As Egypt becomes a sought-after travel destination, luxury hotel brand Ritz-Carlton opens a sumptuous establishment in Cairo
According to prestigious travel companies, Egypt has become one of the most popular travel destinations for the coming year. Which is why luxury hotel brand Ritz-Carlton saw fit to open a new luxury hotel in the country’s capital city, the Nile Ritz-Carlton. Located right on the Nile River, hence its name, this spectacular new establishment had a previous incarnation as the historic Nile Hilton, and hosted numerous celebrities including the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra. Ritz-Carlton purchased the hotel in 2009, and had originally planned to refurbish it and reopen by 2011. However, because of political unrest and various construction challenges, this took longer than planned.
But finally, this landmark heritage building has reopened its doors. The Nile Ritz-Carlton boasts 331 magnificent, sumptuous guest rooms and suites, all decorated in traditional style, most with beautiful views of the Nile. The hotel offers every luxury facility, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 10 excellent restaurants and lounges offering every type of cuisine imaginable, from Arabic to Italian and everything in between.
In typical Ritz-Carlton fashion, guests also enjoy various expeditions during their stay to get to know the city and the culture. They are offered visits to the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar and the magnificent Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, as well as a private luxury dining experience on a traditional Egyptian sailboat, called a felucca. And for families, Ritz-Carlton’s signature Ritz Kids program entertains children while their parents have a break.
Of course, the best way to get to know any city properly, is to explore at leisure, strolling through the city’s streets. And Cairo is a joy to explore. It’s a lively, active city that stays vibrant until after midnight. Stroll along the banks of the Nile, enjoy dining at a choice of restaurants, go shopping in modern stores or traditional markets – Cairo has a wealth of sights to see, just waiting to be discovered.
Of course, Cairo is also home to the famous Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, known as some of the Seven Wonders of the World. It’s a busy, bustling, exciting place, with a skyline full of mosques and minarets, a combination of ancient Arab culture and modern Western traditions. As the largest city in Africa, home to more than 20 million people. The Nile Ritz-Carlton offers a welcome respite, a luxurious retreat with sophisticated solitude and stunning views of the Nile.