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Pharoahs, Pyramids, sand dunes, the River Nile, and the Red Sea. Egypt’s dramatic landscapes, ancient Islamic civilisation, and crystal blue waters make it a top tourist destination. Whether you’re a sun seeker, a romanticist, or a culture vulture there’s something for everyone. Many of the best places to stay in Egypt are luxury boutiques on the banks of the Nile. However there are lots of excellent Five Star resorts, some low key diving spots for sports enthusiasts, and some beautiful sailing boats along the Nile. Of course the Red Sea coastline, specifically Sharm El Sheikh, is renowned for cheap package holidays so it’s wise to avoid resorts here if you're looking for something less touristy.

The country can be divided into five main areas, each offering different charms and activities. Cairo for its big city buzz, the Nile Valley & Luxor for their ancient Pharoanic heritage, the Red Sea & Sinai for spectacular coastline, the Siwai Oasis & the Western Desert for dramatic landscape and biblical history, and Alexandria for its youth culture.

Egypt offers a diverse landscape so it would be wise to plan a week in each area rather than rush through them all at once. Tourists attract hawkers selling their wares, so keep a cool head and factor in time to relax and read a book. For sightseeing the best time of year to visit is in the cooler months between October and April. The summer months can get as hot as 38-45 degrees. Tourism is the driving force behind Egypt’s economy, but since the Revolution in 2011 it has dropped its position in Top Destination rankings. While currently the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel to North Sinai, with the exception of Sharm El Sheikh, it's best to check the FCO website for travel updates.

The Hotel Guru’s selection of the best places to stay in Egypt are mainly luxury boutiques, Five Star resorts on the coast, and romantic cruises on the Nile. Boutiques are few and far between but they stand out from the mass of cheap package holiday destinations and are far more private than the best Five Star resorts.

        See all » 8 hotels in Cairo

        • Gawharet Al Ahram Hotel 100 rooms from $17

          Cairo (Giza)

          A cute hotel with simple rooms close to the Giza pyramids. Charming balconies and terraces, a good traditional restaurant, and roof top pool. Excellent value, ideally suited to those on a budget.

          Value chic
          Sights nearby  -  Close to the Pyramids in Giza, Cairo University, Giza Zoo, and First Mall Cairo.
          Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
          Views  -  Great views from hotel
          Check prices
        • Talisman Hotel 24 rooms from $60

          Cairo

          A lovely little boutique with bargain prices. Colourful simple rooms have lots of space and characterful decoration. Walking distance to excellent restaurants. Perfect for visiting Cairo on a shoe string without staying in a hostel.

          Value chic
          Sailing  -  Cruise the Nile on a felucca.
          Sights nearby  -  Pyramids at Giza and Zosser.
          Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
          Check prices

        See all » 3 hotels in Siwa Oasis and the Western Desert

        • Albabenshal 13 rooms from $29

          Siwa, Siwa Oasis and the Western Desert

          Basic simplicity in this desert guest house. An eco friendly mud brick building with bare-walled rooms and a cool roof terrace restaurant. Fantastically cheap rates, bikes to hire, and lots to do in the desert. A hotel for families, sporting enthusiasts, and those on a budget.

          Value chic
          Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
          Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
          Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
          Check prices
        • Siwa Villa from $153

          Siwa, Siwa Oasis and the Western Desert

          A charming mud brick villa ideal for families or groups of friends. Simple chic rooms, fantastic roof top terrace with an open fire place, chef on request. Plenty to do in the desert. Excellent value.

          Groups
          Active Holiday
          Families
          Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape

        See all » 2 hotels in Alexandria

        • Steigenberger Hotel Cecil 86 rooms from $87

          Alexandria

          An historic hotel with a classical facade and grand interiors. Old world romance and charm throughout. Rooms and suites have floor to ceiling windows, rich fabrics, antique furniture, and balconies with sea views. Two excellent restaurants. A romantic spot to explore Alexandria from.

          City Style
          Sights nearby  -  St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria Stadium, Qaitbay Fortress and Pompey's Pillar.
          Views  -  Great views from hotel
          Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
          Check prices
        • Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria At San Stefano 118 rooms from $277

          Alexandria

          A luxury Five Star hotel with boutique flair and an intimate atmosphere. Gorgeous suites, all individually decorated, mix tradition and modern comfort to stylish effect. Excellent Italian and Lebanese restaurants, top of the range cardio gym and spa, infinity pool with sea views. A stand out hotel.

          Foodies  -  Italian and Lebanese restaurants.
          5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
          City Style
          Sights nearby  -  Roman Amphitheatre.
          Check prices

        See all » 2 hotels in Hurghada

        • The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

          Hurghada (Red Sea Governorate)

          A Five Star hotel with its own private beach and coral reef to dive from. All suites in cream with all the mod cons and balconies. Italian, Indian, and Oriental cuisines, a wellness spa, and huge infinity pools that stretch onto white sand. Very romantic, yet family friendly too.

