This is a continuation of the “vacation run” – a 50/50 mileage run / vacation my wife and I took to Cairo in January, 2015. Previous posts include: Etihad flight from Washington to Abu Dhabi, Etihad lounge hopping and Abu Dhabi to Cairo, Arriving in Cairo and Keeping an Open Mind, and Review: Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino.
Reason for choosing:
We chose this hotel primarily because it was close to the airport and because it was only 10,000 Marriott points, and, oh yeah, they had a lounge.
Lobby and Check in/Check Out Experience:
Check-in was easy. I don’t remember it taking more than a moment. We were very happy to be upgraded to a suite on the same floor as the executive club lounge. As you may or may not have noticed from previous posts, it is not often I get the same floor as the lounge, and boy do I appreciate it!
Check-out was easy. Although because we were leaving before dark, we ended up paying for the hotel car to the airport (a nice Audi A6), rather than a taxi. The additional cost was negligible, and acceptable given that we wanted to maximize our time in the Qatar lounge.
Where the hotel stood out:
We had no expectation of an upgrade, and were pleasantly surprised with one. The suite we were given was, quite simply, spectacular. We stay at quite a few Marriott hotels over the course of any given year, and it is not often that we are provided an upgrade. It was quite appreciated – just see for yourself:
We also appreciated having breakfast delivered to the room — since we had a very early departure.
We also had an appreciation for the pool, although this was the closest we got to it:
We also really appreciated the lounge. It had a wonderful spread, and had great folks to chat with.
Where the hotel fell a little short:
Its hard to identify an area where the hotel fell short. Perhaps upon check-out, the hotel not having taxi’s readily available was an issue, but, their alternative solution–while costing us a bunch–was reasonable.
Overall, we really appreciated the upgrade, and in general, the hotel. The lounge met our needs, and the hotel was close enough to Doha’s Hamad International Airport that it was fine for a sub-18 hour stay. We’d stay here again, and definitely would recommend it.