Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Cairo Egypt (2024 Updated)

As long as common sense discretion is used and public displays of affection are avoided – the same goes for heterosexual couples – foreign gay or lesbian couples should have no issues and most of the chain hotels in the capital are gay friendly hotels Cairo.
Egyptian law does not explicitly criminalize homosexuality or cross-dressing, but it does have several provisions that criminalize any behavior or the expression of any idea that is deemed to be immoral, scandalous or offensive to the teachings of a recognized religious leader.
Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC. In Gezira Island’s leafy Zamalek district, 187m Cairo Tower affords panoramic city views.

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1. The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo

The Nile Ritz-Carlton
The Nile Ritz-Carlton

Situated in the heart of Cairo lies the iconic Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo, situated between the Nile river, Tahrir square and adjacent to the Egyptian Museum. The hotel features panoramic views of the Nile corniche and only a stroll across to Qasr El Nil Bridge and Cairo Opera House. Guests can enjoy the free WiFi in the public areas as well as in the room.

Spacious and stylish, the rooms offer working desks. All rooms come with a TV. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom that comprises a lavish bath tub and a walk-in shower. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, slippers and a hair dryer.

The hotel offers a Casino and nightlife experience. More than nine distinctive restaurants and bars promise an unforgettable getaway. Bab El-Sharq is the signature Arabian restaurant offering Shisha and daily entertainment, Vivo the Italian restaurant overlooks the Nile and Cairo tower and Nox offers a nightlife experience from the rooftop overlooking entire Cairo.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo occupies the most iconic location in Cairo, Egypt along the Nile River with views of old and new Egypt. It carries a rich legacy, long-celebrated as an icon of luxury within the city. Views are unmatched, encompassing Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum, whilst guests are immersed in the diversity of the Egyptian culture, and treated to the service of Kings.

Located at the very edge of the Nile, make sure you get (pay for) a room that is opposite the river. The hotel is all you would expect from an upmarket hotel, very comfortable and welcoming. Also it is just around the corner from the Egypt Museum, literally across the road. Not sure if it will be as magnificent after the opening of the new Museum, but we could have spent our holiday in the place. Also it is handy for Tahrir Square and you can walk to many shops, restaurants etc without undue concerns.

The staff is wonderful, security is excellent and the view exceptional. You can see the pyramids from the rooftop deck! The room was spacious and luxe, although the design was probably unchanged since the 1990’s. Nice but not exceptional breakfasts, but we enjoyed the cozy atmosphere, good food and service in the Lobby Lounge. Despite thick glass windows, you can still hear constant honking in Cairo even at 2 am! So not the quietest place. The property is right next to the Egyptian Museum, and Tahrir Square, and across the Nile from Gezira Island. Overall, the Ritz-Carlton is a wonderful place to stay in Cairo.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, centrally located in its heart, is the PERFECT OASIS of CALM and TRANQUILITY to return to and rejuvenate whether in on business or after a long day of sightseeing through Giza, the Khan El Khalili bazaar, the Citadel, Muhammad Ali Mosque, Egyptian Museum, Tahrir Square, the river Nile itself (the latter three are just outside the doorstep of the hotel) or so many many other historic destinations to see.

The hotel lobby itself is palatial, modern and was accented with fresh flowers and contemporary art as well as replicas of unique Egyptian antiquities.

Our fifth floor suite was spacious and overlooked Tahrir Square, which was bustling at all times of day or night. The amenities and bathrooms were top notch.

The hotel is right across the street from the Nile River and is well-located in the city. You cannot go wrong staying here.

From front desk receptionists to housekeeping or restaurant chef and staff, every single one had a smile on their faces. It is really incredible. They must have a good managing system because the energy felt good and the staff members seem to really get along. My hotel room was beautiful facing the Nile. I was called twice to be thanked for being a Bonvoy member and the farewell was the best farewell I have ever experienced in my life. I can not recommend anymore highly that you must stay here when you come to Cairo. Location was convenient, bank is open inside the hotel 24/7 and two ATM machines. Nice shops for shopping too. I enjoyed the Italian restaurant twice there.

The location of this hotel is excellent, right in the center of beautiful Cairo, with stunning views of the Nile River, and fantastic garden at the back, the staff were welcoming and nice, the lobby is very spacious and nicely done, the rooms are also spacious and clean, the food was very good, especially the breakfast buffet, with beautiful outdoor seating and a view of the famous Cairo museum, I loved staying in this hotel and I would do it again.

Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo
Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo

How much does a room costs at The Nile Ritz-Carlton ?

