Stayed 4 nights on business. The check-in service was smooth and efficient. The room (1515) was spacious even with a king size bed but rather gloomy. It was advertised as having a "city view" which simply means you can't see the Nile. The bathroom had some problems. One wall light was falling away from the wall and one of its two bulbs weren't working. The temperature of the water from the shower varied alarmingly. Against that, there was a good range of shampoo, conditioner etc while the towels were changed daily. Unfortunately, the room was unnecessarily noisy because of a gap under the door to the corridor.
I can't comment on breakfasts as I skipped it each morning. I ate in the Italian style restaurant on one evening. The crostini were good but the risotto was hopelessly bland. Wine is hugely expensive - GBP50 for an average bottle of Italian wine- but I suspect it is not just this hotel.
Checking out was also efficient.
Overall, Sofitel is good by Egyptian standards but I suspect that the dearth of tourists and the slow business environment will mean low occupancy and no money to spend on maintenance, as is obviously the case in my bathroom.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just minutes from the city's most fascinating sites & ancient wonders, Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi Towers overlooks the majestic Nile River, with panoramic views of the great Giza pyramids. This stylish hotel offers the convenience of a professional business center with its own superb restaurants, conference rooms, ballroom, world-class casino, heated pool and more, 12 km from downtown, 30 min from the CICC and 45 minutes from the international airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Cairo Maadi Towers Hotel Cairo
- Sofitel Cairo Maadi Hotel
- Cairo Sofitel