The balcony view from the Mena House, one of the best luxury hotels in Cairo, shows one of the pyramids off in the distance and the hotel grassy lawn and trees with orange flowers in the foreground.
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8 Best Luxury Hotels In Cairo (A Local’s Guide!)

From former palaces to pyramid views, Cairo’s luxury hotels have a lot to offer. 

Cairo has some spectacular 5-star hotels and some real hidden gems – whether you’re looking for a quiet oasis in the city or incredible Nile views.

And these hotels are often a fraction of the cost of their American and European counterparts. And that means you can get a luxury experience at a bargain price.

I’m a long-time expat living for the past decade (and counting) in Cairo. And I’ve stayed at dozens of hotels across the city – both good and bad.

Dee sitting on the balcony of the Mena House, smiling, with the pyramids off in the distance and a white flower in a vase on the table.

Here is my ultimate list of the best hotels in Cairo that have never disappointed. It includes rankings based on the best service, location, views and restaurants.

Use this guide to help you pick the best hotel that’s right for you – including the best hotels for families, Ancient Egypt buffs and couples.

The best hotels in Cairo:

1. Marriott Mena House

The balcony view at the Mena House in Giza with a pyramid off in the distance and flower bushes and trees in the foreground. There's an ornate wooden banister in the foreground and a balcony lounge chair.

Giza | on the map | Nearby: Giza pyramids, Grand Egyptian Museum

The Mena House is easily the most stunning hotel in Cairo with its spectacular pyramid views, royal history and lavish oriental interiors.

And it’s all in walking distance of the Giza pyramids – they’re literally right across the street. So you get breathtaking pyramid views from the hotel restaurants and right from your balcony.

Enjoy pyramid views with your morning coffee. Or take the pyramids in at night when they’re illuminated looming over the manicured gardens.

The hotel grounds are lush with fragrant frangipani, orange trees, reflective pools and fountains. Take a stroll and admire the pyramids at your leisure – away from the loud vendors and tourist groups of the Giza plateau.

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The Mena House in Giza in two images: on the left are the hotel grounds including grass lawns and ornate balconies. On the right is a closeup of white and pink flowers blossoming on a tree.

Two images illustrate the Mena House in Giza. On the left is a bar with ornate, oriental decoration in wood and gold. On the right is the view from the balcony of the pyramids off in the distance and a coffee cup and a vase of white flowers in the foreground.

Marriott Mena House was originally a hunting lodge built in 1869 for Khedive Ismail Pasha. It was later sold to an English couple who transformed the lodge into a hotel.

And you can still see the hotel’s historic elements from the woodwork to the ornate terraces and windows.

Although Mena House has all the modern amenities, parts of the hotel look straight out of Arabian Nights.

Insider’s tip: Don’t miss 139 Restaurant for a romantic dinner with pyramid views or a chill evening with wine and shisha. At night the pyramids are dimly lit and the restaurant sparkles with lanterns and reflective pools.

2. Cairo Marriott Hotel (Zamalek)

The gardens at the Cairo Marriott are filled with outdoor tables under big orange sun umbrellas lined up alongside the ornate arched facade of the Gezira Palace.

Zamalek | on the map | Nearby: Zamalek, Egyptian Museum 

The Cairo Marriott is a former palace turned into a hotel with historic architecture, sweeping Nile views and luscious gardens.

The Cairo Marriott is right in the heart of Zamalek, an affluent district that’s great for designer boutiques, book shops and trendy cafes. Zamalek is lined with historic villas along the Nile – and it’s my top pick for solo female travelers too!

And if the lavish decor at the Cairo Marriott reminds you of a belle epoque palace – that’s because it is.

The Gezirah Palace was built to entertain visiting dignitaries during the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. And now it makes up the hotel’s centerpiece. The palace is nestled between the hotel’s twin towers that contain all the rooms.

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The interior of the Gezira Palace at the Cairo Marriott has marble floors, plush wooden chairs, heavy drapes and an intricate oriental chandelier hanging from the high ceiling.

Two images illustrate the Cairo Marriott. On the left is an intricate staircase that leads down to a hallway with stained glass windows. On the right is a statue of a seated nude woman and a lounge area with painted walls and orange plush chairs.

The Cairo Marriott has some incredible Nile views. It’s surrounded by the vast stretches of green of the Gezirah Sporting Club and the tree-lined streets of Zamalek. On a clear day you can even spot the pyramids in the distance.

At night the waters of the Nile sparkle, illuminated by neon boat signs and waterside restaurants.

Insider’s tip: The Garden Promenade Cafe has a great outdoor barbecue buffet. A jazz band plays on weekends as you unwind in the sculpture-lined garden and enjoy plates of Egyptian specialties.

