History of the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
Historic Nearby Attractions
Historic Area Attractions
Located in the heart of downtown Cairo, our hotel is a short walk from attractions including the Museum of Islamic Arts; the historic Cairo Tower, located 10 minutes from the hotel, is the city's tallest building; it was constructed without a single iron bar. Another famous landmark, the Egyptian Museum, is located 15 minutes from the hotel and approximately 40 minutes from the Pyramids and the Sphinx; it is home to some of the oldest artifacts in the world. The Cairo Opera House, city center and commercial district are all just 10 minutes away.
Our hotel is also a short distance from the Kasr El Nil Bridge. This famous bridge was built by Khedive Ismail Pasha around the same time as the construction of Al Gezirah Palace, and is guarded on both sides by historic lion statues.
Cairo Tower, also known as Burj Al Qahira and Gezirah Tower, is the tallest building not only in the city but in all of in Egypt; it's roughly 43 meters taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza. This famous landmark's design is inspired by the lotus flower, which, along with papyrus, is the most revered plant in Egyptian history. Cairo Tower was built purely with concrete, and without one single iron bar.
The Pyramids of Egypt
The ancient Pyramids of Egypt are perhaps the most well-known of Cairo's many landmarks and attractions, and continue to fascinate us in modern times. The history regarding the construction of these famous structures is shrouded in mystery. In addition to those at Giza, there are hundreds of additional pyramids documented throughout Egypt. These massive tombs are believed to have taken roughly 20 years to construct—all with precise planning, labor and power. It is estimated that the pyramids of Giza attract nine million tourists annually.
In the shadow of the Pyramids, on the edge of the Giza plateau, sits one of the most recognizable of Egyptian landmarks: the Great Sphinx. Carved out of the natural bedrock and enlarged with blocks of limestone, this enormous statue of a recumbent lion with a human head is the largest surviving sculpture from the ancient world. It is also the earliest colossal sculpture erected in in the country - so old that, for much of history, Egyptian Pharaohs themselves worshipped it as a God.