Value Score Great Value!
Good For Business
Urban Oasis in Heliopolice, Cairo
I stayed 11 nights from end of June to beginning of July 2007. This hotel is located in the edge of Heliopolis and next to a sport club. It looks urban oasis away from overcrowding Cairo. So it is quiet, away from noise, crowd, etc.
The services in this hotel is more than good, much more sophisticated services compared to previously stayed hotel that was Shepherd Hotel in Garden City, in the centre and just next to Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel. The room was also very good level, however, desk is rather insufficient for business stay and it was expensive internet connection service (Wi-Fi) that was more than USD20 a day. They have daily rate and weekly rate, but not so much difference.
The hotel is Georgian style with rich and broad reception hall. At night, I saw many times of wedding ceremonies during my stay in this hotel. The room has facilitated a double-paned window so it could cut off most of noise from outside and clean and comfortable atmosphere. It looks renovated the room recently.
Jardin restaurant that I had breakfast every morning and they serve good quality of foods, at L’ Italiano, one of the best Italian restaurant in Cairo I believe, I enjoyed to have supper. There are Silk Road and Sushi Bar, but I did not try.
Disadvantage is a little far a way from central Cairo, while advantage is a little far a way from Cairo’s overcrowding atmosphere with rich comfortable spaces.
Be careful with this hotel
Hotel is located near the airport in Heliopolis suburb. Very far to get to/from Cairo - taxi is expensive; is located inside a kind of park, so you have to walk from the entrance to hotel doors about 15 min.
First they gave us a room in the back side, with entrance from the pool, you had to enter through the sliding window panel, it was a kind of summer room, although we paid the normal price. At 7 pm loud music started playing in the pool area, because they also have an open air restaurant there. We complained for about 1 hour when they finally gave us another room in the main building which had double windows (so was quiet) and was of a much superior standard in everything.
In the morning they were supposed to provide a free shuttle to the city center (Egyptian museum) but they told us the shuttle was "busy" and then it came and left at once, only after we have insisted for about half an hour they suddenly found a shuttle; the driver wanted, however, to drop us off much earlier than city center and only because we knew the city we avoided it.
Breakfast was similar to other 5-star rated Cairo hotels we stayed in (actually 3 to 4 stars on European standards): medium quality cheese (2 choices), no ham, unsalted butter, not much fruit, tea and coffee form the pot (not 1 tea bag in the cup). MIneral water had to be paid for extra (not included in buffet breakfast).
Overall, considering the location, service and price I would not recommend the hotel.
5 Stars Hotels in Cairo.!
Those are the prices of late Dec. 2004 it may differs a bit due to the seasons but now at least you know the ranges
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