Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx
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Day 203: After our bus trip back we checked into our hotel and had one last dinner with everybody and then said goodbye since everybody except for us was leaving early the next morning. After we said goodbye we headed back to our room and went to sleep.
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Overnight train back to …
We arrived in Cairo, refreshed after a good night on the train. We went straight to the Mercure Hotel where we showered and freshened up before boarding a bus for the quick trip to the Egyptian Museum. Wael accompanied us this time and it was great to see him again. He is a really nice guy.
The museum was spectacular. There were so many …
Decided to hire a car and driver for 6 hours for the princely sum of £35 with the intention of viewing the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx and Saqqara Pyramids.
Trip started with an eye opening view of back street Giza conditions and to make the best of our time we decided to take a horse and carriage tour with the driver's recommended operator. …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx Giza
We stayed in two rooms, garden views, over four day weekend in June. Two adults, 10 & 12 year old children. The rooms are really big with two double beds and a sitting area. One room would have been fine. They consider our 12 year old an adult and wouldn't let me book just one. I was advised by Expedia (by telephone) that they could refuse to accept our reservation if we booked only one room. Our first floor rooms had private patios to enjoy the garden.
After travelling for 10 days around Egypt, we've decided to stay our last night at this hotel, in a romantic Pyramid-view room.
When you walk into the Sofitel Sphinx you can see it's a topline hotel - beautiful lobby, a piano bar and a sparkling pool. And if you insist on a room in the renovated part of the hotel, you will sink into a luxurious feather bed and wash in an ultra-modern, gleaming bathroom. BUT if you end up in the unrenovated section, be prepared for water-stained and threadbare carpets, lumpy pillows and holey sheets, damp smells and mosquitos. Our first few days at the hotel were spoiled by the awful room, but once we were moved to a renovated one, we were able to appreciate what a pleasant place it is to stay.
Stayed for 4 nights and the Hotel is nice (we normally stay in 5*) staff were very good, considerate and polite. Hotel is good although more like a four star. Ask for a renovated room. Its in Giza very near the Pyramids but Giza itself is not a nice place, very poor and not somewhere you can wander around. We didn't venture outside the hotel without a guide/driver. That was an excellent service and a great way to explore. You basically hire the car/driver/guide from the hotel for as long as you like and its cheap. We went to the Egyptian museum one day, stayed there for a couple of hours and the driver waited. He then took us to a couple of Bazaars and then back to the Hotel. Stg £15! Amazing. If you are thinking of a Pyramids visit then I would stay iat somewhere like the Nile Hilton in Cairo (right next door to the Egyptian Museum) and then visit the Pyramids one day. Cairo is much more pleasant. But if you do want to stay right by the Pyramids then this one and the Meridien Giza (right opposite) are in a great location.
We stayed at the sofitel le spinx hotel, right near the Pyramids. We travelled by coach from sharm, approx 6 hrs, and arrived at our hotel which didn't look much from the outside but we were pleasantly surprised once we got inside. Our room was nice, very modern, but the hotel was freezing - serious A/C - so much so that the first night I had to blast the room with heating!!! bearing in mind it had been 80 odd degrees all day. we booked our trips through the rep once we arrived. we had the first day to ourselves, laid by the pool. the second day we were picked up by our guide who took us on the "cairo tour" - we went to the Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan al-Khalili bazaar. all of which were amazing and the general sights of cairo were something to be seen.
Just returned from a four-day stay at the Sofitel Sphinx. Very nice hotel with excellent bedding - perhaps the most comfortable bed we've ever slept on! The pool is quite nice but gets more sunshine in the morning. Very nice children's play area that we didn't discover until the end of our stay (behind the pool and shop area). Friendly personnel. The car rates are much more expensive than the taxi rates just outside the hotel, but the cars are new and well-maintained with seat belts. Restaurant food is pretty good for hotel food and the breakfast buffet is very good. A long walk to the entrance to the pyramids, but very short taxi ride. We would recommend the spinning derviche show which is held every night in a theatre right behind the hotel. The show lasts about 1h and it is an amazing thing to see. It is also a very good way to kill time after you've checked out of your day-use room and are waiting for a late-night flight. Kids like the Pharaoh's Boat Dinner on the Nile but it really is "cheesy", the food okay and the whole thing about 20 euros per person.
We stayed here between December 23rd and December 26th. The hotel was quiet over Christmas but they still made our stay special and the service was first class, friendly and courteous. We asked for a quiet room and that is exactly what we got with room 1012. The room did not have a view but we slept very well in comfortable beds. We ate in the hotel on Christmas Eve and Christmas day and both meals were good, as were the breakfasts. We also swam in the pool on Boxing day and enjoyed the small but adequate sun lounge area, but beware the flies are annoying so we were glad we took our Bug-off spray. The views of the pyramids from the roof terrace are great.
Spent two nights at the Sofitel Le Sphinx and was pleased with the service and amenities. The shops in the lobby are nice and offer just about everything you would need. Internet access is available and the restaurants are good. I would caution against using the hotel concierge for arranging tours. We took the 3 hour pyramid tour they offer which is to include transfers and a guide and ended up on a camel in the middle of some slum neighbourhood with a very shady character for a guide. Once we arrived at the pyramids we ditched the camel and the guide and took a cab back to the hotel. On arrival back to the hotel, we discussed our displeasure with the concierge whose only concern was that we would still pay for the tour (and an extra 100 egyptian pounds for the camels!). All in all a nice hotel, but steer clear of the concierge. As well, make sure to ask for a renovated room.
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights as part of our two week holidays to Hurghada on the red sea. The hotel is lovely the reception area lovely white and gold, 2 or 3 shops in the lobby. There were also two restaurants (one buffet style) and one italian. Both were really good and extremly cheap. Around £3.00 pp for dinner.
A very friendly hotel
we stayed 3 nights at this hotel in september 05.it is very clean and the staff could not have been more helpful.the location is great for the pyramids and there are some good restaurants nearby.it is a bit noisy being close to a main road, but you are in cairo and they do like to use their car horns.overall a good hotel for two or three nights stay.