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Slept in (did I mention that the bed is extremely comfortable?) and spent the morning packing. I managed to tear up my luggage in less than 2 days and unlike the kings horses and men I had to put Humpty Dumpty back together a...
6th - We organised through the hotel for a day trip to see the Pyramids of Giza and 2 other sites near Cairo. For E£150 each we had transport and a guide for the day.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSofitel Cairo El Gezirah
I truly believe this hotel is the best in Cairo.
In our case, price was amazing!
When buying online, we ignored it was a five-star hotel.
The service is impressive, actually beyond all expectations!
Great location, very safe, even for walking off property.
Stayed a full week in April 2013 - my two boys LOVED the pool.
Although restaurants are very fancy, too fancy for my boys' liking, we ordered room service practically every night, when we didn't eat out. Food (room service) was very good.
If you are a parent considering a visit to Cairo and worry about safety for your children, this place is ideal.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah
Loved the Sofitel El Gezirah
Well, the hotel is just amazing! The view when you enter the hotel is breathtaking!! Our room was large & spacious room with a magnificent view of the Nile. The huge kingsize double bed was so comfortable you didn't want to get out of it in the morning! A/C worked very well. Bathroom had complimentary, very smart french products - lovely! Breakfast was buffet style and had both continental and egyptian dishes on offer, large selection of both.
The hotel has a floating restaurant on the Nile and also a Buddha Bar restaurant where the food is well worth trying!! Nice outdoor swimming pool. Hotel staff very friendly and always on hand if you need anything. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone - I will definitely be returning to this hotel in the future!
Me encantó el Sofitel El Gezirah
Bueno, ¡pues el hotel es simplemente increíble! ¡¡El panorama cuando entras al hotel es impresionante!! Nuestra habitación era grande y amplia y tenía unas vistas magníficas al Nilo. ¡La cama de matrimonio enorme tamaño king era tan cómoda que no te querías levantar por las mañanas! El aire acondicionado funcionaba muy bien. El baño contaba con productos gratuitos muy elegantes franceses - ¡una maravilla! El desayuno era estilo buffet y ofrecía tanto platos egipcios como estilo continental, había una variada selección de ambos.
El hotel tiene un restaurante flotante en el Nilo y un restaurante Buddah Bar, ¡cuya comida merece la pena probar! Hay una piscina al aire libre que está muy bien. El personal del hotel es muy amable y siempre está a mano si necesitas algo. No dudaría en recomendar este hotel a cualquier persona - ¡yo seguro que vuelvo en el futuro!
J'ai adoré le Sofitel El Gezirah
Bon, l'hôtel est tout simplement extraordinaire. La vue quand on entre dans l'hôtel vous coupe le souffle ! Notre chambre était grande et spacieuse avec une vue magnifique sur le Nil. L'immense lit double, dimension "king" était si confortable qu'on ne voulait pas se lever le matin ! La climatisation fonctionnait très bien. La salle de bains avait, à titre gracieux, des produits de toilettes français de luxe - adorable ! Le petit déjeuner était dans le style de buffet et offrait un choix éclectique de plats continentaux et égyptiens.
L'hôtel a un restaurant flottant sur le Nil et également un Buddha bar restaurant dont il vaut la peine d'essayer la cuisine. Il a une piscine extérieure agréable. Les employés étaient très amicaux et toujours présents quand on avait besoin d'eux. Je n'hésiterais pas à recommander cet hôtel à tout le monde - j'y retournerai certainement à l'avenir !
We stayed on the fifth floor. Live Arabic-music from 20.00 untill 24.00 hours. Rooms are not isolated!!!! From 01.00 untill 05.00 hours a big disco in an another hotel. Our room was not isolated. No sleep at all. And that for 5 nights. Don't go to this hotel if you a good night of sleep.
O.K. - A Nice Break from the Heat!
