Sofitel le Sphinx Cairo Hotel

, Cairo, Egypt
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Sofitel le Sphinx Cairo Hotel

5 star

Rooms: 274

1 Alexandria Road - Cairo - 12556 - Egypt Hotel Website | | 3837444
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8/10
Helpful staff and good service
Submitted by: Brian in 05/02/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
We arrived and were shown to our room (2116) which had views of the pyramids,the gardens and the pool with a large balcony.Unfortunately the pool was being cleaned and was out of service has was the gym and rooftop night club.The noise of the traffic from the roundabout was constant and made sitting on the balcony for any time a problem.The pyramids are lit up at night but on the opposite side to the hotel so you can't see them at night.However the room was very clean and the bathroom nice and spotlessly clean.We found all the staff very courteous,friendly and helpfull.The concierge had arranged a private guide for us with a car and this was excellent and cheaper than the organised tours.The breakfast was buffet style and very comprehensive although the staff were sometimes a bit slow at clearing and setting tables.We ate each of our 4 night stay in the Romeo & Juliet restaurant in the hotel and found it good value with nice food and good service.There was entertainment each night in the bar with pianist and singer which was very good.All in all we thought the hotel was very good and would reccommend it as a place to stay to see the Pyramids.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Sofitel le Sphinx Cairo Hotel

Very good hotel

from JKGR
This is a very good hotel for travelers. It is away from the hectic center of Cairo and close to the pyramids. Probably less suitable for business travelers (unless you do not have to go to the city center). The rooms are clean, beds are very good and the service is efficient and quick. Breakfast is OK (never had dinner at the hotel during our 6 day stay). The hotel is frequented by groups, but this should be no problem for other travelers. The pyramids are very close (30min walk) and if you do not feel like walking in the desert an airconditioned taxi could bring you there and around for 100LE (4hours tour). For exploring Cairo you can use a taxi (200LE for a normal taxi or something round 300LE for an airconditioned car for 8hours) and it can bring you everywhere you want to go.The concierge is a very competent and experienced person and he can arrange for you almost anything. The swimming pool is small but clean, however too noisy because of the traffic outside. Prices of beverages and food are reasoneable, however much higher than outside. All in all, if you do not feel like spending your time at Hilton or Marriott in the center and you prefer something far from the center, this Sofitel is a good option.

Staying near the pyramids

from Melicious
We stayed at this hotel as part of our tour in Egypt. We found the rooms to be great with comfy beds and enough room for luggage etc. The second time we stayed here we were in the renovated wing which was much quieter and away from the busy street with the neverending hornhonking traffic. You can walk only 100 metres or so to Felfela restaurant which has delicious Egyptian food. The breakfasts at the hotel were large buffets with a chef cooking eggs for you. Wide selection of food including an Egyptian section. There are a couple of restaurants within the hotel to choose from also but we only tried one. It too was an excellent buffet with a wide range of foods available. There is a nice deep pool outside (3m deep) but not too many sunlouges which we found a bit strange. There is however a nice grass area you can relax on instead if all the lounges are full. The gym was being revovated during our stay but they had a few pieces of equipment set up for guest use in the meantime. Great view of the pyramids from the hotel particularly on the rooftop. Do not use the Internet here though. The prices are outrageous. Instead we walked down to the Le Meridian Pyramids to use the Internet which still was expensive but had rates for 15 minutes.

Pretty Good

from Good_Apples
My family and I recently stayed at this hotel for a few days during the first week of March. When we first pulled up to the hotel it didn't look like much on the outside, as the hotel was (is) undergoing remodeling.

Upon entering, the hotel lobby is fabulous. I wasn't expecting much based on the outside but was greatly surprised by the inside. It's light, with high ceilings and there is plenty of space to sit and relax while waiting for other people or being booked into the hotel. The hotel lobby also has a few shops and a money exchange. I found the exchange to be favorable and easy to use. I didn't have to go anywhere else for this service. Also, our tour guide even used the service to convert his tips from USD to Egyptian Pounds, so that should tell you something. The front desk was very polite and helpful -- any questions you had were answered quickly and with a smile. They also have internet access but it's pretty expensive. One of my friends found a cafe near by that charged about $2 an hour. Most of the stuff the hotel shops were selling you could find in the Khan so it may not be the best place to souvenir shop unless you just want to get rid of your pounds. (Tshirts, perfume bottles, books, mugs, etc)

Both rooms my family and I had were renovated rooms. We did talk to other people in the hotel and it seems that no one had an older room. The rooms are pretty nice with marble bathrooms. They look exactly like the pictures that are posted for this hotel that another reviewer took. My room had a view of a back street but my other fam's room had a view of the pyramids. You had to lean over the balcony and look to the left, but there they were! The beds were small, twin sized, but I've found that to be the case in most countries where two people are sharing a room. The linens were clean and the room overall was very clean. My room did have a tiny bit of wear and tear (even though it was renovated) but was barely noticeable.

