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... he once had a dream like his where he saw treasure buried in an old monastery by a sycamore tree and then Santiago realizes where the actual treasure is. He goes back across the desert and the ocean and back to the old monastery and digs up the treasure which was a chest full of spanish gold. With his treasure in hand he returns to Fatima and his journey is ...
... foods so ethnic foods do not intimidate me. I had no prior experience of Egyptian food, but I like Middle Eastern cuisine and thought of the delights that await me here. In reality, Egyptian food was a huge let down. We purposely scoped out Egyptian eateries for local fare, but nothing looked or tasted appetizing. A fan of street food, there was little to be had here. After Jordan and Israel, we were tired of pita bread, but more pita bread we had. Rice and ...
... the tombs did not have hieroglyphics until the 5th Dynasty (around 2300 BC)?
That Cairo was not the original capital city, it was Memphis?
The Pharaoh of Upper Egypt wore a white crown and that the Pharaoh of Lower Egypt wore a red crown?
That when the two kingdoms united the King wore a red and white crown?
The Egyptians were the first civilization to make paper (papyrus)?
The Egyptians were the first civilization to have a calendar?
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TravelPod Member ReviewsZoser Hotel Giza
Would have to be VERY cheap to stay there again
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Conveniently placed.... rooms are OK. Stayed in a room facing the road, so bit noisy. food and room service is satisfactory!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Zoser Hotel Giza
Oase in Kairo
Ich kam aus einem anderen Hotel in dieses. Das Zoser ähnelt den Novotel Hotels, auch wenn ich keine Verbindung zwischen beiden entdecken konnte. Die Zimmer war normal, mit 110/220V-Steckdosen, Fön, einem funktionierenden Telefon, Satellitenfernsehen und einem kleinen Kühlschrank. Der Service war okay, das gesamte Personal sprach Englisch und war hilfsbereit. Das Essen war besser als der Durchschnitt und ich habe auch keine Magenprobleme bekommen. Fürs Abendessen rate ich Ihnen vom offenen Büfett ab, gehen Sie lieber ins Kebab Corner. Die Preise waren ähnlich, es schmeckte dort aber besser und der Service war auch recht gut. Es gibt wirklich nicht viel über das Hotel zu sagen, es hat den Standard erfüllt, was vielleicht das beste ist, was man über das Hotel sagen kann. Es handelt sich aber um ein Hotel in Kairo und daher sollte man nicht vergessen, die Sauberkeit und Geräumigkeit der Zimmer lobend zu erwähnen. Zwei ganz wichtige Dinge, wenn man den ganzen Tag in Kairo unterwegs war. Sobald man im Hotel ist, lässt man die Menschenmassen, das Gehupe oder den Müll hinter sich.
Oasis in Cairo
I moved to this hotel from another one.
Zoser is very much like Novotel chain hotels, even though I didn't see any evidence of a relationship. Rooms are standard, with 110/220V shaver sockets, hair dryer, a working phone, satellite TV and mini fridge. Services are OK, all staff can speak English and eager to help. Food is above average and did not cause any digestion problems. I suggest not to take the open buffet for dinner but choosing Kebab corner. The prices are the same but it tastes better and service is quite a pleasing.
There is nothing much to comment since it meets the standards, I think this is the best thing about a hotel.
But as for an Hotel in Cairo, I must emphasize the hygiene and roomy atmosphere. After a day in Cairo these two are most longed things. Once you are in the Hotel, you leave all the crowd, horns, garbage and every nagging thing behind.
The foyer is as good as it gets!
We stayed here for three nights as a part of a Nile cruise package. The location was great for visiting the Pyramids but as a quality hotel we liked the foyer but, other than the food, not a lot else.
The rooms are ok for size and clean but in need of upgrading. The only bit that actually fell off was the door to the (empty) mini bar, but they dont exactly ooze quality.
The bar has to be the darkest in Cairo, but the food in the resturants was surprisingly good and well priced. Take your ear plugs to drown out the exceedingly loud entertainment provided wherever we seemd to go to eat. To our surprise the evening meal bill included an entertainment tax - we'd have paid for them to go away! The pool (where it is possible to eat alongside in the evenings which is pleasant - but no view other than the walls of the hotel) is a fair size. The staff were just about passable, but not exactly enthusiastic and not speedy. Suprisingly, however, the lifts were - speedy that is, some of the quickest we have experienced in a hotel!
We'd stay again as part of a package as it was functional and suited the purpose, but wouldnt choose to stay in its own right.
Very, very nice!
i recall reading some of the posts before going. One guy mentioned that crossing the street out front was like committing suicide. Well doing that was a great part of the local experience. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this hotel was. We had a room facing the pool and it was quiet and beautiful. Not a lot going on in the club inside the hotel, but who goes to Egypt to hang out at hotel clubs?
Good hotel overall, friendly and helpful staff, nice rooms. Perhaps the lighting in the rooms could be improved a little, as it is somehow weak. The buffet is nice, fresh food, various choices, prompt service (speaking about restaurant Sakkara - this is the only one I tried, out of the several restaurants in the hotel). A terrace at 7th floor is advertised, in the hotel leaflets, however it is not open yet; will likely be open soon. Sorry to miss the chance to admire the unique view of the pyramids by night!
Poor Quality for Price
We stayed 9 days in mid Dec 2004. We used a travel agent to book into this hotel while traveling in the Middle East-it was a whim of the moment to go to Cairo.
The blaring muzak in the common areas is annoying. How many times do you want to hear the theme song from the Titanic at 80db in the course of a day?
The Spanish restaurant on the premises is wretched. There is a difference between ceviche and frozen fish sticks, to give one little example. The breakfast buffet was very good value if included in the room price. Service for coffee and tea was glacial. You were not permitted to serve yourself, and the pots were always empty due to the very high breakfast room/traffic.
There are few other local (within 2 km) dining options- so you are hostage to the poor restaurants.
Our room was often not cleaned until as late as 5pm. Service , otherwise was good. The hotel taxi stand was extortionate. 60 Egyptian pounds to downtown Cairo. LOL!!!!!!
Essentially this is a packet tour hotel- there were many large Asian tour groups there. It isn't the type of hotel we usually choose- it is certainly not a 5 star hotel, in the European or American sense. It also is the sort of hotel that is an inviting target for a car bomb, given its foreign occupants, and foreign ownership. The police at the entrance with automatic weapons and Kevlar vests should be your first clue. Security in Cairo has become an issue over the last 6 months.
Overall, I can't honestly recommend this hotel.
Zoser Partner Hotel on the Pyramids Road
The hotel is in a residential area, half an hour from downtown, an hour from the airport, and about half an hour to the Great Pyramids. Service is so-so (offered when asked); considering half of the staff speak English. Food in the hotel (our breakfast and dinner at the hotel already included in our tour program) is quite good, and there are a few other restaurants in the hotel. Also, there is a small shopping mall with Mc Donald's, etc. opposite the hotel, the road is quite difficult to cross at night though. Cairo traffic is busy until very late so avoid rooms at the front of the hotel. Our room on the first night is on the second floor and we can hear loud traffic noises from the street. On the last night we got another room with pool view, which is a lot nicer.
Average Hotel nowhere close to 5* as advertised
The Zoser Hotel proved to be a disapointment to me and my girlfriend. The hotel is advertised as a 5* hotel but does not provide facilities even of a 3* hotel in Europe. Frankly this is the only hotel that i ever stayed in cairo so i do not really have anything to compare with but still... that is why there is a star rating on every property....
The rooms are relatively small and the furniture is quite shabby(i stayed in a standard double room). Bathrooms look prety bad (tiling worn out, very old towels, no bathrobes). Cleanliness is nowhere near perfect. All the rooms are noisy as half of them overlook the courtyard with noise coming from an artificial watrfall and late diners around the pool, the other half overlook the street which is very busy.. Restaurants are total disaster. The two main ones serve bufet style meals with average quality. There is a la carte spanish restaurant as well ,nothing impressive, though i ended having most of my meals there. Pool in shadow most of the time as it is located in the courtyard. Location not perfect as it is on a very busy road halfway between the pyramids and cairo and it takes ages to get to the central parts of cairo daytime not to mention that crossing the road equals suiside(no pedestrian crossing or traficlights but again this seemd to be the case everywhere in cairo..). The staff is nice in general but not very attentive unless there is a clear sign of profit(tips) involved. Holel car service is about twice as expencive as the regular cabs and not worthed at all. Concierge does everything but puts on heavy comissins on everything even restaurant bookings...
DO NOT USE the telephone you might end up paying twice the accomodation price on telephone bills.
In general this is a place i would never stay again.
March 2005 Visit
Clean and in good location near Pyramids. Across street is a small Mall where you can find a few places to eat and many many clothes stores. Breakfest was good and should be included in room rate if you ask when booking. Dinners in hotel were good and not very expensive if you don't feel like going out. Rooms were quite. Pool is in middle of the buildings and in March, due to the shadow of the buildings, was too cold to use pool. Use of hotel phones was rather expensive. In Egypt ...I would suggest a hotel of this type (5* class) as hotels of less ratings could be very nice or dumps and you won't know till you check in. Egypt is cheap so you can spend a little more on a nice hotel to avoid problems. In March 2005 we stayed in a nice Double room for $80 which included breakfest. We came back and stayed in a Jr. Suite for $160 (includes taxes, etc.). If we go back and take our kids...I would most likely book this hotel again. Good location, nice hotel and safe area. I plan to have photos of my trip on my site soon. Visit www.bcollyer.net
Recommendable hotel for a cairo trip
Compared to some 5-star-hotels i??ve already stayed in there in Cairo, Partner Zoser is more comfortable.
Rooms are really nice, clean and quiet, even the hotel is located at Pyramids Road, which means, too, that it??s quite close to some important sightseeing places like the Eygptian Museum and the Pyramids.
Staff is very friendly and helpful.
All in all recommendable as a nice hotel for a Cairo-Trip.