Marriot/Royal Ruby Nile Cruise

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Jun 19th, 2005, 06:31 AM
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Marriot/Royal Ruby Nile Cruise

We are getting ready to finally book our long awaited trip. Has anyone out there stayed at the Marriot in Cario and also the Marriot in Sharm? What about the cruise called the Royal Ruby?
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Jun 20th, 2005, 11:40 AM
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The Cairo Marriot is beautiful and I loved it. Even have a hot tub! The food is very good, too. The original parts of the complex are really pretty.
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Jul 21st, 2005, 05:42 PM
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I was on the Royal Ruby about a week ago. It's a nice new boat. Overall it was a great experience, though we had a few problems with the bathroom in our cabin. I think someone told me that the boat is owned by a Spanish company, so the majority of the people touring might be Spanish. That was definitely the case for us. My friend and I were the only two English speakers (native language). The staff can speak a little English. The dining room manager spoke excellent English. I would choose the same boat again, but a different room!

Because the boat is new, it's the fastest on the Nile (so we were told). During the cruise, we passed several boats which saved us perhaps two hours going through the Esna lock/dam.
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Sep 8th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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hi we are flying to cairo from london for 5 days in october and hoping to stay at the marriott, have read mixed opinions about the marriott and conrad could anyone suggest which would be our best option
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Sep 8th, 2006, 11:07 AM
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The Conrad is more of a businessperson's hotel. I've only been in the restaurant/lobby floors. Luxurious but not much flair. The Nile is right across the street which is always cool for walking at night. Otherwise, it's in a pretty typical Cairo neighborhood -- non descript.

I haven't been to any of the rooms since the Marriott remodeled. The older rooms are fine. It's the building that's the draw. It's an old palace. There's a marvelous Terrace restaurant which is perfect for refreshment at the end of the day. It overlooks a wonderful garden. It's in Zamalek which is high end neighborhood. Good for walking around. Good restaurants, too.
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Sep 8th, 2006, 07:33 PM
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We just got back from Egypt last week. Stayed at the Cairo Marriot. Very nice. We stayed in the Gizera Tower with a large balcony overlooking the Nile. There's several restaurants with great food. Outdoor restaurant "Egyptian Nights". The breakfast buffet at Omar's restaurant in the old palace was a feast in itself with American style breakfast, Egyptian style and Far East style. Rooms were very clean. Everyone so friendly. There's two banks or exchange offices inside the hotel open 24 hours along with ATMs. Shopping mall area as well.
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