To Hong Kong and Back: Le Méridien Cairo Airport

After arriving in Cairo around 12:30 AM, I needed a convenient place to stay, as well as a place to help me earn SPG Platinum status again for 2018. The Le Méridien Cairo Airport is a fairly new hotel, and attached to the airport. For 4,000 points a night, it was a steal, since paid rates were going over $150 per night.

A Review of the Le Méridien Cairo Airport

PART I: DELTA AIRLINES PHX-JFK-LHR IN ECONOMY
PART II: ESCAPE LOUNGE STANSTED AIRPORT, LONDON
PART III: RYANAIR STN-KRK
PART IV: SHERATON GRAND KRAKOW
PART V: BUSINESS LOUNGE SCHENGEN – KRAKOW
PART VI: FLYING AEGEAN AIRLINES IN ECONOMY
PART VII: THE PRIORITY PASS LOUNGES OF ATHENS AIRPORT
PART VIII: LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT
PART IX: VIP LOUNGE CAIRO AIRPORT
PART X: EMIRATES AIRLINES CAI-DXB IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XI: ST. REGIS DUBAI
PART XII: EMIRATES FIRST CLASS LOUNGE, DXB
PART XIII: EMIRATES AIRLINES DXB-HKG IN FIRST CLASS
PART XIV: OVOLO SOUTHSIDE HOTEL, HONG KONG
PART XV: EMIRATES AIRLINES LOUNGE, HKG
PART XVI: EMIRATES AIRLINES HKG-BKK IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XVII: ALOFT BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT 13
PART XVIII: EMIRATES AIRLINES LOUNGE, BKK
PART XIX: EMIRATES AIRLINES BKK-DXB IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XX: PARK HYATT DUBAI
PART XXI: EMIRATES AIRLINES BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGE, DUBAI
PART XXII: EMIRATES AIRLINES DXB-CAI IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XXIII: ROYAL JORDANIAN CAI-AMM IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XXIV: TRANSITING AMMAN AIRPORT
PART XXV: BRITISH AIRWAYS AMM-LHR IN BUSINESS CLASS
PART XXVI: BRITISH AIRWAYS ARRIVALS LOUNGE, LHR
PART XXVII: CLUB ASPIRE LOUNGE, LHR
PART XXVIII: DELTA AIRLINES LHR-SLC-PHX IN ECONOMY

The Le Méridien Cairo Airport is attached to Terminal 3, and is a short walk over the bridge from the terminal. Since I am a Platinum member, the hotel provides a complimentary meet-and-greet service, which I was curious to see how it was implemented. For what it’s worth, Gold members receive the same treatment, which is a nice touch.

My special treatment started as soon as I arrive at the customs area in the airport. A hotel representative met me and escorted me to the area where I would buy a visa for entry into Egypt. He handled the formalities, and then rushed me through customs. The entire experience must have taken 5 minutes!

Then, unfortunately, I had a checked bag coming from Athens. So we waited for at least 30 minutes for the bag to appear. Once we found it, it was off to an elevator to the skybridge, which connected the hotel to the terminal.

Check In

Check in was reasonably quick, but I was a bit annoyed that the hotel didn’t already have me checked in and room keys ready, given the late arrival and using the arrival service of the hotel. Regardless, I was informed I had been upgraded to a suite!

The Room

The room was massive, especially for such a short stay. The entry way featured a pretty painting.Then, waiting on the desk was a welcome amenity of some dessert items, personalized for SPG. Loved it!

The suite was essentially a large, stylish room.

The king bed sat at the end of the room, with a sitting area in front of it.

Behind the bed was a makeup area and closet, which I thought was unique

The bathroom was also massive, with separate shower, tub, and toilet areas.

Here’s a view of the room from the bed.

Views were of the terminal beyond, to be expected for an airport hotel.

Amenities

For an airport hotel, there are a lot of amenities for guests. For one, you can take a tip in their resort-style pool. There appeared to even be cabanas to hang out in.

There was also a gym, which seemed large for an airport hotel (though not as nice as the Grand Hyatt Incheon‘s).

Finally, there was a club lounge. I love club lounges at SPG properties, mostly because I’ve found the Platinum benefit of free breakfast to be inconsistent. This is one are that Hyatt has a clear edge over SPG. However, when there’s a club lounge, I at least know there will be one hot food item to choose from. Here, the club lounge was small, but had excellent service.

There were two hot items, plus some delicious baked goods, as well as some fruit. 

There were very intimate tables overlooking the pool complex and city beyond, which made for a nice wake up. An attendant took coffee orders, so I ordered an iced coffee, which was much more elaborate than I was expecting. Very delicious!

I had a 12:10 PM departure from Terminal 2, so I decided to check out around 9:30 AM, not knowing how long customs and the airport transfer would take. The hotel offers a shuttle service to terminals it is not connected to. Since Emirates uses Terminal 2, I utilized it, which amounted to a van taking you on the short trip. I admired the lobby as I waited.

One fun fact, which this plaque in the elevator reminded me of. Le Méridien was a brand originally founded by Air France, so it still retains some French culture in its hotels. The ultra-French 24 hour custom soundtrack for the hotel definitely qualified.

Overall

Overall, I would love to stay at the Le Méridien Cairo Airport again. It was convenient, treated Platinum members well, and only cost me 3,500 points after the 500 point Platinum welcome bonus! An absolute steal, to be sure.

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