Hilton Cairo Nile Hotel

, Cairo, Egypt
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Hilton Cairo Nile Hotel

5 star
Tahrir Square - Cairo - 12344 - Egypt 20-2-5780444
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Very Noisy Hotel
Submitted by: Robert in 14/08/06
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This is a well run hotel in an excellent location, but the guestroom doors are constructed so that every time one is opened or closed, it bangs loudly and echos throughout the floor, the floor above, and the floor below. Therefore, the sound of banging doors in virtually constant throughout the day, with some rest beginning at 4AM until around 7AM -- then it starts again. This is a REAL problem. Also, many Middle Eastern people stay in this hotel, and their habit is often to stay up very late, party, go to the casino in the hotel, their children running through the corridors, visiting each other in various rooms -- and the whole scene is a noisy nightmare. It's too bad, because the hotel itself is very good. Also, if you are sensitive to noise, do not book a Nile View Room, because the road is very close to the hotel and there is a lot of noise, even with the sliding doors closed. The City View rooms are fine, in this regard, and the view is very interesing. I was there for 13 nights, August, 2006.
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hilton Cairo Nile Hotel

Better than anticipated

from pisapie
Maybe we have different expectations and requirements than those who've reviewed the Nile Hilton as run down or in bad need of an update; maybe we got lucky with our room. We're seasoned travelers in our 40s and neither backpackers nor amenity-focused, business-oriented guests. We want a well-situated hotel that offers a clean, well-maintained, quiet, non-smoking room, hopefully on a high floor with a view, at a good price.

We would heartily recommend the Nile Hilton as providing all this.

It has THE prime Cairo location; a superb breakfast buffet including Egyptian and Western selections (the best of our trip) enhanced by stunning Nile views; large, clean rooms with great balcony views (ours was of the Egyptian Museum, 2 minutes walk from the hotel); and offers--if you know where to look--sunset views of the Pyramids, albeit at a great distance.

Rather than the usual generic (and synthetic) bedspreads and furnishings, we embraced the Egyptian motif of the room from its drapes and cotton bedspreads and headboard, to the details on the real wooden furniture and the lotus-bordered carpeting in public floor areas. These are not brand new, but are well-maintained and unique. A charming "arabic" style lattice divider separated the bed area from the bathroom/dressing area.

The bathroom had all the amenities you would expect at a Hilton: oversized bath towels and lotions, shampoos, nail files, shoe buffers, and slippers were available.

The balcony was large, private, and included very comfortable chairs (with cushions stowed in the closet) and a table. It was actually warm enough in December to sit outside and enjoy the lights on the Egyptian Musuem and of Cairo at night.

Yes, if you want to find fault with the age of the hotel, you can. It's not brand new. If you actively look for it, you can find little pieces of the bathroom wallpaper separating from the plaster...slightly. That said, the bathroom fixtures were new and the marble real, the shower great.

Room service was prompt and all staff were courteous. Although we went during what appeared to be low-season in Egypt, I believe we would have enjoyed the same quality of service no matter when we'd visit. The only negative was the stocking/restocking of the mini-bar, which was true in all the hotels we stayed in on our trip--incomplete to start and not replenished during our stay.

Someone important, or at least wealthy, must have been staying on our floor--the second day through the end of our stay there were a couple plain-clothed men constantly stationed in the elevator area.

We stayed at several new hotels on our trip, including the Luxor Le Meridien and Petra's Moevenpick, and this hotel did not rate significantly less on any terms.

During our visit we read in the local English-language newspaper that Hilton is planning to upgrade this hotel and make it the most expensive hotel in Cairo. With its rich history of entertaining dignitaries from around the world and its most excellent location (Cairo is spread out and cabs are cheap and required to get to and from locations, negotiate price before opening the door), this hotel will soon be out of reach of most of us. Don't hesitate to stay here and enjoy the views, the food, and the rooms.

Ok, but rooms need an update

from vegaslover73
Public spaces are very nice, but rooms are in bad need of remodeling. Good breakfast buffet. The outdoor cafe is also quite good with reasonable prices. This is a fine hotel, just beware that you're not going to get a very modern room.

