I stayed in Emilio a good few years ago Hepzibah.It was before it underwent it's face-lift and I recall there was a shop I liked across from it.Think the shop was called "Aisha"or something similar.Was there not also a bicycle rental place nextHEPZIBAH wrote:Interesting that you have stayed at the Emilio too, although you seem to make some conflicting statements about your experience. Did you try out the Gaddis before or after your stay at the Emilio? How do you compere the two?Scottishtourist wrote:Stayed in Emilio a few years ago.Nice hotel,put on an "Egyptian nite"for the tourists.
Snake charmer,belly dancer,whirling dervish!
Only thing I wasn't fussed on was manager!
Wonder if he's gone!
Guy in shop also tried to rip off an elderly couple!Wanted extortionate price for cigarettes.
They were non-smokers..but wanted to take some back for friend who was "house-sitting."
As a smoker,they asked me to advise.Got their ciggies for 1/3rd of price in Savoy Street market.
Pool area was lovely though..but couple of tourists were annoyed at fact that waiters were very reticent about bringing their change..and insisted that an extra t-bag would cost them 10le!
Scams everywhere in this hotel..breakfast also dismal a few years ago.Wouldn't go back!!
I have stayed in the Emilio many times over the years although I have tried others too. It suits my basic needs, not least that it is so close to the ferry. Curiously, I have never seen an 'Egyptian Nite' (or night) advertised when I have been there, but I have managed to avoid some of the (compulsory? ahem! Not for me thank you) Gala Nights in the past.
door to it?
I normally expect a balcony room,so was disappointed to be put in one without a balcony,and with a view of a brick wall.
However,my good friends intervened and explained what I wanted and next day I got a move to a balcony room.The manager kept muttering something about "extra charge"but for whatever reason,I paid no extra.
Curiously enough too,the "Egyptian"nite wasn't advertised.The manager caught every guest who went into dining room and explained to them that there would be a buffet on rooftop pool with "Egyptian"entertainment.The cost was ONLY £10(sterling)and Egyptian LE was not acceptable as payment.
Found it a bit odd that this was not put on for free for residents of the hotel.However,I paid the money and enjoyed the nite up til a specific point.When we arrived on rooftop along with a couple we'd met in hotel,we were shown to a table at the back of beyond.All "front-row"tables were occupied by two tour groups from same company.
After a nice meal and entertainment,we and other residents were told to go back down to the lounge..as the ongoing music,dancing,etc was only for the tour groups!
Was later informed that the night had been provided by the travel company for their guests.The hotel had already been paid for it.Often wonder whose pocket my and the other residents "tenners" went into!
Prices for beverages at the pool were also extortionate!And remember that this was pre-revolution.One couple told a waiter to take the cans of cola back..when he insisted they would cost them 10le each.Another complained to restaurant manager that waiter wanted to charge them 10le for ONE teabag.Also said that they had never received change from any purchases they had made.
Guy in shop tried to "rip-off"an elderly couple who wanted 2 cartons of Rothmans.(cigarettes)
He quoted them 700le!!!
At that time they were probably cheaper in UK.
I've never stayed there again.First stay in Gaddis was in 2012,and I found it very good.Hence my return visits to it.However,on my last visit standards had fallen drastically...so from now on I'll check out Sheraton again for any return visit.