Cairo is Egypt’s epicenter of art, culture, history, and politics and enthralls with intriguing experiences including the iconic Pyramids of Giza. It’s also filled with some truly extraordinary places to stay. From gorgeous boutique hotels and resorts to quaint B&Bs, here are my favourite cool and unusual hotels in Cairo, Egypt…
St. Regis Cairo
I love this place! St. Regis offers a taste of Egyptian glamour and old-world charm. Nestled along the Nile Corniche, it stands tall at 36 stories, commanding stunning views of the River Nile.
I was spoiled for choice during my stay with 233 guest rooms, 50 suites, and 79 independent apartments. The handcrafted furniture, exquisite linens, and modern amenities added a touch of luxury to every corner. What amazed me most was the constant buzz of activity – from iconic celebrations to grand dining events, something was always happening.
And the dining options? Divine! With seven restaurants and bars, it was a gastronomic paradise. La Zisa stole my heart with its authentic Sicilian cuisine and breathtaking view of the Nile. It was truly a glamorous experience!
One of my favorite aspects? La Zisa’s Sicilian cuisine with Nile views—it’s a glamorous culinary journey!
Continental Italian and Irish Breakfast
Poolside eatery offering river views
Access to indoor and outdoor pools
Can get booked up
Food can be pricey
In the heart of Cairo’s affluent Heliopolis, I found the Gabriel Hotel, a haven amidst the city’s finest dining and shopping spots.
Stepping inside, I was transported to a classical era with its traditional-style interiors and inviting warm hues, which exuded old-world charm.
My exploration of the rooms and suites revealed a haven of luxury. Every detail was impeccable, from the Egyptian cotton linens to the exquisite furniture. The cozy seating areas and well-appointed ensuite bathrooms made my stay truly comfortable. Each accommodation boasted numerous appliances, a spacious wardrobe, and a thoughtfully stocked minibar.
One of my favorite spots within the hotel was the Salt Restaurant and Bar. Their gourmet French cuisine, infused with locally sourced herbs and spices, was an absolute delight.
Salt Restaurant & Bar, an enchanting spot offering gourmet French cuisine amidst traditional interiors.
Opulent mirrored decor and chandeliers
A bar and a rooftop terrace with a pool
Swimming pool with beds & shisha
Pets are not allowed
Service can be a little slow
At Gardenia Inn, I was just a 10-minute stroll away from the majestic Great Sphinx of Giza Sculpture. This spot was an ideal hub for exploring, surrounded by local dining spots and close to attractions like the Giza Necropolis.
The inn felt like a home away from home, tucked into Cairo’s vibrant Giza district. With just 8 guestrooms, it had this cozy, familial vibe. My room had everything I needed—air conditioning, ironing facilities, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a refrigerator, a private safe, and bath toiletries.
I could request a delightful continental breakfast to be brought to my room each morning. And let me tell you about the Gardenia Restaurant—it was a gem. They whipped up Malaysian cuisine with a clever local twist that was a delight to savor during my stay.
The Gardenia Restaurant’s clever twist on Malaysian cuisine—truly a delightful surprise.
Breakfast with the Pyramid views
Malaysian cuisine with a localized twist
Sun terrace with BBQ and griller
Smoking is not allowed
Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo
At the Kempinski Nile Hotel, I was right along the mesmerizing Nile River in Cairo’s Garden City neighborhood. It’s the perfect spot to catch those breathtaking Nile sunsets while staying close to downtown and the lively Tahrir Square.
My stay offered various accommodations – the Madina Deluxe, Nile Deluxe, Madina Superior, and Nile Superior rooms. Each included a complimentary minibar, satellite TV, and convenient in-room appliances.
The rooftop swimming pool was my relaxing haven, while the full-service spa and wellness center provided heavenly massages. Plus, I loved that I could freely access the Jacuzzi and sauna during my stay.
The rooftop swimming pool overlooking the Nile—pure relaxation with stunning vistas.
Luxurious rooms to enjoy sunsets
Rooftop swimming pool with Nile River views
Free access to the Jacuzzi and sauna
Not enough sunbeds
Pets are not allowed
Al Massa Hotel Nasr City
At Al Masa Hotel, I was in a kingdom of modern luxury and endless activities, a perfect spot for an all-inclusive getaway. My room was a haven, with everything I needed—appliances, cozy bedding, and a private balcony.
