Marriott Cairo Hotel

How did refurbishing a hotel redefine a cultural masterpiece?

Cairo’s Marriott isn’t like other hotels. It contains Gezira Palace, built in 1868 as a luxurious guesthouse for royal visitors.

To ensure its refurbishment was completed on budget, Gleeds provided the Egyptian government with cost management services.

Preserving a national treasure

Our team helped the Egyptian Government Organisation for Hotels & Tourism (EGOTH) achieve the best value for money from its investment during refurbishment of the:

  • Existing and operating historic hotel building
  • Palace’s front of house areas
  • External public areas
  • Back of house support areas

An historic achievement

Whilst working with our client to provide cost modelling, planning and value engineering, we’re particularly proud to have:

  • Met tighter budget requirements following civil unrest in 2011
  • Procured contractors to meet the hotel’s safety, noise and working requirements
  • Reduced costs and maximised income by using existing space to create a spa
  • Provided cost advice during design development to save time and money



the time when Gezira Palace served as a hospital to cope with large numbers of casualties from Gallipoli.





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Muir Smith

Muir Smith
Regional Director, Egypt