The Nile Hotel
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Great value & Superb location
Nile Hilton, superb location and great hotel on the banks of the Nile, right next door to Egyptian Museum. Also as downtown easy walk to surrounding shopping area. Landmark hotel with spacious rooms that can overlook the city or the Nile. Excellent buffet breakfast and great service.
We stayed at this hotel for a total of 10 days over three weeks returning to it as a central base whilst touring Egypt and I must state the following, which if I know beforehand, I would have avoided this hotel for its muxh better neighbours up the road.
Hotel - location is fabulous - smack in the middle of everything and sharing a fence with the Egyptian museum.
Staff - will not bother until you waive a tip in from of them!
D'mario restaurant (Italian in house)- lets just say - those of a non-European disposition can expect to be treated like second class citizens but still be expected to tip - best bet is to sit in an area where there are no other "preferred" types that will restrict the attention of the waiters. We thought one day was an exception but as this was the only a la carte restaurant in the hotel we had to experience this regulalrly!!
For the price - better off going to the Intercont/Sheraton or Four Seasons down the road
Been to Cairo many times but this is the first and last time to the Nile Hilton!
Helpful and friendly staff throughout
I have just returned from a 7 night independent stay here. I chose this particular hotel after reading all TripAdvisor reviews on Cairo hotels so I knew exactly what to expect. I had an enormous (by normal standards) Nile view room on the 8th floor and it is certainly worth paying the extra for the view.
Throughout the hotel I found the staff to be friendly and efficient and in fact the first day I was there I got quite fed up with being greeted "Welcome to the Nile Hilton sir".
Although the breakfast was a buffet, staff attention was so thorough that it was difficult to get back to the table without a waiter taking the plate to the table for me. There are numerous eating facilities in the hotel but not all of them serve alcohol.
There are however some minuses:(1) I am particularly sensitive to any light coming in through bedroom curtains and every other Hilton hotel in which I have stayed has had blackout curtains;I was therefore quite dismayed to find that the curtains let in light. However mention to reception produced a call from housekeeping who said they would be able to change the curtains for me the next day which they duly did. Unfortunately the replacements were still not total blackout but I was impressed with the attention given. (2)The decor especially in the bathrooms is a bit dated now and although one may not expect a 5 star hotel in Egypt to have the same standards as one in Europe, I think refurbishment is a bit overdue (3) My room had a connecting door to the adjoining room which I absolutely detest. If I hadn't arrived at 2am I would probably have asked to change rooms. The door was locked on both sides but one could still hear the next door occupants.(4) The evening bed turndown service ranged from non-existent some days to a second full bed linen change on another day.In fairness I did spend a lot of time in the room and perhaps the staff didn't want to disturb me.(5)The hotel is expensive! In one particularly excessive case they charge the equivalent of 80 UK pence per black/white page printed from the internet if you are using the internet terminals in the Business Centre
Having said all that I would not hesitate to recommend the hotel for its general atmosphere and comfort and for its convenient location which must be the best in Cairo.
Le Mans 24/7 and a disappointing museum- nice hotel!
Stayed for 2 nights in October 2005 as the first part of a 25th Anniversary trip. Hotel is very well situated for the Egyptian Museum- just 5 mins walk. Don't waste too much time there, however. The Luxor museum is far superior. Head straight for the gallery with King Tut Ankh Amun and leave! A really good time can be had playing with the traffic outside. We asked our Pyramid tour driver how it all worked and he explained that the two lanes included an extra one over the top of the white stripes... this explains the constant traffic noise in the Nile facing rooms. Didn't really disturb us as we found it all fascinatingly entertaining! The hotel is very acceptable although the decor is a little old fashioned. Buffet breakfast was very good. Rooms large and the balcony very welcome. We walked across the river to the island facing the hotel and did a circle back again one evening- not for the faint hearted! Felt quite out of place and would not do it again in a group of less than 4. Would stay here again if we broke our vow of never revisiting Cairo!
Hotel is ok, staff is a different story....