The pool was also clean and very well maintained and you really can see the pyramids from there! During our stay, the fitness center was being upgraded, so there was a little tent off to the side where there were a few old machines and free weights. They were also doing massage here, which wasn't so great because it was right along the main avenue. I did get a massage and could hear the honking and yelling the whole time. I had a young woman massage therapist and she was awesome! She almost put me to sleep even with the honking. Ask for her!!!

Last bit of advice...the hotel food is not so great. We ate there the first night because we were exhausted and didn't feel like going anywhere. I would only recommend it for that or if you are at the pool and don't feel like leaving.

Overall, the place was pretty good and I'd definitely stay there again.

A great hotel!

from MarySeitz
My husband and I stayed here for 2 weeks during a conference. A very nice hotel. Clean room, well-decorated. Fridge. Everything worked well. Excellent buffet breakfast and dinner with Western, European and Arabic cuisine. Nice cocktail lounge, gracious employees, good housekeeping and laundry. Quick room service. It's not perfect. It's a little laid-back. This is Egypt! But we very much enjoyed our stay, and when we come to Cairo again we will definitely stay here. Nice places to eat within walking distance: Mena House, Felfela and the Tivoli. One note--their website says rooms are $212 but our Egyptian travel agency got us the room for $75 per night.

Great Hotel

from mumdadandson
I've read reviews that say this hotel is dreadful and others that say it is great! This was our experience...
I emailed the concierge from London and they organised an excellent pick up service from the airport which assisted us through customs and delivered us safely to the hotel. It was midnight when we checked in but they offered us drinks and while check in was pretty slow, they moved a lot quicker when I nearly passed out from exhaustion!
The room was a bit daggy (an australian expression that means the same as tatty) but the view was incredible! We looked directly at the main attraction - the Pyramids.
The tours organised through the tour desk were excellent on the first day but thereafter it was little more than an excuse to take us shopping as someone else mentioned....but we told them we didn't want to shop...and after that we only went where we wanted to go! Our camel ride was INCREDIBLE! I was terrified as it is really high up and I was wearing a wrap skirt. (note...do NOT wear a wrap skirt to ride a camel!)
The food was fine, although I did succumb to a tummy bug, but I think that was caused by dodgy pizza in London!!
The pool is beautiful and the grounds are lovely. The smell of the hibiscus is still with me.
The staff were all lovely, especially to my 7 year old and we would definately stay there again.
The whole 'trick' to enjoying Cairo is to be open to new experiences and willing to speak up where needed. We found people only too willing to help when we asked.

5 stars????......I dont think so

from steveyk
We stayed here for 3 nights in October 2006. It was chosen because the purpose of our trip was to visit the pyramids, and the hotel is only a 10 minute drive away. There are good views from the roof terrace. However, because its near the pyramids you are quite a way out of central Cairo, away from all the other sights,so I would recommend staying in a hotel in the centre. Its maybe a 20-25 minute hair raising journey by taxi from central Cairo to Giza, but its definitely worth experiencing. The hotel itself is currently being renovated, the entrance foyer is boarded up while they are building a kind of sunken seating area. Our room was fairly spacious but very tatty and not very clean, as was the rest of the hotel. (The dreaded upset tummy set in within 2 days of arriving, even though I took precautions- antiseptic wipes etc) The staff were not particularly helpful, and did not understand/speak English particularly well. The manageress of the Coffee Shop Restaurant where you have buffet breakfast/lunch/dinner would always look at us in a very puzzled way, as if to say "What are you doing here?" even though it was fairly obvious it was meal time! The food was below average, even in the Italian restaurant within the hotel. The "piano bar" was a bit of a joke too. Half the drinks offered on its drink menu were not available. We didnt want anything fancy either, even just ordinary Brandy was not available.
I dont recommend using the hotel taxi service for day trips either.They are quite expensive, although you do get a nice newish car with aircon. We were told our driver would speak good English and act as a kind of tour guide. The only tour he could give was to the nearest papyrus "museum", camel ride or "bazaar" where he could earn a nice commission on anything we bought. Although he could say that £50 egyptian for a 5 minute camel ride was "not a lot of money here in Egypt". We were quite amazed when he asked for a tip at the end of the day. Be careful when asking for prices of things (camel rides, horse rides, taxis,souvenirs etc) as the person states the price in pounds, and when you come to pay, they will say, "Oh, I meant English pounds, not Egyptian pounds"
We couldnt wait to leave the hotel.
The 5 star rating is awarded by the Egyptian Tourist Board, which is by no means anywhere near a proper 5 star rating.

