Having been closed for what seems like an eternity, the Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo is set to finally open its doors this summer. The hotel has been in limbo after the Ritz-Carlton brand took it over from the Hilton over six years ago.
Built in 1958, the hotel is steeped in history – something that president & COO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Hervé Humler, says has been kept in tact despite the extensive renovations. “The Nile Ritz-Carlton will amplify the hotel’s classic legacy with a contemporary approach. As a brand, we are proud of instilling in all our properties, a distinct personality rooted in a sense of place and history.”
Said renovation have reportedly seen the 331-room hotel gain an Olympic-size swimming pool with 17 private, pool-side cabanas and a brand, spanking new conference hall covering a whopping 1,700m², as well as an eclectic range of restaurants and bars, a swanky spa and other ‘ultramodern’ facilities.
It’s been a long wait for the hotel, whose initial renovations were delayed by the sporadic bouts of shouting-and-rock-throwing-based unrest at Tahrir Square over the last few years. How long was the wait, you ask? Well, initial plans aimed at completing renovations in 2011 – so yeah, pretty late.
But patience really is a virtue and the hotel is in a phenomenal location that will give visitors easy access to central Cairo’s biggest attractions – and by that I mean Horreya, the Hardee’s on the corner of Mohamed Mahmoud Street and that lovely area of grass in front the Mogama3.
Stay tuned for more info.