Nile Ritz Carlton

Reviewed by lovely journalist Triska Hamid!

Many hotels like to describe their property as a place of ‘tranquility’ or ‘bliss’, but there are few places where those two words have such poignancy.

The Ritz-Carlton in Cairo is definitely one of these places. Amidst the chaos and noise of one of the oldest cities in the world stands the Ritz, opened late in 2015 to cater to the steadily rising number of tourists from the Middle East region. The hotel offers a much-needed haven after a day of sightseeing man’s many wonders in Cairo – notably the Pyramids and the city’s traffic.  

Past security is a welcome respite in the lobby, tastefully decorated with the design routinely changed to reflect the season and festivals.

The Welcome

If you happen to stay at the club level or in one of the suites, you’re escorted upstairs to the club check-in lounge, where you’re served a drink of your choice. While the club lounge is not as impressive as the lobby, it’s a more intimate affair with excellent views of The Nile.  

Sweet Suite

The rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated with the typical geometric patterns of the Arabian world. Little Egyptian touches are found in the artwork, but overall the rooms are crisp and simple, rather than overwhelming in terms of colour or design.

Best of all is the exceptionally comfortable king-size bed, adorned with beautifully soft Egyptian cotton sheets (what else?).

The views from the room vary, with some overlooking the Nile and others the Museum of Cairo and the rest of the city. Cairo’s skyline is not exactly pretty, but it still manages to be rather momentous.

 

Food-tastic

There are nine food and drink options available throughout the hotel from traditional Egyptian fair to Italian and American. Those staying in the club rooms have access to three meals a day and afternoon tea in the lounge.  Chocolate fountain, anyone?

Breakfast feels a tad more refined here with the chef ready to create any dish of your choice. The eggs benedict, although served on a slice of toast instead of a muffin is a winner.

Nox, the rooftop restaurant and bar, is one of the hottest places to go in Cairo right now and guests get priority booking. Dishes like wagyu beef steak and shrimp and seared salmon feature on the menu at a bargain price with beautiful views of The Nile. This is definitely an ideal spot for a romantic meal.

The Ritz is truly a welcome addition to the city’s hotel scene and still maintains a sheen of elegance and modernity in one of the most ancient cities in the world.

#WhatToPack

Cairo is still a rather conservative society and it’s important to bear this in mind when packing. Silk blouses and knee length shift dresses would be good options to pack. And if you intend on walking around, comfortable shoes are a must.  

Here is some sartorial inspiration for a jaunt in Cairo! Wear the scarf when out and about during the day and pop on the chunky necklace for lunch at the Ritz 😉

 

Cairo

 

 

MANGO long shirt
130 AED – mango.com

Topshop high rise jeans
255 AED – nordstrom.com

Chiara Ferragni leather sandals
420 AED – 6pm.com

Prada tote purse
hardtofind.com.au

Sweet Romance egyptian jewelry
415 AED – overstock.com

Christian Dior scarve
625 AED – vestiairecollective.com

 

Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Welcome
 
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
 
The rooms
 
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
 
Eating
 
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
 
 
Location
 
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
 
Don’t miss
 
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
 
 
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at www.hotel-bedford.com
 
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450

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Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

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