Location: Galae Square, Giza Governorate, Egypt
Price: $140 and up
West bank of the River Nile
Heated Outdoor Pool
Adjacent children’s pool
Abundance of restaurants and lounges serving international and traditional food
600+ Rooms and suites
Parking fees: $3 hourly, $7 daily
Best tip: Opt for a room that includes the Sheraton Club Lounge. Not only are the views amazing but the lounge also pampers its guests with snacks and refreshments throughout the day
Stay here if…...you want to be walking distance to some of the greatest sights in Cairo's city center like the Cairo Opera House and the Egyptian Museum.
Getting to Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
The hotel is located in the middle of the bustling city center of Cairo. You should be aware that even if you fly into Cairo's main international airport you're looking at least an hour (or much more) to get to the hotel depending on traffic.
Checking in to Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
I arrived at the Sheraton and was greeted by lovely front desk staff who were quick and efficient. They took the normal documents needed at check-in including my passport and a credit card for incidentals. Once everything was in order I was given a room key and shown to an elevator to access my room. All in all the check-in process took less than 15 minutes.
The Room at Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
My room at the Sheraton was quite beautiful and I definitely enjoyed it. My spacious balcony overlooked the River Nile and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset while enjoying a glass of wine. My large king bed came with Egyptian cotton sheets (how I wanted to take them home with me!) and over-sized plush pillows. A small sitting area and desk were perfect to get some work done and enjoy the chocolates and dates left in my room as a welcome gift. The bathroom was compact but beautiful with white marble counters and a clean modern design. The shower was strong and hot - one of the key things I look for at a hotel.
WiFi at Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
WiFi is included with your stay at the hotel. I found that it worked perfectly most of the time and had little trouble connecting to the internet or staying connected. I was able to post to social media as well as check e-mail. I was even able to stream Netflix during my stay.
Dining at Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
While in Cairo you may be eating at hotels quite a bit. Not only is it easier to keep you from getting an upset stomach but it also is convenient. You can eat off hotel properties and downtown Cairo is full of wonderful restaurants. But, these restaurants are also mostly tucked away from the tourist trail, with no English menus. And an Arabic-speaking, in-the-know guide is crucial to ensuring a good time.
Luckily, The Sheraton hotel in Cairo has many restaurants to choose from. First off, there's The Bridge Café the center point of the hotel where guests can pass by to get a morning coffee on the way out for a busy exciting day in Cairo. El Mawardia is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has a modern ambiance (with a casual dress code) while serving traditional Arabic cuisine that has a Middle Eastern/European fusion. You'll find a carefully selected drink list and a shisha menu with exceptional flavors. There is also Rawi, open for all three meals as well. Its name comes from an Egyptian storyteller and strengthens age-old traditions within a modern environment. Local ingredients are the star here and the regional cuisines allow unique flavors to come through. The bar at Rawi is magnificent but don't miss Studio 70 an upscale vintage designed space. Pre or post dinner drinks are served here and you may even catch a belly dancer.
My personal favorite though was Giannini's New York Italian. I dined here for dinner and was blown away. Look, I currently live in NYC and my mother is full blown Italian. I was a little skeptical to be eating at a 'New York Italian Restaurant' in Cairo Egypt. The menu had a range of traditional Italian options and every dish my large group ordered was excellent. Reservations are recommended here and the dress code is smart casual.
Amenities at Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
The pool at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino is extremely family friendly. A large pool for adults is directly adjacent to a smaller pool for kids. You'll also find the Pool Bar is a fabulous place to enjoy a Fruity Ice Tea or a quick snack to share.
Pictures of Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a travel guide for Egypt along with you. Here are some books I recommend...
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