The Ultimate Guide to Luxury Hotels in Egypt
Luxury hotels abound in Egypt, so you can pamper yourself, swim or snorkel, and savor delicious food all on the property where you stay. Some private custom tours in Egypt, like those organized by Osiris Tours, offer high-end choices for accommodations, ensuring that your travels throughout the country will be topnotch and from start to finish. If you’re planning to travel to the Land of the Pharaohs and curious about the extravagant side of the country, here’s our ultimate guide to luxury hotels in Egypt.
Best Hotels in Cairo
Four Seasons at First Residence Hotel, 35 Giza St
Sleep in style in this luxe hotel located on the Nile’s west bank as one of the best luxury hotels in Cairo. French-Empire design details and a muted color palette lend a touch of elegance to the interiors. Spacious rooms and suites provide amenities like 24-hour in-room dining and a refrigerated private bar. Guests unwind in the full-service spa, relax poolside, and dine in Aura, a restaurant serving modern Shami cuisine. Attached to the hotel, The Mall at First Residence houses three levels of upscale boutiques.
The Nile Ritz Carlton Cairo, 1113 Corniche El Nil
Be steps from Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum when you stay at this Ritz Carlton property, also a central meeting point for escorted tours in Egypt. With nine bars and restaurants in the hotel, there’s no shortage of delicious food and refreshing cocktails. Whether you’re traveling as a couple, with a group, or with family, the Nile Ritz caters to everyone, including younger guests. For instance, the Ritz Kids program allows children to learn about the traditions of ancient Egypt.
Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza, 1089 Corniche El Nil
Relish far-reaching views of the city, the Pyramids of Giza, and beyond when you book a room at this Four Seasons. Located in charming Garden City, this property promises the typical luxuries associated with five-star hotels including down pillows, a stocked minibar, and free Wi-Fi. Zitouni, the on-site restaurant serving authentic Egyptian fare including lentil soup, lamb fattah, and stuffed pigeon, is regarded as one of the very best in town.
Marriott Mena House, 6 Pyramids Rd
For a quieter Egypt trip than what you’d have in downtown Cairo, opt to stay 45 minutes outside the city at this Marriott property in Giza. Spend the day exploring the Pyramids and return to the comfort of your room where you can cozy up in a robe and slippers before heading into the city for dinner. Expect ornate decor, a neutral color scheme with high-end Egyptian appointments, and a stunning exterior surrounded by stately palm trees. The Pyramid views are the icing on the cake. The Marriott Mena House is one of the best historical hotels in Egypt.
Kempinski Nile Hotel, 12 Ahmed Ragheb
You’ll undoubtedly feel like royalty at this boutique property in the Garden City District, close to Cairo’s main attractions. The Lady in Red Ambassadors are there to enhance each guest’s experience, and the 24-hour butlers cater to individual requests. Be sure to try the four on-site restaurants and bars: The Blue for Italian classics and Osmanly for Ottoman cuisine, as well as the Chocolate Lounge and the Jazz Bar for cocktails and music. This hotel also offers a luxury spa, fitness center, and rooftop pool with lovely Nile River views.
Best Hotels in Alexandria
Four Seasons Alexandria, El-Gaish Rd, San Stifano, Qism El-Raml
You won’t beat the waterfront locale of this glam resort-style property in Alexandria where the interiors reflect the tranquil colors of the sand and sea. Boasting city or sea views, the spacious rooms at the Four Seasons Alexandria offer all the bells and whistles such as Roman-style marble baths and refrigerated private bars. Choose from ten food and beverage options in the hotel including Byblos, which plates Lebanese and Syrian cuisine, and Le Bar, the hotspot for a cocktail late in the evening.
Hilton Alexandria Corniche, 544 El-Gaish Rd, Sidi Beshr Bahri, Qism Montaza
Besides comfy quarters, you’ll find amenities galore such as an on-site gift shop, ATM, car rental desk, florist, currency exchange, and a tour desk at this Hilton property. The hotel restaurant Sahar-Al-Laialy plates Middle Eastern classics, and Santorini serves Greek fare alongside views of the Mediterranean Sea. Cigar aficionados will appreciate The Cigar Bar for a smoke and a cocktail, ideal after a long day of touring Alexandria.
Best Hotels in Luxor
Sofitel Old Winter Palace, Corniche El Nile street
Dating back to 1886, this Colonial-style palace is a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide. The opulent interiors highlight antique furnishings, grandiose staircases, and soaring ceilings. This Sofitel outpost sits along the Nile so expect to kick back with stunning views after a day of touring Luxor. Five restaurants and bars promise plenty of options for eating, drinking, and socializing.
