InterContinental Cairo Semiramis
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I was disappointed.
I planned on treating myself to a stay at the IC Hotel after an extended period of travel in Egypt.
Sadly, the hotel did not live up to my expectations.
I arrived early so had to wait for the room to be ready which was certainly no problem. I went to breakfast which turned out to be a feeding frenzy. The breakfast buffet area is much too small and poorly planned for this large hotel so the experience was dreadful. Advise, if you stay here go to breakfast after 9 AM when the rude tour groups have left.
I was given a club room on the 17th floor which should have been great. The room was certainly attractive but the bath room had peeling wallpaper and was so dark that shaving became an act of faith.
Also, I found the the Club lounge was on the 18th floor so there was the sounds of constant walking and moving of chairs on bare floors from morning to night. Warning, do not stay on the 17th floor.
On the plus side, the entire staff at the hotel was wonderful and many of the facilities are excellent. The negatives are that for a 5 star hotel there should be better maintance for the price. Also, the reception areas are much too small and, consequently get so crowded that it is impossible to move.
I would not choose this hotel again. There are better hotels in Cairo for the money. My suggestion would be to go across the River to the Sheraton.
Great Views,Poor serivce in reception
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 .
Club floor benefits were definitely worth it ,with free drinks (good branded spirits which are V Expensive in Egypt)and buffet snacks from 6pm-9pm .Breakfast in the club room was not so good but acceptable.
I would probably have rated this hotel higher but after staying at the Intercontinental Citystars property the previous night the level of service was distinctly inferior,it was only the location of the citystars hotel that let it down.
Central and comfortable
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).
The only cons, was a slow check in (first time I had to queue and wait 15mins - that's really too much for someone coming straight from the airport to a 5-star hotel).
Beyond this, everything was very beautiful: both of the times I was given a room on a high floor and overlooking the Nile: you could hear only by far the concert of horns of the trraffic, but you could cut off every sound by closing the windows.
The position is very central: just 5 mins walk to the Egyptian Museum.
Just one Italian TV Channel (RaiTre!!!).
May I suggest? A taxi-cab from or to the airport will ask you about 60 LE (9 Euro), but you can low down the price to 5,5 Euros (40 LE).
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.
Perfect place for a city break
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.
The pool at the hotel is lovely and the staff there couldn't be more helpful - fetching you a sun lounger, towels and drinks etc. Apart from the pool, the other best thing about this hotel is the food - with five or six international standard restaurants to choose fromyou are spoilt for choice. Cairo itself isn't big on restaurants as Egyptians don't tend to eat out very much (or so I read) so these are great to have. Don't make the mistake we did of thining we really ought to be a bit more adventurous and spend hours either a) traipsing busy traffic choked streets absolutely starving with nowhere but dodgy caffs to be found or b) go on one of the cheesy river boat dinner cruises - they are tourist hell.
The best hotel I stayed at in Egypt !
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.
Decent rooms, sub-par service
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.
The rooms are large and fairly comfortable. Try for a higher floor facing the Nile - you'll certainly appreciate the view and will hopefully not have to deal with too much of the infamous traffic noise of Cairo.
The service has plenty of room for improvement. Anytime it takes three phone calls over the course of two days to receive an iron and ironing board, one can conclude the hotel's service is pretty poor. In fairness, and for the most part, service at the InterContinental Semiramis is provided with a smile.
I recommend both the Lebanese and Thai restaurants on the 2nd floor for their exceptional food and wonderful ambience.
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....
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