Cataract Pyramids Resort
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Cairo is indeed a city of great contrasts. We had some extra time today and were able to sit by the pool. And yes, we saw a chunky man in a pink Speedo not far from women in full-on burkas! Dor those who don't know what Speedos are - they are men's swimming trunks that are like women's bikini bottoms. And, Burkas for those who don...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cataract Pyramids Resort Giza
Reasonable rooms, nice garden and swimming pool not far from the pyramids, but there's a problem with mosquitoes - they're so many (it was beginning of April) it made our short stay a bit uncomfortable.
The breakfast room wasn't very clean!
Although they try really hard the staff's incredibly positive attitude and willingness to help can't compensate for the terrible food and the swarms of mosquitoes that infest this hotel as soon as the sun starts to fade.
Tell any of the locals that you are staying at the Cataract and expect to be asked "do you like mosquitoes?"
Honestly, you can do better, much better.
How come nobody has mentioned the view from the third floor lobby? At sunset, the view is incredible. I think everyone is just worried about the mosquitos, and they are definitely present at this hotel. But, it is next to a canal. Go figure.
Definitely not a 5-star by the European standard, but I would give it 3 stars certainly. I had quite a mixed experience. Some people at the reception desk were very nice to us, but some were not. For example, once they told us the price of the taxi to the airport would be 150 Egyptian pounds. But we later managed to arrange it for 70 pounds (with the help of other hotel people!). The service in some restaurants inside can be somewhat slow. Mosquitos were a real problem: in the room of my friend they were appearing again and again, even though the balcony door was closed, so last night he couldn't sleep at all. The hotel is quite remote from everything except the pyramids, so if you want to visit Cairo, it's not the best option.
We have stayed in this hotel for 1 week over Christmas from 21 to 28 December 2005 and with breakfast only. Before you know our verdict on this hotel you need to know a little bit about us first, so you know the reasons. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children, both boys, at 13 and 10 year old. We are British Muslims and with Arabic origin (but not Egyptian) so the language was not a barrier to us (except for the children). Our children are not yet at an age where they could enjoy staying in a museum for hours or spend a long time touring ancient ruins or an old mosque. So we had to split the holiday one day for the children and another for us. To be honest, Cairo is not a city for our children ages. Apart from seeing the Pyramids there is only Dream Land Park (designed for English-speaking visitors) and Magic Land Park (design for Arabic speaking visitors) near 6 October City (outside Cairo but not far from hotel) for kids to play. Remember tourists in Egypt are treated like kings but also seen as targets for milking them out of their money. Remember that if you get in any kind trouble just tell them that you will report them to the Security Officer in the hotel and they will be too scared to do anything to you. We visited several North African countries but Egyptians seem to be the most who are aware that what you are paying them in tips (Baksheesh) is peanuts to westerners. Therefore they will always ask for a tip. The problem is you have to allow for 10% of your pocket money for tips. Initially we thought we chose the wrong hotel because it is far away from Central Cairo and nearer to the Pyramids. The first thing you must do is tell the bell boy to go away and ask him not to enter your room when you arrive. He will want to sell you trips and arrange taxis with his commissions secured. Because of the distance and location of the hotel, you are at the mercy of Cairo taxi drivers to take you from the hotel to anywhere. There are two types of taxis in Cairo. The upmarket ones called Limousine (no meter) which you can get from your hotel and also the normal taxis (black with white wings) which have meters but don't work!. Limousines are expensive, 125 LE (Egyptian Pounds) for 3 hours, 50 LE to take you to pyramids and back, 50 LE to take you to Central Cairo, 110 LE to take you to airport and 350 LE for all day. 1 American $ is equal 6 Egyptian Pounds and 1 British £ is equal to 10 Egyptian Pounds approximately. Normal Taxis on the other hand are cheaper. They park opposite the hotel when you get out of the hotel and turn left. However they will try to get most out of you so you must agree the price before hand. They are also rough and some cars are very old indeed. Therefore you must be firm and tough and make sure you see the car, inspect it and agree price before you get in. If you see an old car then just say frankly you don't like this car. I managed to get normal taxis to Pyramids for 3 hours and back for 40 LE, to Central Cairo for 30 LE and to 6 October City for 30 LE and for all day for 150 LE but I tipped him another 50 LE because he was good. They will try every trick in the book to make you give up the change as a tip. Therefore the best thing is always make sure you have plenty of change. Always have the exact amount of money of what you agreed with he taxi driver with you otherwise he will pretend he has no change when you arrive. Also if you ask him to go to out of the way places he will start to moan about him coming back empty hinting to you that he wants more money so tell him in advance that you will have none of this. Remember also that all taxis will take you to certain shops and places because they have commissions from them and will get upset if you choose another one. So tell them frankly and tell them you know this fact very well. By the way the best way to get rid of any persistent seller in Cairo is to tell him that you don't like the product he is selling. He will have no answer to this one. If you start bartering then you will never get rid of him.
