This was my third trip to Cairo, having stayed at the former Grand Hyatt Cairo last visit. There are so many five star hotels in Cairo, but I wanted something smaller and more boutique but still on the Nile. With less than 200 rooms this is perfect for a single female traveller like myself.
It seems others had a similar idea and I found myself sharing digs with Richard Branson, former US President Jimmy Carter and Former Irish President Mary Robinson. Celeb spotting was very much on the agenda and made breakfasts interesting.
While not have flush Nile frontage, this hotel is across the road from the famed river and affords excellent views. The hotel can be a little confusing, with reception and the front desk on different levels and restaurants a bit of a hike in another part of the complex. But this is soon forgotten.
A typical Four Seasons, the staff are extraordinary. I was regularly referred to by my name by staff and no request too much. It was the Eid holidays in the Middle East and the hotel was full, but never once did it feel that way.
My room was spacious and well designed, running along the building, meaning you walk into the bedroom then walk through a dressing room to the bathroom. More space than I needed, but very welcome. What was welcome was the cheese plate and bottle of red, notes had been taken from my previous stays in FS hotels, so it was a great pleasure to see this on arrival.
the bed as usual was comfy and afforded a view of the Nile and the bathroom well stocked with luxurious Bulgari amenities.
I had a chance to check out the pool and spa, considered the best in Cairo. The treatment rooms are cosy and the therapists very well trained. My reflexology treatment was amazing and I slept like a log that night!
You will never go hungry at this hotel. The all day dining buffet restaurant has local and asian flavors including a superb sushi station. I also tried the Syrian restaurant, serving up some of my Arabic favorites. One of the best meals was had with a friend poolside, with a mixed grill and a glass of local red wine.
The breakfast buffet is extensive, make sure you try the Egyptian foul or the local pancakes - served with molasses. Nothing like having breakfast with a view of the Nile to get you excited about the day ahead.
The hotel staff were particularly aware that I was a single female traveller and were alert as to making sure I felt comfortable at all times both inside and outside the hotel. One nice touch was each morning at breakfast the waiters would bring me a new Egyptian dish to try. These touches just made the stay perfect. Cairo has had some bad press lately, I must say when I was out and about I felt a change in attitude and saw the city to be more run down than previous visits. This hotel is in a very safe part of town, next to the French Embassy.
There is a high end mall attached to the hotel which s worth a visit for the cafe on the ground floor alone. Great people watching and some lovely boutiques stocking Egyptian designer jewelry, clothes and furnishings.
I had asked for a tour of the Saqqara pyramid site and the concierge organized an extremely charming and knowledgable guide and hotel driver for the day. Another day, the hotel sent one of their drivers, Essam, with me to the Khan (souq) to help me with my bargaining and shopping. He was very clued into the area and made sure I saw the historic part of the bazaar.
I am very spoiled but there wasn't one wrong note about the service, room and experience at this hotel. Just perfect.
You have the option of a Nile View or a Pyramid views, because of the smog in the city, you may not...
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