At a Glance
Located in Garden City, the Four Seasons at Nile Plaza is a five-star oasis with luxe rooms, a happening pool scene and multiple restaurants.
- The rooms with Nile views and balconies
- The elite pool scene with palatial cabanas
- Italian Bella restaurant for some of the best Italian food in Egypt
For years the Four Seasons Nile Plaza has been the ultimate hotel on the Cairo scene—with little competition—the one address that gives visitors a sense of being in just the right place. While some competition has encroached on the scene (namely the St. Regis), the Four Seasons Nile Plaza remains a top choice for the luxury traveler, and often serves as headquarters for visiting celebrities and dignitaries. Despite the security forces searching cars to check trunks and survey passengers and metal detectors guarding the lobby (as is typical of hotels in Egypt), the hotel is a glistening five-star oasis where sheikhs, chic locals and visitors are catered to with high-touch service.
Showy beats subtlety with the wealthy in this part of the world, so expect glam and gilt over elegance and understatement. There is no privacy and seclusion here; it is Cairo’s networking nexus for the elite and no one goes unnoticed. Whether you choose to lounge in the lobby and watch the parade of passersby, figures in robes mingling with men in suits and ladies in designer labels, or retreat to the outdoor pool, you can be sure that someone will always be on hand to offer a drink, a snack or a cool washcloth.
The 365 guest rooms, more than a quarter of which are suites, aren’t memorable; they are characterized by tried-and-true palettes and safe furniture choices, although the best have Nile views. But the hotel’s real attraction is its public spaces. During the day, the pool area, with its palatial cabanas and deck, resembles an urban club—say, an Egyptian version of the Soho House rooftop—but with lots of kids and nannies in full burkas splashing in the water. Even non-hotel guests can experience it by coming for lunch at the Pool Grill. It is patronized by many of the city’s elite, as are the hotel’s five other restaurants: 8, a Chinese eatery; Zitouni, featuring Lebanese specialties; Bullona for Mediterranean fusion, and the Beymen Café, offering light versions of classic dishes. You can also sit and enjoy light bites and drinks at The Bar, La Galerie on the main level or the Upper Deck lounge.
A plus for fashionistas, some of the best shopping in the Middle East is in the attached mall next door. Don’t miss Beymen if you like designer labels, which are sometimes marked way down. For more active travelers, the hotel concierge can arrange for horseback riding, golf, tennis and Nile cruises, which leave from a nearby dock.
Who Should Stay
Those who like to be in the heart of the scene and have glamorous options—from a pool party to shopping and see-and-be-seen restaurants—just an elevator ride away.
Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley