I have often used the Grand Nile when on business trips to Cairo. This hotel is an edifice in brass and marble and quite impressive although rather under-utilized.
The location is outstanding as it is by the Nile. Breakfast is a treat that shouldnt be missed, apart from the fact that it is probably the best meal of the day. Front desk staff are very professional and efficient and do try to please. House keeping staff are helpful too. I have had access to the executive floor restaurent which serves a limited but reasonably good fare.
The hotel boasts a few other in-house restaurants such as an Indian and a Japanese one. I have almost never seen anyone dining at the Japanese restaurant. The Indian restaurant was not inspiring. After a couple of tries of meat kebabs I refrained from ordering this anymore as the meat didnt seem well cooked and on both occasions I came off with a serious stomach bug. Food, apart from breakfast, is nothing to rave about and is something definitely worth improving on given the beautiful ambience that the restaurant floor has.
The hotel has its own cruise boat with an on-board stage show and buffet dinner which on the night I went aboard was crowded and hugely noisy. Those wanting to enjoy a more tranquil environ can scamper to the upper open deck and enjoy the serenity of a Nile night..
The Grand Nile has a pretty decent shopping arcade for those not wanting to venture out. I purchased some lovely reasonably priced shirts although I never purchased these outside so I wouldnt know how they compared in price.
The hotel has a tour desk which provides several tour options which can however be a bit steeply priced, which comes with the terrain of living in a 5 star hotel. With security being rather important over the past 2-3 years, the hotel is comfortingly esconced away from the main roads with quite stringent security. It has a lovely lobby bathed in marble and brass with a fully glass sheeted front to soak in the wonderful ambience of the Nile river. If you have a Nile facing room, the view can indeed be tranquil and picturesque.
Overall: A good but rather under-utilized hotel if you just want a quiet and secure place to relax in after a busy work day. Restaurants are quite uninspiring apart from the excellent breakfast fare. Staff: generally pleasant and helpful. Positives: location on the Nile, an excellent buffet breakfast,reasonably good shopping arcade, security and a Nile cruise right at the hotel waterfront.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Nile Tower Hotel Cairo
- Cairo Grand Hyatt
- Hyatt Cairo
- Grand Hyatt Cairo
- Cairo Hyatt