Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 215
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by riichiy Great location, wonderful club lounge
Just had a 5 night stay here at the IC Semiramis. Generally the hotels in this area are a bit outdated, but the IC Semiramis did not dissapoint, it was in a very good location near the museum, and had great views of the Nile. The club lounge was great for us as we enjoy a few glasses of wine at night, and the food was great that we had it for dinner a few nights. Would definately recommend the club rooms. We were able to also enjoy the casino, and a few restaurants at the hotel as well. We felt completely safe, and enjoyed our stay very much. Thank you for a wonderful stay in Cairo.
August 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SeannaD great staff
The best thing about this hotel is the warmth, friendliness and attentativeness. of the staff. I particularly recommend the Italian restaurant.
August 1, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 1BIN Nice Location
All good from the hotel stiff only big problem in the money changing Machine(ATM) in hotel Shopping center taking the money and not giving any change and must go to bank what they will delay the matter as they knew we are visitor and can not stay long time so i loose my money about 200USD also i see too much people had same problem what will rise big equation mark about this machine????
August 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HappyFamilyofEgypt Wonderful place
This is not my first time , as usual the view of the nile from the hotel is fantastic , the staff is very helpful especially the front office desk , the breakfast restaurant is delicious and with huge categories .
It is a wonderful place where you can come again and again .Thank you .
July 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AkASam Memrobale Stay
Great experience in the hotel! Staff was very friendly and helpful. The restaurants are great! We had a wonderful view over the Nile river. The stay was all in all great!
July 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Improve the language skills of staff
Please improve the language skills of staff especially the security and room cleaning staff did not speak very well English. The Hotel in very dark you may improve the lightening of the Lobby and entrances.
Further I am very satisfied with my stay and I am recommending the hotel.
July 15, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bava my visit Maadi
i was in a business trip to setup infrastructure for our new warehouse in Cairo, and choose semiramis based on my previous experience. nice hotel but bit old specially the supply are very old
July 10, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RaghavG Disappointment all around
I have been staying at the Intercontinental Semiramis since March this year (I have usually travelled once every month to Cairo, although the trips have become more frequent with time). It was abundantly clear from the first stay that customer service was generally not a prioritized facet, with grumpy faces greeting you from the minute you stepped in. Nevertheless, I persisted, as I am a regular IHG member and thought I would trade off the generally poor service for the accumulation of points.
My last trip changed my mind.
I had a booking for Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th June but unfortunately, due to a lack of flight availability, I had to travel to Cairo at a godforsaken hour and arrive early Monday morning (around 3am). I had phoned in advance to advise the front desk of my circumstances and had asked them to allow me to check in early. The initial response I received was that I would be charged a full extra night’s stay. I requested that given that I would be arriving at 4am and taking into account my loyalty to the hotel in recent months and IHG generally, I would hope that they could offer me a better deal than that – I had volunteered to pay half a day’s rate instead. The gentleman advised me that it could be dealt with when I arrived but I asked him to note down our conversation and the proposed solution (I made the rookie mistake of not taking his name).
I turned up to the hotel at said godforsaken hour, groggy as to be expected. When I tried checking in, the front desk person advised me that my booking was for the next day. I responded that I was aware of that but had called in earlier to request an early check-in, which clearly had not been mentioned in my booking records. The front desk person advised me that if I wanted to check in at that time, I would be charged a full night. I suggested that seemed unreasonable to me as it was 4am and so I proposed a half-day charge. He advised me that they charge 50% of the rate if a guest is checking in at 7am (interestingly, I had checked in at that time during a previous visit and not been charged anything, which I highlighted to him). He then offered me that if I wanted an early check-in at no extra expense, then I would have to wait till 7am. Irritated, I asked him if he was suggesting that I sprawl myself out in their lobby for the next few hours. Unfortunately, we then fell into an argument and I soon realized that was an error in my part as I try to stay level-headed as much as possible during such situations. Frustrated, I told him that I would just pay the full rate and he should let me check in now. This is when it got a bit farcical.
He retorted that he was not going to let me pay anything – I was utterly confused and so asked him if he was refusing to check me in at this hour. He replied that I could check in at no extra cost at 7am! I asked him if I could speak to a supervisor, which he then told me that he would do instead.
I am not much of an Arabic speaker but I heard two words used together: “hindi” (usually used to refer to a person of Indian origin) and “mushkil” (difficult). I will not dwell too much on this part (as that will likely open another can of worms, which I cannot substantiate) but leave the reader to draw their own understanding from this.
After finishing with the duty manager, he advised me that the manager had agreed to offer me an early check-in… at 7am. I was astounded by the general incompetency and said that I wanted to check in now. At which point, he advised that I would have to pay the full rate – not wanting to highlight that was nothing beyond what I had already myself offered minutes ago, I accepted the offer and looked forward to crashing out.
Unfortunately, it did not end there. He allocated me a room, which was not what I had booked (twin beds vs. single King bed) so I had to go down to ask for a different room. Shockingly, he advised me that was just a preference and as the rate is the same, I could be allotted either of those rooms. I showed him my booking, which clearly indicated a Deluxe King Bed non-smoking room. Clearly not satisfied by our deteriorated bond, he offered me a room on a smoking floor, with the compensation that this had been renovated recently. I asked him if that was a non-smoking room as per my booking, to which he advised it was not! He then advised that there might not be another room available within my requirements – I asked him to double check, which somehow led to a room being available. When he handed me the room key, he made the point of repeating that the room was on the 22nd floor – the suggestion either being that I should be grateful for his generosity in bestowing me a room on a high-rise floor or that I should jump off from that height! Not wanting to drag my pain any further, I expressed my gratitude and went to my room.
I got into the bed, only to realize that the bedsheets had a layer of cigarette smoke. Exhausted, I decided to let my lungs suffer but had to request that they changed the sheets in the morning.
Readers might think that things must have improved from hereon. Not really. The following day I ordered a club sandwich at the ground floor café, which arrived cold – I asked them why an egg, which should have been just fried, should be so icy, I got a shrug of the shoulder.
Another evening, I decided to iron a couple of my shirts. The instant that the iron touched my first shirt, it left a dark stain on my collar. I phoned up housekeeping and they sent someone from the laundry. I asked him to rectify the problem and he proceeded to try to scratch the stain out. I asked him if he thought that was the best way to deal with the problem. He looked at me blankly. I suggested that it might need to be washed, to which (unsurprisingly by this point) he suggested that I would receive a charge for the wash. I asked him if he thought that was correct given that the shirt had been ruined by hotel equipment. He advised me that he would take care of the shirt. Foolishly, I hoped that he might have gone to wash the shirt. He returned after 15 minutes and handed me the shirt with the collar damp!
The hotel clearly needs a makeover and general uplift in its customer service standards – not many friends in Cairo were surprised when I told them of my experience. There might be folks who continue to patronize the Intercontinental Semiramis – unfortunately, I will not be one of them.
July 5, 2015