Sofital rises 27 stories on the banks of the Nile. Our 25th floor room gave breathtaking views of the surrounding city but standing outside on the small balcony was a vertiginous experience!
Everything was in place for a 5 star hotel, impeccibly trained staff, wonderful public rooms including a library although the smoking therein will seem strange to Western Europeans.
The tragagy of Egypt is its highly educated population reduced to taking on manual jobs, the receptionist was a qualified accountant and our breakfast waitress a graduate in computer studies; this situation is aggravated by the political instability keeping visitors away. When we stayed in February, normally peak season, Sofitel Hotel was only 1/3 full.
Room and bathroom 100%, always clean with very attentive chamber staff. A choice of restaurants with many Egyptian business people coming in just for meals. The meal prices had obviously been much reduced since the days of maximum occupancy. It was sad though to see a wonderful buffet meal laid out each evening with a large choice of hot and cold dishes but so few customers. There is also the ouside kebab restaurant and a more formal, table-service restaurant.
Early evening entertainment was provided by a Russian pianist singing in French! The hotel has a heated outdoor pool looking straight out onto the Nile but accessed from inside the hotel.
The current instability makes it a great time to visit Egypt with no pressure of crowds or queuing in the famous Cairo Museum, where everything Tutankhamen is displayed in all its glory.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fully refurbished in 2007, the contemporary interior design combines exquisite style and elegant refinement with the convenience of several restaurants, bars, spa, casino, 850m2 of conference/meeting facilities and all the latest amenities - the unique French flair and personalized service add a special touch of luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah Hotel Cairo
- Cairo Sofitel