The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo to open late summer
Majestic in appearance, sophisticated in design and peerless in pedigree, The Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo marks the return of an icon to the Egyptian capital as the company makes its debut in the country. The historic property, Nile Hilton, will reopen under Ritz-Carlton’s stewardship in late summer this year.
The hotel is undergoing a complete renovation whilst retaining many of the original features, reminding guests of the cherished memories of days gone by, yet well-prepared to host a new generation of guests with a desire to uncover the mystique of the historic city.
PRESERVING THE LEGACY
In its decades of history, the hotel has played host to the world’s most powerful and famous, from statesmen through to Hollywood icons including Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, as well as business giants such as Nelson Rockefeller.
“The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo will amplify the hotel’s classic legacy with a contemporary approach. As a brand, we are proud of instilling in all our properties, a distinct personality rooted in a sense of place and history,” commented Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “By complementing the property’s natural strengths with our focus on bespoke service, diverse experiences and rich memories, we aim to reinstate the hotel as pride of national tourism in the country.”
Centred between the Nile and Tahrir Square, the hotel is easily accessible from Cairo’s key attractions and landmarks including the Arab League Headquarters and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to the King Tut exhibition. In addition, the nearby Qasr El Nile Bridge links the hotel to the magnificent Cairo Opera House, a unique landmark of aesthetic and cultural interest in Egypt.
The 331-room hotel houses ultramodern facilities including a spectacular Olympic-size pool with 17 private cabanas. The accommodations and interiors are anchored in the flavours and traditions of Egypt. In particular, the 50 exquisitely laid-out suites, including the elite Royal and Presidential suites, feature spectacular Nile views and offer an elevated sense of luxury.
NEW GENERAL MANAGER
Radek Cais has been appointed as the general manager of Egyptian property. Commenting on his appointment, Cais said: “It is a great honour for me to be part of this project, as opening of The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo will herald new era of luxury hospitality in this historic city. I have been fortunate to have been at the head of opening teams for properties from Abu Dhabi to Stockholm, but the city’s mix of history and modernity as well as the hotel’s lofty pedigree makes this a particularly exciting one for me.”
Prior to taking on his new role, Radek was the hotel manager of The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal and part of the opening team of the expansive 532-room city resort. Radek’s experience in the hospitality industry in the Middle East extends to over a decade and across Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Bahrain as well as Cairo.