What is the best thing to fight jet lag after a long day (and night) of flying to Cairo? The right answer is a really nice hotel! A comfortable bed, a nice-smelling room, sound-dampening windows, breakfast included… It all adds up to a good night’s sleep and energy for touring the following day. There are plenty of options in Cairo, but I can personally recommend the Nile Kempinski Hotel, Garden City, Cairo.
Located right down town, just a few blocks from Tahrir Square and short driving distance to Coptic Cairo, the Nile Kempinski is in the perfect location for exploring all the things you want to see in Cairo and Giza. It’s right on the Nile, but also in the middle of everything, and yet somehow it’s an oasis in the middle of the city.
When in Cairo, you will definitely want a soothing, clean, calm, relaxing place to stay, and this fits the bill. And don’t forget to check out sunset on the roof. See the photo below for reference!
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Our room was on the seventh floor, with a spectacular view of the Nile from our balcony. The king-size bed was incredibly comfortable, which is perfect for a couple of jet lag-weary travelers adjusting to a seven-hour time difference! The room was plenty spacious enough for my husband and me, with the one thing available that we needed most: A coffee machine.
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What can make or break a hotel experience? The bathroom, y’all. Ours at the Nile Kempinski was great. I appreciated the separated toilet area, the nice, wide counter space on either side of the sink, and the cozy robes. The lighting was also awesome.
My only critique is the European-style shower barrier, which only covers half the shower splash-zone. As a result, our floor was also European-style wet after every shower. It wasn’t unexpected, unfamiliar, or a deal-breaker, but worth noting!
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Breakfast was included at all our accommodations, which was great because that was one less thing we had to think about. No one likes to start a day jet lagged and hangry! Their spread was impressive and varied, with North African, European, Asian, and American options. Neither Steve nor I are big fans of buffets, but this one was well-organized and offered both indulgent and healthier options!
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The Pool and Spa
Wow. This is one of the best rooftop pools I’ve ever experienced. It’s heated, and there is food available, so it’s a beautiful place to spend an afternoon after a morning of touring. The spa is also on the top floor and offers massages, body treatments, facials, sauna, relaxation room, and more.
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The Fitness Center
If you’ve been following the blog for long, you know my husband and I like a nice hotel gym! Making ourselves get up and move for fitness helps us fight the jet lag and make sure our bodies know it’s time to be awake, no matter what time zone we’re experiencing. The gym at the Nile Kempinski is one of the best.
Here, you’ll find plenty of cardio equipment, free weights and machines, and even a TRX with a proper set up. The thing I appreciated most, however, was how much open space was available. Sometimes hotels try to jam as much equipment inside as possible, leaving almost no room to move. This one not only has plenty of space, but also a gorgeous view of the Nile!
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The Chocolate Lounge
All that fitness means more chocolate, right? Do not miss the Nile Kempinski’s Chocolate Lounge! I love a special little something like this, whether it’s a cafe, patisserie, or tea room, and this one is all three. Steve and I picked up a couple of fancy sweets for dinner one night (because we’re grown-ups) and ate them on our balcony with while we enjoyed our view.
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