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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Nile Tower Cairo
Very good choice
Stayed in the Hyatt for 4 nights and found it to be an excellent choice having seen some other hotels in Cairo like the Hilton whihc is quite dated.
The suites are very good size with an extra guest toilet and seperate lounge.
The Club Lounge has 3 computers with free internet but gets very busy at breakfast. Although what is out is limited, they will make eggs, smoked beef and other items for you.
The hotel is wonderfully situated away from the noise and smells of Cairo on the tip of an island in the Nile with great views from the pool and gym. From the Club Lounge and our room we could also see the Pyramids at Giza in the distance.
The complimentary airport collection was very useful.
The lobby can get very busy and on the Thursday evening it is necessary to book for any of the restaurants in the hotel
Mixed, but mostly positive feelings
My partner and I stayed for a week in Cairo Grand Hyatt, and enjoyed our stay. I agree actually with almost all reviews below: yes, the facilities are great; yes, the locations is very good; yes, the service is really not too good, even sometimes bad (even though always very friendly, which perhaps is the reason for an overall positive picture).
We stayed in a suite, which was reasonably priced compared with any (Nile view) rooms at Four Season at Nile Plaza. The views were spectacular, as promised in the net pages. There was also a complimentary airport transfer with an air-conditioned Mercedes to the hotel (but not to the airport).
There was not a sign of a butler wake-up call, actually the staff had never heard of it, not to mention any other services mentioned in the net pages (i.e. no welcome drink etc). When arriving, we were escorted to the wrong reception, and when this came apparent, no one escorted us to the club reception, nor further to the suite). Well, the welcome drink was not so important, as there is a happy hour in the lounge every day.
We found the lounge quite comfortable after coming from the city or before going to a dinner. Also there the staff was very friendly, but sometime a bit clumsy: they would not clean the tables before serving coffee or drinks, and if I mentioned it, they would send another person to take care of it - afterwards!
One part of the fun in the hotel was that a great deal of the clientele is from other Arabic countries, so there was a certain exotic athmosphere there.
The pool area (app. the 8th floor) was very nice, with unrestricted view over the Nile and no hinder for the sun.
As it was not too easy to find places to eat in the down town, the Food Court of the hotel was a nice option: tasty local food and pizzas at reasonable prices (to a western person any way). The little souvenier shop in the Gallery turned out to be an easy way to buy reasonable priced and qood quality products without bargaining (which I hate).
The location was very good, as the hotel is situated on the tip of an island. The views were good everywhere in the hotel, and it was a bit aside from the bustling city. The security check was not annoying to us, but Egyptian weddings were: it was of course nice to observe elegant Cairones people in the lobby, but it especially one night it was not possible to sleep because of the ourdoor party/band. Complaining did not help, so we had to change the suite in the middle of the night (and you could still here the bases through the building!).
The suite was spacious, even though the double hallway wasted some of the surface. There was some signs of slitage, for example missing buttons in the sofa, but otherwise it was elegant. The bathroom was wery nice in tones of beige and brown.
We also looked into the Nile Hilton, which looked very outdated and worn-down. On the other hand the garden of the Marriott hotel (Zamalek island) was a lively and relaxed meeting spot, so that might be an option instead of the a bit uptight athmosphere in the Grand Hyatt (having said this, I must admit that I do not know about the rooms in the Marriott). The food in the Marriott was also very reasonable priced.
In total, I could stay in Grand Hyatt again, and I would also choose a Club level room in order to get access to the lounge. And we loved Cairo: dirty, too much traffic, poor, polluted and simply wonderful!
Club services not up to scratch
My wife and I stayed in this hotels club room.Grand Hyatt, Cairo advertises with "butler wake up call with tea/coffee".However this was not available and particularly as there were no coffee and tea making facilities in the room, it meant either ordering it through room service or going down to the club lounge for it.
Most hotels, if not all hotels we have stayed in, when guests of club rooms, allow the option of breakfast in the main restaurant but not this hotel. This meant having to have the same monotonous breafast each morning.
The restaurants are lovely though by the Nile.
Good facilities but average service
The hotel has a superb location next to River Nile. It also has abundant facilities. However, the service is not great, not great at all, for a Grand Hyatt in particular. One would also experience heavy traffic jam right outside the hotel because of the cramp hotel entrance, especially on Thursday night during which the Egyptians would likely hold wedding party there.
Superb location for Nile enthusiasts
Location is superb, right on the Nile River, with excellent river views from most of the rooms. A spacious lobby with a terrace-like feeling, making one feel as if right on the banks of the river. Standard rooms are not big, at least compared to those in 5-star hotels in other parts of the world, but they are well-equiped and the views more than compensate for lack of space. Breakfast was very good, though not unforgettable. The entrance ramp is too small for such a big hotel and it tends to get crammed with buses and taxis. Getting in the hotel through the security portal can take a few minutes if a group has just arrived before you, but once you are in the hotel lobby, claustophobia disappears. The swimming pool looked beautiful, though I didn't have time to use it.
My family and I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Cairo during a 4 day visit to the city. We found the hotel to be excellent. I am a very frequent traveller and found it to be one of the best hotels I have experienced. It is located on a small peninsula that extends into the Nile off of a major thoroughfare. The arrangement of the hotel and the geometry of the peninsula gives everyone in the hotel a view of the river and the city. The layout also gives an added degree of security and makes the hotel less noisy than some of the others on the Nile since the entrance to the peninsula is restricted. The hotel is directly across the street from the Four Seasons Nile Plaza (the Hyatt is on the Nile while the Four Seasons is across a very busy street from the Nile).
The hotel has fantastic public facilities with many small restaurants (the Japanese is excellent) and a Hard Rock cafe next door. Riverside seating is available with a nice selection of meals. It has a grand lobby with a nice coffee/pastry shop and is attached to a 6 story (albeit small) shopping mall with a movie theatre.
A few notes:
- It is a 15 minute walk (nice walk, along the river) to the Museum and the "downtown" areas.
- The hotel has a taxi/car service that is very reasonable to hire to go to the markets or sites. It is not expensive so you may want to pay for them to wait until you are ready to return to the hotel. Most drivers speak some English.
- Service in the hotel (dining, room cleaning, etc) is outstanding.
- There is an executive floor that has snacks/drinks/work areas. worth a few extra bucks if available.
My only complaint is the desk staff. They seemed to be disorganized and understaffed continually. But, other than this minor problem the hotel is outstanding.
Terrific hotel & location
had a great time here in late january/early february. the hotel is only 4 years old and maintained to perfection. the location is in the garden city district of cairo and so is out of the madness a bit. short cab ride to everything. right along the corniche (great for walking) on an island in the nile, so all rooms have great views. the hard rock cafe is right next door and the 4 seasons across the bridgeway. the rooftop restuarant is revolving and there are several others on the groundflr, even outside dining on the river. stayed 8 nights during 2 different stays and the staff were great, even remembering us on the second stay. most of the clientele seem to be from other arab countries, but as you will find all over cairo, everyone involved with the tourist industry speaks both arabic, english and a third language of their choice. this hotel would be a 5 star hotel in america.
A fantastic hotel. Located on the Nile with beautiful views, large rooms and connected to a shopping mall. Excellent choice of restaurants, very nice outdoor pool area and good fitness facility. An easy 15 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum.