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Nile Ritz-Carlton

Location:
Cairo, Egypt
Client:
Misr Hotel Company
Completion:
2012

When it was constructed in the 1960s, this iconic 65,000 m² modernist hotel was the fashionable meeting place of dignitaries and celebrities. Originally called the Nile Hilton, its location is unparalleled: on El Corniche, the city’s prestigious Nile promenade, and neighbour to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, the Arab League and Tahrir Square. The renovation of this landmark building called for a highly sensitive approach. A strategy of preserving and rejuvenating while adding new functions was adopted to transform the historic edifice into a contemporary luxury hotel for Ritz-Carlton. Making the most of the scenic vistas of the Nile, the project includes a conference centre/banquet hall with multiple meeting rooms for up to 1,100 people, new restaurants and a new spa. The renovation incorporates a variety of landscaped open spaces and pools adjacent to the Nile, inviting guests outside to take advantage of Egypt’s warm climate. The 12-storey hotel will house 325 renovated guest rooms along with underground parking.