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Cairo Hotel Guide: Best Luxury Hotels in The City

Cairo Hotel Guide: Best Luxury Hotels in The City
    written by
    Melissa Howell

    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
    Gril
    l 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.

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