As one of the world’s top travel destinations, Egypt has attracted some of the biggest names in hospitality, providing elegant accommodations that are sure to impress even the most seasoned travellers. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite luxury hotels in Cairo so that you can visit our city in style.
Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam: Once the Gezira Palace, the Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino is one of Cairo’s most famed landmarks. Known for its Oriental decor and lush gardens in the central courtyard, this Zamalek hotel offers one of the finest stays in Cairo. Its location in this wealthy neighbourhood finds hotel guests in close proximity to many art galleries, quality restaurants and shops. Grand ballrooms make the hotel a popular destination for wedding parties, and the hotel’s casino draws quite a crowd. Despite the hotel’s posh atmosphere, down-to-earth dining can be had at both Roy’s Country Kitchen and Harry’s Pub.
Fairmont Heliopolis and Towers: Close to the Cairo International Airport, the Fairmont Heliopolis and Towers is the ideal accommodation for business travellers seeking an extravagant stay in Cairo. With no less than fifteen dining outlets boasting a variety of cuisines and international chefs, the Fairmont Heliopolis and Towers has something for every guest. The massive atrium of the hotel lobby is filled with palm trees and water fixtures for a decadent atmosphere rarely found in Cairo, and its two swimming pools provide cool refuge from the Cairo heat.
Sofitel El Gezirah: In the towering building that was once a Sheraton, French hotel group Sofitel now runs one of Cairo's chicest spots. Positioned at the very tip of the Zamalek island, the hotel provides an incredible Nile view from all of its guest rooms. Sofitel’s infinity edge pool is a ground level haven of tranquillity, while the floating lounge and restaurant Le Deck allows guests to dine right by the river. International nightclub franchise Buddha Bar has its only Cairo branch at the Sofitel, while French fine dining can be sampled at Vendome. With a beautifully appointed lobby, cosy guestrooms and on-point service, Sofitel has luxury-seeking travellers returning time and time again.
Fairmont Nile City: A relative newcomer to the ranks of Cairo luxury hotels, Fairmont Nile City is one of the swankiest luxury hotels. Business and luxury travellers flock to the Fairmont Nile City for its understated luxury. The simple yet stately guestrooms are some of the most comfortable accommodations in Cairo. Napa Grill offers supreme Californian cuisine and Saigon Bleu serves decadent French Vietnamese cuisine, while the recently opened Champagne Bar adds an extra touch of elegance to the city. The 25th floor rooftop pool is ideal for a tranquil swim and sunbathing session high above the chaotic city below.
Intercontinental Semiramis: The recently refurbished lobby of the Semiramis hotel in Garden City has brought a new sense of elegance to this popular establishment. The rooftop lounge of this hotel continues to draw crowds for its incredible Nile view. Fine dining from restaurants such as The Grill Restaurant and Lounge and quiet evenings at the Ambassador Club add to the hotel’s classy atmosphere.
Four Seasons at the First Residence: Considered by many to be one of the top hotels in the Middle East, the Four Seasons First Residence was the first Four Seasons hotel to open in the Middle East. Elegant guestrooms, accommodating staff and incredible dining are part of the Four Seasons First Residence experience. Poolside dining with Lebanese flare is served under the stars at Aura while the chain’s famed Italian restaurant Seasons boasts some of the city’s most extravagant dining, while designer shopping is a few steps away at the hotel’s adjoining First Mall.
Four Seasons Nile Plaza: For the experience of Four Seasons elegance a little closer to the heart of the city, look no further than Four Seasons Nile Plaza. The Garden City hotel’s spacious guestrooms and myriad fine dining options epitomise extravagance. The Four Seasons Spa includes fifteen treatment rooms attended to by expertly trained staff for massages, facials and other therapeutic services. And for shopaholics, Nile Plaza is home to Beymen, the region’s finest designer department store.
Mena House Oberoi: For a luxury hotel with a history, look no further than the Mena House Oberoi. With an unbeatable view of the pyramids, the hotel has long been a destination of the rich and famous. What began as a hunting lodge for Khedive Ismael and his guests would eventually become one of the most desirable accommodations in Egypt. Opulent Oriental decor with touches of British elegance gives the Mena House a uniquely elegant atmosphere, with restaurants The Moghul Room and the Khan El Khalili café offering the cuisines of different cultures in an exquisite setting.
Grand Hyatt: One of Cairo’s top views and fine dining experiences is found at the Grand Hyatt’s Revolving Restaurant, which is only one of the hotel’s many international and locally inspired restaurants. Located in Garden City, the hotel boasts more than 700 guestrooms and suites all comfortably furnished for Nile view elegance. It is also the only dry hotel in Cairo, making it a favourite among conservative families travelling from around the region. However, the Hard Rock Café and the revolving restaurant do serve alcohol. Amenities such as a freshly refurbished rooftop pool and a private yacht the Marquis make the Grand Hyatt one of the most sought after hotels.
Kempinski Nile Hotel: The newest of the luxury hotels in Cairo comes from boutique hotelier Kempinski. Having opened its doors in early summer 2010, the Kempinski is much smaller than most of Cairo’s top class hotels. However, this is hardly a limitation; each of the intimate guestrooms and suites is appointed with a private butler for the highest quality of personal service. Fulfilling your every desire is a theme that the Kempinski name takes seriously; one of their restaurants Blue has no menu, allowing the guest to choose whatever they want to eat. The hotel’s Turkish restaurant Osmanly offers some of the best cuisine in Cairo, while the Chocolate Lounge serves sweet escapism to their chic clientele. Patrons can relax over cigars and malt at the Jazz Bar or enjoy wine and cheese on Floor Ten’s Nile-side balcony.