Pioneers, Kharga Oasis
Take a swing through Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor, Aswan or a number of locations on Egypt's Red Sea and one may find hotels with such luxury and opulence that they may stagger the mind. There are fabulous Sheratons, Four Seasons, Ritz Carltons, not to mention any number of other high end establishments. However, once removed from these popular tourist destinations, one sometimes feels lucky to find a bed to sleep in.
Specifically, most of Egypt Western Oasis, though growing in popularity due to the number of antiquities unearthed in these regions and the beauty of the desert, lack the comfortable amenities found elsewhere. Forget swimming pools and even television, just give me a good air conditioner. This is the Sahara Desert, after all.
Then, in one of the most historic of Egypt's Oasis, the Kharga, we suddenly find Solymar. This is a big name in hotels, with facilities scattered all about the world, and of course throughout Egypt. And while most of the big chains have thus far avoided the more remote regions such as the desert oasis, it is nice to find a full fledged, comfortable hotel with just about every amenity one might wish for in the larger cities.
In fact, the Solymar Pioneer at Kharga, located only about five minutes from the new airport, is not so much simple lodging as a desert experience. They can provide quality accommodations, but also tours, safari packages and apparently even equipment. They will take you on desert biking tours and other specialized journeys, and as it turns out, Solymar has hotels in several of the Western Oasis, so one may even plan an entire desert vacation around this hotel chain.
This hotel features rooms with direct dial telephones, satellite TV, individually controlled air conditioning, full private baths, a mini fridge and even has non smoking rooms, sometimes a rarity in Egypt. Each room also has a balcony. For fun there is indeed a swimming pool, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, a fitness room, and even a billiard table. Other amenities include several shops, a small library and business facilities, though most of us will not be conducting business in the middle of a desert. In many of the oasis hotels, one will be happy to find a reasonable restaurant within their hotel, but here there are a number to choose from, including the Palm restaurant, an oriental restaurant, and a lobby cafe. In addition, the Oasis open air BBQ bar also serves food, or one may visit the Mirage bar.
Head Office 157, 25th July St., Zamalek
11211, P.O.Box 2247,Cairo, Egypt.
Tel : +202 738 2016 - Ext : 555, 645, 646
Fax: +202 735 2990
Cell : +20 10 538 2920
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Last Updated: April 28th, 2011