Great Hotel but get a high floor

from y92mike
We stayed at the Nile Hilton for 3 nights, its very well located for all the tourist attractions and the roof bar provides a great view of the Nile and of the mad drivers orbiting around the city.
The hotel is very clean and tidy, the staff are very well trained and helpfull.
One thing to watch out for is that the hotel consists of 2 towers, one with 3 floors and one with 12 floors. Stay in the high tower, tell reception you are a photographer so you need a high floor.
The small tower room was noisey and well worn. Some of the electrical plugs had come off the wall.
The main tower was a much higher standard and did not have any problems with noise.
We payed a bit more money for a tour of the Pyramids with Maharba Tours they were excellent, the guide really knew his stuff.

Extremely Noisy -- Irritating Hotel

from rrrrrrrrrrrrr
I arrived at 3 AM from California, only to find that, even after many emails and one full night pre-paid before my arrival, the room I had been assigned was dingy and in very poor state of repair. The next morning I complained and was given a better room. However, my 13 night stay was miserable because of the extreme noise in the hotel. The guest room doors are constructed in a way that, when one enters or leaves the room, the doors bang and the sound echos through the corridors, and even from floor to floor. This banging was going on for about 20 hours a day. Many people from the Middle East were staying at the hotel and children were running through the halls, teenagers were visiting each other in rooms until 4 AM, coming in late, others were coming in late from the casino, and everyone was banging their doors; then the room cleaners started their banging around 8 AM. I complained to the hotel, got a big smile, but no assistance. This hotel is generally well run, well located, but has very very serious problems. Also, the Nile View rooms are very close to the busy road so, even with your sliding doors shut, the 24 hour traffic noise is easily heard. I had a city view room which was fine and quiet, in terms of street noise. Do not stay here. There are better hotels for the same very expensive price.

loved it! pricy but best location in town

from esme_posslethwaite
I have stayed in Egypt/ Cairo a lot and this is really a great western style chain hotel in about the best location in town
You don't get the quirkiness and egyptian ness of smaller cheaper hotels but that is all around you the minute you set foot outside.
It's nice to have fab and comfy clean rooms 24 hour room service, satellite tv and all mod cons
good service and the staff really go out of their way to help
The location is slap bang in the cenre of town and the scary traffic!

A bit dated, but great location.

from BanaPona
This hotel has a great location – the Museum is literally a 2-minute walk. The location is also pretty good for exploring the city – and is also convenient to the subway. The hotel is a bit of an old behemoth, and the rooms reflect this also. They are quite dated and not so stylish in some ways, but they are big and in the end comfortable enough. The roof top terrace was a disappointment as you cannot go outside and appreciate it as we were swarmed with tons of bugs. The breakfast buffet was a definite pleasure (note, it seems like they usually don’t include this – but worth buying we thought). Overall, a great location and OK rooms make this a good choice in Cairo.

Pretty impressed

from A TripAdvisor Member
Having read a variety of reports on this site about this hotel I was pleasantly surprised upon arrival. The hotel is in a great location as noted. Whilst the building is fairly dated and the rooms starting to show their need for renovation, this is still a hotel with impressive facilities and very professional staff.

I stayed here for 3 nights then moved on to Luxor and Aswan and couldn't help comparing the level of service at each subsequent hotel on the service provided at the Hilton.

I booked a Nile view room and having had a quick check out the City view side I'm very glad I did, there is a major buidling site behind the hotel and the dust etc was blowing onto the rear facing balconies.

Best aspects of the hotel were the above average and friendly service, the gym and the pool.

The pool is massive with a great grassed area surrounding it and very helpful pool staff who drag lounge chairs after you and provide you with an ice bucket to keep your drinks icy (a nice touch and not one I saw again in Egypt after staying at the Hilton).

Overall fairly impressed. One point I would note is that my rate did not include breakfast. Not a massive issue since there are lots of great cafes outside but since they do not open until around 10am it means that if you are setting off on an early tour you have to fork out quite a lot for the rip-off Hilton breakfast (which would not be a rip-off if part of your package).

Perfect Location, Nice Restaurants, Reliable Hilton Quality

from usflyer
Booked a room on-line through Hilton's site. For $100 a night, I received a KING room which included full buffett breakfast. (The rate was only $5 more to include breakfast but if I had bought breakfast in the hotel, it would have been an extra $15).

