There’s nowhere in the world quite like Egypt. The west wing of the Fertile Crescent is a bucket-list destination not to be missed: Amble the sandy streets once graced by pharaohs of ancient times, take in the breathtaking beauty of the Great Pyramids, and sail sublimely along the Nile.
Or, if you’ve got a taste for adventure, plunge into the spell-binding underworld of the Red Sea; there’s no shortage of diving opportunities, here. Yep, whatever your vacation style, Egypt has a daydream-worthy dish for you to devour (well, as long as you like it served hot).
Indeed, Egypt offers a mystical mirage gilded in history, mystique, and romance. Not to mention, it’s home to a-thousand-and-one unforgettable sights. Just don’t forget your camera (or your sunscreen, for that matter).
Boasting hotel stays as diverse as the activities on offer, you’ll find everything from opulent palaces to cozy small-scale establishments dotted along the Nile, edging the Red Sea, and in the midst of lively Cairo.
So, whether you’re seeking mesmerizing architecture and five-star service or a convenient gateway to your adventure-packed vacation, Egypt has the perfect stay for you. And good news: we’ve done the hard work for you and handpicked the best luxury boutique hotels in Egypt to live out your desert dreams.
The 13 best boutique hotels in Egypt
- Sofitel Winter Palace, Luxor
- Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence
- Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City
- Le Riad Hotel de Charme
- Pyramids Planet Hotel
- Al Mourdira, Luxor
- Dahab Paradise
- La Maison Bleue
- Adrère Amellal
- Benben Hotel
- Casa Cook El Gouna
- The Oberoi Beach Resort
- Dawar El Omda Boutique Hotel
1. Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
Perfectly located on the Nile’s banks, Sofitel Winter Palace sits amidst luscious tropical gardens and sand-hued temples reverberating Egypt’s pharaonic past. Constructed in 1886 by British explorers, Sofitel Winter Palace echoes imperial grandeur and offers amenities to match.
Dine and sip in the myriad bars and restaurants (we adore La Corniche for a freshly-flipped omelet), or find solace from the heat in the crystalline pool. And for rest? Get your beauty sleep in one of the colonial-style rooms—wake up feeling relaxed, rested, and renewed.
Best for: Colonial charm in a quintessentially Egyptian setting.
Address: 17 Corniche el Nile street Beside LUXOR Temple، 11432, Egypt Price range: $$ Website: all.accor.com/hotel/1661/index.en.shtml
2. Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence
Love to be in the center of the action? Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence places you bang-smack in the middle of Cairo’s hustle and bustle. However, your room remains as tranquil as anything: choose from Great Pyramid or Nile views.
When you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, hit the splurge-worthy boutique shops, just a (lime)stone’s throw from the Four Seasons. And, if R&R is on the agenda, make like the pharaohs and indulge in a massage; you’ll feel ready to conquer the world.
Admittedly, the Four Seasons is a little grand to be described as “boutique”—but we’re impressed with their commitment to sustainability, so sun-hats off to them.
Best for: The comforts of home blended with exotic delights on the doorstep.
Address: 35 Giza St, Oula, Giza District, Giza Governorate 12612, Egypt Price range: $$$$ Website: www.fourseasons.com/cairofr/
3. Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City
An opulent oasis on the Nile’s shores, Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City in downtown Cairo bestows everything you’d desire from a luxurious vacation, on a gilded-gold platter. Fit for Cleopatra, this luxury boutique hotel offers rooms and exclusive suites—each with a spacious balcony overlooking the iconic river.
Foodies, rejoice: sample Ottoman cuisine at Osmanly, slurp sumptuous spaghetti at The Blue Restaurant, and satiate your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Room. Sure, with all the opulence on offer, it’s tempting to stay put at the Kempinski, but don’t miss Cairo’s bucket-list attractions within arm’s reach.
Best for: High-end heaven by the Nile.
Address: Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo, Ahmed Ragheb Street 12, 11519 Cairo, Egypt Price range: $$$$ Website: www.kempinski.com/en/cairo/nile-hotel
4. Le Riad Hotel de Charme
If peace and serenity is your vacation vibe, check out Le Riad Hotel de Charme. Nestled in Old Cairo, this Ottoman-inspired boutique hotel melts seamlessly into its surroundings for an authentic feel.
Keeping things cozy, Le Riad Hotel de Charme offers just 17 suites, each with a flickering ambiance and tasteful decor inspired by famous artists, writers, and kings (get your camera ready for the thoughtful accents).
Not to mention, you’ll sup like a sheik at the Zeeyara Rooftop Restaurant, offering spoonfuls of stunning views of the town below and a moreish menu to boot.
Best for: An Ottoman home-away-from-home feel.
Address: 114 Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatmi, El-Gamaleya, El Gamaliya, Cairo Governorate 4331165, Egypt Price range: $$$ Website: www.leriadcairo.com/en
5. Pyramids Planet Hotel
Encapsulating the finest of Egyptian style, Pyramids Planet Hotel offers eye-candy at every turn. Peek at the Great Pyramids from your wrought-iron balcony, capture gorgeous photos of the Insta-worthy interiors bursting with traditional prints and contrasting colours, and take five (or ten) on the sun-baked terrace.
Proving that one needn’t require a royal budget to enjoy a grandiose getaway, Pyramids Planet Hotel offers a beguiling blend of Egyptian appeal and bijou charm, without costing the Earth.
Best for: Value-seekers and easy access to the pyramids.
Address: 198 W Gate 2 حدائق, الاهرام, Giza Governorate 12513, Egypt Price range: $ Website: planetofhotels.com/en/egypt/cairo/pyramids-planet-hotel
6. Al Moudira Luxor
With a resplendent aesthetic to rival even Alhambra, this Arabian palace on the Nile’s West bank encourages you to satiate your inner sultan. This sprawling hotel is just 4km away from the Valley of Kings, where you’ll find beautifully-illustrated tombs of kings and queens of the past. Dripping in myth and mystique, Al Mourdira Luxor offers enchanting sights from all directions.
