A team of Oyster reporters spent weeks exploring hotels in and around Cairo. We slept in the beds (and checked if they were dressed in Egyptian cotton), surveyed the on-site meeting rooms, tested the Wi-Fi networks, and scoped out the neighborhoods, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Here’s a list of our favorite business hotels in Cairo.
Located directly on the magnificent Nile River, this 365-room luxury hotel in Garden City, is an exclusive area that's home to many embassies and between Giza and downtown Cairo, making it super convenient for business travelers and tourists alike. Rooms have triple-glazed windows, so they are quiet, and most have private terraces. All rooms have minibars, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, DVD players, coffeemakers, air-conditioning, free mineral water, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Their luxurious marble bathrooms have deep soaking bath tubs, separate showers, bathrobe and slippers, and high-end toiletries. Property features are impressive -- the hotel has the largest spa in Cairo, plus outdoor pools, a fitness center, five restaurants, 12 meeting rooms, and a business center. Private car services and chauffeurs can be arranged.
The 824-room InterContinental Citystars Cairo is a large hotel with plenty of glitz in affluent Nasr City, about a 30-minute drive east of Cairo’s center. It’s a prosperous neighborhood known for being home to CityStars, a posh retail and entertainment complex, to which hotel guests have direct access. The rooms have a definite corporate air, with ergonomic chairs and multi-line business phones at desks. All rooms have minibars, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, air-conditioning, coffeemakers, free newspapers, and free shoe shines. The six restaurants, two swimming pools, and range of sports courts on-site keep guests active, and there’s a full-service spa, fitness center, and games room as well. A business center and meeting rooms are available for the hotel's many corporate guests. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, which isn't often the case at competing luxury hotels in Cairo.
The 433-room Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah is centrally located in Cairo, on the southern end of Gezira Island in the middle of the Nile River. The hotel has a lovely waterfront promenade that houses an open-air bar floating on the water, as well as six varied restaurants. Rooms have bland furnishings and lack luxury finishes, but do possess 26-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars, bathrobes, and electric kettles with instant coffee and tea. Business amenities include a 24-hour business center and seven modern meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate 500 people. There is also a small on-site casino. The Club Lounge also has express check-in and a workstation with two Mac computers and a printer. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.
Directly on the Nile River, the luxurious Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo is centrally located near downtown Cairo -- just a five-minute drive from the city center and close to many cultural tourists attractions. The hotel has 191 elegant rooms and suites with 24-hour butler service, marble bathrooms, minibars with free soft drinks, and small furnished private balconies and views of the Garden City district or the Nile River. A rooftop pool, a full spa, and great dining options -- from Turkish fine dining to a lounge with handmade chocolates and afternoon tea -- comprise property amenities. For corporate guests, there are three meeting rooms along with a large ballroom and a 24-hour business center with multiple workstations and a printer.
This modern, 25-story hotel is a local landmark, though its Nile City home -- about eight minutes north of downtown Cairo by car -- is in one of the city's most impoverished areas. All 540 rooms are soundproofed and have a sophisticated feel, with elegant shades of cream and Art Deco-style furnishings. There are foor-to-ceiling windows, safes, tea- and coffee-making facilities, interactive flat-screen TV systems, and open-concept marble bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers in all rooms. For many guests, the hotel’s best feature is the rooftop deck, with two pools, a hot tub, and spectacular views across the Nile to the Pyramids. There eight total bars and restaurants on site, as well as a business center and meeting rooms. Wi-Fi is free in the hotel's public areas, but incurs fees in the guest rooms.
JW Marriott Hotel Cairo's site -- just off Cairo’s ring road -- is somewhat isolated, but suits those wanting to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. A resort-like ambiance atones for the non-central location; there are tennis courts, golf course, spa, man-made beach, and fitness center, not to mention 12 dining options (including Italian, Asian, and Lebanese). Business guests have excellent facilities too; there are 29 event rooms and a business center. The 438 rooms are grand and handsome, though not all guests will appreciate the rich and traditional decor. All rooms include minibars, irons equipment, desks, free mineral water and fruit, tea- and coffee- making facilities, balconies, and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. The hotel also provides free airport transfers and free Wi-Fi.
The Fairmont Towers Heliopolis is a 247-room luxury business hotel a short drive from Cairo International Airport. Entry-level Deluxe Rooms measure 538 square feet and come floor-to-ceiling windows with garden or atrium views. The next level up, Signature Rooms, are the same size but come with a number of additional perks aimed at business travelers, like express check-in and check-out, welcome drinks, round-the-clock butler service, and access to the hotel's Signature Lounge. Lounge facilities include free breakfast, refreshments throughout the day, and three-hour-long daily cocktail receptions with hors d'oeuvres and sushi. Hotel features eatures include tennis courts, multiple pools, a variety of meeting rooms, a fitness center, 15 bars and restaurants, and even an on-site casino with slots and table games.
Business travelers represent the bulk of the clientele at this 449-room hotel in New Cairo's Fifth Settlement. It’s a recently developed exclusive area with lots of restaurants and shops -- at least a 35-minute drive from the city's main attractions. Rooms here are among the most spacious in Cairo, and all have 24-hour room service, coffeemakers, microwaves, desks, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and minibars. Daily mineral water and fruit and newspapers are free. There are excellent facilities on-site as well, including three pools, a sushi bar, Thai restaurant, fitness center, numerous meeting rooms, large ballroom with lake views, and business center. The hotel provides a free airport shuttle and free Wi-Fi.
Le Meridien is an upscale business hotel within a short drive of the airport, making it a convenient choice for business travelers and those catching early morning flights. The 283 rooms are dated, with uncharacteristically chain-like decor for the Le Meridien brand. Facilities include plenty of restaurants and bars, plus extensive meeting space, a fitness center, a smallish outdoor pool (open seasonally), and a free buffet breakfast. There's also a spa with steam and sauna facilities plus a large beauty parlor.
All 715 rooms and suites at the luxury mega-hotel Grand Nile Tower have Nile River views, thanks to the property's position at the tip of an urban island. In-room decor is pleasant, but not particularly memorable, with classic mahogany-hued furniture and marble bathrooms. The facilities include a two-story fitness center with equipment worthy of a proper gym (though it feels cramped in areas), a huge range of restaurants, a large heated pool, and even a hotel-owned yacht with regular dinner cruises and live entertainment. Business facilities include board rooms and ballrooms for up to 800 people, a business center with scanning and printing facilities, and free hotel-wide Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers free self- and valet parking (for a fee), along with airport transfers and car rentals, but does not serve alcohol.