InterContinental Cairo Semiramis
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It was a busy night at Tahrir Square. Despite having a Nile view (lovely!), Ivan could hear the crowds there for most of the night. I was asleep...
We opted for an easy first day. Mornings are difficult. It feels like you are getting up in the middle of the night with a 7 hour time difference, so sleeping in was the activity of choice. …
... erected around the western face of the structure. These restorations are impressive but take away from the original building. Our guide, Osama, claims that as the years go by, the visitors are cheated from the historical value of the ruins and can't get a true feeling of the age of the remains. As he pointed out, the bottom step of Sakkara was refurbished and the upper steps are in their original state. Actual renovations are refacing the western side and, eventually, ...
... suddenly someone’s pressed ‘play’ and we are in the midst of the scene where lights, people and traffic buzz around, and sweet smelling smoke billows from narrow side streets as though even the crumbling walls are breathing. Street venders sell caramelised nuts, and smoke from filthy exhausts mingles in with the street food smells and creates a musky smog. In the middle of a road carpeted with dust and rubbish, with chickens and kids running around, we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Cairo Semiramis
I planned on treating myself to a stay at the IC Hotel after an extended period of travel in Egypt.
Stayed at the Semiramis for 1 night on 9th November .We were booked for a club floor room but the only room they had ready at the time we arrived didnt have a nile view.After waiting for an hour we were given a room on 21st floor with a fantastic ,if vertigo inducing, view of the Nile only not on the club floors . On calling reception we were assured that all of the rooms are the same it is just the access to the lounge that differs .
Stayed there one week ago and then returned for the second time (I've checked out right today - I'm writing from an Internet Cafe' in Cairo).
Very good hotel
It is a very good hotel- especially the club floors and lounge. The hotel has 28 floors, better to choose rooms at high floors as the area is very noisy. Also ask for nile view rooms its fantastic!!. The food is great but the service is slow and needs improvement. Its not that they do it on purpose. Its the mentality. The staff is very, very friendly and will do anything to assist you. The hotel's location is excellent as it is central and close to shops. In the hotel there are several shops-dont forget to bargain for a 50% discount. it works.
I stayed in whaht must have been the exact same room as the person who has posted photos here. This was on the 'club intercontinental' floor which are supposed to be superior rooms - it is also the non smoking floors. We were up graded here for free by the hotel when we asked for a high up room.
This hotel was the best deal during my entire trip to Egypt. I stayed here for 3 nights in late March, 2005. The room was 5 star in furnishings and amazing in quality! All for about $100 U.S. a night. The hotel is very centrally located. Just go across the street to take a sailboat (falucca) down the Nile for a cheap, hour-long tour. My room overlooked Tahrir Square (the center of Cairo) but I still had a nice view up the Nile from my balcony. The hotel is only a few blocks from the Egyptian Antiquities Museum and the city's clean and efficient subway system too. They let me store my luggage for free on my 4th day after I checked out, but I was not leaving the city until the evening. I could not get an ironing board and iron within a half hour with room service, but it was left for me in my room while I went out. The staff were very polite, though. My room was very plush and comfortable. The breakfast buffet was very good. Be aware you will pay "tourist prices" in the hotel, so walk a few blocks and pay the prices the locals pay. For example, there is a much cheaper dry cleaner only a block away. This hotel is still an oasis in the heart of a dirty, crowded, and chaotic city.
Nice but room for improvement
Stayed here for 3 nights in May 2004. Overall impression was good but some aspects of the hotel need improvement eg slow room service, lack of English with (some) members of staff, carpet/bedspreads starting to look a little jaded and could do with freshening up. Lobby needs a bit of a makeover. Having said that, location is good, overlooks the Nile (very evocative!), security is no problem, staff are attentive and food prices are more than reasonable. Would probably stay again but there are other hotels nearby with similar proximity to Nile and Musuem I might try too.
The InterContinental Semiramis in Cairo is a massive hotel in the heart of the sprawling Egyptian capital. Centrally-located, the hotel's array of stores, restaurants and its spa caters to those who choose to take a break from the bustling and crowded streets of Cairo. It's extremely close to the US Embassy, so one can imagine the level of security in the hotel and surrounding area.
This hotel was very nice for the price. We stayed there in mid Feb 2005 and thought the service was excellent. We stayed in the city facing rooms which were a little noisy but the nile facing rooms are more quiet and have an amazing view. The best part of this hotel was the wide variety of restaurant which were all very good- thai and italian were the best. It has several bars and 2 nightclubs there as well. The staff is very courteous. The spa and fitness room however was average and very sexist for a western hotel chain. Women were only permitted in the hot tub from 12Am to 3AM- odd hours. The rooms were very clean and renovated with modern bathrooms. I would recommend this hotel in cairo as the location is perfect as well - walking distance to Egyptian museum.
I've stayed at this hotel from Nov 24- Dec 3rd 2004. I loved every bit of it. It was clean, safe and close to everything! It has both city and nile views and both are wonderful. I would recommend a higher floor - less noise and smell of pollution that the city offers. The hotel itself is very clean, lots of shops, close to downtown, museums, cruises etc. The rooms are nice - minibar etc. It's a bit pricey for food at the hotel considering....