Prices start 182 $/night for Deluxe Room with City and Museum View, 1 King. The Executive Suite is  380$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite offers breathtaking views of both the city center and River Nile, exclusive access to the Club Lounge, seating area, built-in LED TV in bathroom and powder room:

Where to book online – The Nile Ritz-Carlton – Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo you can find the best hotels deals in Cairo during Cairo Bites  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Cairo on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



2. Fairmont Nile City 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo Egypt

Fairmont Nile City
Fairmont Nile City

Located in the Nile City Towers by the River Nile, this 5-star hotel features a rooftop pool deck with spectacular views across Cairo to the Pyramids. It offers 7 food and beverage venues.

All of the Fairmont Nile City rooms are soundproof and decorated with elegant Art Deco furnishings. They come equipped with a work desk and interactive IPTV. The bathrooms have rain showers with sliding shutters. Some rooms offer a panoramic Nile view or city view.

Fairmont Nile City provides modern equipment at its spacious fitness centre. There is also a well equipped business centre on site.

Guests can enjoy gourmet dining at the Asian Fusion Saigon Restaurant and Lounge as well as Italian favorites at L’Uliveto. Guests can also enjoy Al fresco dining on the panoramic rooftop terrace. Bab El Nil offers night-time entertainment and Middle Eastern cuisine.

A melting pot of history and diversity, the city of Cairo is ideal for both business and leisure. Like the city itself, Fairmont Nile City offers a delightful series of contrasts, combining advanced technology and modern design with local flavors and flair. With sweeping panoramas of the river Nile and the Pyramids in the distance, Cairo’s beauty and history are always in sight from your luxury accommodation. During your stay, embark on culinary adventures at the city’s finest restaurants, enjoy the fresh air at our rooftop poolside restaurant and pamper yourself at Willow Stream Spa.

This hotel had it all, beautiful rooms with gorgeous Nile River views. There were excellent dining options such as Bab el Nil and Saigon. Wish I had time to use the gym facilities but we were so busy. Then there was the outstanding breakfast with everything from chicken shawarma to omelets, falafel and more.

Outside of the beauty of the hotel and comfort of the rooms and fantastic service, we must especially note the concierge team. What an extraordinary team of young men and women. They not only do a professional and detailed job, but they serve as ambassadors to Egypt. They helped us with everything from planning dinners to taxi transport to checking in for our flights.

Excellent hotel. A bit gaudy with the design, but it somehow works.

We choose the executive lounge, which allowed for nice snacks and breakfast throughout the day.

Food quality in restaurants was excellent.

Rooms very comfortable and service some of the best in Cairo.

We have stayed at the Ritz Cairo, Marriott Nile, and Marriott Mena and so far the Fairmont is our favorite.

The Fairmont isn’t the most expensive or most luxurious hotel in Cairo but it comes high up the list. It towers over the Nile on the Corniche and it’s topped by a spectacular series of swimming pools (open to the sky in summer, roofed and heated in winter) beside an almost-all-night restaurant featuring belly dancers seven nights a week until 4 a.m. Meantime down in the lower lobby there’s Cairo’s most hip nightclub that seems to keep throbbing through till breakfast time and attracts hordes of young men, and fewer young women, into the hotel.

Our “superior” room was terrific, with a bathroom, separate shower, separate bath, separate w.c., each in its own cubicle. Super fast internet throughout the hotel, but a disappointing range of TV channels in English, namely CNN.

On the plus side, breakfast offered an amazing – borderline excessive – array of national and international cuisine and the Japanese restaurant produced prodigious amounts of sushi at prices which were exorbitant by Egyptian standards but only slightly pricey for us.

We booked a room overlooking the Nile, and I’m glad we did, if only for the dawn view. But of course, being on the Corniche, it also overlooked a six-lane highway that was packed from dawn till late night, and opening the fifth floor balcony doors filled our room with nitrous dioxide. Given that it’ll likely be a few decades before Egyptian drivers go electric, you might want to look elsewhere if you plan a quiet gin and tonic on the balcony.

Our room was spacious (signature room) with a balcony with The Nile view.. wonderful!
The bed was comfortable, room is super clean bathroom was big .

Our room was including the breakfast buffet , snacks buffet and small dinner buffet ,which was at the VIP lounge..Hot drink and fresh juices were included as well..

The service in the VIP Lounge is superb, all the staff trying to make your stay unforgettable.

Make sure to get a room in the middle floor! Other than that- top notch service, spacious and luxurious rooms, access to gold lounge was fabulous and the food delicious. The le labo bathroom products notch up the luxury factor.

The djaj biryani and kasbah are delicious at the Bab el Nile. It helps that they have a mall right below the hotel for you to buy important stuff if you have forgotten to bring them with you. There is even a pharmacy downstairs. I tried all the restaurants during my 6 nights stay here- all were very good! The room service was impeccable! Overall top class stay and will return again!

Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo
Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo

How much does a room costs at Fairmont Nile City ?