The sheer vastness of the hotel amazed me. It’s a world within itself, boasting fine dining spots, a top-notch spa, and entertainment options like billiards, bowling, and a cinema.
Every moment was a delight—I indulged in retail therapy, found solace under the gorgeous garden pergola, and had a blast in the swimming pool. The luxuriant massages were pure bliss. Regarding dining, the five elegant restaurants, El Khadafy, Morgana, and Villa Beirut, offered culinary experiences beyond compare.
The luxurious massages and variety of dining experiences—pure opulence in every aspect.
Rooms with terrace and pool views
Sauna and jacuzzi with live music
Not for the budget-friendly crowd
Slightly noisy during events
Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo
At the Dusit Thani Lakeview in New Cairo, I found a haven amidst lush greenery and modern wonders. It quickly became one of my favorite places due to its blend of traditional Thai hospitality and central location.
While visiting, I discovered its prime positioning for exploring iconic attractions like the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel, the Sphinx, and the Pyramids. It was incredibly convenient!
My stay at Dusit Thani was remarkable, with its 467 guest rooms and suites. Each space was uniquely adorned with Thai-inspired decor and calming tropical colors. What stood out were the expansive balconies or terraces offering breathtaking city views.
I opted for the Club Room, which truly enhanced my experience. Access to the exclusive Dusit Club Lounge was a highlight, providing complimentary refreshments and access to meeting rooms, among other perks. It felt like a luxurious privilege during my stay.
The Club Room’s exclusivity and access to the Dusit Club Lounge—luxury redefined.
Setting with waterfalls and stream
Rooms with minibars and direct pool access
Thai restaurants and contemporary brasserie
Extra charges for lobby dining
Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
While visiting Sofitel, I fell in love with the stunning setting on Gezirah Island. Every room and suite gave me breathtaking views of the Nile, making it one of my favorite places to stay.
The fusion of Egyptian traditions and the French ‘Art de Vivre’ philosophy enchanted me. It wasn’t just a hotel but an immersive experience filled with vibrant events and captivating exhibitions.
My stay in one of the 433 luxurious rooms and suites was a seamless blend of French elegance and striking Oriental design. The spacious living areas and private balconies immerse me in the serene island atmosphere while reveling in the magnificent Nile vistas.
Every room with breathtaking Nile views—immersive French elegance and Egyptian culture.
Six floating decks and poolside bars
Pool with a hammam and Sauna
The Egyptian museum is a walk away
Can be pricey
Balconies are small
The St. Regis Almasa Hotel, Cairo
Staying at the St. Regis Almasa Hotel was a dream come true. Nestled in the heart of the capital, it’s a haven for jet-setters, business elites, and luxury travelers like me.
The all-inclusive resort-like experience thrilled me with its top-tier amenities and high-end facilities. From lavish guest rooms to sprawling suites, it catered to everyone—solo travelers, couples, and large groups. The world-class spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and tennis courts were splendid.
What truly stood out was the personalized touch—the daily housekeeping and dedicated room service made me feel like royalty. And the onsite restaurant, Al Khedewy, offered a divine taste of traditional Egyptian cuisine. It quickly became one of my favorite spots in Cairo.
The personalized service and divine taste of traditional Egyptian cuisine at Al Khedewy.
Tennis courts and Billiards room
Royal Cigar Lounge
World-class spa with indoor and outdoor pools
Features an artificial beach area and cycling
Some slow service
Pets are not allowed
Le Riad Hotel de Charme
I found this gem near Souk Khalil el Khalili and Cairo’s historic center—Le Riad Hotel de Charme. Its charm envelops you, reflecting Egypt’s heritage in every corner.
The 17 suites are stunning, each a tribute to local culture through art and design. It’s like stepping into the world of Egyptian artists, kings, writers, and the Fatimids.
One of my favorite spots was the Zeeyara Rooftop Restaurant. Not only did I savor authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, but the view of the Fatimid town and historic center was simply breathtaking.
Zeeyara Rooftop Restaurant—the view of the Fatimid town is as breathtaking as the cuisine.
