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Centrally-located former palace set amid lush tropical gardens.
This former palace was built especially for France's Empress Eugenie, who came to Egypt for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. The main building has retained much of its 19th-century charm, but there have been several modern renovations, including two somewhat out-of-character towers. The Marriott has a limited business center, but its lush gardens and pool are attractive for those looking for a relaxing vacation. Many of the rooms in the north tower have been renovated in the last year and offer spectacular views of the Nile and the downtown core. Less modern but very comfortable business suites are available in the south tower and feature fold-out desks, high-speed Internet access, and a range of complimentary international newspapers and magazines.
The hotel has several upmarket restaurants, including JW's Steakhouse and the Marriott Terrace. The food at the Terrace is mediocre, but it's a favorite lounging spot for Egypt's TV and movie glitterati and enjoys a steady clientele of those who want to see and be seen.
Overall, this hotel is geared primarily toward an American clientele and manages to balance a relaxed and friendly Egyptian attitude with efficiency.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Best Hotel 2009
Disco, cabaret, 24-hour casino and a small shopping center that includes a bakery, florist and hair salon. The hotel's terrace cafe, overlooking one of the city's most beautiful gardens is the place to see and be seen on summer evenings.