We stayed at the Nile Plaza Four Seasons for 3 nights. It is a beautifully done up modern hotel and is fairly new. The staff was very friendly and welcoming and did not ask for Bakshish or tips which is a national pastime here otherwise. Only the driver of the limo who left us at the airport was digruntled with a 20 LE tip.
We had a very nice welcome as we had called up and informed that we had two kids with us. They had arranged for a baby cot, rollaway bed, a basket containing a few diapers, all baby products like soap, shampoo, baby oil, moisturiser etc. There was a four seasons t-shirt for my older daughter on her bed and a bathrobe and slippers for her size as well in the bathroom. On the table they had kept a surprise welcome with chocolate cakes with their names on it, mango juice ( which was yum and we ordered it every day after that), and a small pack of colours and activity book for each girl. Needless to say that we were extremely pleased by this thoughtful gesture. They had a kids menu in room service which was useful for me as I did not want to risk feeding the kids outside in the city.
The rooms were ok sized although we had no proper view. Considering that the hotel was hardly full we could have got a better view, but we were not complaining. the balcony was big and we regularly had our meals there. The bathrooms were huge and well fitted out. The room service was prompt and pleasant.
The decor of the hotel was very modern and stylish. I specially loved their flower arrangements which were huge and breathtaking and changed frequently. The decor of the Aqua restaurant was the best in my opinion. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from Bella ( Italian), Zitouni ( Lebanese), Aqua ( Seafood), Spice ( Cantonese), Poolsode BBQ and Grill, And a bar and reception lounge with light snacks. Only grouse is that as the hotel is across the road none of them are on the river as such. Some have a view though of the nile. We had dinner at The Hyatt acroos the road one day and the location of their open air food court is excellent as it is bang on the river Nile with breathtaking views of the city. truly recommend a meal here.
We went at Ramadan time which I think is a mistake as almost everything form sight seeing spots to shops are closed from 3-8.30. So we could do nothing in the afternoons and evenings and one negative was that the hotel even closed down the pools from 6 pm onwards as they have their dinner buffet at the poolside at that time. We went with the kids at 6 pm one day to the pool only to be told that we were not allowed to swim. They have an indoor pool but that was closed for some reason. I feel that this was the only sore point of our trip.
We took the hotel recommended tour to the pyramids. The guide Hannah was excellent and gave us a tailored tour as we had small kids with us. She took care of my little one and also provided endless supplies of wet wipes and carried my stuff and took pictures of us even without asking, arranged a camel ride for my daughter and bonded very well for my little one. She even took care of my girls while we stopped at a supermarket enroute to get some supplies. Truly recommend her as a guide specially if you have kids.
I thought that the tour to the museum arranged by the hotel was too expensive as it was priced the same as the tour to the pyramids. I took a private tour with Rasha one of the guides recommended by tripadvisors members. Although she is very well read and gave us good information. She is not patient with the children and was annoyed at their constant interruptions. She always walked 15 feet away from us and was upset at our pace. She is probably best suited with families without kids.
All in all we had a wonderful time. But Cairo is not a clean or pretty city. One must do is a Felucca ride on the river nile at night . At 60 LE for one hour it was worth every penny. Do not go for a cruise or a motor boat ride. Just hire a Felucca and get a real thrill!!!
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- Contemporary in design and ambiance, situated near the Nile; set among the Belle Epoque and Art Deco facades of Garden City. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Cairo At Nile Plaza
- Four Seasons Cairo
- Cairo Four Seasons