Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel Review is part of the Trip Report Athens Marathon: The Original Course which includes the following cities:
- Toronto, Canada
- Detroit, Michigan
- London, England
- Athens, Greece
- Giza, Egypt
- Cairo, Egypt
- Luxor, Egypt
- Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
- Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Getting There: There is Uber in Cairo which costs 95 EGP. If this is your first time in Cairo, I recommend haggling with the taxi drivers outside the arrival gate to get used to the hustle. TaxiFareFinder says the price should be 66 EGP. After much fuss, I got one to agree.
Note: Taxis in Egypt are the worst. I will have to amend my Worst Taxis in the World list to reflect this.
Waking up at Le Meridien Pyramids is like waking up Christmas morning. The excitement of drawing the curtains open to see one of the Wonders of the Ancient World in my backyard is incomparable. The view is surreal.
Le Meridien is located in Giza, a neighborhood outside of Cairo. This is important to distinguish so you don’t end up in a situation where the taxi driver is trying to take you to the old Le Meridien which is now the Sofitel El Gezirah. Somehow my pronunciation of ‘Giza’ sounded like ‘El Gezirah.’ Besides the convenience of only being a five minute taxi ride to the pyramids, Le Meridien is near great restaurants and more importantly far from Cairo traffic.
Although the hotel is a bit dated, it still has charm.
Some of the nicest people I met in Cairo worked at this hotel. The night manager was kind enough to invite me for tea and argheli. I stayed up till 3AM smoking and relaxing by the pool.
Security is tight everywhere in Egypt but especially in Cairo. There is a checkpoint for cars coming along with bomb sniffing dogs and metal detectors in the entrance of the hotel.
Breakfast is a big deal for points travelers when it’s free. After awhile, the continental breakfast gets repetitive. Like the King George in Athens, the breakfast at Le Meridien is not to be missed. In addition to the usual, the buffet had falafel, tahini, and other local goodies.
I used a Platinum Suite Upgrade to guarantee that I would have a room with a view of the pyramids. Even if you are not platinum, I highly recommend paying a little extra for the best view of your life. A room with a view of the pyramids is only $90. I used cash n points in the amount of 1500 + $30. It doesn’t get better than that.
I didn’t get a chance to go swimming because there is so much to do in Cairo. I did have a beer on the patio and, once again, was in awe at how close the pyramids are to the hotel.
I am not exaggerating when I say that Le Meridien Pyramids is the best hotel in terms of value in the world. This picture proves it: