Given the newness of the Fairmont Nile City, we were a little concerned that the hotel and its staff would be a little rough around the edges. Having now returned from our trip, I can say those concerns were entirely unfounded. The hotel, its facilities and its staff were impeccable.
We had organized our transportation to and from the airport through the hotel, and I'm glad we did. It was simple and convenient, and we immediately spotted the driver after exiting customs. The Cairo airport can be a little chaotic, and this helped make the process as free from stress as possible.
We were booked in a signature room on the gold level, with a balcony overlooking the Nile. The view, particularly at sunset, was spectacular. The room was spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated. The bathroom was exceptionally large, with ample room for two people to get ready in the mornings.
While the rooms were nice and what you would expect of a five star establishment, it was the staff who made our visit truly spectacular. If you're considering a stay at this hotel, I would strongly recommend you opt for a room on the gold level. The staff in the gold lounge quickly learned our names and our preferences -- down to the number of sweeteners I take in my coffee. The lounge offers an excellent daily breakfast and a variety of hors d'oeuvres throughout the day -- not to mention a exceptional view of the Nile. We also booked all of our tours through the concierge in the gold lounge, and they were excellent -- having done little advance planning for our trip, we were happy to pay a premium to have the tour booked through the hotel.
There were only a few areas that I would recommend that the hotel improve upon. First, the key cards for the room were extremely sensitive, and we had to have our keys recoded on several occasions. At most, a minor inconvenience. Second, I'd strongly suggest you stay away from the buffet at the Napa Lounge on the hotel's restaurant level. We're not really budget travelers, but we felt somewhat taken when we got the bill. Just wasn't worth it. Lastly, the WiFi on the gold level was spotty. Only one of us could get it to work from our room, but it worked flawlessly from the lounge. Again, these are small blemishes on an otherwise flawless product.
In sum, I have no hesitation in strongly recommending this hotel. It deserves its five-star rating, and I look forward to returning the next time we're in Cairo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Fairmont Nile City. Modern luxury. Ancient Wonders.On the banks of the famed Nile River, the city of Cairo—“The Triumphant” in Arabic—is the center of Egyptian culture and commerce. Here, civilizations have met for centuries, and Cairo today offers a rich diversity of contrasts. Modern architecture and ancient mosques. Urban sparkle and restful natural beauty. Business and leisure. And there’s no better way to experience the majesty of the city and its history than through the gracious hospitality of Fairmont Nile City, Cairo hotel. Like the city itself, Fairmont Nile City offers a delightful series of contrasts. Equipped with the most advanced design and technology to serve the needs of the discerning traveler, this luxury Cairo hotel is also intimately attuned to its surroundings.With sweeping panoramas of the Nile River, and views of the Pyramids in the distance, Cairo’s natural beauty and ancient history are always in sight. Added to this panoply of wonders are special features such as culinary adventures at the city’s finest restaurants, a chance to bask in the sunshine or under the stars at our unique rooftop poolside sky bar, and truly indulgent, full-service treatments at our Willow Stream Spa—all ensuring that each and every visit to Fairmont Nile City, Cairo is certain to be an experience that is memorable and utterly magnificent. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Cairo, Nile City Hotel Cairo