One of the bigger players in Cairo. I think it’s pretty safe to say that this has good international standards across the board for security, facilities, food & professionalism.
Upon check-in, our Ambassador Club status was identified & we were escorted to the Executive Floor for the VIP check-in in the Club Lounge. The Ambassador treatment was in full swing. Larger rooms on Executive floor, our free upgrade. A plate of fruit, free bottled water, bathrobes, slippers, an Ambassador gift & best of all, L’Occitane bath products. No problems or charge from housekeeping when we ran out & requested more. The phone had that great 1 touch service button where you can speak to a customer service person who can answer questions or solve issues for you.
The Club Lounge: the choice of beers, spirits & wine was very limited. The canapés during unlimited drinks/Happy Hour was also limited to a few choices & disappointing compared to other InterC’s, cost cutting for food in an International 5 star hotel is a worry especially in a VIP lounge. The Club Lounge staff were friendly & professional with serving alcohol but I sensed they weren’t impressed with me in the company of 2 young women.
Our balcony facing the Nile offered fantastic sunset views of the world’s longest river, was the best thing about the hotel. Thai restaurants in Egypt are a rare thing but the Bird’s Cage served excellent quality food staffed by a Thai head chef. The Ambassador Club is a bar on the 2nd level that only serves alcohol furnished in old world decor & leather seats. Pork is served at buffet breakfast but isn’t labelled, was pretty average anyway. The hotel is just behind Tahrir Square, the main rallying point of the recent revolution & very close to the world famous Egyptian Antiquities Museum.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HISTORIC LEGENDS ON THE BANKS OF THE NILE Standing on the site of the historic Semiramis Hotel, the Semiramis InterContinental is situated in the heart of Cairo, a few minutes' walk from the city's commercial centre, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and the Cairo Opera House. The Citadel and Old Cairo are nearby. The pleasures on Zamalek Island are in full view across the Nile. The Giza Pyramids and Cairo International Airport are only 25 km (16 miles) away. Free WIFI and 12 dining options, 11 meeting and conference rooms make the hotel a favourite culinary and event destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel Cairo
- Semiramis Hotel Cairo