The Best Luxury Hotels in Egypt

While in Egypt, splash out on luxury with a stay at the St. Regis Cairo
While in Egypt, splash out on luxury with a stay at the St. Regis Cairo | Courtesy of The St. Regis Cairo / Expedia
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16 December 2020

Once home to pharaohs and kings, Egypt still welcomes luxury-loving travellers who want to be truly spoilt while experiencing this fascinating country. Whether visiting museums, mummies and markets in Cairo, the temples and tombs of Luxor or the historic riverside city of Aswan, return to fine-dining, butlers and spas at these indulgent hotels.

The St. Regis, Cairo

Luxury, Hotel
5/5 (8 Reviews)
When you don’t want to lift a finger on holiday, this opulent high-rise hotel, in the heart of downtown Cairo, positively encourages laziness. All 362 rooms, suites and apartments come with butler service so someone is always on hand to unpack luggage, deliver drinks or even meet you at the airport. Use the extra time wisely in the two-storey spa, outdoor and indoor heated pools or one of the seven smart restaurants and bars.
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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Aswan

Hotel, Luxury
4.8/5 (265 Reviews)
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History oozes from the walls at the five-star Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan Hotel. A Victorian palace on a pink granite cliff, close to the burial tombs of ancient Egyptian nobles, the hotel is built on the site where King Fouad once entertained. More recently, it has hosted Sir Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie and Princess Diana, and it is also famous for its sumptuous afternoon tea served overlooking the Nile.
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Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo

Hotel, Luxury
4.3/5 (740 Reviews)
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For a pool with a view, the Kempinski Nile Hotel takes is our top choice. Head up to the 11th floor for a dip overlooking the chaotic streets of Cairo and the Nile beyond, before ordering trays of mezze and fresh sushi poolside as the sun sets. If you can tear yourself away, the Egyptian Museum is nearby, while downtown is just five minutes’ walk so you can be back sipping cocktails in the hotel’s stylish Jazz Bar in no time.
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Sonesta St George Hotel, Luxor

Hotel, Luxury
4.1/5 (241 Reviews)
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Even if you didn’t have the Valley of the Kings, Luxor Temple and the Colossi of Memnon close by, there’s plenty to entertain even the most restless traveller at the Sonesta St George. Right in the heart of Luxor’s shopping district, the hotel has an outdoor heated pool with irresistible swim-up bar, nightly DJs, a shisha café, daily sunset music concerts and aerobics classes. Up the luxe factor and book a Royal Club room, which boasts spa bathrooms with steam, jacuzzi and water massage facilities.
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Sofitel Winter Palace, Luxor

Hotel, Luxury
4.6/5 (239 Reviews)
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Luxor’s 19th century Sofitel Winter Palace brings French splendour to a historic Egyptian hideaway, which was once a winter retreat for the country’s Royal family. The 86 rooms and suites could easily be in Versailles, with details including Illy coffee machines, regal French styling, carved beds and heavy brocade drapes. Downstairs, sample French wines in the wood-panelled bar, while classic fine-dining dishes are served by candlelight in the prestigious 1886 Restaurant; a guitarist plays softly and elegantly dressed guests linger over romantic meals.
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Pavillon Winter, Luxor

Hotel, Luxury
4.4/5 (461 Reviews)
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Located in the beautiful royal gardens of its sister hotel, Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor, is a better option for those who prefer a contemporary feel. The modern block has simply stylish rooms instead, with neutral colours and plain, tactile fabrics and shares a large pool shaded by palm trees with the next-door property. Stroll through the magnificent gardens each evening and dine in splendour at the Winter Palace while Luxor’s marketplace, the Luxor Museum and Luxor Temple are also on the doorstep.
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  • Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski, Cairo

    Hotel, Luxury
    4.2/5 (151 Reviews)
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    Business travellers, spa weekenders and families are all equally welcome at this stately property in Cairo’s business and commercial district. With eight restaurants and bars, an enormous award-winning spa and the largest ballroom in Egypt, there’s plenty of space for everyone whether you’re lounging by the huge pool or hitting the weekly all-you-can-eat Italian brunch in Lucca restaurant. Kids will love the well-stocked kids club, while the hotel even has a nanny on hand if you’re hoping to sneak away for a massage or dinner-a-deux.
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    Renaissance Cairo Mirage City, Hotel

    Hotel, Luxury
    4.3/5 (231 Reviews)
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    Travel is a doddle at this hotel in Heliopolis. Just ten minutes from the airport, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle so you can drop your bags and head straight to the enormous outdoor pool. Once you’ve cooled off, Cairo’s ancient attractions are within easy reach. Speak to the concierge to join the guided tour of Cairo’s attractions held in English every Friday or sign up for the daily visit to the Egyptian Museum and Khan Al Khalili.
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    Le Riad Hotel de Charme, Cairo

    Hotel, Luxury
    4.5/5 (4 Reviews)
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    Looking for a more intimate experience in Cairo? Steer clear of the enormo-hotels and book this wondrous boutique property in the heart of Old Cairo facing the Beit el Suhaymi. The 17 eclectic suites are inspired by the city’s artists, writers and kings with Fatimid fabrics, jewel-coloured walls and antique wooden furniture. A rooftop restaurant offers Egyptian food, live music and panoramic views over the historic area while guests can meet over outdoor shisha in the tea lounge.
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    InterContinental, Cairo Citystars

    Hotel, Luxury
    4.4/5 (339 Reviews)
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    Shopaholics won’t need to stagger far with their haul if they stay at this InterContinental, right next to the mammoth City Stars mall. Explore the giant shopping centre’s 750 stores, cinema, vast array of restaurants and two indoor theme parks without even setting foot outside. Recover afterwards in the hotel’s tropical gardens, glamorous pool, spa and popular Japanese restaurant, where a live cooking table allows diners to watch fresh teppanyaki dishes prepared to order.
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