July 25, 2002
The Pyramids Park property is located in the sprawling suburb of Giza, just outside of Cairo. This is one of several swanky hotels constructed in the immediate vicinity of the Great Pyramids, the obvious drawing card for staying in this area. There is free parking for guests here. The walk from the front desk takes you past the outdoor pool area, which is attractively laid out as a desert oasis with beach chairs and a swath of palm trees. The hotel itself has two floors and 470 guest rooms. Each room has a balcony overlooking the pool or the gardens, but none seem to have views of the actual Pyramids. There are convention and meeting facilities geared to the international businessman.
There are several restaurants at the resort, including Les Fountaines, a French-influenced international restaurant that served a passable vegetable casserole and French onion soup. The busy breakfast lounge served a decent morning buffet that may or may not be complimentary to guests. It was supposed to be free to us when the room reservation was made, but upon check-in it the front desk clerk said this was not the case. However, we were not charged on our final bill after having the buffet.
The room itself was not bad, but it did not seem like anything special. The room seemed a bit worn, and the running water had a brownish tint to it as if the desert were affecting its clarity. Hopefully recent renovations have remedied these problems. The hotel grounds, as well as the entire Pyramids area, seemed to be teeming with a pesky mosquito population, so be ready with your insect repellent inside and out. All in all, this was a somewhat disappointing stay and I imagine you can do a bit better at one of the other resorts that are closer to the Pyramids.
From journal Bill in Egypt - CAIRO