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A Guide To The Best Hotels To Book In Cairo

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Home to the most incredible Islamic and Pharaonic sights in Egypt, Cairo is a breathtaking city for romantics, architecture buffs, historians and pleasure-seekers alike. Cairo is for everyone: from the silent power of the pyramids to the crowded bazaars and bars, there’s something for every taste, every budget and every interest. This can also be said of the city’s hotel accommodations – from small boutique residences to luxury hotels – you’ll find a suitable spot for any occasion. Read on to discover some of the best places to stay in Cairo.

The Nile Ritz Karlton

If you’re looking for a holiday paradise, The Nile Ritz Karlton Hotel is a perfect option for you. Located in the heart of Cairo, between Nile River and Tahrir Square, this upscale hotel is the definition of sophisticated elegance and luxury. Praised by the likes of Frank Sinatra and even Elizabeth Taylor, the Cleopatra of the silver screen, The Nile Ritz Karlton Hotel will leave you feeling like a film star with its refreshing spa treatments, private swimming pool and fitness studio. The hotel staff also takes care to offer every possible amenity in each room, as well awe-inspiring views of the Nile or the museum from every single room or suite.

Price: Luxury

1113 Corniche El Nil St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 225 778 889 

May Fair Hotel

You’ll find the May Fair Hotel in Cairo’s upscale Zamalek district, one of the safest and most active neighbourhoods in the city. Surrounded by a number of embassies, shopping centers and banks, this hotel offers forty newly renovated, spacious rooms and suites, which combine traditional Egyptian influence with a streamlined, minimalist aesthetic. This is also a very reasonably priced option for such a convenient location. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast on their sunny terrace, then head out for a fun day of shopping and exploring the vibrant neighborhood.

Price: Mid-Range

9 Aziz Osman St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 227 357 315

Talisman Hotel de Charme

Talisman Hotel de Charme is a single-story boutique bed and breakfast in downtown Cairo. Bedecked in antique furniture, Egyptian paintings and hand-made Persian carpets, Talisman gives a sense of old Egyptian times, and adds to this relaxing old-school environment with a private library, where guests can curl up and bury themselves in a different kind of Egyptian tome. Though there is no restaurant in the hotel, Talisman is surrounded by a number of inexpensive local restaurants and bars, so you won’t be hurting for nightlife options here.

Price: Mid-Range

39 Talaat Harb St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 223 939 431 

Osiris Hotel

Hotel Osiris is a cozy family-friendly hotel, located just one kilometer from the Old Town in Cairo and conveniently based right outside the subway station. This hotel offers several spacious and well-equipped rooms, with options for single, triple, and family-sized accommodations. Decorated in warm, welcoming colors and classic Egyptian design, Osiris Hotel is a highly affordable option for every type of traveller.

Price: Mid-range

49 Rue Nobar, Cairo, Egypt

Four Seasons Hotel

The Four Seasons Hotel is a true luxury retreat located on the Nile’s West Bank, in the prestigious First Palace Complex. The hotel boasts some of the finest dining facilities in the city, a range of revitalizing spa treatments, and gorgeous views of not only the river, but the famous pyramids as well. The pinnacle of contemporary luxury and elegance, Cairo’s Four Seasons is sure to satisfy even the most discerning traveller.

Price: Luxury

35 Giza Street, Cairo, Egypt, +20 235 671 600

Le Riad Hotel de Charme

Located in Cairo’s old town, Le Riad is a small hotel with a long history. Situated in a medieval area that’s barely changed over the centuries, Le Riad takes the inspiration from its surroundings and evokes a strong sense of the distant past in its décor. All seventeen suites reflect the architecture and environment of the surrounding Old Town. Decorated with rich colors, ornamentation, and textiles, Le Riad is a gem shining light on Cairo’s storied history.

Price: Luxury

1 Al Mosheer Ahmed Ismail St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 222 691 796

Hotel Longchamps

A refreshing little oasis in Zamalek, Hotel Longchamps carries on the long traditional of true Egyptian hospitality. Surrounded by lovely old villas and gardens from 1860s, it is located in a safe and upscale district. Since 1953, Longchamps has charmed visitors to Cairo with its combination of luxury Egyptian décor and intimate elegance – not only in the hotel’s beautifully decorated rooms, but also in their summer terrace and cozy winter garden.

Price: Mid-Range

21 Ismail Mohamed Street, Cairo, Egypt, +20 227 352 311

The Gabriel Hotel

The Gabriel Hotel is a glorious luxury hotel located in Heliopolis, mere steps away from the Zoo, the Baron’s Palace, and the Egyptian Textile Museum. Those who visit the Textile Museum may find that their own bedroom would be right at home in the exhibits: the Gabriel’s 21 rooms and four suites are all tastefully decorated with exotic high-quality patterns, textures, colors and fabrics. A boutique atmosphere is maintained by selection of warm, bright colors and distinctive style. The hotel also serves chic French cuisine in its on-site restaurant, and complimentary breakfast is available to all guests.

Price: Luxury

SunCity Mall, Autostrad Road, Cairo, Egypt, +20 226 960 700

Pyramids View Inn

The American-owned Pyramids View Inn certainly makes good on its name: this hotel offers one of the vantage points of the three pyramids in the city, as well as the world famous Sphinx statue. Those looking within the hotel will find a satisfying view, too: with its elegant interior and natural wooden details, this bed and breakfast successfully combines modern amenities with traditional Egyptian style. Its wealth of charming ornaments, carefully designed details, and colorful carpets create a vivid yet laid back atmosphere that perfectly captures the spirit of the city.

Price: Mid-Range

10 Sphinx St, Cairo, Egypt, +20 100 976 1770

Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo

If you wish to spend your holiday surrounded by lakes and greenery despite the desert climate, Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo is the natural choice. This luxury hotel was inspired by traditional Thai design, brings a Bangkok sensibility to the heart of New Cairo. Located just 20 minutes away from Cairo’s International Airport, this hotel offers not one but three swimming pools, as well as a jacuzzi, a fitness studio, and some finest dining options in town. While it’s an especially popular destination for romantic getaways, Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo is also a brilliant option for families, friends, and solo travelers looking for a pampered experience.

Price: Luxury

El-Tesseen St, New Cairo, Egypt, +20 226 140 000