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Hotel in Cairo- The Marriott on Zamalek or Le Meridien Pyramids

Old Aug 10th, 2009, 09:02 AM
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Hotel in Cairo- The Marriott on Zamalek or Le Meridien Pyramids

We will have 3-4 days to spend in Cairo/Egypt. Which hotel is better for overall sightseeing and location? We may have hotel reward points so that either hotel would not cost us except for food.
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Old Aug 11th, 2009, 12:10 PM
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Marriott in Zamalek ALL THE WAY! No contest if they are both free.
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Old Aug 11th, 2009, 06:24 PM
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Yeah - I was going to say the same thing, but I wanted Debbie to go first!!!
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 11:00 AM
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We are primarily in Egypt to see the pyramids and antiquities and have dinner with a friend. we thought it would be better to stay in Giza for what we planned to do. Knowing that, are you both still convinced about the Marriott? Am not as interested in the hotel itself as long as it is decent and very clean. am more interested in the location and logistics.

On another note, if we have four days in Egypt is it possible to work in Luxor? or just too much travel?
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 11:15 AM
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I still say stay at the Marriott. It is in SO MUCH NICER an area. The area out near the pyramids is basically the ghetto short of the Le Meridian and the Mena House and a few lesser known hotels a bit further out.
If you don't want to ever leave the hotel except to do your tours and eat dinner outside once, the Marriott still has a LOT better facility for that. If you get a room in the Gizera Tower up high enough and it's a clear day you can see the pyramids - not as well as from the Le Meridian, but they are there.

Luxor should be a two day event. If you don't mind making it a long day and seeing only highlights and not much, you could do a one day trip down there and back. If you think you will never be back, you should do it. If you will return, save it for next time.
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 01:50 PM
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We will have one full day for Luxor and then a 1/2 then fly back to Cairo for flight to Israel. are the planes from Luxor reliable as to schedule?

Have no idea if I would be able to return. So it is better to give it a try.
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 02:02 PM
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I would still stay at the Marriott in Zamalak. It's "in" the city rather than in the outer/slum area where the pyramids are.
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 06:24 PM
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I fully agree with Casual_Cairo and Grcxx3.

Stay at the Mariott and ask for a Nile/City View...fantastic if you are lucky to get the room.
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 06:33 PM
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That's just because you like buying us drinks!!!!

Hey - please let me know if you ever get to Houston! Would LOVE to rack up another good bar bill!!!!! (LOL!!!)
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 07:09 PM
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Okay -let me rephrase this.....

I think people have the idea of the pyramids of Giza being either (1)"in" the city or (2) outside the city in a secluded spot. Both scenarios making being good.

In the "old" days.....the pyramids (being on the OTHER side of the Nile) were a good distance from the city and rather isolated. BUT....the city has grown out to (and to some extent beyond) the pyramids. So, they aren't in the city proper and they aren't isolated.

Unfortunately, with the exception of the Mena House and a few upscale hotels, the area around the pyramids is basically a slum.

That is why folks who know Cairo well (me, Debbie, and others who have lived there or visited there often) - tend to steer people to hotels in the city rather than by the pyramids.

There are, of course, exceptions based on itineraries, tours, etc- but given a choice - I would opt for in the city.

I always loved having lunch at the Mena House after a morning visiting the pyramids, and we did stay there overnight one time (after a company party) - but that's it.
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That should be "Both scenarios being good."

Sure wish Fodors had a edit function for AFTER we posted!!!!
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I finally paid off the Cairo booze bill from last year.!!

Okay it's a deal ...if I get to Houston,the drinks are on me Again .

Okay it is time Good Night O
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Tell me when you are headed to Houston with the plastic card Percy - I'll make the trip there myself for that!
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We stayed at Le Meridien Pyramids last August. It's a very nice hotel, with nice pool, good breakfast buffet and an excellent Tex-Mex restaurant (go figure!). That said, we would have preferred to be in a more "cosmopolitan" area. I would say that of any city...it isn't even the fact that the area around it is a slum (or not -- I really have no idea, since we didn't spend much time in the area outside the hotel, except having a snack or two at the excellent Felfela stand next door), it's just that I always prefer to be "in" the city I'm visiting.
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Well,.....Casual_Cairo if you are coming to join Grcxx3 in Houston , I will have to increase my credit card limit!!!


Good Night Ladies ( Ladies !!??, hmmm )
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Good idea Percy! Gee Grcxx3 - looks like we are in for a great visit! Shall we invite more friends? Did anyone find Sunshine? Where is she? She would like to come to this too.
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I am liking this!!!!!! I finally found sunshine's email address - but I still need to send her a note.
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So, did you send her a note?
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Debbie - yes. She is still in Cairo but has just been very busy. I told her we missed her here at Fodors and she said she would try to get "back" here soon!
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