A Little Slice of Heaven

from cooltravel
We booked this hotel after considering the reviews on hotels in downtown Cairo; we decided to stay here to get away from the noise and pollution. Although you are at least 30 minutes from downtown by taxi, this hotel is worth it! We booked direct with the hotel website, and saved 50% more than if we booked with a travel site(Like Expedia). We booked the internet only, no refund and paid about $50.00 US dollars a night per room.

The hotel itself is clean and the staff is super helpful and friendly. Basically anything you could possibly need, they will figure a way to provide it! We asked for the newly remodleled room in a quiet spot and they delivered.Our room was fabulous, brand new, and so quiet that we never heard a single sound in the week we stayed here. The balcony brought us many hours of peaceful relaxation, after sightseeing all day. For being in the middle of a dessert, this hotel is lush and tropical. Every single type of blooming fragrant flower is probably growing right outside your balcony.

We loved this hotel and even returned at the end of our 6 week middle east trip to relax and unwind before returning to the states. I highly reccomed this Sofitel hotel.

Fabulous start

from Kevferney
Arrived from UK at 4.30am, but checked in quick and got to our (refurbished) room after a welcome soft drink. A luxurious room with everything you could want. We had a room that directly overlooked the gardens, with the pyramids in the background. A nice balcony, and comfortable beds. Good shower and nice and quiet.
Breakfast was a large buffet - all the usual stuff, including fresh omlettes and doughnuts!
We ate dinner in the Italian restaurant which was really nice - probably had one of the best italian dishes outside of Italy here - the grilled mozarella.. try it - mmmm!! The bottle of house white wine was a bit strange tasting, but after a couple of glasses it was OK - but really stick to beer if it's your thing.
Had a lunch from the pool bar of pizza and chips which was nice. Bar service was superb (we needed to ring someone and the barman let us use his mobile!). Always had snacks with the drink as well (no charge - but obviously there is the Egyptian tipping culture!)
There was an ATM and a bank in the hotel, as well as a few touristy shops. You could also eat in the main reasturant as well as the Italian.
Near enough to the pyramids to walk - but we used the travel company's trip. About 40mins outside of Cairo centre by taxi (we paid £3 (LE30) for a taxi that we hailed from outside the hotel to the Egyptian museum). If getting a taxi back to the hotel from the city, have the name and address handy with you - preferably written in Arabic as well - as out taxi driver didn't know where it was!!
Overall, excellent, and was a great way to start our 2 weeks in Egypt.

Loved the Sofitel le Sphinx

from witchykaz
We arrived here early hours of 29th July 2006. Early hours - I mean nearly 5 am! But service was great. Refreshing welcoming drink delivered straight away. Rooms was lovely and big. Very luxurious. Pity we only had 3 nights here as was lovely hotel and staff were very friendly. Made us feel at home. Would certainly book to stay here again. Wonderful

s alright

from STBK1998
The staff is friendly and helpful, the the property leaves lots to be desired. I stayed here for one week in May 2006. The old rooms (remodeled rooms on the website, but only two wings were finished when I arrived) are average. They're not the cleanest, but it's bearable. Likewise with the bathrooms. However, the bathrooms were big, which is a plus.

This property doesn't have very good restaurants, so my friends and I ate next door at the Meridian (excellent property!).

One good thing about the hotel is it's proximity to the Pyramids (some rooms have Pyramid view, but it's not as good a view as you can find at the Meridien and Mena House). Walking to restaurants and other hotels on the street is do-able.
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  • Address: 1 Alexandria Road - Cairo - 12556 - Egypt
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