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Sofitel Cairo Nile el Gezirah

Last updated: 25 August, 2023

The circular tower block design may be uninspiring, but there are three excellent reasons to stay here.

First, perched on the southern tip of the island in the centre of Cairo, it has fabulous views of the Nile and the city.

Second, it’s well placed for museums and the old city, and close to restaurants and shops, making it the ideal base to explore the city. It is, however, a long drive to the pyramids and souk.

Third, for a well-located, top-end hotel, it’s surprisingly good value.

Inside, rooms are small for this level of hotel, but the design is clean-cut and the décor decent.

The pool is small, but is heated and open after dark, which means you can float in the warm water and stare out over the Nile. The hotel is also home to one of the best Egyptian restaurants in the capital.

A big chain yes, but reliable, convenient and eminently comfortable.

Surrounding area

The hotel sits prominently right on the banks of the Nile. The quiet tree-lined streets leading to and from the hotel have several riverside cafes and exclusive private clubs. The main road, one of the key routes into the city centre, is out of ear-shot of the hotel. The Cairo opera house is a short walk away as is one of the Nile-side public gardens.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed