Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence Hotel
Reviews - Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence Hotel
- Age Group: 60 +
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
- Age Group: 18 - 25
- From: Germany
- Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence Hotel
First time in a FS , and I loved itfrom FGasperini
Great Choice in Cairofrom Beyond_Boston
We were really frustrated in deciding between the First Residence and Nile Plaza locations in Cairo. There is lacking information, and no hard details to make my decision easier.
So this is how we decided ... and it worked out.
Traveling into Egypt we opted for the car pickup arranged via the Four Seasons Concierge ... they charged the ride to our room so we didnt have to hassle with money conversion at the airport or between the plane to the room ... this made things a little smoother ... The second reason is the First Residence is attached to a mall with a BANK! This made the hassle of finding a bank and exchanging money very easy ... we checked in ... relaxed in the lounge ... met our tour guide for the week over a mango drink and took our time ...
The concierge was extremely helpful in finding our tour guide .. they tracked us down and handed us a wireless phone to connect a call with our tour guide that was frantically trying to find us ... this bumps it to five stars immediately ...
The next reason ... is this was our first trip to Africa/Middle East regions in a time of media/fear saturation in the states ... so having a mall closeby to grab some food/drink after a long day of touring was nice ... and put us at ease to avoid cabs all day and night ...
The mall has a bar/lounge/food ... also within walking distance of the First Residence is a zoo ... but it looked quite run down so we didnt partake ... also for a late night snack there is an EXCELLENT pastry shop next door ... very kind staff and helpful to say the least ... there is also a KFC for those interested ... funny to see a KFC there ... nevermind across the street from the Sphinx ... it is bittersweet to know you can chew on a fried chicken wing from Kentucky and gaze upon great history .. but what can ya do? haha
So ... hopefully this help the confusion with the 2 sites ... the Nile Plaza did appear very nice ... modern property on the water ... but unless there are the same level of conveniences ... I may choose the First Residence again ... it made things easy ...
And as far as Egypt ... the people, history, food ... it is a true dream. If you have any questions .. never hesitate to email me!
All the best in your travels!
Look no further.........from A TripAdvisor Member
The public areas are as sumptuous as you might expect, but the rooms are as good, generously proportioned with high ceilings and superb bathrooms. The beds are huge and firm, the linen crisp, the pillows just so and the duvets exactly the right thickness and weight.
The service is attentive, the staff confident, competent, immaculately turned out, friendly, and genuinely caring.
The restaurants are excelent, and nicely weighted (posh restaurant, Thai (with Thais running it) for something less formal, the library (actually the bar) for excellent bar snacks if that second gin and tonic sounds just to good to pass up).
There is a pool and a gym, though I have not tried them.
Clientele are mainly business people and independent travellers - not a bus party in site.
The only negative is the layout - it is a very long way from the rooms to the restaurants and bar, so this is not the place for those who are less than fully mobile.
If this hotel were in western Europe or the US you would never be able to afford it - try it just once, and see how it can be done.
One of the very best!from matie000
So the next day we transferred to the Four Seasons First Residence, and for about the same money I was amazed at the difference in quality, service and the overall standard of the hotel. The room was spotlessly clean, wonderful furnishings, great bed, spacious and refreshing after the Not-so-Grand Hyatt.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone as about the best hotel in Cairo.
Frustrating start - great recoveryfrom JPMZ
Out of this world - luxuriousfrom A TripAdvisor Member
True Four Seasons quality in a busy, noisy but fascinating cityfrom Laurentine
Luxurious but lackingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Another excellent Four Seasons!from claassenam
I also want to add that we stayed for one night at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza for a brief return to Cairo after a couple weeks traveling through Egypt. The Nile Plaza also has impeccable service and beautiful (perhaps even bigger?) hotel rooms. It feels more metropolitan, with a busy lobby and more dining options. I really couldn't choose between the two hotels in terms of which is superior - I would say choose the First Residence if you prefer smaller, quieter hotels, and Nile Plaza if you like a more lively atmosphere, otherwise the other elements of the hotels are fairly equal. Also, you may not realize that the hotels are very near one another, even though the First Residence is in Giza they are really just right across the Nile from one another, so don't worry too much about the location unless you really need to walk to the Museum (in that case choose Nile Plaza!)
Cairo is a fantastic city but staying at this hotel made me love it even more. I would actually return to Cairo just to stay here again. I highly recommend this hotel.
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Other names for Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence Hotel
- giza four seasons
- four seasons hotel cairo
- four seasons giza
- Address: 35 Giza Street - Cairo - 12311 - Egypt
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