Photo courtesy Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence
Contributor Gina Baksa, a frequent visitor to Egypt and the Giza Pyramids, shares her list of the top luxury hotels in Cairo, famed the world over as the city of a thousand minarets
Known for good reason as the “city of a thousand minarets”, modern-day Cairo offers a surprisingly broad array of luxurious accommodations. That said, not all luxury hotels in Cairo are created equal.
Whether you’re here to tour the pyramids or simply to enjoy a little pampering, you’ll want to do your research for booking. To help you sift through the best options for a memorable luxury stay in Cairo, here’s our list of best luxury hotels in Cairo, Egypt.
The Top Luxury Hotels in Cairo, Egypt
Marriott Mena House, Giza
If you’re visiting the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, then the luxurious Giza hotel Marriott Mena House is the only place to stay. Located just a few minutes’ walk from the Giza Plateau main entrance, this 5-star Cairo luxury hotel has been welcoming royalty, heads of state, celebrities and more since it first opened in 1869.
Today’s newer hotel lies among beautifully planted 40-acre landscaped gardens, and is an excellent base for luxury Egypt tours offering guests a massive heated outdoor pool, renowned spa and fitness centre, all among 40 beautiful acres of landscaped gardens.
Enjoy your buffet breakfast al fresco with world-class views of the mighty Pyramids, and dine on Italian specialities at Alfredo Restaurant at lunch or dinner.
Reviews, Rates, and Reservations: For further details, visit Marriott Mena House
Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Cairo, New Cairo City
One of the finest luxury hotels in Cairo, the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Cairo is ideally situated just a 15-minute cab ride from Cairo airport, in Cairo’s newest commercial district, and just minutes from the Cairo Festival City Shopping Mall.
Ideal for meetings, weddings, and holidays, the Royal Maxim Cairo offers guests a selection of well-appointed rooms and suites, including the fabulous 1266 sq ft Royal Suite with its own rooftop terrace, gym, and sauna.
Asian, Lebanese, Italian, and European dishes are available at the hotel’s five restaurants, while a nightcap is an obligatory pleasure at the 1897 classic club bar.
Reviews, Rates, and Reservations: For further details, visit Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Cairo
Sofitel Hotel Nile El Gezirah
Imagine a luxury hotel in Cairo located on its own island boasting spectacular views over the River Nile and beyond. Sofitel Hotel Nile El Gezirah is an oasis of calm amongst the Cairo urban sprawl with its own shorefront terrace restaurant and outdoor swimming pool.
The French-owned hotel is smart and sleek and welcomes international guests to its 433 luxury rooms and suites. Dining options include the Moroccan La Palmeraie, an oriental grill, Le Sud restaurant for breakfast and a la carte suppers, as well as a pool bar, French patisserie and the Window on the Nile lounge.
A variety of treatments are available in the spa including Ayurveda and Thai massage.
Reviews, Rates, and Reservations: For more details visit Sofitel Hotel Nile El Gezirah
Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo
Proximity to the Giza Pyramids is a must when choosing your luxury Cairo Hotel, as well as a calm location on the River Nile. The Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo should therefore be top of your list. Only 40 minutes or so from the Pyramids of Giza and just a short stroll from Cairo’s Old Town and downtown attractions, all suites here have balconies overlooking the majestic River Nile.
Choose from four restaurants and lounges, and enjoy a sundowner from the rooftop pool. The Kempinski’s fitness centre is well-equipped, and the leisure spa here makes the hotel ideal for weddings with its couples’ treatment rooms, as well as solo travellers and families.
Reviews, Rates, and Reservations: Find out more at Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo
Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Cairo
Standing majestically beside the River Nile, the Fairmont Nile City is popular with business and leisure travellers who enjoy 5-star service. Also noteworthy are the amenities and the fusion of Art Deco and modernist interiors of the 542 rooms and luxury suites with superb City or Nile views.
Choose the Deluxe Nile Suite with its separate dining area and kitchenette and high-speed Internet, which is something of a luxury in Cairo hotels. Order room service or make a reservation at the Bab El Nil restaurant for the best oriental dishes, or head to Saigon Restaurant for pan-Asian favourites. A cocktail – or two – at the Champagne Bar is the perfect start to your evening at this glorious hotel.
The Fairmont Nile City spa offers an eclectic range of signature treatments to soothe mind, body and soul.
Reviews, Rates, and Reservations: Learn more at Fairmont Nile City Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
The Four Seasons brand needs no introduction. One of two of the luxury brands’ hotels in Cairo, the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza lies at the Egyptian capital’s heart on the banks of the River Nile.
