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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Oasis Hotel in Cairo

On our visit to Cairo, we stayed at the Oasis Hotel for a few nights. Located in Giza, the hotel is quite close to the Pyramids and the Sphinx. It is set in 9 acres of lovely landscaped gardens and also has a palm forest. It is a mix of luxury hotel with a resort.



What I liked the most about the hotel was that all the rooms were single storeyed and set around the lovely garden. The rooms were of a decent size, spacious and well furnished. The beds were quite comfortable. The room had a mini fridge and cable satellite TV(with English channels). The AC was remote controlled and worked :) I say this because at many places though a remote is provided they rarely work.




The bathrooms were big with a bath and well stocked with toiletries. The hotel also had wireless internet access which is not included in the room price.




The hotel has a Bedouin restaurant which serves international cuisine. There is a coffee shop and a bar as well. There is another restaurant called Palmyra, a lobby bar and a café too. The buffet meals had a decent selection of hot and cold food. But it was disappointing that there was not much on offer in terms of Egyptian cuisine. We were so hoping to taste some local fare but ended up with continental cuisine at all our meal times.

For recreation there is a fully equipped gym, a swimming pool, tennis court, steam and sauna room and a basketball court. Most of these are however paid services. So you need to check with the reception about the prices.


There were two things that I disliked or would call as a minus point:
1. There is no supermarket or store of any kind in the vicinity of the hotel. Even if you wanted to, you could not go out as there is nothing around. So you end up buying water at 5 times the price that you would get in a supermarket. That's what we did on the first day. Having soon understood how things work, we picked up water and snacks from the supermarket on our way back to the hotel after the day's sight seeing (the next day). A wise thing because there is no point paying 4-5 times the price for a bottle of water.
2. If you are exchanging currency, then double check with the reception staff about the exchange rate. And also check the amount that is handed to you after conversion. Best thing is to avoid getting money exchanged at the hotel. You get the best exchange rate at the bank and you will find many when you go sight seeing.

Though the hotel is far from the airport(about an hour) and the main Cairo city, it is a pleasant place to stay. If you can overlook that fact and the fact that there is no shop within walking distance, then you can consider this hotel for your stay in Cairo.

The Oasis Hotel
Cairo-Alex Desert Road
PO Box 44 Pyramids 12556
Cairo - EGYPT
Phone: (+202) 38387333 - 38387666

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