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Marriot: Josephine's palace


What woman was the Khedive Ismael dreaming of when he built this palace, since converted into a hotel?

In 1867 the Khedive Ismael decided to build an incredibly luxurious palace in Gezira. Napoleon III's Empress Eugenie kept a marvellous souvenir of it. This palace suffered the vagaries of history and was redeemed in the 1970s by the Marriot group. When you cross the hall, you can admire its arcaded porticoes. The architect who designed them spent six months studying their construction at the Alhambra. Each piece was forged in iron in Germany, numbered and assembled on site.

The central part of the hotel is original and has been enlarged on each side. The hotel now has more than 1,000 rooms that overlook either the gardens or the Nile, but it has preserved a kind of intimacy and at no time will you have the slightest feeling of a crowd.

In the evening, its promenade on the Nile is frequented by locals who come to drink or dine in one of its restaurants, with birds singing in the background. Every evening there are concerts worthy of Umm Kulthum. Equipped with a water park, the Marriott is perfect for family holidays.

Marriott Hotel
16 Gezira ST
Cairo Governorate

+20 (0)2 2728 3000

Rooms: from 1,934 EGP

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