Arabian and North African furnishings
Continental or Asian-style breakfast
Located in the middle of the Al-Moez Bazaar
Slightly noisy because of the location
Wifi is a bit spotty
Turquoise Pyramids View Hotel
I adored my stay at the Turquoise Pyramids View Hotel, a luxurious resort nestled right at the base of the Pyramids. Being so close, I could easily walk to the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and even Cairo University!
The rooms were exquisite, boasting marble-clad bathrooms, private entrances, and balconies that offered stunning views. The pool sparkled invitingly, and the spa was an oasis of tranquility. Gazing from my room, I was mesmerized by the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx.
The convenience was unbeatable. An ATM was on site, a concierge service, a 24-hour front desk, and even free private parking. It made my trip incredibly comfortable and enjoyable.
The poolside views of the Pyramids and Sphinx—unmatched luxury at the base of history.
Delicious breakfast with the Pyramid views
The Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum nearby
Outdoor fireplace and picnic area for families
Marginally distant from the city
Slightly noisy street
The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa, Katameya Dunes
While visiting Cairo, I discovered the oasis of tranquility within the city’s chaos—the Westin. Set in the heart of the vibrant lifestyle hub in New Cairo, it’s a haven of luxury and relaxation. The 9000-square-foot spa, a remarkable 27-hole golf course, and various dining options completed my stay here.
Choosing from the 117 rooms and suites was delightful; each space was meticulously designed with calming colors and boasted the famous Heavenly beds that promised a restful night’s sleep. The dedication to wellness echoed in every corner, from the lavish rooms to the rejuvenating spa and treatment zones.
Maintaining my fitness routine was effortless at the Westin. The WestinWORKOUT fitness studio became my go-to spot, and the luxurious onsite pool was perfect for a refreshing cardio session. This place truly caters to both relaxation and staying active!
The 27-hole golf course and WestinWORKOUT fitness studio—an oasis for relaxation and fitness.
Rooms with garden and pool views
Breakfast in an Al Fresco dining restaurant
A chic golf course designed by Nick Faldo
Slightly inaccessible location
Nile Transport Hotel
Staying at the Nile Transport Hotel was an incredible experience. I loved the convenience of being right amidst all the excitement and attractions; it made everything so accessible. The hotel’s 5-star quality matched its unbeatable location—I could easily reach landmarks like the Egyptian Museum, Cairo Tower, Tahrir Square, and El-Ghuri Wakala.
The variety of accommodations made it easy to find what suited me best. I spent time by the outdoor pool, enjoying drinks at the bar. The fitness studio was top-notch, and having dining options and room service on-site was incredibly convenient. The round-the-clock front desk made me feel attended to at all times.
One of my favorite parts was the shared lounge—a great place to meet and chat with other travelers. The staff’s local tips added an extra layer to my adventures. My stay here was fantastic, and the hotel’s amenities and atmosphere made it an unforgettable experience.
The shared lounge—a great space to meet fellow travelers and gather local tips.
A continental breakfast overlooking the Nile
Colorful garden and terrace for relaxation
A chic all-year outdoor swimming pool
Slow internet connection
Can get booked up
Arabian Nights Pyramids Guesthouse
At the Arabian Nights Pyramids Guesthouse, I immersed myself in a luxurious embrace of Middle Eastern luxury and captivating Arabic charm. Just a brief stroll from the Pyramids of Giza, it’s a place that places you at the heart of Giza’s rich tapestry of art, culture, cuisine, and history.
The rooms were a testament to unique Arabic design, each one a canvas of traditional flair coupled with modern amenities. It blended comfort and cultural elegance, from functional appliances to cozy work desks and plush linens.
The concierge was a gem, helping me secure reservations for must-visit landmarks and arranging private tours to ancient Alexandria and Memphis. It was like having a personalized guide to the wonders of Egypt right at my fingertips.
And the meals! Authentic Egyptian dishes graced the table for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each bite is an irresistible journey into the rich flavors of the region. It was an experience that truly indulged all the senses.
Authentic Egyptian dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—a culinary journey through Middle Eastern flavors.