- Hotel is probably one of the BEST LOCATIONS in Cairo. Sitting right on the Nile with beautiful views of the river and the city. Right next door (5 minute walk) to the famous Egyptian Museum. Grounds were well secured and safe.
- Staff were consistently friendly and helpful. I happened to be there on my birthday and the clerk, followed by the manager personally stopped to welcome me and wish me happy birthday. Then, they delivered a huge chocolate gourmet cake to my room as a birthday cake (for free). Now that is customer service.
- As a Gold HHonors member, I was upgraded to a Nile View room. Nothing much nicer than watching the sunrise/sunset on the Nile.
- Breakfast was very nice and the freshly squeezed fruit juices (especially Mango) were delicious!
- Rooftop bar is an enjoyable place to have a few drinks. For normal US drink prices (about $6 each), we could sit on the roof of the building and watch the World Cup matches on a giant projector screen. They also had nice DLP televisions set-up on the side. The view from up there was amazing.
- Laundry service was on-time and well done.
- Bed was comfortable and room well-cleaned. Shoes were nicely polished too.
- Executive Lounge had a nice selection of drinks and snacks.
- The "meet and greet" service from the airport was only $30 and included a guide to speed the process through customs and a taxi ride to the hotel. Worth the money.

- Bathroom products were really cheap and low quality - like from Comfort Inn.
- Bathroom design was small and outdated - I couldn't move around in the shower without sticking to the curtain and getting water on the floor.
- My room was starting to show its age a little, and my co-workers mentioned the same thing. For example, the TV is an old 21 inch thing that I couldn't see all the way across the room.
- Watch out for the service charges. The taxes/service charges on my $100 room were $26.00 per night!!

Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again and would recommend it based on the location alone. However, the staff are great and this is a nice Hilton.

- ONE TIP I would leave is this = Watch out for people coming up to "help" you, give you advice, noticing you as an "American", or saying they just saw you "in the hotel." We were duped 3 times by these scams before catching on to the pattern. They will guide you to their shop (with a free "friendly" drink) where they apply high pressure sales to get you to buy overpriced perfumes, papyrus papers, and pictures.

Wonderful experience - lovely hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Wonderful experience - beautiful hotel and awesome staff.
We were greeted with a welcome drink at check in - and everything was very nice.
The view from our 12th floor room was awesome. Cairo was an experience, but the Hilton Nile was lovely!

This is a bad hotel

from jorge_v
1. Rooms filthy-cleaned with a dirty rag-piles of dust under the bed.
2. Overbooked
3. 3 hours to deliver luggage to room
On the plus side, the restaurants serve edible food.
This is a large impersonal tourist hotel that needs operating and physical upgrades

Top Local Tips for Cairo

Driving Unless you have a really stout heart, dont bother driving yourself in Cairo. You will see what I mean when you get there, the traffic is unorganised chaos, no lane discipline and every car you see has battle damage. Accidents are a daily way of life so if you are silly enough to hire a car get yourself very well insured. Better still, just hire a local taxi driver for about $40 a day and he will take you anywhere, sit and wait for you day or night and most of them will be a tour guide for you as well.

Taxis The easiest way to get around Cairo is by taxi. You can ask your hotel to call a normal taxi for you or a "limousine" taxi (a nicer taxi). You should make sure you negotiate the price of the ride before setting off, as there are no fixed rates. Taxi drivers are out to make money from tourists and will charge you outrageous rates if you're not careful. It is normal for taxi drivers to propose to take you somewhere and then wait for you. If you are going to agree to this, make sure that you've also agreed on the rates you will pay in the end. Check with the front desk of the hotel to know what are the normal rates so you don't get ripped off. While in Cairo, I hired taxis for a half a day or a day and visited most sites with a single driver. I would recommend this, as it makes getting around much easier.

Taxi Do not pick up a Taxi from outside your hotel, not only will you pay 3x going rate but they will try to take you on tours and expensive shopping trips. Pay about 5 Egyptian pounds per mile (50p) and if you have a guilty conciouse give the money to charity or somone you see in need!!


Other names for Hilton Cairo Nile Hotel

  • nile hotel cairo
  • nile hilton cairo
  • nile hilton
  • hilton cairo
  • cairo hilton
  • Address: Tahrir Square - Cairo - 12344 - Egypt
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