          5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
          Romantic Break
          Honeymoons
          Diving  -  The private beach has its own coral reef to explore from the hotel's diving academy.
          Check prices
        • Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel 388 rooms

          Hurghada (Red Sea Governorate)

          Large beach resort with its golf course, private yachts to charter, diving school, and Red Sea spa. Suites have private balconies and elegant decoration. Many restaurants, bars, and an enormous lagoon-style swimming pool leading to the beach. Not intimate, but excellent for watersports and families.

          Families
          Active Holiday
          Luxury
          Diving  -  Diving school.
          Check prices

        See all » 2 hotels in Sharm el Sheikh

        • Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh 200 rooms

          Sharm el Sheikh (South Sinai)

          A beautiful Five Star hotel with a private white sand beach. Six stylish restaurants serve Italian, Mediterranean, and Arabic cuisine. A state of the art spa has all natural treatments. Sumptuous rooms and suites all in cream and light wood with private balconies. Perfect for couple and families.

          Foodies  -  Six stylish restaurants.
          Families  -  Kids club.
          Beach Life
          Romantic Break
          Check prices
        • Oonas Dive Club Hotel 14 rooms from $47

          Sharm el Sheikh (South Sinai)

          The ideal spot for a family holiday with emphasis on the water. Hotel boats to charter every day for diving and snorkelling, plus buffet lunches on board. Simple, excellent value rooms with private balconies and a good traditional restaurant.

          Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
          Value chic
          Families
          Active Holiday
          Check prices

        See all » 2 hotels in Luxor

        • Sofitel Karnak Luxor 92 rooms from $120

          Luxor

          A stunning Five Star hotel with a rich history. Built by explorers on the banks of the Nile sits a classical facade surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and Pharoanic temples. Elegant rooms and suites, romantic terraces, a large pool amongst the groves, and excellent French cuisine. Superb.

          Garden  -  Stunning gardens.
          Romantic Break
          5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
          Honeymoons
          Check prices
        • Al Moudira Hotel 54 rooms from 133

          Luxor

          Utterly romantic boutique hotel on the West Bank of Luxor. Gorgeous rooms have four poster beds and are filled with antiques and soft fabrics. Excellent restaurant with an a la carte menu, evening jazz, and an ivy clad courtyard. Also a spa and large swimming pool. Dreamy.

          Romantic  -  Good for couples.
          Romantic Break
          Luxury
          Views  -  Great views from hotel
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
          Check prices

        See all » 1 hotel in Dahab

        • Dahab Paradise 35 rooms from $47

          Dahab

          A charming beach front hotel at a bargain price. Charming traditional rooms and triples have private balconies. Lovely circular swimming pool, direct access to the beach, and good traditional cuisine. Close to the desert, nightlife, and many water sports. Perfect for families, excellent value.

          Diving  -  Dahab is considered to be one of the Sinai's most treasured diving locations. Both the Canyon and Blue Hole are close by.
          Beach Life
          Value chic
          Sights nearby  -  Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s Monastery.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
          Check prices

        See all » 8 hotels in Cairo

        • Gawharet Al Ahram Hotel 100 rooms from $17

          Cairo (Giza)

          A cute hotel with simple rooms close to the Giza pyramids. Charming balconies and terraces, a good traditional restaurant, and roof top pool. Excellent value, ideally suited to those on a budget.

          Value chic
          Sights nearby  -  Close to the Pyramids in Giza, Cairo University, Giza Zoo, and First Mall Cairo.
          Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
          Views  -  Great views from hotel
          Check prices
        • Talisman Hotel 24 rooms from $60

          Cairo

          A lovely little boutique with bargain prices. Colourful simple rooms have lots of space and characterful decoration. Walking distance to excellent restaurants. Perfect for visiting Cairo on a shoe string without staying in a hostel.

          Value chic
          Sailing  -  Cruise the Nile on a felucca.
          Sights nearby  -  Pyramids at Giza and Zosser.
          Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
          Check prices

        See all » 3 hotels in Siwa Oasis and the Western Desert

        • Albabenshal 13 rooms from $29

          Siwa, Siwa Oasis and the Western Desert

          Basic simplicity in this desert guest house. An eco friendly mud brick building with bare-walled rooms and a cool roof terrace restaurant. Fantastically cheap rates, bikes to hire, and lots to do in the desert. A hotel for families, sporting enthusiasts, and those on a budget.

