Le Meridian Pyramids Hotel, Giza, Cairo, Egypt
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Review of Le Meridian Pyramid Hotel, Giza, Cairo
During our holiday in Egypt we stayed three times at Le Meridian Pyramids in in thinking about writing this review I would give it five stars for definite. We were looking for a hotel, outside the busy City of Cairo and the brochure photos of this Hotel in Giza, with its view of the Pyramids of Giza from the poolside was a big attraction. The reality didn't disappoint.
I can't really speak more highly about the service we received here. The hotel staff were very friendly and by the third stay seemed to automatically know who we were despite the fact that each of our stays was only one or two days.
We were most grateful for this friendly and helpful attitude when we returned from our desert camping. We had opted not to stay overnight once we returned from the desert because we had booked the overnight sleeper train to luxor. However as we traveled back, happy but hot, dirty and sweaty we considered sitting for 5 hours waiting for a train so asked our driver to drop us back to Le Meridians Hotel in Giza. At the desk we took a long shot and asked if there was anywhere we could clean up and, possibly because we'd been recently and were planning to stop there on the way back from Hurghada, they let us use their gym showers! To say we were grateful is actually an understatement!
We also had reason to thank the hotel staff when, late in the evening we had a little "tummy trouble". Walking down to reception I felt a little embarrassed but even though it was 11.30 at night, they arranged a late night chemist to bring something round and delivered it direct to our room.
The layout of the hotel is based around a large reception and bar/cafe area (open 24 hours!) which leads to two of the restaurants (the Mediterranean and the Tex Mex) on one side and the sleeping area on the other. A large flight of steps lead to a first floor wit conference suite and the main hotel restaurant. There is no business centre but there is a small gym.
The hotel swimming pool was lovely. It was quite and not particularly a children's pool although there was plenty of water for the children to find their own space.We were off-season and I imagine it could get pretty packed at high season.
The choice of restaurants is probably not the best and because of its distance from the city your basically limited to their three. This didn't concern us as we stayed 4 nights in total so three was ample choice. The three restaurants were:
Le Meridian Pyramids hotel also has a nice Poolside cafe which serves hot and cold food as well as acting as the bar although it does strictly close at 6!
In some evenings the hotel provides musical entertainment (normally a singer or two singing English language cover versions). As this takes place in the main reception area it is difficult to get away from. Its not our thing but the volume wasn't too bad and generally we play cards and treated it as background music!
The hotel has big plans to expand and while we were there they were carrying out building work. This did obscur a little, the view of the Pyramids but I imagine that once complete the view will be even more stunning. I can honestly say however that the work was done with such sensitivity that there was no noise that we noticed and it didn't effect our holiday at all (interesting as if I had known there was building work I might not have booked!)
All in all I would definitely rate Le Meridians amoung the better city hotels we've stayed in.