After having my Cairo-Honolulu reservations ticketed, I immediately booked my positioning flights and ended up booking with Turkish Airlines with a stop-over in Istanbul, where I also got to celebrate my 44th birthday. I had planned to visit the Pyramids of Giza so booked a flight from Istanbul that would give me a full day in Cairo. The trip from Cairo to Honolulu and back was a long trip but definitely one of the best I've had since I was able to see the pyramids and visit Hawaii as well 😍
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Date of stay: April 2-3, 2018
Address: Ring Road- Mirage City- Box 427 Heliopolis, Cairo Governorate 11757, Egypt
Room: Pool Side Cabana, Outdoor Pool View, Balcony, upgraded to a Junior Suite
Nightly Rate: Redeemed my Marriott free night certificate
How to get here: The hotel provides complimentary shuttle bus with free wifi 👍 It stops first at the Renaissance Hotel then to Marriott. Note: You have to email the hotel with full flight details 24 hours prior to arrival date.
Meet & Greet and Complimentary Shuttle
I had emailed the hotel a few weeks before my arrival to request for a complimentary shuttle service and not only did they confirm the service, they also told me I would get a meet and greet service. And since I had an electronic visa to Egypt, the arrival procedure went very quickly and I was through in less than 10 minutes.
Lobby & Reception
Upon arriving at the hotel around 9:10am, I was greeted by a bellboy who offered to help me with my rollaboard but I declined. I couldn't help but admire the gorgeous lobby of the JW Marriott Cairo on my way to the front desk 😍
Elevators & Hallway
Junior Suite, Room 4205
As I entered the room, there was a work desk to my right and to my left are the wardrobe and bathroom. Past the work desk is the living room and to the left is the king bed. The suite also has a nice terrace with view of the golf course.
Executive Lounge, 7th Floor East Wing
I visited the lounge in the late afternoon and the snacks offering included some cakes, fruits, juices and softdrinks.
The hot dishes included kofte, sauteed vegetables and seabass among others and which were all very good. The staff also came to my seat and offered rice and which I gladly accepted.
I thought the afternoon snacks was not that impressive although the food and drinks offering during the evening cocktails made up for it 😉
The View Lounge & Bar and Mirage Café
I had booked the 5am shuttle the night before and at exactly 5am, me and another guest left for the airport.
It was my first time visiting Cairo and I really wanted to make it special so I decided to use my free night certificate when I found out that there was a JW Marriott hotel in the city. This property is a category 4 hotel which is still included for the free night redemption, as category 5 is the highest. The hotel contacting me by email a few days before my arrival to ask for my bed and view preference was just impressive. The meet and greet service was very much appreciated as well as the early check-in. Needless to say, the best part of this stay was the upgrade to their lovely junior suite 😍 The staff I had contact with were all very friendly and helpful reflecting the high standard of service Marriott is known for. Of course, the hotel is really beautiful and the facilities were really five stars. The only downside which I could think of is that it is far from the city (if you want to see the pyramids) although it was not a problem to me as I was picked up by my guide for my Pyramids tour right from the hotel.
I really had a wonderful and memorable stay in this hotel and would highly recommend it to everyone looking for a hotel to stay at in the Egyptian capital. To all the staff of JW Marriott Cairo, Shukran 😍