          Value chic
          Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
          Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
          Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
          Check prices
        • Siwa Villa from $153

          Siwa, Siwa Oasis and the Western Desert

          A charming mud brick villa ideal for families or groups of friends. Simple chic rooms, fantastic roof top terrace with an open fire place, chef on request. Plenty to do in the desert. Excellent value.

          Groups
          Active Holiday
          Families
          Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape

        See all » 2 hotels in Alexandria

        • Steigenberger Hotel Cecil 86 rooms from $87

          Alexandria

          An historic hotel with a classical facade and grand interiors. Old world romance and charm throughout. Rooms and suites have floor to ceiling windows, rich fabrics, antique furniture, and balconies with sea views. Two excellent restaurants. A romantic spot to explore Alexandria from.

          City Style
          Sights nearby  -  St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria Stadium, Qaitbay Fortress and Pompey's Pillar.
          Views  -  Great views from hotel
          Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
          Check prices
        • Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria At San Stefano 118 rooms from $277

          Alexandria

          A luxury Five Star hotel with boutique flair and an intimate atmosphere. Gorgeous suites, all individually decorated, mix tradition and modern comfort to stylish effect. Excellent Italian and Lebanese restaurants, top of the range cardio gym and spa, infinity pool with sea views. A stand out hotel.

          Foodies  -  Italian and Lebanese restaurants.
          5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
          City Style
          Sights nearby  -  Roman Amphitheatre.
          Check prices

        See all » 2 hotels in Hurghada

        • The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

          Hurghada (Red Sea Governorate)

          A Five Star hotel with its own private beach and coral reef to dive from. All suites in cream with all the mod cons and balconies. Italian, Indian, and Oriental cuisines, a wellness spa, and huge infinity pools that stretch onto white sand. Very romantic, yet family friendly too.

          5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
          Romantic Break
          Honeymoons
          Diving  -  The private beach has its own coral reef to explore from the hotel's diving academy.
          Check prices
        • Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel 388 rooms

          Hurghada (Red Sea Governorate)

          Large beach resort with its golf course, private yachts to charter, diving school, and Red Sea spa. Suites have private balconies and elegant decoration. Many restaurants, bars, and an enormous lagoon-style swimming pool leading to the beach. Not intimate, but excellent for watersports and families.

          Families
          Active Holiday
          Luxury
          Diving  -  Diving school.
          Check prices

        See all » 2 hotels in Sharm el Sheikh

        • Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh 200 rooms

          Sharm el Sheikh (South Sinai)

          A beautiful Five Star hotel with a private white sand beach. Six stylish restaurants serve Italian, Mediterranean, and Arabic cuisine. A state of the art spa has all natural treatments. Sumptuous rooms and suites all in cream and light wood with private balconies. Perfect for couple and families.

          Foodies  -  Six stylish restaurants.
          Families  -  Kids club.
          Beach Life
          Romantic Break
          Check prices
        • Oonas Dive Club Hotel 14 rooms from $47

          Sharm el Sheikh (South Sinai)

          The ideal spot for a family holiday with emphasis on the water. Hotel boats to charter every day for diving and snorkelling, plus buffet lunches on board. Simple, excellent value rooms with private balconies and a good traditional restaurant.

          Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
          Value chic
          Families
          Active Holiday
          Check prices

        See all » 2 hotels in Luxor

        • Sofitel Karnak Luxor 92 rooms from $120

          Luxor

          A stunning Five Star hotel with a rich history. Built by explorers on the banks of the Nile sits a classical facade surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and Pharoanic temples. Elegant rooms and suites, romantic terraces, a large pool amongst the groves, and excellent French cuisine. Superb.

          Garden  -  Stunning gardens.
          Romantic Break
          5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
          Honeymoons
          Check prices
        • Al Moudira Hotel 54 rooms from 133

          Luxor

          Utterly romantic boutique hotel on the West Bank of Luxor. Gorgeous rooms have four poster beds and are filled with antiques and soft fabrics. Excellent restaurant with an a la carte menu, evening jazz, and an ivy clad courtyard. Also a spa and large swimming pool. Dreamy.

          Romantic  -  Good for couples.
          Romantic Break
          Luxury
          Views  -  Great views from hotel
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
          Check prices

        See all » 1 hotel in Dahab

        • Dahab Paradise 35 rooms from $47

          Dahab

          A charming beach front hotel at a bargain price. Charming traditional rooms and triples have private balconies. Lovely circular swimming pool, direct access to the beach, and good traditional cuisine. Close to the desert, nightlife, and many water sports. Perfect for families, excellent value.

          Diving  -  Dahab is considered to be one of the Sinai's most treasured diving locations. Both the Canyon and Blue Hole are close by.
          Beach Life
          Value chic
          Sights nearby  -  Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s Monastery.
          Recommended by  -  I Escape
          Check prices