View of the Nile river from a hotel room at the Fairmont in Cairo, with a round table of delicious room service in the foreground

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Staying at The Fairmont Nile City Hotel Cairo

Thousands of years of history. Cultural treasures. Historical relics. The great city of Cairo, the capitol of Egypt. If you find yourself on your way to the capitol, the Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Cairo is an excellent place to hang your hat during your time there. I called this Hotel home for almost a week during our time in Cairo.

Cairo is a bustling, frenetic metropolis with horrendous traffic. Almost 10 million people call Cairo home. In other words, getting around takes time and patience. Therefore, you’ll want to stay somewhere that has everything you need in one place. The Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Cairo literally has everything you could possibly need and even better, want. Above all, you will experience 5 Star Hotel comfort and world class service here.

Lodging Type: ★★★★★ Luxury chain hotel

Where is the Hotel located?

Map of the distance from Cairo International Airport to The Fairmont Nile City Hotel Cairo
Map courtesy of Google Maps

The Fairmont Nile City, Cairo is theoretically about 14 miles/21.9 km or 30 minutes from the Cairo International Airport. However, your commute duration will be dependent on the current traffic flow. When deciding on a hotel to stay in, in Cairo, I was focused more on value vs. cost and the available amenities on the property versus centrality.

It’s unlikely that you will be taking out on foot just to meander the city. There is gridlocked traffic everywhere and crossing the street isn’t easy. For instance, one of our guides told us it has taken her up to 45 minutes to cross the street before, during high traffic times!

In addition, It is highly suggested, that you arrange official tours or a private guide to site see or get around in the city. This will make for your best experience. Your guide or tour will pick you up from the hotel and the driver will be in charge of handling the vehicle. This allows for a direct drop off or pickup wherever you are going with little hassle.


Picture of a common space on the 29th floor of the Fairmont Nile City Hotel in Cairo. Guests can socialize or order drinks here and lounge.
A common space to lounge or have drinks on the 29th Floor of The Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Cairo

Amenities

The Fairmont Nile City, Cairo offers:

24 Hour Room Service

Laundry Service

Babysitting

Willow Stream Spa – Open until 10:00pm

Hair & Beauty Salon – Open until Midnight!

4 fine dining restaurants

Champagne Bar

Rooftop Sky Pool & Bar (closed at the time of visit)

Concierge Service

Our Room

Because I booked through American Express Travel, we also got a complimentary upgrade upon arrival. I originally booked the Fairmont Gold Room and was upgraded to the Fairmont Gold Nile Room. The only thing was, the upgraded room had two double beds. No biggie. It was a 16th floor room with a gorgeous view of the nile river, so we obliged.

Picture of our Gold Nile Room at the Fairmont Hotel in Cairo, (2) double beds with a beautiful view of the Nile river
Our cozy and well appointed Fairmont Gold Nile Room, with a beautiful view

Given that we were going to call this room home for a week, I was so pleased that it was so cozy. It has its own thermostat, spacious and soothing rain shower, a gorgeous view of the Nile and ample Le Labo toiletries in the bathroom. Right down to a Le Labo loofah. Swoon.

Picture of our rain shower in our room at The Fairmont Hotel Nile City, Cairo
A spacious walk in rain shower and bathtub
The sink area – the bathroom was LOADED with toiletries all from Le Labo, one of my absolute faves!

As far as luxury hotels go, this is one of the best stocked bathrooms I have ever seen. The toiletries are one of my faves, luxury brand Le Labo. Everything from soap, to shampoo and conditioner, a toothbrush, right down to a loofah, this bathroom had everything you could want or need.

Service

The Fairmont Nile City, Cairo delivers dreamy, professional 5 Star service from your arrival point to your departure. When our taxi pulled onto the Fairmont ramp, we were warmly greeted by the valet team who opened our doors for us and collected our bags. They pulled them off to the side and said they would bring them to our room after our check in.

Our check in process was pleasant, no long wait to be helped. The front desk associate that assisted us sent for fresh juices to be brought to us, to sip on during the check in process. He had us pick from a variety of flavors and then several minutes later – viola! A well manicured gentleman with a tray of juices appeared and served us our beverages.

The front desk is present 24/7 to tend to any needs you may have. Usually far from a high maintenance hotel Guest, but this stay was an exception. I started not feeling well at a certain point, and they sent up a giant box of green tea for me, on the house. I had to send for burn cream at one point and they sent the in-house medic up to deliver it and see if there was any further assistance required. The Fairmont Nile City Hotel Cairo understands service and exceeds expectations.

Enjoying an in-room brunch; trying an Egyptian breakfast from the room service menu

Hotel Cost

The Hotel was undergoing remodeling during our stay. Although it was not presented as such, I believe the rates were slightly reduced due to this (the rooftop bar & pool were closed).

We traveled during October and the nightly room rate was

2,168 EGP or $138 USD per night, excluding any taxes or fees.

Booked on American Express Travel

As anyone who has either stayed at The Fairmont or looked into staying at The Fairmont likely knows, that was a steal!

Safety and Security

The Fairmont Nile City Hotel Cairo felt extremely secure. For one, they do an inspection of every car that enters the premises. Meaning, their security team will stop the car and look in the trunk and other areas.

Next, there is an entire team of security, valet and doormen all at the entrance of the Hotel keeping watch for any unusual activity, but also to assist their Guests with anything they many need. One of the above employees will open your door for you and aid in any questions you may have.

Lastly, to enter the Hotel, you must pass through a full on metal detector. Yes, like at the airport. Possessions go through a conveyer belt and you must walk through a separate detector. While not exactly a welcoming or beautiful aesthetic at the front door, it does boost your confidence in the safety precautions the Hotel is taking.

What’s to eat?

The traffic in Cairo is unlike anything you’ll ever see (only thing close to it, is the traffic in my hometown of Los Angeles). Also, the area of New Cairo where the majority of the Hotels are along the Nile is not a pedestrian friendly area…at all. So it’s not as simple as taking a stroll out of your Hotel to go grab a bite. Most Hotel properties are massive, and the streets adjacent will be packed with bumper to bumper cars.

That means, having food options (and good ones at that) on site are really important. The room service is solid, but there are several nice restaurant options within the property.

I highly recommend Gingko. Everything was immaculate. The view of the Nile, the friendly, polished, attentive service. The food was delicious. Don’t miss this one!

Spa

There is an entire floor dedicated to the Willow Stream Spa. As I was starting to not feel well during my stay, I will admit… I visited twice.

Changing Room & Vanity Area in the Willow Stream Spa

The prices were standard for a 5 Star luxury Hotel. Both times, I had the facilities almost all to myself. There is a vanity area that was well appointed with products and beauty implements. The facilities had very clean rain showers, a dry sauna, steam room and attendant in case you need anything at all.

My therapist was very kind, professional and did an incredible job. After your treatment, you are led in to a room with a view of the Nile and city and served coffee or tea, whichever your preference.

Know Before You Go

This Hotel, like almost everywhere in Egypt, allows smoking in many areas, even the salon

I visited the salon twice during our stay – great to get a reasonably priced blowout or your nail polish changed

If you need anything, call the front desk – this Hotel treats their Guests like GOLD

The concierge team is extremely knowledgeable and helpful if you have questions about anything from “how much should a taxi to ____ cost” or what time a local attraction closes

    This truly was an excellent stay. I felt at home, away from home. Have any other questions about The Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Cairo? Ask me in the comments below!

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