Maritim Jolie Ville Kings Island Luxor, Rd Lead to Al Qarna Island, Madinet Al Bayadeyah
This family-friendly resort caters to young travelers, offering a mini-zoo, children’s pool, kid’s club, and an ice cream corner. But grownups will not feel left out. With eight restaurants and bars and the alluring location of Kings Island on the Nile River and overlooking the West Bank of Luxor, adults can experience their dream holiday too. Private terraces, an infinity pool and a lush landscape, spa, aerobics, ping pong, and karaoke are just some of the perks of staying here at the Maritim Jolie Ville Luxor.
Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa, El-Karnak El-Gadid
Appreciate the fantastic views of Luxor and the Nile when you stay at this upscale Hilton set on the east bank of Karnak. Find two infinity pools, eight restaurants and bars, a gym, spa, and library. The two-room suites (some with balconies) are ideal for families and provide plenty of space. Using this hotel as a base will put you in proximity to the El Souk, Valley of the Kings, and the airport, and Karnak is a quick drive away.
Best Hotels in Aswan
Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Qism Aswan, Sheyakhah Oula, Abtal Al Tahrir
Perched on the Nile River, this luxury hotel is close to Aswan’s top attractions. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Nubian Desert and be minutes from Khnum Temple, Elephantine Island, the Aswan Museum, St. Simeon Monastery, and the Kalabsha Temple. Meanwhile, lavish accommodations include dreamy SoBeds – the cozy sleep ensemble that the brand is known for – marble baths with Whirlpool tubs, and French amenities. Staying here will give you the opportunity to visit off the beaten track things to do in this part of Egypt.
Movenpick Aswan, Elephantine Island
Take advantage of the plethora of photo ops from this huge resort located on Elephantine Island, Movenpick Aswan is just 25 minutes and a ferry ride from Aswan Airport. The Panorama Restaurant & Bar ensures 360-degree views alongside delicious food in a romantic setting, and this property features six other eateries. For the ultimate splurge, book the Presidential Suite, complete with a living room, dining area, and an equipped kitchenette – ideal for a couple or a family of four in need of more space.
Best Hotels in Hurghada
Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada
Feel spoiled at this all-suite resort sprawled along 48 acres of the shores of the Egyptian Red Sea. Expect high-domed ceilings and tons of natural light in the spacious, well-appointed suites at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh. Dine in the courtyard of The Restaurant or opt for Indian cuisine by candlelight accompanied by live music at Zafraan. Meanwhile, The Pergola is the spot for a poolside meal, and The Bar pours cocktails paired with Middle Eastern snacks.
Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay, Soma Bay Safaga Road, Qesm Safaga
Guests are enchanted by the pristine stretch of sand along the Red Sea, multiple pools within lagoons, waterfalls, and a lazy river at this Kempinski property. Though the surrounds are some of the most alluring you’ll find in Hurghada, this hotel also features some of the most impressive food in the region, as well as a spa, fitness center, and exceptional service.
Best Hotels in Sharm el Sheikh
Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel and Spa, Naama Bay
Warm hospitality and a stellar setting near Naama Bay make this hotel a standout. Though the property is away from the center of town, it is within walking distance or a quick shuttle ride away. During the daytime, swimmers, snorkelers and divers enjoy all the outdoor activities that Sharm El Sheikh offers. And belly dancers and international singers play to crowds in the evenings.
Rixos Sharm El Sheikh, 15 Nabq Bay
This ultra, all-inclusive resort is located near Nabq’s city center. Known for the spa as much as the location, this property allows travelers to recoup with Asian and Euro-style massages, steam rooms, saunas, and a Turkish bath. After decompressing, guests can eat and drink in one of ten restaurants and nine bars plating food and drink from around the globe. A practical choice for families, Rixos Sharm el Sheikh caters to little guests through the Rixy Kids Club, which features a playground, cinema, restaurant, and aqua park for children.
Royal Savoy Sharm el Sheikh, Soho Square
Tiran Island and Red Sea views, a private beach, and the friendly, welcoming staff are good reasons to stay in this 80-room hotel mere steps from Soho Square. Begin your luxury stay with a limousine pickup, followed by snorkeling, spa time, and eating Mediterranean-style seafood or Italian specialties. Royal Savoy allows children over the age of 12 only and has dedicated adult swimming pools, so it’s a fitting hotel for adults looking for a peaceful getaway.
Four Seasons Resort Sharm el Sheikh, 1 Four Seasons Boulevard, El-Salam Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh
Modern elegance marries outdoor adventure at this exclusive Sinai Peninsula property. This diving resort gives guests the opportunity to explore the underwater flora and fauna of the Red Sea. Accommodations come with the usual Four Seasons perks such as terrycloth robes and a refrigerated private bar. Every room has a private balcony or terrace, perfect for relaxing after a day of coastal adventures.
Tracy Kaler is a ballet dancer turned interior designer turned lifestyle and travel writer who blogs at tracysnewyorklife.com. Find her byline in The Telegraph, IN New York Magazine, TravelMag, National Geographic, Mabuhay Magazine, Metro NY and others. When she’s not glued to her laptop, you’ll find her wandering the streets of New York City or off discovering another part of the planet.”