3. InterContinental Cairo Semiramis

Dee standing on the terrace of the Semiramis taking a photo of the sunset. Off in the distance is the wide Nile River crossed by a bridge with busy traffic and the tall Cairo Tower in the distance. In the foreground is a table set out for a dozen people with cushy chairs.

Downtown | on the map | Nearby: Egyptian Museum, Downtown Cairo

With magnificent Nile views and some of the best restaurants in Cairo, the Semiramis is a luxurious oasis in the heart of downtown.

Just off Tahrir Square, the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis is walking distance from the Egyptian Museum and right across from the Nile corniche.

Stay here and enjoy epic views of the Nile from your balcony – and watch the Nile come alive at night with glittering boats and feluccas.

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Two images illustrate the Semiramis in Cairo. On the left Dee is having dinner on the terrace overlooking the Nile. On the right is a view of the Nile framed with palm trees with tall buildings and a bridge off in the distance.

Two images show the Semiramis in Cairo. On the left is the oriental interior of a cafe with shelves of pastries and chandeliers on the ceiling. On the right are plates of desserts on a marble table laid out on golden plates alongside a cup of cappuccino.

Don’t miss the restaurants at the Semiramis – they’re some of the best in the city.

There’s a classic Egyptian-style cafe on the ground floor with oriental sweets and the airy Night & Day buffet (where breakfast is served) that overlooks the Nile.

Head to Pane Vino for casual Italian fare on a breezy terrace with Nile views. For some incredible Thai food, head to The Birdcage – it’s my favorite restaurant in Cairo.

4. Villa Belle Epoque

The white facade of the Villa Belle Epoque with dark green window shudders and leafy trees and vines climbing up the side.

Maadi | on the map | Nearby: Maadi, Nile corniche 

The Villa Belle Epoque is a leafy boutique hotel inside a 1920s restored villa with a cozy historic ambiance.

This hidden gem pays homage to Cairo’s bygone era of belle epoque decadence with rooms full of Egyptian antiques and old-world charm.

Villa Belle Epoque has 13 period-style rooms with private balconies overlooking the garden. Every room is named after an Egyptian city. And each has its own character – from floral printed wallpaper to canopy beds and modern Egyptian art.

It’s nestled in the quiet suburb of Maadi, known for its leafy trees, historic villas and great shopping along Road 9. There’s lots to explore right at your doorstep – including boutiques, cafes and bookshops.

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The small swimming pool at Villa Belle Epoque surrounded by greenery and the ornate windows and railings of the villa.

Inside the Acacia restaurant at Villa Belle Epoque surrounded by windows and a cozy chandelier and heavy drapes.

Villa Belle Epoque also has a small swimming pool surrounded by greenery and palms that’s perfect for lounging on a sunny day.

The hotel grounds are dotted with lawn chairs and lemon, mango, olive and guava trees.

Head to the cozy Acacia restaurant (above) for dishes like Alexandrian shrimp and berry cheesecake served in a conservatory dining room.

5. Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski (New Cairo)

The white facade of the Kempinski in Cairo with ornate windows and arched doorways standing in front of the blue swimming pool.

New Cairo | on the map | Nearby: New Cairo shopping, airport

The Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski is a palace-inspired getaway with an epic courtyard pool nestled in the quiet suburb of New Cairo.

It’s a true getaway from the noise of the city with its delectable restaurants and indulgent spa. It’s near the upscale shopping malls and leafy villas of New Cairo – and not far from the airport.

The Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski boasts sparkling white, European-style architecture topped with blue cupolas and an airy courtyard with lounge chairs and restaurant tables around a sparkling pool.

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The enormous courtyard at the Kempinski in Cairo is lined with the hotel's white facades topped with blue roofs, the blue pool and purple and green plants.

Two images show the Kempinski hotel in Cairo: on the left are outdoor dining tables with red and white checkered tablecloths with the hotel's white facade in the distance. On the right is an image of breakfast at the hotel, including a tall late, traditional Egyptian flat bread and a plate of hummus, salmon and tomatoes next to a vase that holds a single red rose.

The hotel is palace-inspired from the long palm-lined path at the entrance to the old-world aesthetic and heavy drapes at The State, where breakfast is served.

It’s indulgent and has some of the most attentive and amazing staff in the city.

Insider’s tip: Don’t miss the Resense Spa with its opulent pre-Raphaelite paintings, purple drapes and indulgent spa treatments.   

Exceptional restaurants include Lucca for home-made Tuscan classics cooked up by its Italian chef. For regional cuisine, head to Bab Al Qasr with its arched doorways, oriental lanterns and Egyptian and Levant dishes on the menu.