Indeed, if your heart yearns for exquisite detail, graceful architecture, and awe-inspiring history, Al Moudira is singing out to you from across the desert.
Best for: A photogenic palace with Arabian allure.
Address: Al Moudira Hotel – Luxor, West Bank, Hager Al Dabbeya Price range: $$$ Website: www.moudira.com/en/
7. Dahab Paradise
A slice of nirvana perched between the glittering Red Sea and the magnificent Sinai mountains, Dahab Paradise is an Egyptian Elysium on Earth. Snooze on the sunloungers beneath shady palms and watch the world flow by, or plunge head-first into the subaqueous world with a diving adventure (or if you’re like us, do both!).
We’re enamored with the Arabian accents adorning every room, from ornate lamps to rich tapestries to get lost in. Indeed, everywhere you look at Dahab Paradise delivers unparalleled beauty to ignite your senses.
Best for: Sparkling sea views and unapologetic indulgence.
Address: Dahab Paradise Hotel, Blue Hole Coast Road, Dahab, Egypt Price range: $$ Website: www.dahabparadise.com/
8. La Maison Bleue
Realize your faraway fantasies at La Maison Bleue, a Meditteranean-inspired mansion perched on the Red Sea coast. Artfully designed by antiques collector Amr Khalil, this luxury boutique hotel delivers timeless elegance by the silver spoon.
Choose from the 11 uniquely-decorated luxury suites and live out your Arabian Nights reveries in real-time at La Maison Bleue. A cool oasis amidst the scorched landscape, La Maison Bleue offers a bourgeois bliss to melt away your earthly troubles. With no detail forgotten, this is a stay for the aesthetes among us.
Best for: Beguiling art and thoughtful design at every turn.
Address: El Gouna, Kite Center Rd, Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate 84513, Egypt Price range: $$$$ Website: www.lamaison-bleue.com/
9. Adrère Amellal
Step a bejeweled toe into another world at Adrère Amellal; a sanctuary of calm and tranquility set against a backdrop of ancient mountain and twinkling oasis. Built from clay, sand, and stone, this au natural boutique hotel places sustainability at its forefront. Here, you’ll perch on palm-frond chairs, shower amongst sandstone walls, and drift off under artisan-woven blankets when the day is done.
Offering simple living with eco-luxe twists like the labyrinth by which it’s inspired, Adrère Amellal is The Destination for the eco-chic traveler.
Best for: Barefoot travelers with a passion for the planet.
Address: Adrère Amellal, Gaafar Mountain – Siwa, Matrouh Governorate, Egypt Price range: $$$ Website: www.adrereamellal.com/adrere
10. Benben Hotel
If you’re always on the search for a unique experience, don’t miss the Benben Hotel. Not your usual boutique hotel, this palatial paradise is perched on the Old Nubian island of Heissa, boasting unforgettable views of Aswan city.
The eco-friendly stay offers spacious rooms bathed in natural light and finished with modern decor, sure to suit those with a soft spot for simplicity. Yes, away from the scurry of the city, Benben Hotel is the ultimate utopia, designed to rejuvenate your spirit.
Best for: Wanderlust-seekers yearning for true tranquility.
Address: Dhara Hotels, Heissa Island, Aswan, Egypt Price range: $$ Website: dharahotels.com/en/aswan/benben-hotel/
11. Casa Cook El Gouna
Splendid and stately, yet decidedly down-to-earth, Casa Cook offers a breath of fresh air from your day-to-day worries. Feast your eyes on the Red Sea’s turquoise waters, languor under the swaying palms, and bask in the Arabian sun at this contemporary-style Egyptian retreat.
Choose from a standard room (which are anything but standard) or go all-out with a villa, complete with your very own pool. Either way, you can reflect in solitude or socialize with other guests in the bountiful communal areas of Casa Cook, from the top-class spa to the sky-blue pool.
Best for: An artist’s palette of earthy hues and sea blues.
Address: Unnamed Road, Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt Price range: $$$$ Website: hotels.elgouna.com/hotel/casa-cook/
13. The Oberoi Beach Resort
Owning the accolade for one of the best hotels on the planet(!), The Oberoi Beach resort is for those with a love for luxe. Recharge in the deluxe suites, sail on the luxury hotel’s private boat, and breathe in millennia of Egyptian history on one of the organized tours.
We’re head over our papyrus sandals for the attention to detail at The Oberoi Beach Resort, from stunning handcrafted lanterns dotted around to the neoclassic columns. Truly a world within worlds, this Epicurean stay will alight your senses—and have you booking your next stay ASAP.
Best for: A glorious gateway to Egypt’s most riveting activities.
Address: 117, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt Price range: $$$$ Website: www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-sahl-hasheesh/
13. Dawar El Omda Boutique Hotel
It’s time to leave the kids with the babysitter; Dawar El Omda is adults-only, and this is a boutique stay you won’t want to miss. An alluring concoction of traditional Egyptian architecture (plus traditionally-dressed staff to match) and the color-clashing beauty of its natural surroundings, Dawar El Omda is what Egyptian dreams are made of.
Neighboring stunning lagoons and Kafr El Gouna’s vibing downtown, you get the best of both worlds here. Sultry nights complemented by lazy days—Dawar El Omda is a luxury boutique hotel out for our hearts.
Best for: Forgetting the grind and truly unwinding, Egyptian style.
Address: El Gouna town, Red Sea, 84513, Egypt Price range: $$ Website: hotels.elgouna.com/hotel/dawar-el-omda-hotel/