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“great property, great service, great location and now is the time to go!” 5 of 5 stars
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InterContinental Cairo Semiramis
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Corniche El Nil | PO Box 60, Cairo 11511, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #5 of 133 Hotels in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“great property, great service, great location and now is the time to go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

What a great time to visit Cairo and a great time to stay at the Intercontinental! Stayed for 3 nights in a club level room and could not have been happier. This is a tough time for tourism in Cairo: visitors are down and everyone is struggling for business. We were well-treated at the Intercontinental, got a great rate, and could not have been happier with the room, service and the club level breakfast and happy hour. The room is decorated in a more European style, not particularly trendy today, but was very comfortable and had a luxe feel. The hotel overlooks Tahrir Square and the Nile (our room had a Nile view.) The concierge was always pleasant and helpful. The breakfast is top notch....lots of variety and very fresh and delicious food. This hotel is in a great location, a short walk to the Egyptian Antiquities Museum...the big must-see. Also close to the garden city area and the Four Seasons. Dined in the Italian Food restaurant and the food was very good, the service excellent. I am a big fan of the Intercontinental chain generally. I find that they tend to be well-located, great service and well-priced. Security is high at this hotel, which I appreciate.
Occupancy does not seem particularly high, given the uncertainty in Egypt now. So go visit!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

It was clean and comfortable, and in an excellent location. Walking distance of the Egyptian Museum. Metro was less than 5 minutes walk. Many reastaurants in the hotel and in the area. Easy to get taxis. Shisha at the hotel was very good.

The management could have been more accomodating. My wife and I arrived early from Alexandria and wanted to have an early check in - while the hotel allowed us to do so, they made us pay for the early check in. Also, we asked if it was possible to upgrade to a nile facing room, however, the hotel said that this would have been at an extra cost. I felt given that the hotel was not near full at the time of our stay, they could have accomodated us with the early check in and the upgrade at no extra cost (or at least one of the two). These niceties make all the difference and separates big hotels from its competitors. I was also made to go down to reception on the second day with my passport, as for some reason both our key cards were deactivated. I won't necessarily recommend the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis as it has not distinguished itself to me, and friends and family could try other good hotels in the area like the 4 Seasons or the Sofitel and have a similar experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ICSemiramisStaff, Operations Manager at InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Dear Muhammed M,

Thank you very much for posting your review of your December stay and I hope that you and your partner did enjoy your stay in the hotel. I do agree with you that not being able to access your room with your key card is an annoying experience and I do apologize for that. Meanwhile, I wish to clarify that early check in and room upgrade policies are controlled by availability and procedures in return for a extra charge.

Again, I hope that you enjoyed your stay and your journey in Alexandria and Cairo, and looking forward to welcoming you back in Cairo in the near future.

I remain,

Sherif Abourida, sherif.abourida@ihg.com
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Sherborn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The hotel was excellent all-around; the rooms were very nice, they had wonderful beds and pillows, and the restaurants were great. I had to use the Business Center and the customer service I received there from Ahmed and Ehab was outstanding! I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ICSemiramisStaff, Operations Manager at InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Dear BostonTraveler1616,

Thank you very much for your post of your stay in the Semiramis. I was pleased reading through your comments that you and your friends enjoyed the hotel experience in December and the Business Centre Service, which made you dedicate two lines for that in specific (for which I do thank you for).

I am looking forward to welcome you and your friends back in the near future.

I remain,

Sherif Abourida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is located on Tahrir Square with great views on the Nile. Rooms are showing some age and the pillows are seriously un comfortable but this is about it. Everything else is just great from the lavish breakfast to the variety of restaurants which are excellent. The service here is something you will remember because it is special.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ICSemiramisStaff, Operations Manager at InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Dear Oibhais,

Thank you very much for posting your review of your January stay. It is a pleasure reading through your comments; your kind words are encouraging. On the other hand, I wish you could have raised the issue of the pillows during your stay to change the pillows for your satisfaction as the hotel provides variety of pillows upon request. Meanwhile, yes, the hotel is old, it is more than 25 year old, but its rooms are well maintained.