Walk away from the Giza Pyramids
Dinner nights with Egyptian cuisines
Private tours to the ancient city
Limited choice at breakfast
WiFi is intermittent
Houseboat65 - Historic home on the Nile
Waking up to the majestic colors of the rising sun spreading across the River Nile from my cozy bed was breathtaking. Houseboat65, a historic home on the Nile, quickly became one of my favorite places, offering magical sunrises and sunsets. It’s a prime spot, perfect for enjoying modern amenities and more.
This place is a hit among backpackers and couples alike. The unit boasts comfortable living spaces, a roomy seating area, and a delightful patio overlooking Cairo’s vibrant hustle and bustle.
Everything needed for a home-like stay is here: flat-screen TVs, a washing machine, and a well-equipped kitchenette featuring a microwave. Plus, the bathroom amenities added a touch of luxury to my stay.
Waking up to magical sunrises on the Nile—a historic home offering stunning vistas.
Pros: Offers magical sunrises and sunsets
Sweeping panorama of the Nile River
Off-site Horse-riding and canoeing
Walk away from the Zamalek Island
Cons: Events not allowed
Only children 8+ are welcome
Nile Boutique Hotel at Nile Plaza
While visiting the Nile Boutique Hotel, I was in awe of its serene location along the River Nile. The beautifully adorned accommodations added a dreamy touch to my stay. Being centrally located, I loved the easy access to Cairo’s iconic landmarks like the Cairo Tower, Muizz Street, and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.
The 24 rooms with ensuite bathrooms became one of my favourite places to unwind. The spacious seating area and modern amenities like air conditioning and flat-screen TVs made my stay truly comfortable. Exploring the room, I discovered a well-stocked minibar, smart appliances, a safety deposit box, and a convenient work desk.
What impressed me the most was the hotel’s attention to detail. From onsite laundry services to valet parking and dedicated housekeeping, it felt like a home away from home. The staff at the tour desk were incredibly friendly, helping me plan my itinerary and suggesting experiences that perfectly matched my interests.
Free continental breakfast daily
Stunning views of the Cairo tower
Free tour and ticket assistance
Spectacular Nile River views
Slight bathroom issues
No onsite parking available
Pets not allowed
All Hotels in Cairo Compared
The following table compares the Top 15 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Cairo across different aspects for a more detailed insight.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|St. Regis Cairo||Corniche El Nile, 99999 Cairo||$477-$2798||Yes||2.3||3|
|Gabriel Hotel||Suncity Mall, Autostrad Road||$110-$144||No||14||3|
|Gardenia Inn||Nameis Al Gazar, Giza||$30-$87||No||9.0||3|
|Kempinski Nile Hotel, Cairo||Cornich El Nile,||$245-$2182||Yes||1.8||3|
|Al Masa Hotel Nasr City||Abdel Aziz El Shennawy Street||$125-$180||No||7.0||3|
|Dusit Thani LakeView Cairo||El Tesseen Street, Fifth Settlement||$285-$1033||Yes||14.0||3|
|Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah||3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek||$244-$662||Yes||1.4||3|
|The St. Regis Almasa Hotel, Cairo||New Administrative Capital||$171-$485||Yes||13||3|
|Le Riad Hotel de Charme||114 Muiz Li Din Allah||$361-$393||No||3.3||3|
|Turquoise Pyramids View Hotel||Al Remaya 7 Al Remaya square Cairo Alxsandria road||$45-$69||No||10||3|
|The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa, Katameya Dunes||Road 90,New Cairo City||$258-$332||Yes||19||3|
|Nile Transport Hotel||Nile Corniche in front of Mohamed Ali||$90-$122||Yes||8.0||3|
|Arabian Nights Pyramids Guesthouse||11 Abou El Houl Nazlet el Semman||$18-$38||No||9.0||3|
|Houseboat65 - Historic home on the Nile||Garden number 5||$419-$858||No||2.8||3|
|Nile Boutique Hotel at Nile Plaza||The Nile street, El Agouza||$83-$222||No||2.0||3|
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Scott Balaam – writer and photographer
Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Australia, Ireland, UK and the USA but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting thirst for culture, good food and great football. In his spare time Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and also runs his own blog and Instagram page. He also counts Melbourne, the rest of Italy, Amsterdam, USA, Athens, Cape Town and Tel Aviv among his favourite places. Find Scott on Linkedin, Instagram, or Twitter.