Only a short taxi ride from the majestic Giza Pyramids and even closer to the world-famous Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo, and the 1,000-year-old Khan el-Khalili market, this Four Seasons luxury hotel in Cairo is consistently voted as one of the top hotels in the city. Choose from nine restaurants, enjoy a sail on a felucca, or take a stroll around the extraordinary art collection in the hotel.
Top suites here include the glamourous 906 sq ft Royal Suite, replete with its own private terrace, unbeatable views of the Nile, Cairo’s skyline, and, in the far distance, those iconic Pyramids. Submit to the Cleopatra Bath Ritual in the Four Seasons Spa, or lounge on the day beds after a dip in the adults-only indoor pool.
Reviews, Rates, and Reservations: Find out more at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo
Suite life is truly decadent at the Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo with its Royal and Presidential Suites providing the ultimate luxury stay in the Egyptian capital. Generous living and entertaining areas, panoramic views over the Nile River, and exclusive Club Lounge access are just a few of the delights awaiting discerning guests.
Foodies will appreciate the Nile Ritz-Carlton’s nine dining options, including Middle Eastern, European, and Italian dishes. Exercise buffs will appreciate the Olympic-sized swimming pool and fitness suite, and after a days’ business meetings or sightseeing, relax over cocktails and watch the sun dip beyond the horizon from the exquisite rooftop lounge.
We love the Ritz-Carlton’s spa. Indulge in superb body and facial treatments that even Queen Cleopatra would indulge in.
Reviews, Rates, and Reservations: For further details, visit The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence
Located on the opposite (western) bank of the Nile to its sister residence, the classy Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence is just moments from Cairo’s main attractions and offers distant views of the Pyramids at Giza from its west-facing rooms and suites. Partial and full Nile views can be enjoyed from its eastern-facing accommodations.
The Presidential suite is the crème-de-la-crème with two king beds and 827 sq ft of living, dining, and sleeping space. Floor- to-ceiling windows afford panoramic vistas over the Nile from these heavenly 15th to 18th floor idylls.
We love the couples’ suite at the spa with its own whirlpool, sauna, and extraordinary views. Dining at the Four Seasons is always a pleasure: choose from the iconic First Nile Boat moored opposite the hotel offering Brazilian cuisine and Asian-inspired dishes. And there’s a pizzeria and bar at the entrance to the boat mooring.
Reviews, Rates, and Reservations: Visit Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence for the best rates and reviews
Grand Nile Tower
Guests at the Grand Nile Tower in Cairo can enjoy a revolving roof top restaurant with Nile views and international cuisine as they savour Japanese, Italian, and Indian dishes.
The Grand Nile Tower also boasts its own yacht, which is a beautiful way to explore the Nile, especially at sunset.
Luxuriate in one of 715 well-appointed rooms and suites which all offer superlative views of Cairo’s bustling skyline and the calming Nile. For an extra luxurious stay, reserve the 666 sq ft Royal Suite which has a staggering six balconies, two bathrooms, and separate dining and living areas.
Located over two levels, the Royal Health Club & Spa is an urban oasis providing a steam room, treatment rooms and a well-equipped gym. The outdoor pool enjoys a privileged position on the banks of the Nile, opposite the Royal Cairo Yacht Club.
Reviews, Rates, and Reservations: Learn more at Grand Nile Tower
InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, an IHG Hotel
Blessed with a large rooftop pool and outstanding views across the city of Cairo, this luxury hotel is an asset to the Intercontinental hotel chain offering excellent accommodations in a privileged location on the Corniche El Nil in downtown Cairo.
Peruse the wares in the hotel’s own shopping arcade, or venture out to the iconic nearby souks and markets for special souvenirs. The Egyptian Museum is just a short cab ride away, while the InterContinental can organise sunset felucca sails – including dinner – as an extra special experience.
Lovers of Indian cuisine will want to reserve a table at the hotel’s own India Along the Nile restaurant (there are 10 restaurants to choose from including Italian) and you can work off all that nosh with a stint at the hotel’s gym and spa. Relax in the Semiramis or Pharaonic suites for an extra indulgent stay.
Reviews, Rates, and Reservations: Visit InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, an IHG Hotel for further details
LuxuryCairo Contributing Editor Gina Baksa is leading a luxury tour of Egypt this September 1-13. You can find more information about this unique opportunity to enjoy her professionally led Egypt pyramids tour at https://ginabaksa.com/egypt-pilgrimage-tour-2022/.
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