Prices start 75 $/night for Fairmont Double Room. The Signature Room is  195$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Fashioned with contemporary elegant Art Deco furnishings, this air-conditioned room features a private terrace, a fully equipped work area with high-speed internet access and an open concept bathroom with sliding shutters, rain shower and exclusive bathroom amenities by Le Labo. All rooms feature an interactive TV and offer complimentary coffee/tea.

Where to book online – Fairmont Nile City  – Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo you can find the best hotels deals in Cairo during Cairo Bites  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Cairo on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir Cairo 4* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Cairo

Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir Cairo
Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir Cairo

Situated in Cairo in the Cairo Governate Region, 200 m from The Egyptian Museum, Steigenberger El Tahrir features an outdoor pool and sauna. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and private parking is available on site.

Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.

You will find a gift shop at the property.

Finding an ideal family-friendly hotel in Cairo does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir, a nice option for travelers like you.

While staying at Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir, visitors can check out Zamalek (Gezira Island) (0.5 mi) and Mosque of Al-Azhar (0.6 mi), some of Cairo’s top attractions.

Guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a minibar, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the hotel.

Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir features a 24 hour front desk, a concierge, and room service, to help make your stay more enjoyable. The property also boasts a pool and breakfast. If you are driving to Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir, parking is available.

Cairo has plenty of Korean restaurants. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like Gaya Restaurant, Hana, and Zentro, which are serving up some great dishes.

During your visit, be sure to check out popular attractions like Cairo Tower (0.7 mi) and Citadel (Al-Qalaa) (1.2 mi), which are all within walking distance of the hotel.

Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Cairo.

The hotel was a generally nice contemporary looking hotel – in the heart of downtown Cairo. It offers free WiFi, 24/7 room service and on-site parking facilities. The hotel contains a restaurant, bar by the lobby, workout room, and an outdoor pool and bar. Our stay (through Gate 1 Travel) included daily breakfast. The breakfast was buffet style with a huge selection of items in addition to egg station where eggs are made to order with all the popular fillings/toppings.

The room was a typical layout with a closet, shelves, hangers, and robes for pool/spa use, queen size bed, arm chair and end table, desk and chair, tub/shower, coffee maker, and fully stocked mini-bar with snacks (prices not bad). The hotel also provided two complimentary bottles of water per day. Housekeeping did a good job of cleaning and providing fresh towels, etc. The view from our room (room 1012) was a city view. The drivers in Egypt are constantly honking their horns and we could hear it up the 10th floor, but it wasn’t too loud and we got used to it.

Cairo Lobby Bar: The Cairo Lobby Bar is situated on the ground floor and offers international drinks and snacks 24/7. The lobby bar also provided free coffee in the morning for those mornings we left too early to eat or get coffee at the hotel’s restaurant.

Oxygen Pool Bar is open daily from 7:00 am until sunset and serves refreshments including alcohol drinks at the pool on the second floor. From midday to sunset snacks are available as well. We spent an afternoon/evening at the pool and had many drinks (beer and wine) and made a dinner out of a wide variety of hot snacks.

Safety was never an issue. Guards check all incoming vehicles with, what I presume a bomb-sniffing, dog. The staff was good, always cordial, but not as outgoing friendly as many other places around the world – I figure it’s just the culture.

Stayed here in a non-smoking room on Level 10 which was immaculately clean. The windows though need double glazing as the traffic noise comes straight through making it hard to sleep. Cairenes love their horns and let everyone know about it. The breakfast was extremely well presented with many different styles available but in the evening when only wanted to order a la carte it was almost impossible. Finally ordered some soup which took 45 minutes to arrive so cancelled rest of meal as would have been there all night.

The buffet dinner was well stocked and flowing well if you wanted that. The location means there is a lot of security with guard dogs and locking gates. Leaving on foot you must go through x-ray and have your bags checked. Well placed to go to the museum just across the road. Note to cross just step out and keep walking – showing any timidness means they will just go around you. If have travelled to Hanoi think of the crossings there except that these are cars and buses not motorbikes.

Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo
Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo

How much does a room costs at Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir Cairo ?

Prices start 45 $/night for Superior City View Room. The Suite Room is  259$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Chic, contemporary décor encourages calm relaxation away from the high-energy City Centre. Stylishly complemented by up-to-the-minute technology, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and in-room tea and coffee making facilities. Connected rooms and rooms equipped for guests with special needs are also available. Pastel pinks blend with gentle grays, beige upholstery and the rich, warm tones of wood surrounds and soundproof window overlooking views over Cairo’s historic center.

Where to book online – Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir Cairo  – Gay Friendly Hotels Cairo you can find the best hotels deals in Cairo during Cairo Bites  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Cairo on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.