Hotels in Egypt
The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, on Egypt's Red Sea coast, has 84 suites set at the edge of a marine park with some of the best diving in the Middle East.
The Sofitel-managed property overlooking the Nile, near the temple of Luxor, was built in 1886 for European aristocracy.
With what is perhaps the most coveted location in all of Egypt—on 40 lush acres in the shadow of Khufu or “Great” Pyramid in the Cairo suburbs—the Mena House started life in 1869 as a royal hunting lodge.
Glass tower with Egyptian and Neoclassical design influences, overlooking the Pyramids, Botanical Gardens and the Nile.
118 Pierre-Yves Rochon–designed rooms (Neoclassical furniture; Roman-style baths) in a crescent-shaped tower on the Corniche.
A beacon of conservation, this spare Berber-style hotel on the Siwa Oasis was constructed as part of a local sustainable-development plan.
Al Moudira—a baroque hotel fit for royalty, just a few miles south of the Valley of the Queens—incorporates materials salvaged from the corners of Egypt: stained glass lines the ceilings; frescoes and latticework adorn the arched walls; and 100-year-old wooden columns surround the swimming pool.
Aswan, a palm-fringed city an hour’s flight south of Cairo, saw glory in the 1950’s, when politicos and bold-faced names arrived to visit the Aswan Dam. But even during Egypt’s recent unrest, the peaceful destination remained out of the fray.
The setting for much of the Alexandria Quartet novels, with many rooms overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.