With a rather inconsistent level of its product offering the KEMPINSKI chain of hotels has been failing to live up to the luxury standards of its German origins. In the past decade it has had changes of locations in major capital cities such as London, superficial renovations such in Sofia (Bulgaria) and Budapest (Hungary) and a flagship property in its home town of Munich which ranks at the bottom of all reviews.
However, this year, Kempinski has provided a fresh surprise with a beautiful new hotel in Bratislava (Slovakia) and a spectacular property in Cairo. The new Kempinski Nile Cairo surpasses all other luxury hotels in the Egyptian capital, probably with the exception of Four Seasons at Nile Plaza which maintains a solid five star standard. The interior design is signed by legendary interior designer Pierre Yves Rochon who has designed over half of the Four Seasons chain hotels and many Sofitel locations around the world. Public spaces are lavish, with white and pale colour, with a relaxed European luxury based on simplicity beautifully blended with Egyptian architecture elements.
Rooms are fairly large at an average of 35 sqm, some of them with spectacular views of the Nile and balconies. The rooms are very cosy, warm, instilling a very comfortable feel. Beige and neutral colours dominate the architecture. Guests are spoiled with complimentary soft drinks and entertainment and worth mentioning free wi-fi internet throughout the hotel. Bathrooms are not as large as at the Four Seasons but are well appointed and comfortable.
As for culinary delights, the new Kempinski offers two other surprises a very private restaurant on its top floor (”Floor 10”) and ”The Blue” which is a restaurant with no menu, where guests can order any of their preferred dishes.
With the exception of the front door welcome which still needs some fine tuning and name recognition which is still not mastered by the front office staff, the service level is exceptional throughout the entire hotel. Do not miss the roof top swimming pool which offers magnificent views of the city. Regular room rates start at EUR 200, while suites are available from EUR 470 per night. A state of the art SPA will be open from November 1st.
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