Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort: Family Friendly Swimming Pool Day-Use in 6th of October City
With the temperature soaring, what could be better than a whole day filled with sunbathing, swimming and snoozing in the sun? Heading away from the busy city centre, the Dreamland Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort in 6th of October City offers a supposedly luxurious day-use package. With the Hilton’s reputation preceding itself, we imagined a five star afternoon, along with serenity and tranquillity; sadly our experience didn’t quite match our expectations.
The beige and brown hotel lobby is fairly uninspiring, to say the least, and would definitely benefit from some modernisation. However, for an attractive 150LE, customers are granted use of their outdoor pool, as well as a meal and a soft drink. It’s important to bear in mind that children can use the swimming pool for free – something we were unaware of before our arrival. For 500LE, a group of three people can enjoy both the pool and the spa facilities, including the sauna and steam room.
Looking for a day of tanning, we went for the straightforward swimming pool day-use and instead of being shown to the swimming pool by a member of staff, we were ushered back out of reception and waved off in the general direction. When we arrived at the pool, a member of staff placed some soft, clean towels on top of our chosen sun loungers. Unfortunately, the foam mattress itself was too short for the bed – and our bodies – making for a rather uncomfortable sunbathing experience.
The swimming pool is by no means large, but it is scenic, complete with bridge, palm tree and waterfall features. There’s also a separate paddling pool for toddlers and babies. Of course, attending for free, both pools were busy with splashing and excited screams from crowds of young children, which somewhat disrupted the peace and quiet we’d anticipated.
The drinks menu advertises a selection of fresh juices (23LE), non-alcoholic cocktails (28LE) and beer (29LE). Again, our ticket limited us to soft drinks; two canned sodas arrived chilled, alongside glasses filled with ice. The slatted tables between our sun beds were incredibly uneven, which inevitably led to many near-spillages – we’d recommend using the floor instead.
The food menu is sufficient for a poolside bar, sporting a small selection of starters (35LE-50LE), pizzas (47LE-54LE), meat dishes (80LE-104LE) and desserts (40LE-48LE). Our food voucher afforded us a choice between the club sandwich (64LE), a baked toast sandwich (46LE), a golf burger (67LE) or a shish tawouk (67LE); we opted for a club sandwich and a burger, which both took a while to arrive.
Fortunately, both meals were worth the wait. The club sandwich was a huge creation; imagine double-tiered, white toasted sandwich triangles, packed with fresh salad, chicken, beef, cheese and lettuce. Although the meat was processed, the overall taste was both satisfying and incredibly filling. The burger was also colossal, made from juicy, quality meat and spread with lashings of mayonnaise and flavourful melted cheese encased in a soft, fresh bun. The thinly cut fries which came with both dishes were perfectly cooked and ever-so slightly crispy, leaving us both full and satisfied.
The Hilton offers a very standard, basic swimming pool day-use, complete with a good quality lunch, at a decent price. We’d recommend heading over if you don’t mind your lazy day being hijacked by hyperactive kiddies.