The Marriott is located in the most stately neighborhood, Zamalek, in Gezira. This hotel was opened with the inauguration of the Suez Canal, and all the famous people that were invited to the opening of the event stayed there. Kings and queens and top celebrities left their mark here, and today it´s one of the hotels in Cairo which attracts the most guests. It´s interesting to know that there is a hotel within the Casino where all the most influential people of modern-day Cairo go. I was lucky enough to stay overnight there several nights, and the truth it´s a very glamorous hotel.
If you go to the pyramids, it is best that you stay at one of the many hotels that are right next to them. I was surprised to find these historical monuments are really so close to civilisation! The Meridian is one of the closest hotels, with amazing views - without a doubt, the best thing about it. The hotel is pretty good: the buffet is nice, and the rooms are quite spacious and comfortable, and the service is fine. I'd recommend it, although it's not exactly a luxury hotel.
This is, in my opinion, one of the most spectacular hotels I've ever stayed in. It's located right next to the Nile and has a shopping mall connected to it and also a casino. Everything exudes luxury, from the decor all the way down to the smallest detail. There's a spa overlooking the Nile (separate ones for men and women) with jacuzzi, gym, sauna, massage, and more. The rooms are extremely large. Every night, there's a show or belly-dancing in the pool area where all the local sheikhs go. The only problem I can find with this hotel is that even if you've made a reservation, sometimes a sheikh will decide he wants to stay for another week and you'll be out of a room! The restaurant is also a 10/10 in my opinion.
The Conrad Cairo has a great atmosphere with nice views over the Nile and excellent service. It's the perfect place to rest up after taking a cruise down the Nile or to use as your base for visiting the Egyptian capital. Fabulous sunsets over the river.
A good choice if you want to visit Cairo, as it's within walking distance of the museum, and not far from downtown and the important sights. For the pyramids, you'll have to take a shuttle but it's better to stay in the centre and have to travel to the pyramids than the other way around. The hotel is clean and comfortable, and the food is good.