All of us have grown up reading about the Great Pyramids of Giza in history class. But can you actually stay at the Pyramids?
The closest largest international airport to the Pyramids is Cairo (CAI); however, the Pyramids are actually located in Giza, the second-largest city of Egypt that sits to the southwest. Cairo is close, but not exactly at the Pyramids.
If you want to wake up to the sun rising over one of the 7 Wonders of the World, and explore these monumental structures early in the day or late at night, then you’ll want to find yourself accommodation as close as possible to the Giza Plateau entry.
How to Get to Giza?
Getting to Giza – although quite straightforward on paper – can be quite the hair-raising experience! You need to fly to one of Cairo’s International Airports and take a cab or arrange a transfer to the Giza pyramid complex.
- The distance from Cairo International Airport (CAI) to Giza is around 40 km; allow yourself at least one hour, with traffic, much more in peak times.
- From Sphinx International Airport (SPX), which services many budget airlines, it is a 30-minute journey, making this the nearest airport.
If you are visiting Giza from Downtown Cairo, it can still take 40 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.
Staying in Giza vs Downtown Cairo
If you’re only in Egypt for a few days and trying to squeeze the most out of your trip, the Great Pyramids of Giza are highly likely to be your family’s number one – and perhaps only – priority.
There are good-quality 4 and 5-star family hotels in downtown Cairo that most tour operators will place their guests in or hotels near the airport. Many of these have great access to Nile views and the Egyptian Museum (soon to be replaced with the Grand Egyptian Museum – adjacent to the Pyramids in Giza).
However, tackling Downtown Cairo can be a hair-raising experience, especially if you’re trying to navigate the city with small children! If your only reason for being in Cairo is to see the Pyramids, we recommend you stay either in Giza or close to the airport, depending on your flight times.
The other major point of interest you may want to visit in the southwest of the city is the Pyramid of Djoser (the Saqqara Step Pyramids). This site is marginally closer and easier to get to from Giza than Downtown Cairo.
Get your bearings – the Pyramids of Giza in relation to the city of Cairo and the airports
We’re sharing with you here 8 hotels in Giza to suit different budgets, where you can enjoy the magnificent sunrise and sunset over the Pyramids right from your room (or near to it!)
Where should families stay in Giza?
The main reason for someone visiting Giza is to look at the Great Pyramids. So, it only makes sense that you would want to stay at a place that’s not only near the Pyramids but offers a great view.
Those hotels with direct pyramid views and resort facilities undoubtedly cost more than a Cairo city hotel, but oh so worth it for that once-in-a-lifetime Egyptian experience. Some accomodation in Giza will put you close to the entrance, but views are only available from the rooftop, and facilities are limited (i.e., don’t expect a pool, spa, and multiple restaurants to choose from).
You will need to be clear if you want the best hotels in Giza with pyramid views, or if proximity to the pyramids is more important.
These are the top 8 hotels we would recommend that are suitable for families and cater to different budgets.
1. Marriott Mena House
If you’re looking for a hotel that has it all, the best place to stay near the pyramids is at Marriott Mena House! From a large swimming pool to a spa, fitness centre, and lush green mystical gardens, you will find all the luxuries of life here.
In addition to all the amenities, it is located right in front of the Giza Pyramids complex within walking distance and offers a great view from the rooms as well as other areas of the hotel. Another stand-out feature of the hotel is the breakfast served in the gardens. It’s truly a spectacular sight!
What does it cost to stay at Marriott Mena House?
You can get a room at the Marriott Mena House starting from $223 USD per night (you’ll need two rooms for families). It is the most expensive option, but with free wifi, options to book free breakfast and extensive resort facilities, we’d argue the best.
2. Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo
Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo is one of the best hotels located nearest the Pyramids. This means you can view the Pyramids without any difficulty from the comfort of your hotel room. This 5-star hotel has an impressive swimming pool from where the Pyramids are visible.
The rooms, the lobby, and the dining areas are all intricately decorated with luxurious designs. This hotel is about halfway between the Pyramids entrance and the Grand Egyptian Museum, so it’s a great vicinity, slightly set back from the main road.
What does it cost to stay at Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo?
The average price of guest rooms at the Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo is $105 USD per night. Suites that include a sofa bed to fit families, you are looking at around $200 USD per night
3. Panorama Pyramids Inn
If you want to have a clear-as-day view of the Pyramids and the Sphinx, you can stay at the Panorama Pyramids Inn. It is a budget-friendly hotel with a rooftop restaurant that offers great food with unobstructed Pyramid views.
The best part? You can enjoy the evening sound and light show for free from the comfort of your room’s balcony!
What does it cost to stay at Panorama Pyramids Inn?