Thank you again for your review and looking forward for the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.

I remain,

Sherif Abourdia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

In November 2012 we stayed at the Semiramis for three nights following a two-week cruise through the Mideast. The location is perfect, adjacent to Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum, and offers a gorgeous view of the Nile. Cairo is a city that never sleeps with active night life, intense traffic, and lots of noise. We loved being able to step out on our balcony and look out over the frenetic life below yet, with the heavy drapes closed, it was blissfully quiet and serene. Our room was spacious and well-equipped.

The hotel offers free wi-fi in the lobby along with shopping, cocktail lounge with live music, casino for non-Egyptians, and several restaurants. We especially enjoyed the breakfast buffet at the Night and Day restaurant where there is an amazing selection of fresh juices, the pita bread is hot from the oven (the lady who bakes the bread is especially sweet and friendly), and the fresh fruit and vegetables are very tasty.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

My cousins, sister and I stayed at the Intercontinental Semiramis Cairo for two nights in December 2012.

It is a beautiful hotel. It is well-placed within the busy cairo city centre. The rooms with a city view have an excellent view of Tahir Square from the balcony outside the room which is lovely to sit out and watch the city from. And the view from the front of the hotel is off the nile so you are simply spoilt for choice!

The rooms are large and comfortable and clean. The staff were lovely, very welcoming and pleasant and best of all helpful. The hotel has a lovely cafe with amazing cakes for sale. Breakfast was awesome. Food was fresh and appetizing. The wait-staff were super helpful and eager to do what they can to meet any dietary requirements. Travellers must try the egyptian bread cooked right in front of you which is simply delicious hot from the oven.

The hotel also has several atms in the reception area which are useful to use during your stay. There is also a little shopping arcade which leads out of the lobby which includes a pharmacy, spa, souvenir store with reasonable prices (bargain bargain bargain!), and book store. Being right on the nile means that you are in the busiest area of Cairo and walking around late at night is not recommended.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who visits cairo.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ICSemiramisStaff, Operations Manager at InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Dear Camish52,

Thank you for your kind words describing your stay at our hotel. We are proud knowing that you and your frineds enjoyed your rooms, hotel facilities, and service during your December stay.

We look forward for welcoming you and your friends back in the near future to the Semriamis InterContinental in Cairo.

I remain,

Sherif Abourida
Operations Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in Semiramis in jan 2013 for 3"2 days as part of a month long trip in asia and the middle east. My stay was extremely pleasant, starting with the staff at the reception, who were very welcoming, smiling and friendly. The room has an authentic Arabian style but it it s comfy and clean. The view on the Nile was very nice as well. The breakfast buffet is probably the best in the region, everything is freshly cooked and tastes very good! Try the toomia and the waffles. I also tried the swimming pool and the sauna, they were not bad at all!
On the negatif side there was no wifi in the rooms, but i was able to connect via cable to my laptop and the Internet was free.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ICSemiramisStaff, Operations Manager at InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Dear Samer_kallas,

Thank you very much for posting your words on your stay in January at the hotel. I am happy knowing that you enjoyed your hotel room, food and service.

Looking forward for the pleasure of welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.

I remain,

Sherif Abourida
sherif.abourida@ihg.com
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Address: Corniche El Nil | PO Box 60, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in Cairo
#2 Family Hotel in Cairo
#4 Luxury Hotel in Cairo
#8 Business Hotel in Cairo
#10 Romantic Hotel in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Cairo Semiramis 5*
Number of rooms: 728
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HISTORIC LEGENDS ON THE BANKS OF THE NILE Standing on the site of the historic Semiramis Hotel, Semiramis InterContinental Cairo is a symbol of modern style. Located in the heart of the city centre, facing the River Nile, the hotel is close to the Egyptian Museum, the Cairo Opera House and the Cairo Tower. The Citadel, Old Cairo, downtown shops and commercial centre are nearby. The Giza Pyramids and Cairo International Airport are just 25 km (16 miles) away. ... more   less 
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