Set amidst six acres of verdant palace gardens in the vibrant Zamalek district, the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino was built in 1869 as the Gezirah Palace, to host guests for the Suez Canal inauguration. Ever beautiful and occupying one of the tallest buildings in Cairo, the twin towers palace overlooking the Nile River is a dream of opulent marble, gold embellishment and lavishtextiles. The 1060 luxuriously furnished rooms are designed in an elegant suitably royal style with luxury bedding, free Wi-Fi, minibars, espresso makers and 24-hour room service. Rooms open onto balconies, many with views towards the wonderfully manicured gardens. The generous suites feature kitchenettes and working fireplaces.

The hotel serves Japanese, Italian, International and Middle Eastern cuisines at its 14 restaurants, either indoors or al-fresco. There are also numerous lounges and cafes. On-site facilities include a 24-hour gym, a brilliant swimming pool and an elegant casino. The Saray Spa Cairo features a Moroccan hammam, Turkish hammam and couples treatment rooms offering an array of treatments. The Gabalaya Park and Cairo Tower are just a two-minute walk away, although you may want to start your exploration with a stroll around the hotel itself, to marvel at the antiques and character it homes.

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