Best hotels and hostels in Egypt

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Siwa Oasis

    Adrère Amellal

    Backed by the dramatic White Mountain (called Adrère Amellal in Siwan language), this impeccable retreat lies in its own oasis, 13km from Siwa Town, with stunning views over Birket Siwa salt lake and the Great Sand Sea's dunes. It offers the ultimate in spartan-chic. Elegantly simple suites showcase traditional architecture techniques using kershef.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Al Qasr

    Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary

    Taking the high end to unheard-of heights in Dakhla, Al Tarfa is flat-out desert-fabulous. The traditionally inspired decor is superbly tasteful and impeccably rendered, down to the smallest detail – from the embroidered bedspreads that look like museum-quality pieces to the mud-plastered walls that don’t show a single crack. Private transfers to the hotel's isolated site, north of Al Qasr, can be arranged.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Aswan

    Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel & Spa

    The grande dame of Aswan hotels, the Old Cataract is a destination in itself and brings you back to the days of Agatha Christie, who is said to have written part of her novel Death on the Nile here (the hotel certainly featured in the movie). The splendid buildings and well-tended gardens command fantastic views of the Nile and the desert.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Abu Simbel

    Eskaleh

    Part Nubian cultural centre with a library dedicated to Nubian history, part wonderful ecolodge in a traditional mud-brick house, Eskaleh is by far the most interesting place to stay or eat in Abu Simbel. It’s also a destination in its own right and a perfect base for a visit to the temples.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ras Mohammed National Park

    Bedawi Camping

    Early-morning snorkelling in crystal-clear waters, spotting desert foxes loitering around camp under star-strewn night skies: camping in Ras Mohammed is a soul-soothing balm to the stress of everyday life. Bedawi is a locally run, sustainable travel company that sets up camp, complete with composting toilet, shower and canvas tents, on a prime slice of Ras Mohammed shore.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in St Katherine Protectorate

    Al Karm Ecolodge

    In a remote wadi, this Bedouin-owned ecolodge is the perfect spot to sample the tranquillity and rugged beauty of southern Sinai. It deserves kudos for its environmental efforts: solar-powered showers; composting toilets; and beautifully designed, simple stone and palm-trunk rooms decorated with local textiles, which blend into the scenery. Due to the lodge's remote location, advanced reservations are essential.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Luxor

    Al Moudira

    Al Moudira is a luxury hotel of a stylish individuality. A fantasy of pointed arches and soaring domes set amid lush gardens and birdsong, the hotel is charming and peaceful. The huge rooms are grouped around a series of verdant courtyards. There is a tranquil restaurant and vibrant bar, a large pool and hammam (bathhouse), all run by friendly staff.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in El Gouna

    La Maison Bleue

    A fantasy constructed out of the imaginary life of a wealthy Levantine. With an eclectic interior that is all grand tiled floors, intricate wooden ceilings and walls graced with a quirky mix of art deco, Minoan and Egyptian art, La Maison Bleue exudes both opulence and decadence. Suites are enormous and supremely comfortable with distinctive early-20th-century styling fit for royalty.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Hurghada

    Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

    Peaceful, exclusive and opulent beyond your imagination, the Oberoi sits a good 30-minute drive south from Hurghada and features palatial suites decorated in minimalist Moorish style. Each comes complete with sunken marble baths, private courtyards – some with pools – and panoramic sea views. Justifiably advertised as the most luxurious destination on the Red Sea, the Oberoi is world-class.

  • Lodging in Alexandria

    Four Seasons Hotel

    The much-loved old Casino San Stefano made way for this grand edifice, whose gleaming towers dwarf neighbouring buildings. Inside no expense has been spared: the marble lobby gleams, the army of staff is eager to please, and the rooms – decked out in soft lemon – sport modern conveniences while reflecting Alexandria’s Egyptian, Greek and French heritage. All rooms have balconies.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Luxor

    Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa

    The Luxor Hilton is the slickest, most luxurious resort in Luxor. Located 2km north of Luxor centre, past the Karnak temples, the large Nileside rooms are elegant and tastefully decorated in a warm Asian-inspired style with lots of neutral colours and wood. Communal areas exude calm and tranquillity and the spa is impressive, more Thailand than Egypt.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Luxor

    Beit Sabée

    This is a great reinvention of a traditional-style, two-storey mud-brick house: Beit Sabée has appeared in design magazines for its cool use of local colours and furnishings with a twist. Near the farms behind Medinat Habu, it offers effortlessly chic rooms, a closer contact with rural Egypt and fabulous views of the desert and Medinat Habu from the rooftop.

  • Lodging in Siwa Oasis

    Taziry Ecolodge

    This peaceful hotel 12km west of Siwa Town was designed and built by an artist and an engineer from Alexandria. Large natural-material rooms are decorated with local crafts and Bedouin rugs. Tranquil and laid-back, with no electricity and a natural-spring pool overlooking the lake, it is a great place to unwind and experience Siwa’s magic. Families can choose their own adobe chalet.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Siwa Oasis

    Siwa Relax Retreat

    Far away from it all, this place is a dream in which to totally relax for a few days. Built on the edge of the lake, the simple but comfortable rooms are covered in bougainvillea and have floors made of salt crystals. Some have shared bathrooms, others are en suite. There is no electricity, just candles.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cairo

    Hotel Longchamps

    Hotel Longchamps is a favourite of returning visitors to Cairo. The comfortable, stylish rooms are spacious, well maintained and come with full mod-cons of a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and, lo and behold, kettles (a rarity in Egypt). Bathrooms are generously sized and modern. The greenery-covered, peaceful rear balcony, where guests gather to chat at sunset, is a major bonus.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sidi Abdel Rahman

    El Alamein Hotel

    This beautiful luxury beach hotel in the middle of the high-end Marassi resort is favoured by wealthy Cairenes. The large, plush rooms have panoramic views over the stunning bay. There are several lovely bars and restaurants; sushi is de rigueur. This is one of the best beaches along this stretch, with white sand and crystal-clear turquoise water.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Siwa Oasis

    Shali Lodge

    This tiny, beautiful hotel, owned by environmentalist Mounir Neamatallah, is nestled in a lush palm grove about 100m from Siwa's main square. The large comfortable rooms have lots of curvaceous mud-brick goodness, exposed palm beams, rock-walled bathrooms and cushioned sitting nooks. Tasteful and quiet, this is how small hotels should be.

  • Lodging in Luxor

    Marsam Hotel

    The oldest hotel on the west bank, the Marsam was originally built in the 1920s as a house for archaeologists from the University of Chicago, but was later turned into a hotel by Sheikh Ali of the local Abd El Rasoul family. The family have run it ever since. Work in 2013 left the hotel looking its best.

  • Lodging in Luxor

    La Maison de Pythagore

    This intimate guesthouse in a traditional Egyptian house is tucked away in the village behind the ACHTI Hotel, close to the Nile, but a world away from Luxor’s hustle. The traditional architecture encloses simple, cosy rooms, stylishly painted in blue tones, while the garden is a small oasis planted with date palms, flowers, fruit trees and a fall of bougainvillea.

  • Lodging in Luxor

    Winter Palace Hotel

    The Winter Palace was built to attract Europe's aristocracy and is one of Egypt’s most famous historic hotels. A wonderfully atmospheric Victorian pile, it has a grand lobby, high ceilings and fabulous views across the Nile. The enormous garden with exotic trees and a huge swimming pool is a great place to laze at the end of a sightseeing day.