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  • Writer's picture Sarah Ghalayini

A Night by the Nile: Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah and its Historical Wonders 


Egypt's long-admired historical legacies and rich archaeological culture have attracted thousands of tourists for centuries. Situated on the River Nile, which has been a symbol of life and bounty since the times of the ancient Egyptians, Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah occupies a suitable location to capture the harmonious blend of historic tradition and modern innovation. 

All images courtesy of Sofitel.

On arrival to this small Island, you’re greeted by a helpful valet service and regal red carpets. With glistening lake waters encompassing you, this retreat offers unparalleled panoramic balcony views of Cairo’s skyscrapers against the backdrop of Egypt's desert. Convenience has been built into the infrastructure of this hotel, with easy access to restaurants on the Island and travel routes to the city’s adventurous museum and urban attractions. 

Inside, you're welcomed with an opulent reception decorated with a grand crystal chandelier, paired with white marble flooring, potted palm trees and vibrant terracotta walls that suit its tropical geography. Each relaxing suite differs slightly in interior style. A budget of £200 a night earns you a comfortable stay in rooms decorated with mustard yellow and white tones, complemented by yellow-polished wood furniture. Alternatively, the Imperial Suite captures the hearts of modern-seeking individuals with its streamlined, minimalist furniture and neutral white tones.  

A stay at this cylindrical 27-story hotel also encapsulates a vast array of recreational activities. Relish in Sofitel Cairo’s heated infinity pool shaded by tall palm trees and overlooking one of the oldest rivers in the world. Sip on a drink from the adjacent pool bar serving refreshing pressed juices, smoothies, and cold cocktails and enjoy a lie back on their sunbeds to fully indulge in all this space has to offer. Alternatively, this hotel accommodates jacuzzi lovers and sauna enthusiasts. If you’re in search of more during your Egyptian retreat, Sofitel Cairo’s spa centre has lots to offer, ranging from ancient Cleopatrian beauty secrets and Ayurvedic rituals to modern facials and massage treatments. 

Part of the allure of Sofitel Cairo is credited to its fine-dining restaurants. Dress to impress for a dinner at La Palmeraie and enjoy a flavourful night of Moroccan tagines and fluffy couscous, or casually venture out for lunch at Kebabgy Oriental Grill for succulent barbequed meat. For more continental cravings, consider Le Sud for its crispy fried calamari and creamy mushroom risotto or its classic American beef burger and coleslaw combo. Optionally, the hotel's luminescent and sultry Aqua lounge entices guests to unwind through live DJ performances and enjoy dishes from all around the world, including Mexican quesadillas, Lebanese shawarma wraps, or Japanese sashimi. Lastly, for quaint French-inspired breakfasts and snacks, La Madeleine Café promises a pleasant selection of gateaux and butter-smooth coffee. 


Located quite literally in the heart of the capital, Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah is the ideal dwelling for those interested in experiencing the intricate bridging of ancient and contemporary history, national and international cuisine, and the comfort of Egyptian hospitality. Offering far more than just a luxurious stay, Sofitel Cairo allows you to unlock the historical treasures of Egypt and breathe in the ancient stories that define its timeless and enchanting essence. 

Address: 3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek, El Orman, Cairo Governorate 11518, Egypt | Website: Phone: +20 2 27373737 | E-mail: | Instagram: @sofitelcairoeg | Facebook: Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah



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