Cairo is a treasure trove for adventurous families. There’s so much to explore: hieroglyphics, gold coins, mummies, and King Tutankhamun’s riches at Egyptian Museum (don’t forget its Children’s Museum!); the Nile River (by way of a ride on an old-fashioned wood sail boat); and, of course, the magnificent Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Need more ideas? The rambling Khan al-Khalili bazaar, the 80-acre Giza Zoo, and Aquarium Grotto Garden — an aquatic wonderland located on an island in the middle of the Nile — all make for exciting agenda items for a family vacation. With so much to do and see in Cairo, families may not consider hotel kids’ clubs and other kid amenities to be crucial factors for determining where to stay. But for families looking for good locations, well-sized rooms, and various dining options — and maybe even kiddy pools and babysitting service — Oyster’s got you covered. We sent our expert hotel investigators to Cairo to uncover the area’s best hotels for families.
For families wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, the JW Marriott Hotel Cairo is a great choice. The 438-room luxury hotel is located near Cairo Festival City Mall, a large shopping complex that is home to KidZania, a popular attraction for families. But there's plenty to do on-site, too; the resort-like hotel has threepools, a man-made beach, tennis courts, a kids' club, and playground, and its 12 eateries should please even the pickiest diner. Handsome rooms have traditional decor, balconies, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and marble bathrooms with separate tubs. Freebies like hotel-wide Wi-Fi and airport transfers add to the value here.
This 365-room luxury hotel is right on the banks of the Nile River, in one of Cairo's most exclusive neighborhoods. It’s a fairly central location for reaching many of the city’s attractions, being just a five-minute drive from downtown Cairo. All rooms have flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, DVD players, air-conditioning, and luxe marble bathrooms with separate tubs. Many rooms have stunning water views. The hotel has the largest spa in Cairo, plus two outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, and a kids' pool. Most of the five restaurants offer a separate children’s menu. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
The 247-room Fairmont Towers Heliopolis is a luxury business hotel, but a surprisingly family-friendly one, with facilities for kids like a kids' pool, outdoor playground, round-the-clock babysitting, a kids' club for those aged 6 to 12, and a special weekly brunch for families with activities including face painting and arts and crafts. Features that appeal to all ages include tennis courts, multiple pools, a fitness center, 15 bars and restaurants, and even an on-site casino with slots and table games. Room decor falls a bit short for an advertised five-star hotel, but the rooms have all of the modern amenities one would expect of a high-end property, plus bathrooms with separate tubs. They're also huge -- rooms start at 538 square feet. The hotel is far from the city center, but near Cairo International Airport and the Child Museum of Cairo.
The Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo is in New Cairo's Fifth Settlement, a recently developed exclusive area with lots of restaurants and shops, but at least a half-hour drive from the city's main attractions. This is a large, luxe hotel with a huge array of facilities. There are three outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, and a swim-up bar. For those traveling with children, there are a separate children’s pool, kids' club, playground, and free cribs. Restaurants include North African, Japanese, and Thai options. The 449 air-conditioned rooms are spacious and luxurious, with balconies, microwaves, whirlpool baths, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and 24-hour room service, and butler service in the Suites. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
The Grand Nile Tower's location and great views are hard to beat. The centrally located luxury mega-hotel is positioned at the tip of an urban island, so all 715 of its rooms and suites have Nile views. 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, a huge range of restaurants, a large heated pool with a kids' pool off to one side, as well as an indoor children's play area. There is even a hotel-owned yacht with regular dinner cruises and live entertainment. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property and there is a no-alcohol policy.
Right next to the CityStars Mall -- a posh retail and entertainment complex -- this 824-room luxury property is located in Nasr City, a prosperous neighborhood about 30 minutes east of Cairo’s center. Rooms have traditional decor, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has multiple restaurants, large indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts, a game room with billiards, and a playground. Direct access to the CityStars shopping mall is a major perk for many staying here.