InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel

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InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel

5 star
Corniche El Nil, P.O. Box 60 - Cairo - 11511 - Egypt Hotel Website | | 002027957171
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brilliant staff
Submitted by: sheena in 11/09/10
  • Age Group: 5160
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
have stayed here a number of times but i noticed this time the usual high standards have started to slip although the staff remain as helpful and friendly as ever the hotel's interior is looking tired
I feel at home here
Submitted by: antonio ribeiro goncalves in 02/11/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Spain
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I have been staying at the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel Cairo during my business trips for the last two years. I'm very happy here the staff is excellent and the rooms and restaurantes are top class.

Keep it up.

Antonio Ribeiro
One of the best in Cairo
Submitted by: Robert in 14/08/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From:
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Apart from the super luxury Four Seasons Hotels in Cairo, I think this is the best one: well run, good rooms, great Nile view rooms, good service: but the restaurant situation is not the best, especially for breakfast, and the bank is always crowded, so it's hard to cash money and travelers checks. Otherwise, the location is excellent. This is an expensive hotel, but in line for its type in the city. Generally, a better stay than the Nile Hilton, and more personal and more connected with the city than the Four Seasons Hotels.
Hungry at Semiramis
Submitted by: Keith Woolnough in 30/08/05
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
This is the busiest hotel I have stayed at in Cairo and although it was OK, I was unable to get into any of the retaurants one night. Breakfast (not one of Egypts strong points) was also probably the poorest of all the Cairo hotels I've stayed in.

Historical Traveller Reviews of InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel

Comfortable and well located.

from Juldash
This hotel was a welcome respite from the crazy hasslers of Cairo. The rooms were nicely furnished, the bathrooms big and the service excellent. The Lebanese restaurant was also a real treat. We ate there three times. Get the apple tabouli.
It also had a nice gym, with a guy who went around helping you navigate the weights.

The only downside is that if you eat in the casual buffet place in the lobby, be prepared to pay a lot.

Okay Hotel, but great view

from zinc8
The hotel is generally old and tired, except for the pool area. It's quite nice.

The rooms are nothing special, I had a great view of the Nile and it seems well located.

However, if you are looking for something OK and cheap, this is a good choice.

Enjoy Cairo.

very good hotel

from rrrrrrrrrrrrr
I go to Cairo often and always stay in this hotel, primarily because it is in the downtown location which is extremely fascinating, an easy walk to the great Egyptian Museum, and a manageable stroll toward old Cairo. The hotel is on the Nile next to one of the main bridges, so you can walk across -- for instance to the Opera House, which often has excellent Arabic music concerts. This is a location that is really Cairo, in its most mixed and cosmopolitan way. The rooms are very good, very clean for this part of the world, the staff is great, the AC works, the bathrooms are clean, the food is acceptable, the bedding is very clean. BUT- breakfast is a madhouse, because the buffet setting is too small for the enormous amount of people, should there be tour groups. Also, the one bank in the hotel is always crowded, and you can only cash travelers checks in banks in Egypt. Actually, it's best to go across the road to the Hilton for breakfast and for their large array of banks and AMX. I have a feeling, from what I have read, that the Semiramis might be more dependable than the Hilton. While it is a smaller hotel, it is an older one, and also might greet you with over-bookings. Both hotels have, of course, Nile view rooms, which are wonderful. But, the Hilton is built closer to the road, so there could be more noise reaching the rooms. The Semiramis is set back very far, and there is never any problem with city noise in any of the rooms.

The other large hotels in Cairo are too secluded and are enormous and drown you in hordes or tourists. The Semiramis is big, but you always feel you are in Egypt.
The Four Seasons Hotels (now 2 of them in the city) are superb, but much more expensive and are very separated, in feeling, from the life of the city. I don't care for them, because I don't need the extra luxury, and don't like the canned "international" super-upscale style -- you could be anywhere in the world, staying at these hotels -- they usually feel like you are staying in a luxury hotel in Chicago. There is no flavor in them of Cairo, which is one of the greatest and most colorful and fascinating cities in the world.

Cairo really does not have the perfect hotel, but I think that the Semiramis is very good and dependable. The staff is extremely responsive and is eager to do its best.

Comfortable hotel

from Ash59
We stayed with our two children in February for 8 nights. The room was comfortable and big, however not always as clean as I would expect after housekeeping left! We had a Nile view (highly recommended) and balcony overlooking the pool. the kids loved the pool and service there was good. The restaurants in the hotel were good, though the Italian was a disappointment. The Lebanese was particularly tasty. We used room service several times and they were always prompt and food was good & well presented. The location was fabulous we seemed to be close to everywhere - we walked to the Museum and found the road crossing a little traumatic (yes, with the children) - but police nearby always happy to help you get across. Felucca's can be hired from across the road. Reception staff, whilst we had no problem, were not the most friendliest. We got a very reseasonable price from the Intercon Hotel website, in fact the best price I found.

