|Cairo Marriott Hotel entry|
Quite literally, we’d arrived at the146-year-old former Palace Al Gezirah, the centerpiece of this five-star hotel.
While I didn’t know about the palace prior to our stay, we were so taken with it while there that I've set out to learn more about its history . . .
The palace was built at the direction of Isma’il Pasha,(often referred to as Isma’il the Magnificent), who served at Khedive of Egypt and Sudan from 1863 until 1879 – its purpose was to be a guest palace for the Suez Canal inaugural celebrations in 1869.
|Imagine the guests who've walked these stairs|
During our near week-long stay earlier this month we had ample access and opportunity to explore the former palace as its grand rooms are used for receptions, meetings and events and some have been converted to restaurants and lounges. The casino is housed there as well.
|Imagine making your entry via this hallway|
|One of the meeting/reception rooms|
|Setting up for a dinner|
The building itself has undergone a number of changes as it transformed from palace to a hotel. For instance, back in 1879 when it was known as the Gizirah Palace, it was seized by the state for outstanding debts and subsequently acquired by the Egyptian Hotels Company.
|Another palace room|
During the British occupation of Cairo (from 1914 – 1918) the palace served as a hospital and then was returned to the Egyptian Hotels Company. The following year it was sold to a Syrian landlord who’d settled in Cairo. Habib Lotfallah, the purchaser, paid 140,000 Egyptian pounds. For 40 years it was known as Palais Lotfallah.
|One of the hotel restaurants located in the Palace|
|The Palace was breathtaking from ceiling to floor|
|Hotel grounds and our room|
Happy New Year to you and yours ~ hope your 2016 is filled with travel adventures whether taken from your armchair or in real time! And as always, thanks for the time you spent with us today!
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