Have just returned from 45 days in Egypt, and can report without equivocation: "Egypt is STILL safe for tourists". Not only were we spared any problems (even in the midst of demonstrations), we were greeted with the same warm, friendly welcome from everyone that has become, for us, the hallmark of Egyptian hospitality.
. Our return to the Marriott, Zamalek (two weeks in all) was exactly what we expected, from the initial greeting and check in with the very efficient and professional front desk Mr. Abdel Kareem Abd El Aziz ...no nonsense, no delay...we were in our room on the 19th floor within 20 minutes. Spectacular view that took in the Nile, the gardens, and what looked like most of Zamalek. Mr. Abd El Aziz epitomizes the best in Marriott service.
Never fail to be impressed with the pool area and spa...spotlessly clean, smiling service, and probably the best 'Burgers' in Cairo. Only problem is on holidays when the pool is filled with screaming children.
Breakfast at Omar's cafe is still a special treat...and it is hard to imagine a friendlier or more professional atmosphere. It is a joy to watch chef Whaleed Farouk handle four omelets and a dozen Tamia without missing a beat or losing his good humour. Special mention really needs to go to Captain Hussein Hendowi; It is obvious from the respect he is given by his staff that this man is a true professional...not at all averse to chipping in when things get a bit hectic...setting up and clearing tables while still taking time to make each guest feel really special. And while the staff were all efficient and well trained, two-- El Sayed Ezzat and Mai Alaa made each morning a delightful experience.
Zamalek, a quiet oases in bustling Cairo, is a great place to stroll, to shop, and to enjoy finding new restaurants. Our latest find, a real treasure: P.s Cafe on El Sayed el Bakry St...a few short blocks from the Marriott. Seems to be the newest 'in' spot for young Cairenes. Small interior (6 tables) but spills out to the sidewalk and produces a staggering amount of food from a very extensive menu, heavy on Italian and Mexican specialities. Very affordable. with entres averaging 16 to 45 Egyptian pounds. Most expensive item on the menu: Mixed Seafood Grill at 55LE. Two can enjoy a satisfying meal for under 100LE.
After almost 20 years, we have still not found a better, more convenient, more comfortable hotel in Cairo than the Marriott. We look forward to many, many more visits.
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- Among premier Cairo, Egypt hotels, Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino sits in the Zamalek area and is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations, and business travel. The twin towers of this landmark hotel in Cairo rise 20 stories high and provide magnificent views of the Nile and six acres of palace gardens. ... more less
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