In Egypt, places to stay range from cheap to expensive and are numerous throughout the country. No matter the numbers, appreciation of money can sometimes be difficult to find.
At the bigger end of the market, there has been a lot of work on the design of the holiday resort. Large sparkling hotels modeled to what westerners who enjoy luxury would love when they visit.
At the cheaper end, much concern has been on availability of beds to travelers, with little concern for neatness or standard. There is little average standard to be had and as much as second-class hotels are, few give either a first-class experience or a feeling of Egyptian surroundings and norms.
With that, each city of has its up-sides, with careful reading of this guide, you can go to many parts of the country and stay in places on different budgets.
Resorts in Egypt are rated by ministry of tourism According to a star-system. The ratings are not clear and are according to size, Equipment and services rendered; they are not helpful in choosing a place to lodge.
At the two-star end, you are sure of a place with at least 30 rooms. At the four or five-star end, you are sure of a huge place with 2 Dining rooms, swimming pool, Wi-Fi and at least one bar. Although, good services or food cannot be certain.
In the higher end, foreign-run trends are common and give good services than their own less common local counterparts. Prices here are in dollars (except for Egyptians and oversea residents who pay in Egyptian currency and at a discount of about 50%), and all its services (meals and drinks added) are taxed at approximately 24.5%.
Cost of racks in these range from approximately $100(LE1750) to $500(LE 8825), each night for two. It is worthy of note, that in Egypt, a lot of tourist-type take money in “hard currency”.
Going down the markets, you’ll observe less strictness, but only if you have the Egyptian currency, cross-check before lodging. Costs on Egyptian currencies are given for comparison only.
At the middle and lower market end, prices vary from $20(LE355) to $8p (LE1425) for an average facility. Mostly incorporates breakfast and taxes too. This is a nice place for negotiation. If told a price which excludes taxes, bargain for one that includes it, and tell them to add breakfast also. These are the main trends in Egypt.
Sofitel/Accor, focus on re-built heritage properties, example, the Cataract in Aswan, the Old Winter Palace in Luxor, and the Cecil in Alexandria. These resorts are usually too expensive compared to the services rendered.
Four seasons owns four hotels (one in Alexandria, one in Sharm El Sheikh, and two in Cairo), and is probably top in Egypt. The hotels are well modeled and manned with focus on a smooth and underestimated service.
Hyatt’s property in Cairo makes every effort to overawe with its cavernous glitzy lobby, but follows up with bland overpriced rooms. The Chain’s resort in Sinai are however excellent. Enveloping a little water park that drains into the red sea, the Hyatt in Sharm El Sheikh is one of my favorite hotels in the locality.
Marriott’s Egypt hotels are comprehensive, cookie-cutter properties for the most part, but they outweigh inferior style with professional service and above-average food. Marriott in Cairo is an exception, which has some style but sub-standard food.
In Egypt, the Meridien hotels present some of the most beautiful designs in the country and rise markedly above their Accor counterparts. Forget the Four seasons and move to the Meridien if classy decors are important to you.
Away from Cairo, Movenpick’s facilities and are generally the best in the area. This is beyond question for its resort in Aswan and Quseir.
Oberoi contends with four seasons and wins flawlessly in location with a hotel next to the pyramids in Giza and another on a long lovely sweep of beach south of Hurghada. Except you like Indian food, the menu leans towards mediocrity, otherwise everything is perfect.
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