A great place to stay

from Annathetraveller
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in February 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were booked in Room 630 which had a view of the Nile, the hotel terrace and the pool. We had paid extra for a Nile view but sadly, while we were there we had a sandstorm and could not see across the river. Our room was very comfortable and well equipped. The hotel was spacious and smart. We ate in three of the hotel's restaurants and enjoyed each one. However, the staff in the Italian restaurant were a little ‘over-attentive’. The hotel staff were very courteous and friendly. Security was very obvious in the hotel but did not make me feel worried. My only gripe was that that staff in the hotel’s Bureau de Change would not change my Thomas Cook Traveller’s Cheques (even though I had my passport with me) as I did not have the receipt that I was given when I bought them back in the UK – never come across this before!

An excellent choice

from NYNY99
I stayed at the Semiramis in March 2006 as a part of a large tour group. Although not as nice as some other Intercontinental properties at which I have stayed, the Semiramis is quite nice and in an excellent location. It is right on the Nile in the embassy/museum district and a short distance from Giza.

If price is not an issue, I would recommend the Oberoi Mena House Hotel, a converted palace in Giza. It has a much more local flavor, and I had the best food of my trip there.

Cannot recommend- look elsewhere

from thepeacha
The hotel is outdated and feels very used, we were not impressed inside or out. It is on a very busy street and between the amazing city noise and the dreadful pollution, you cannot open the slider for fresh air...there is none! Room smelled was badly lit, smelled of smoke after maid left, carpet was stained and worn, and we were not given our Ambassador Club priveleges, despite numerous requests. Should have spent a little more and stayed at the Mena House Oberoi or the the Four Seasons, which were head and shoulders above this hotel.

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from Trekkersocal
We stayed a total of 3 nights at the Semi-ramis intercontinental hotel. The rooms were well appointed, spacious rooms, and actually not very noisy. We had a room up on the 21st floor with a great view of the downtown Cairo.

Restaurants and amenities within the hotel were excellent, but mostly catered toward business travellers. We had a chance to visit the Grand Hyatt, Nile Hilton, and Ramses Hilton and found that these hotels were better suited for travellers (i.e. had travel services and other services to make it easier).

The hotel is close to a metro stop (sadat) though you'll
have to kill yourself crossing the roads. you are walking distance to the Grand Hyatt, Nile Hilton, and other hotels on the corniche.

We tried the thai restaurant in the hotel and it was
reasonable with very good service. Food was ok, but
we're picky and used to authentic thai.

Overall, this is a nice and clean hotel but check-in
process was slow and they often confused our reservations, but all of egypt was like this.

Beautiful spacious room but poor service at checkout-disk

from Resepiraterna
It was like a nice oasis in the middle of Cairos most traffic center. The pool was heated according to my son, but we didnt use it because of lack of time. They arrange a nice trip for us to the pyramides. When We checked out they didnt pay enough attention, perhaps because I was a woman?...all men at the disk were helped first.

Central, Secure Luxury

from CNam
Stayed in the Semiramis for 2 nights in late November. We were lucky enough to get a Nile view room with club lounge access.
The room was pretty much as you would expect from an IC hotel but with a reasonable size balcony and slightly worse plumbing.
The club lounge was great, a very good range of breakfast and evening snacks were on offer - these included Egyptian standards which was nice.
Hotel very, very secure and the area of the city that it is located in is heavily policed, able to happily stroll from the hotel to the Egyptian musuem and the metro.
Nice gymn and pool.
Great service from all hotel staff.
Would definately stay in this hotel again.

Top Local Tips for Cairo

The Egyptian Museum Although this hotel is very close to the museum, you cannot walk to it because of the wild traffic and no stop signs or lights ! However, the location is just a 2 minute taxi ride to the museum, the opera house and other top attractions in the city, thus cutting your costs on lengthy taxi rides. I would rate Semiramis at 5 stars.

people tend to cheat you a lot of cheating and trying to get your money , taxis tend to tell you all the way their "miserable" life story and at the end of the trip , they ask you for some exta money for their poor sick young child....

Hotel Meet and Greet Many large hotels offer a meet and greet service. Well worth the investment, as it saves the hassle of obtaininbg the entry visa (handled for your on arrival) and taxi haggling. Particularly helpful for the late night arrivals favoured by a number of European airlines and good value at $20.


Other names for InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel

  • semiramis hotel cairo
  • intercontinental cairo
  • Address: Corniche El Nil, P.O. Box 60 - Cairo - 11511 - Egypt
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"brilliant staff" - sheena

"I feel at home here" - antonio ribeiro goncalves

"One of the best in Cairo" - Robert

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