I stayed here during the summer. Overall the rooms I had were good. I arrived around 2:30 a.m. first time and the only room left was a suite. Very nice up on the 26th floor. Great views, two balconies, two bathrooms! On second stay I was given the room I really paid for. Room was o.k. Everything worked well (TV, shower). Was very nice compared to some of the hotels I stayed in while on a country tour. I didn't find it noisy at all. The air conditioning worked well. The only negative I could say was the reception. Very pushy, rich Arabs visiting from Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc. who cut in line in front of me. I had to get pushy just to get the attention of staff. Phones constantly ringing and pulling staff from the desk. The walk over the bridge to the area around Antiquities Museum was about 20 minutes. Nice view of the Nile though. I doubt I'd stay here again. I'd try a less hectic hotel with (hopefully) better reception.
Fantastic Nile views, right in the middle of the river
First of all, this hotel is no longer with the Sheraton group. It is part of the French hotel chain "Accor" and is now called simply the El Gezirah. We were upgraded to a 17th-floor Nile-view room. Small, with plumbing that worked but on the verge of collapse, but also with astonishing views and a nice little balcony, which was accessible and a great place to go out to if you do not suffer from vertigo! The hotel is built on the southernmost tip of Zamalek Island, next to the water. The kebab restaurant has tables right on the Nile and it is a very enjoyable place to have dinner, especially if you are not vegetarian. Breakfast is good and a cook will prepare your eggs to order. Some hotel staff could be a bit friendlier. Being in the middle of the Nile also spares guests much of the city noise, which in Cairo is not a negligible factor.
Centrally located in Cairo
Sheraton El Gezirah is centrally located in Cairo overlooking the Nile river. We were able to see the Pyramids in the distance from our room. The hotel is within walking distance to the Cairo Egyptian museum (although walking anywhere in Cairo is quite a challenge given the crazy traffic). Room itself was nothing fancy, probably could use some renovations.
On top of the tower !
We arrived very late at this hotel due to plane delay leaving Luxor, and it did not start well because the car/driver we ordered from the hotel was waiting for us at the wrong terminal in Cairo airport...
We managed to find another solution and arrived at the hotel around 3 AM pretty tired... The reception clerck greeted us and was rather annoyed at our car problems. He then "bumped" us to an Executive Suite on the 26th floor (...) to apologize for the problems...
So we had a relatively quiet stay for our last two days in Cairo with frequent visits to the Egyptian museum (again and again...).
Bars and restaurants are nice and overlook the Nile, since the hotel is located on a small island.
Swimming-pool is not very big, but there are not too many people there, since the hotel is more of a business hotel, although local people also come here for dinner.
Because of its location on an island, you don't hear the Cairo traffic too much, which is very important.
But being on the 26th floor made me feel dizzy all the time when looking at the town. The great thing was to be able to see at a distance the Pyramids from our room !!!
I stayed att Sheraton el gezirah for 7 days we payed araound 600 US dollars for that and that was a double bed and one extra bed and three dinners for 3, 2 at a nice resturan named Kebabgy.
We stayed at the 7 th floor and our room was okay it had a nice view of the nile and tv an refrigerator.
But it was wery noicy at night, it was even hard to sleep. but that problem i dont think its if you stay on some floors up.
But i think its hard to find nice hotels that is sheep at that area.
We just returned from Egypt, stayed 4 nights in El Gezirah Sheraton, had a 10th floor so called Nile view room,payed more than 700 US dollars, because of high season couldnot leave earlier, rooms have very old dirty carpeting,old bed spreds with dirty old blankets, bathrooms old and stinky, swimming pool is small and we did not see anybody using it, we bought a calling card for 20 egyptian pounds, tried to make a phone call from the room, could not do it, concierge told us the room phones are not set up for making the phone calls using the card,although the operator had earlier told me we would be charged 3 pounds for 3 minutes like local phone calls,when we checked out they charged us 18 pounds for trying to make a phone call which never went through, front desk did not had the courtesy to apologize or evev understand, we spent more than 700 dollars but they would not write off 3-4 dollars which was there mistake. There are better hotels available at comparable prices with better locations and closer to shopping, dining and attractions which I am recommending to my sister who would visit next week.