Stayed here for three nights on my first leg of solo Egypt tour. Glad I chose the hotel after wandering to a couple of others to have a peek. The main bonus is that it really is on the Nile and I had a memorable outdoor lunch sitting at a very chic table just steps from the Nile and all it's goings on. There's a lovely little garden trail with manicured plants and the setting is perfect for an outdoor sunset drink while studying your Cairo map!
The hotel is pretty trendy (including the clientele - a mix of diplomats, local business execs, and the odd independant well heeled tourist). I took for granted the amazingly good food (especially the French cakes), until I'd seen my other 5* hotels and wished I was back at the Sofitel!!!
The room was ok - well equipped - amazing Nile view but there was a constant smell from the shower drain which should have been dealt with by cleaning. In general if I'm being fussy, the attention to detail in the room could have been abit better but it was a good size and the bed was heavenly. It was modern and well equipped and the very large stone shower unit had a handheld shower head as well as the rain head - an absolute must in my book to have the additional handheld type. There was no bath in my particular room but after a day in Cairo, you want to shower only anyway - not lay around in the filth!
I used the spa area and indoor huge jacuzzi pool (superb) - the treatment I had was good but not excellent and the price was abit much. The outdoor pool was very pretty - remember it IS a city hotel so the pool was kind of for the chic and beautiful people - not us hot bothered tourists with blisters! Take your designer bikini!
The conceirge was arrogant and unhelpful - just as others on this site have noted. It is NOT cool to be this way and in fact I got fed up with the attitude and just booked my own cars and trips.
Airport journey was about 1 hour in pretty nasty traffic but sit back and try to relax and laugh at the chaos! It's a good way to see parts of Cairo if nothing else. I found the setting very good actually because it's half way in between Giza (pyramids) and the airport so you can get to both half and half so to speak. It's a hussle bussle downtown place but the hotel itself has enough gardens / own land etc around it that you do get some quiet.
As a single female traveller in Cairo I wasn't afraid - sure it's pretty chaotic but if you are streetwise it's not dangerous in the same sense as walking through certain parts of London!
Anyway, overall I would stay here again just for the location on the Nile and the French cakes! A chic Cairo hotel with good food. Overall the staff (most) were pleasant, the facilities excellent and the room modern and comfortable. Definitely the 'in' happening place to be seen.
- 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