We stayed at the Nile Hilton for five nights in June. We had prepaid EVERYTHING so we shouldn't have had to pay for anything upon check-out and we confirmed this upon checking in. We did not take anything from the mini-bar. Upon check-out however, they claimed that we took things from the mini-bar and there were also extra charges that they couldn't explain. After they confirmed we hadn't taken anything from the mini-bar, they were still charging us with the sudden explanation that we hadn't paid for the taxes for our stay even though we had our confirmation that our stay was FULLY PREPAID including ALL taxes. We argued, but they still forced us to pay for it. Be prepared for extra charges without any justifiable explanations.
Staff was EXTREMELY rude and only one out of the four days was our room already cleaned by the time we got back to the hotel. The only good thing is the location, but ask for a room high up otherwise you will never sleep as Cairo never does. Do step out of the hotel room to get water and such as it is ten times the price at the hotel than the many shops located just across the street.
My husband and I have just returned from a weeks stay at the Nile Hilton Hotel. It was an excellent choice of hotel - right in the centre of Cairo, next door to the Antiquities museum. Other visitor sites were within easy reach by taxi although we did the pyramid tour with an escorted group.
I cannot praise the hotel enough - the staff and their service were exceptional, they couldn't do enough to help or advise. We have travelled to many places all over the world and have never had such good service as we received here. We had a lovely room overlooking the Nile, the food was superb, the service exceptional.
We had thoroughly researched this holiday - my husband was last in Egypt almost 40 years ago - and this hotel doesn't get the praise it deserves. It might be one of the oldest but it is certainly the best! I would recommend anyone who wants to visit Cairo to stay here.
Nice place, a bit noisy due to traffic in Cairo.
Excellent service (particularly helpful staff).
Location is great (2 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum).
We got a nice corner suite there giving on the Nile river. Nothing to complain about. Maybe some refurbishment of carpets and wall papers could be required, but the rest was fine.
Think we'll go back to this hotel next time in Cairo.
Walk Like an Egyptian
I stayed at the Nile Hilton and it is just an average hotel, note-not all Hiltons are the same this one looks like it was last renovated in the 1970's with a stereo with knobs in the bed console, where do you see that today? It is in a great location right next to the FAMOUS Egyptian Museum.The hotel has alot of security! Get a Nile view it is great to see the People and cars and mules go by and at night walk along the Nile, you really get the feel of the real moderne Egypt!I was told that this was a Deluxe property, which it wasn't! I would stay here again, but if you want a Deluxe Hotel like I had requested, stay at the Four Seasons!
Nice hotel---Clean, great food, friendly, great location!
We stayed in the Nile Hilton in Nov 2004 and were pleased with our selection. Hotel was clean, staff were friendly, location terrific, and the restaurants were very very good. Every morning we had a wonderful buffet breakfast with an omlete bar and lots of choices. The upstairs dining room was stunning with a panoramic view of the city and Nile River which was just beautiful! Staff were very good--especially in the restaurant with their willingness to cater to my deadly food allergies. Front desk staff were very nice although a little too friendly and flirty to me--even in front of my husband! (no harm though). Within the hotel there's an American Express office for tours, shops, and even an authentic Egyptian coffee bar with local music---quite interesting! There's good security at the front of the hotel and upon entering there's great security before getting into the lobby. The concierge was very helpful in assisting us in finding day-tours with both American Express Tours as well as Thomas Cook. We took a day tour of the pyramids and went to the Sound and Light show which was fine. Overall we were very pleased with the hotel and it happens to be right next to the infamous museum of Cairo which was very convenient. Without hesitation, I would recommend this hotel. Double check to ensure that you purchase breakfast with your room ahead of time--otherwise it could prove to be unnecessarily costly. Have a terrific time!!!
Terrible experience & front desk are all liars
We stayed in Nile Hilton for 3 days on Nov 2004.
As we checked in the front desk told us the breakfast were included.
We had double confirmed with the waiter in the resturant and they told us as the same.
It turned out that when we checked out they ask us to pay for the fees of the breakfast.
It should not suppose to be happen in a hotel like Hilton.
The manner and attitude of the manager is bad as well.
I would suggest never live in such awful place, they are all liars.