I stayed at this hotel in early May 2011 while it was still styling itself as the Grand Hyatt Cairo Hotel (because no one seemed to know what the new name would be). I was there as a travel consultant touring in Egypt with Ya'lla Tours with travel journalists and other travel consultants. We were there to see if Egypt is ready for tourism again. The verdict: it most definitely is! Don't hesitate, just go while you can still be there ahead of the crowds.
I decided to arrive a day ahead of time so that I could do some exploring of Cairo on my own. The Grand is at the northern end of Roda Island which makes it very conveniently located for sightseeing. On my "free" day I took a taxi to Old Cairo and visited the Coptic Museum there as well as wandering around the streets of this original section of Cairo. I especially enjoyed meeting local people, especially shopkeepers, who were most welcoming and very glad to have a tourist there. My taxi driver, Aldo, treated me to a drink of fresh sugar cane juice on the way to Old Cairo then waited for the several hours it took me to explore on my own so he could take me back to the hotel.
About the Grand Nile Hotel: it is definitely clean, up-to-day, and beautiful. It would be considered a 5-star hotel anywhere in the world. It offers all the amenities, including room service, a couple of bars (including one at the top of the hotel which has a panoramic view of the Nile), a galleria of shops (which were closed on my free day since it was a Friday, the Islamic equivalent of a Sunday), an ATM in the lobby, a concierge, a lovely pool with pool service, and more. The room was modern, was very nicely furnished, had a great balcony with chairs for sitting out and watching the views across the Nile, had all the bathroom amenities you would expect in a 5-star hotel, free wi-fi access, and a safe in the room which was large enough from my netbook and more. The breakfast buffet was plentiful and delicious. The dinner I had with my roommate at the hotel's Nubian Village Restaurant was one of the best I've had anywhere.
What was quirky was the availability of beer and other booze. I was pleasantly surprised on the first night there after a very long flight from the States that there were beers in the room's mini-fridge-- I did not expect that in an Islamic country-- and my roommate and I decided to treat ourselves to the beer while we ate the appetizers provided by the hotel management to welcome us. I was even more surprised to discover they were "near beers." The next night, after enjoying our dinner at the Nubian Village, we went to the bar at the top of the hotel for a night cap: again, no alcoholic beverages were available. I can easily live without drinking any alcohol, but was surprised that such an otherwise sophisticated hotel would be dry. My roommate and I got a good laugh about it.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
PS - I highly recommend Ya'lla Tours for any discerning traveler who wants to visit Egypt. You can have a tour for as few as two people traveling together or a larger group. Ya'lla Tours takes care of even the smallest detail so your trip will be as near to perfect as is possible. Ya'lla Tours are also available in Israel (I traveled there with Ya'lla in February 2007), Jordan, Turkey, Morocco, Greece, and Cuba. I would travel with Ya'lla anytime and trust Ya'lla for my clients.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Nile Tower Hotel Cairo
- Cairo Grand Hyatt
- Hyatt Cairo
- Grand Hyatt Cairo
- Cairo Hyatt