The Panorama Pyramids Inn has two types of rooms: with and without a balcony. The rooms with a balcony cost around $65USD, while those without a balcony cost around $55USD. The King Suite suitable for a family group will set you back $160USD per night.
Regardless of whether your room has a balcony, you get a good view of the Pyramids.
4. Best View Pyramids Hotel
The Best View Pyramids Hotel is a relatively new addition to the Giza hotels, but it has gained popularity because of its excellent service and features. It has spacious rooms with a homey feel, with an attached bath and complimentary toiletries. And, there’s only one top-floor suite that comes with a jacuzzi!
As for the view of the Pyramid, it may not the “best view” from your room, but if you head out to the rooftop terrace, you can get quite a magnificent view.
What does it cost to stay at Best View Pyramids Hotel?
The standard rooms start from just $35 USD; however, the top-floor junior suite costs $120 USD per night because of the jacuzzi and the clear Pyramid views (and enough space to fit a family of 5!).
5. Hayat Pyramids View Hotel
The Hayat Pyramids View Hotel is not located directly in front of the Pyramids; it is one street away. The plus side of this is that the hotel is relatively peaceful compared to other hotels, and while you might not get a clear view of the Pyramids from your rooms, you can enjoy a stark view from the rooftop.
Hayat’s rooftop restaurant is one of Giza’s most famous ones, with great-tasting food.
(NB note it is not a Hyatt hotel! Set your expectations based on the pricing and location)
What does it cost to stay at Hayat Pyramids View Hotel?
Some rooms that offer clear Pyramid views start from $50 USD per night. The ones without a view are available at a lesser price if you’re looking for a comfortable stay close to the Pyramids, but still budget-friendly.
6. Pyramids Valley Boutique Hotel
The Pyramids Valley Boutique Hotel is located near the Pyramids and offers a nice view of the whole complex. It has multi-level terraces and deluxe double rooms with balconies that open to an amazing view of the Pyramids.
You can have a 360-degree view of the entire town, the Pyramids, and the Sphinx from the rooftop. However, you cannot see the biggest Pyramid from some of the rooms and balconies.
What does it cost to stay at Pyramids Valley Boutique Hotel
For a room that has a view of the Pyramids as well as the Sphinx, the cost is $75 USD per night. Rooms with an obstructed view are available at a lower price. Families may need two rooms here as the largest they offer is a triple.
7. Marvel Stone Hotel
Representing really good value for money, Marvel Stone Hotel is one of the closest to the pyramid’s ticket entry from the main street. All three pyramids and the sphinx can be clearly viewed from the hotel rooftop.
Each room offers guests a seating area a mini kitchenette with air-conditioned rooms and a private bathroom. It is simple but clean and super convenient accommodation close to the pyramids.
What does it cost to stay at Marvel Stone Hotel?
A quadruple room at Marvel Stone Hotel with breakfast will cost you around $50 USD per night, making this one of the best deals for a family room close to the pyramids.
8. Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
Last but not least, Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa is one of the best family hotels in Giza, located just 1 km away from the Pyramids.
It has several rooms that offer unparalleled views of the Pyramids and the Sphinx; however, if you get a room facing away from the Pyramid Complex, you can find many spots at the hotel for a great view.
The hotel also includes a majestic swimming pool, where you can relax on the recliners and also enjoy the Pyramid views.
(Please note this hotel is temporarily closed, but given its great family facilities, we have still included this property and look forward to its reopening)
What does it cost to stay at Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa?
The cost of staying at the Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa is around $58 for a single room, families can expect to pay – we’ll update you soon on the new pricing!
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Alternative Accommodation Options When Visiting the Pyramids
Sometimes, getting a room at one of the hotels located near the Pyramids becomes quite difficult due to the busy tourist season or if you’re on a budget. However, if you’re looking for some cheap hotel options in Giza, you can find options starting from just $20 USD per night, per room.
On a budget, we suggest you check out Number One Pyramids Hotel, apartments from $20USD. Another cheap hotel option in Giza, very close to the Pyramids entrance, is the Horus Guest House, offering family-sized rooms from around $25USD – just don’t expect the 5-star luxury treatment you may get at many of the above-listed hotels!
You can check out all nearby hotel options here:
Giza Hotel or Pyramid Views?
Be mindful, that many hotels call themselves “Pyramid Views” which may indeed be true for tall buildings, but they are not actually in Giza.
You’ll need to weigh up is the Pyramid view most important to you or the accessibility to the Giza Plateau.
More on Visiting Egypt with Kids
Your journey doesn’t end at the Great Pyramids of Giza. Egypt is a country that continues to deliver one awe-inspiring moment after another. Next up, why not check out:
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