• Hilton Cairo Nile -B HP D F RP R E W OR - Reviewed
• Hilton Cairo Ramses -B HP D F RP R E W OR
• Hormoheb Hotel -B HP D F RP R
• Horus House Hotel -B HP D F RP R
• Hotel Les 3 Pyramides -B HP D F R
• Intercontinental Pyramid Parks Hotel --B HP RP D F R W E OR
• JW Marriott Hotel Mirage City
• King Hotel -B R W E
• Le Meridien Cairo -B HP D F RP R W E OR
• Le Meridien Heliopolis -B HP D F RP R W E OR
• Lotus Hotel -B HP D F R W E OR
• Maadi Hotel -HP RP D F R E W OR
• Marriott Cairo -B HP D F RP R E W OR -
• Mayfair Hotel -B D R
• Mena House Oberoi -B HP D F RP R W E OR - Reviewed
• M�venpick Cairo - Heliopolis -B HP D F RP R W E OR
• M�venpick Cairo - Pyramids -B HP D F RP R W E OR
• Novotel Hotel Cairo Airport -B HP D F RP OR
• Oasis Hotel -B HP D F OR
• Odeon Palace Hotel -B D F R
• Pharaoh Egypt Hotel -B HP D F RP R W E
• Raja Medotel -B HP D F R OR
• Royal Crown Hotel -B HP D F R OR
• Safir Cairo -B HP D F RP R W E OR
• Safir Suites Hotel Zamalek -B HP D F R RP W E OR
• Salma Hotel -B HP D F
• Santana Hotel -B HP D F RP
• Sheraton Hotel El Gezirah Towers & Casino -B HP D F RP R W E OR
• Sheraton Hotel Heliopolis -B HP D F RP R E W OR
• Sheraton Royal Gardens B HP D F RP -
• Sofitel Cairo Maadi Towers and Casino -B HP D F RP R W OR -
• Sofitel Le Sphinx -HP RP D F R W OR
• Sonesta Hotel Cairo -B HP D F R W E OR - Reviewed
• Swissotel El Salam Hotel Cairo -B HP D F RP R W OR
• Victoria Hotel -B D F R OR
Windsor Hotel Cairo -B HP D F RP R W E OR - Reviewed
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Old Nov 14th, 2008, 06:10 AM
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You probably want to stay in Zamalek. And at the Marriott if its within your budget. Stay away from Heliopolis, the airport, and Mohandeseen and Giza as they don't satisfy your criteria.
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Old Nov 14th, 2008, 10:51 AM
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This past September we were guests at the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino. I highly recommend this property. The location in the Zamalek area is very nice and the hotel is directly across from the Nile River. There are many restaurants on property. Also very good security which is an important factor to consider.
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Old Nov 14th, 2008, 02:13 PM
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We stayed at Le Meridien Pyramids in August. It's a very nice hotel, but I would not choose to stay in Giza if I were to visit again. I'd want to stay closer to "downtown".
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Old Nov 14th, 2008, 02:13 PM
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Another vote for the Marriott.

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Old Nov 15th, 2008, 05:41 AM
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yup, Marriott, although we liked the Windsor as well. Totally different. Tried to get into the Longchamps but they were booked. But, these are smaller, not big chain, deluxe hotels.
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Old Nov 15th, 2008, 07:32 AM
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We just stayed at the Cairo Marriott for 3 nights. It was very nice. Not everything was perfect but if you request a high floor with 1 king bed you will have a nice room. We paid a senior rate of $260USD.It is well located in terms of acess to restaurants but we eat at the Garden Pavillon and even the pizza was quite good.
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Old Nov 18th, 2008, 03:46 PM
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I dont wish to appear dumb, but what do the letters after the hotel names stand for?
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Old Nov 18th, 2008, 06:00 PM
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Pocono, not dumb at all - I have no idea (I just ignored that part of the post!)
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Old Nov 18th, 2008, 07:20 PM
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I wondered too - I figured the OP just cut and pasted from a list somewhere
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Old Feb 23rd, 2009, 11:37 PM
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Marriott! Thank friends and sorry for not reply soon because I had a best time in Marriott
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Old Feb 24th, 2009, 12:51 AM
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Make sure it's the right Marriott as there are two. The one with the Casino is the better one.
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tinydancer - are you certain the JW does not have a casino? Most 5 hotels do. It is one of the ammenities they use to give a 5* rating.

I also think that the Cairo Marriott in Zamalek is a better choice for tourists than is the JW, but the JW is no slouch either. It's just not as convenient for tourists that like to leave the hotel compound to do anything outside the hotel compound. If you golf or just want a hotel beach holiday, the JW would be a good choice though.
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Old Feb 26th, 2009, 02:49 AM
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I correct myself. You are right.
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I would vote for Mena House. In the shadow of the pyramids with excellent rooms, service and good restaurants (the Indian one is superb)
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Another vote for the Marriott in Zamalek.Easy to wander around the streets and a beautiful place to relax in - particularly the Garden Pavilion. Can't work out if you have already been or not, but someone else will want to know, I'm sure!
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We stayed at the Four Seasons at the First Residence last year. It was a wonderful stay. The rooms were huge, with a balcony facing the pyramids and the zoo. The service was excellent, as well as the security.
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