InterContinental Cairo Semiramis
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... and the water so dirty. Yet the land is lush green on the banks with palm trees and vegetation. Fields of crops grow in the searing sun. I see small row boats on the river, fishermen trying to feed their families. I cannot handle the thought of eating anything out of this river! Woman collecting water in jugs, children playing in its' water. They have lived like this forever. Cairo is a city that thrives on chaos. It is exciting and never ...
... said goodbyes and went there separate ways. Once Santiago got to the Pyramids he fell on his knees and thanked god in making him believe in his personal legend. Santiago dig the dunes for hours to find the treasure. Several men approached him, who were refuges from the tribal wars. One of the guys told him how two years ago he stood on this spot and had a recurrent dream. After they left Santiago got up with joy and now he knows where his treasure ...
... to every family that was there. It was a memorable experience. At 1:30 we left, although the service was not yet finished, because I had to get another taxi from my lodge to the airport. My taxi driver had been waiting over an hour for me, as the service was so late (this is Africa), so he got a generous tip for his patience. Photos all round and exchanging of contact details before we parted at the lodge.
Made it to the airport ...
... photos after a short talk by Mido. I must admit, the sphinx is a bit smaller than I'd expected, but it's no less impressive for that. After dodging some more souvenir sellers, we made our way back to the bus and headed for a papyrus factory.
We watched a demonstration as to how the papyrus plant is turned into the writing material that shares its name. It's a fascinating process, and the resulting material is very durable and holds ink and paint very well, as ...
Visited Al Alamien in Alexandria. Moving war cemetery. Then the long desert drive to Cairo. Hotel security is intense, but apparently things have slackened after the revolution. There are lots of people hanging around doing nothing... pity they can't do some emu parades. The traffic here is unbelievable. It is hard to find a car without scratches and dents. We were told that a car such as a jeep ...
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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....