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December 1, 2005
Stayed in the Semiramis for 2 nights in late November. We were lucky enough to get a Nile view room with club lounge access. The room was pretty much as you would expect from an IC hotel but with a reasonable size balcony and slightly worse plumbing. The club lounge was great, a very good range of breakfast and evening snacks were on offer - these included Egyptian standards which was nice.
The hotel is very, very secure and the area of the city that it is located in is heavily policed, able to happily stroll from the hotel to the Egyptian museum and the metro. There is a nice gym and pool. The service is great from all hotel staff.
Would definitely stay in this hotel again.
From journal Cairo: Capital of the Middle East
July 25, 2002
The Semiramis has 28 floors and 840 guest rooms, with a round of renovations in 1998. Our room was room 1139, which did not face the great Nile River. However, the city view was interesting enough, with panoramas that included (on a clear day anyway) the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. The room had a little balcony, which was a nice place to stare down upon the maze of streets below. I did have an aerial view of an altercation on the highway below that resulted from a fender bender; the scuffle featured punching and head butting! Our room with two double beds was cozy enough and there was still enough space for a rollaway bed. There is a minibar, writing table, and plenty of cable TV channels. The bathroom was fine enough even with a somewhat dated appearance, and it also had a bidet (does anyone use these things when they are at a hotel?).
Our complimentary breakfast buffet was served in the Night and Day Room, one of the many restaurants and lounges at this world-class hotel. We loaded up on hot and cold items, a variety of beverages, and many sweet rolls (I enjoyed the raisin buns). This was more of a "western" buffet than an Egyptian one, so none of the selections seemed that adventurous. The hotel also features a lounge with belly dancing acts, outdoor pool, fitness room, ATM, concierge desk, valet parking, and even a casino. The hotel staff was helpful as they deftly answered our questions in fluent English. There is even a doctor "on call", as my friend found out the hard way when he came up ill one night and was forced to call for his services. The doctor prescribed a few pills for him and gave him an injection, all at fairly reasonable rates.
From journal Bill in Egypt - CAIRO