We (2 adults + 1 child) stayed there for 5 nights on vacation. I agree with another reviewer, I also cannot believe it's a 5-star. The room looked somewhat shabby and all amenities (Jacuzzi, sauna, etc.) cost extra (10 Egyptian Pounds per person per day for each item) and they didn't even look clean. The location is not very ideal; it's about 20 minutes from the Pyramids and 35 minutes from Cairo. There is absolutely nothing outside-nearby the hotel (no shops, nor restaurants) so you are stuck with the hotel unless you want to grab a taxi every time you go out. The hotel cabs are relatively expensive since it's supposedly a 5-star hotel, and since there is nothing else nearby you don't have much choice but use those cabs/taxis. We were also harassed by the hotel supervising bell boy to buy overpriced trip and every time we tried to get a taxi - that was quite annoying.
Stayed at this hotel for 8 nights,(2 women and a child)The first night when we woke in the morning we found our room completely flooded, Housekeeping immediately cleared the water from the room it was so bad it took about 1 hour. No compensation was offered for the ruined books, trainers that could not be used for days or wet suitcases. We were constantly harrassed by the hotel supervising bell boy to buy overpriced trips, he even wanted to come to our room to discuss our travel arrangements. We could not walk pass him without him asking when we were going to book with him. We did book our trip to the pyramids through him we paid 100 egytian pounds for their driver to take us and were told we not have to pay anything else. We were dropped off and placed on horses and told we would have to pay a further £100 sterling for this, we negotiated it down to £60.00 our driver was not in sight. However we did enjoy this but it was not what the hotel lead us to believe would happen. After this experience we found ourselves a very good taxi driver call Asiff who took as everywhere we wanted to go (he is stationed just to the left of the hotel) we paid him what we felt was reasonable and he was always pleased and happy with what we gave him. He really looked after us. However the doorman no longer spoke to us as he was not getting his commission for arranging the taxi. We found there was no entertainment, they could not even provide a ball for the child to use in the pool. We went to play tennis and could not use the courts because they were going to have a 5 aside football comp, they being the staff. there was no table tennis or darts or garden chess all as advertised. I thought I would treat myself to a pedicure, manicure and a hairdo - no staff available to do this for the whole week. All the restaurants had the same menu, the service around the pool was so slow, it would not be unusual to wait 20 minutes for a drink. The rooms are clean but quite shabby the childs bed was a wooden board with a very thin mattress, a sun bed would have been more comfortable.
This is a great resort that is a welcome refuge from the chaos of downtown Cairo. Situated out of town, but not far, a cab will cost 10Egy pounds from downtown. Pool is great, service excellent. Breakfast was well laid out, cable worked a treat. Bathroom was a bit shabby, but quite frankly I didn't notice this too much. Compared with other hotels in the area, this is a great place, value for money, stay here if you can ! If you want a good cab driver ask for Jamahl on the taxi rank outside to the left of the hotel. He stayed with us all day driving whereever we wanted for about 100-150 egy pounds. He was courteous and ultra reliable. Don't get a taxi from the doorman as he takes 50% comission, you will be paying too much. Go to the taxi rank directly yourself, despite the rantings of the doorman not to do so. Book a room through the internet otherwise you will be paying double over the desk or from an agent. I found good cheaper sites to be Alpharooms and Octopus US :>
Cataract Hotel is a beautiful hotel, a little outside Cairo center to the road of Giza. I stayed here 5 nights the previous summer.
Loved the resort
I loved the cataract pyramids resort...My husband and I had our wedding reception and honeymoon there. We had a blast and were treated very well by the staff.