6. Westin Cairo (New Cairo)

A corner of the hotel building of Westin Cairo painted in warm beige with a tiled roof and a palm tree in the foreground.

New Cairo | on the map | Nearby: New Cairo shopping, airport

The Westin Cairo has jogging courses, an enormous golf course and spa and superfood dishes all tucked away in an upscale, leafy suburb.

It’s far removed from city noise and a perfect choice for families and those looking for outdoorsy and laid-back luxury.

I love the jogging routes through the leafy hotel grounds. The air is fragrant with jasmine and you can even spot some hoopoes, the native  birds with striking black and white wings.

The massive grounds also boast a 27-hole championship golf course with green fairways and meandering lagoons.

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Two images show the Westin Cairo grounds. On the left is a small pool surrounded by grass and palm trees that form part of the golf course. On the right are enormous columns surrounded by palms and banana trees with a patio table and chairs in the foreground.

Two images show the Westin Cairo. On the left is the enormous blue indoor swimming pool under an arched roof. On the right is a quiet corner of the spa with white cushioned chairs and white drapes flowing in the sunlight.

The state-of-the-art fitness studio rents out running shoes and other gear, if you’re travelling light. And you can play a round of golf with the hotel’s instructors.

The hotel’s breakfast buffet is small but mighty with superfoods like salmon and quinoa and freshly squeezed juice on offer.

7. Sheraton Cairo Hotel (Dokki)

The swimming pool at the Sheraton Hotel in Cairo with a grey wall and two lounge chairs under an umbrella with a tall building in the background with an ornate facade inspired by Arabic calligraphy.

Two images show the Sheraton Hotel in Cairo. On the left is a closeup of plates of food including small platters of salads and black bowls of food garnished with rosemary. On the right is a restaurant bar with a long row of bar stools under golden lighting.

Dokki | on the map | Nearby: Zamalek, Cairo Opera House

The Sheraton Cairo Hotel is an underrated gem with epic Nile views and spacious rooms that offer panoramic views of the city.

Just across the river from Zamalek, The Sheraton Cairo Hotel is in a (relatively) quieter part of town. And it boasts charming views from its Italian restaurant of the neighboring Nile houseboats and bridges.

This hotel has 45 floors – and that means some epic views of the city and the Nile River. The swimming pool is surrounded by some interesting skyscrapers and more Nile views.

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Two images show the Sheraton Hotel in Cairo. On the left is a sweeping view of the Nile River including tall buildings on one side, a cluster of boats and trees on the other side, and a bridge connecting the two. On the right is an image of a table at the Italian restaurant overlooking quiet houseboats and a bridge on the Nile.

Contemporary and polished, The Sheraton Cairo Hotel is a great modern option with some delectable restaurants.

Head to Giannini’s (one of my favorite Cairo restaurants) for great Italian cuisine in a cozy setting with views of Nile house boats.

8. Fairmont Nile City (Boulaq)

The view from the Fairmont Nile City in Cairo shows a wide stretch of the Nile with rows of tall buildings across the water illuminated by the golden setting sun.

Boulaq | on the map | Nearby: Zamalek, downtown

Fairmont Nile City is a 25-story behemoth with sleek Art Deco styling, a rooftop pool and spectacular views of Cairo all the way to the pyramids.

It’s the northernmost of all of downtown’s Nile-side hotels, aligned with the north tip of Zamalek and about 20 minutes from Tahrir Square.

Sleek and ultra-modern, Fairmont Nile City has an epic reception area and 7 different restaurants. Each room has a rain shower with sliding shutters, epic city views and (very importantly) espresso machines.

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Two images show the Fairmont Nile City. On the left is a big bed with white pillows and a black headboard with a circular mirror hanging above it. On the right is a plate of various foods from the breakfast buffet, including tomato with cheese, salmon and a hardboiled egg.

The breakfast buffet (above) has great variety and sweeping Nile views.

Head to Saigon for elegant dining with Asian fusion on the menu alongside glittering Nile views. This cozy restaurant is especially great for romantic dinners and special occasions.

Bab El Nil offers Middle Eastern cuisine and shisha along with night-time music and belly dancers.

Where to stay in Cairo

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Looking for that perfect neighborhood as your home base for all your Cairo sightseeing? Read Where To Stay In Cairo: The Best (And Worst) Neighborhoods for my ultimate guide to the best of the city – and where to avoid!

Must-try restaurants in Cairo

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From local favorites to delectable Thai, Italian and hidden gems, read 6 Must-Try Restaurants In Cairo (A Local’s Guide!) for my ultimate foodie’s guide to the city.

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