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One of Cairo’s biggest highlights besides ancient history, of
course is the convenience of escaping downtown’s schizophrenic
bustle to the quieter Giza area. Relaxed and ambient, Le Meridien
Pyramids, considered the only “resort” in Cairo, is appropriately
located in the heart of Giza’s quarters and set up quite nicely the
hotel faces the Pyramids, which is just a camel ride away.
“What makes our hotel unique is our prime location,” says Dina
Naeem, PR manager for Le Meridien Pyramids. “We’re directly in
front of the Pyramids and within short walking distance.”
The views whether from the pool, a room’s balcony or the main
entrance are no less than commanding.
Opened in 1998 (the most recent conversion from two previous
hotels), Le Meridien is a five-star hot spot for leisure travelers,
families and young honeymooners. The lobby is a grand and spacious
entrance to the property with a waterfall on the back wall, a
gorgeous chandelier and marble staircase where an average of two
wedding parties a day congregate for photos. With the lobby bar
flooding out into the foyer, it can be chaotic at peak hours and
feels a little Disneylandesque with the hustle and bustle of
tourists and groups, but it’s thankfully the only aspect that is in
any way reflective of downtown’s frenzy of activity.
Le Meridien Cairo is proud to boast the largest number of rooms
in the Giza area. More than 500 rooms and suites are furnished with
Egyptian ornaments and artwork and all include individually
controlled air-conditioning, mini-bar, satellite TV, Internet
access and 24-hour room service. There are four room types: back
garden, pool, pyramid and pool and pyramid, all of which are priced
respective to the views. The Royal Club is an exclusive floor with
71 rooms that are uniquely furnished. Guests experience VIP
amenities as well as the Royal Club, which offers complimentary
wireless Internet, snacks and beverages.
Step outside to a sprawling open swimming pool complex and
you’ll enter an outdoor paradise comprised of a 6,000-square-foot
heated pool with pool bar, waterfalls, four hydro-jet units
providing underwater massage, live music and unique for Egyptian
hotels, but not for a resort two floodlit tennis courts.
The resort offers state-of-the-art conference and meeting
facilities that feature the latest audio visual equipment available
in four rooms that can cater up to 1,000 guests.
Though it has a friendly family atmosphere, Le Meridien retains
a classiness perhaps children wouldn’t appreciate: attendants at
the bathrooms and elevators; well-groomed and efficient front desk
and concierge staff; and impeccable service. The kids, on the other
hand, would appreciate the “children’s area” with their own
If location is its forte, convenience is just as impressive.
Facilities such as 24-hour currency exchange, shopping arcade, a
fully equipped business center and beauty salon on the property
makes traveling that much easier.
Six restaurants offer a range of cuisine, from traditional
Mediterranean to Mexican. Shisha Cafe is the most popular: Patrons
enjoy a typical Egyptian evening with flavored shisha (water pipe)
While the spa at the moment is surprisingly drab and limited to
massages, future plans include a full-service, state-of-the-art spa
to be part of a larger project, including the addition of 160 new
resort rooms and 66 new cabanas. Over $1 million has been invested,
with opening scheduled for the end of 2007. In the meantime, a gym
with very few cardio machines is provided in the spa.
Travel agents receive 10 percent commission and special room
rates, and summer packages run during the summer and September and
December. Deluxe pyramid-view rooms with breakfast run $133 per
Le Meridien Pyramids
El Remaya Square- Pyramids
PO BOX 25 Pyramids