Staying and exploring the city’s sights for a few days is recommended – but even those that are planning to head straight to the Red Sea coast or to the country’s ancient sights will likely spend at least one night in transit.
To make your stay as enjoyable as possible, we’ve created a list of our favorite Cairo hotels, ranging from the most expensive to the most affordable. Regardless of price, each one has been chosen for its value, location, style and cleanliness. Because Cairo accommodation rates fluctuate considerably depending on the season, exact prices are not listed. When you’re ready to book your trip, check with the hotel and/or your travel agent for the best rate.
1. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Central Cairo
With views of the Citadel and the mighty Nile River, this Four Seasons hotel offers the last word in urban luxury. Enjoy dim sum whille watching the feluccas ply the river, or cool off after a dusty day of sightseeing with a glass of wine by the hotel’s indoor or outdoor pools. Rooms are large, modern and well-appointed, while the staff are attentive and welcoming. There are countless shopping opportunities nearby – whether you prefer upscale malls or traditional souks. If you don’t feel like navigating Cairo’s frenetic streets in search of dinner, the hotel boasts no fewer than six restaurants and two lounges.
2. Marriott Mena House, Giza
Marriott Mena House is a palatial hotel situated just 700 meters from the UNESCO-listed Pyramids of Giza. It’s surrounded by 40 acres of lush gardens and from the swimming pool, you can enjoy unparalleled views of Egypt’s most iconic ancient site. The building itself is over 100 years old and has hosted celebrities, kings and emperors. All rooms and suites pamper with a marble bathroom and private balcony. There’s a health club, a spa and several dining outlets; including an acclaimed Middle Eastern restaurant. The only drawback is that you will need a taxi to reach Cairo’s other sights.
3. Cairo Marriott Hotel, Zamalek
The Cairo Marriott Hotel is a 20-story hotel located in Zamalek, one of the city’s nicest suburbs. Situated on an island in the middle of the Nile, it affords beautiful views and was originally a palace, built in 1869. Now, it is modern and light with over 1,000 rooms. There are several restaurants to choose from, although this is also a great neighborhood for exploring local dining options. Attached to the hotel is the Omar Khayyam Casino, a brand new spa, a pool and well-maintained gardens. Book an Executive Level room for access to a private lounge complete with complimentary breakfast, midday snacks and afternoon tea.
4. Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, Giza
Le Meridien is located 20 minutes from the city center in Giza, and also offers incredible views of the pyramids. It’s a luxury resort, with swimming pools, tennis courts, a sauna, international restaurants, a shopping arcade and more. You don’t have to leave the property except to take a tour or taxi to see Cairo’s many sights. It’s perfect for families with children and tourists who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday Cairo. The pyramids can be seen from anywhere on the property, including the swim-up bar. Service is excellent and the restaurants get good reviews as well.
5. Hotel Longchamps, Zamalek
Hotel Longchamps is a favorite mid-range hotel with those who know Cairo well and return often. The hotel is in Zamalek, an upper-class, leafy suburb situated on an island in the Nile River. It’s close to central Cairo and just a few blocks away from the river banks. A member of TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame, the hotel was recognized with an Award of Excellence from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism in 2009. All rooms have air-conditioning, cable TV, a private bathroom and Wi-Fi and each one has been individually decorated by the hotel owner.