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Pools & Day-Use in Cairo: 7 Best Hotel Pools To Spend The Day At

Updated: Sep 10, 2020



Summer is no joke in Cairo; the city seems to almost bake in the heat and we all daydream about throwing ourselves in the nearest cool body of water. Some locals flee the city for the North Coast’s bluer pastures (Egypt’s Mediterranean beaches are some of the best in the world - read more about our world-class beaches here), but what about those who don’t have the option of heading to the beach?


Well, that’s where pools come in. If you’re lucky enough to live or be staying in a compound with a great pool, then what are you reading this for? Go swimming! But if you don’t have access to a pool, or want one in a higher-end setting where someone will bring you a cocktail while you tan, well we have you covered.


But first, a few important notes:


Note #1: Our favorite day-use hotel of all time, the Marriott Mena House, has cancelled their day-use option :( So if you want to swim in this historical hotel by the Pyramids, you’ll have to stay overnight (I guess there are worse things in the world).


Note #2: Obviously most hotels in Cairo have pools, but we only included the ones we personally liked best. For example, we love the Cairo Marriott in Zamalek as a hotel but are not fond of their pool.


Note #3: These prices were all valid as of August 2020 and we’ll do our best to keep them updated, but if you’re reading this from the future (hello!), don’t be mad at us if the prices have changed slightly. Also, with covid-19 things are likely to change at the drop of a hat, so there’s just that friendly caveat too.


Now with no further ado, let’s go swimming.



Sofitel Gezirah


Sofitel Gezirah. Pools & Day-Use in Cairo: 7 Best Hotel Pools To Spend The Day At

Location: Zamalek


Their indoor/outdoor pool isn’t large, but has beautiful views over the Nile.


Day-use includes: double room, pool access, gym access


Day-use hours: 10 am to 6 pm


Weekday price (Sun-Weds): 900 EGP for double room (450 EGP per person)


Thursday price: 1100 EGP for double room (550 EGP person)


Weekend price (Fri-Sat): 1500 EGP for double room (750 EGP per person)


For more info: 02 2737 3737



The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa


The Westin. Pools & Day-Use in Cairo: 7 Best Hotel Pools To Spend The Day At

Location: New Cairo


Large pool overlooking the greenery of the golf course.


Day-use includes: double room & pool access


Day-use hours: 10 am to 6 pm


Weekday price: 1500 EGP for double room (750 EGP per person)


Weekend price: 1700 EGP for double room (850 EGP per person)


For more info: 02 2322 8000



Semiramis Intercontinental


Intercontinental Semiramis. Pools & Day-Use in Cairo: 7 Best Hotel Pools To Spend The Day At

Location: Garden City


Nile views from the pool, anyone?


Day-use includes: double room & pool access


Day-use hours: 10 am to 7 pm


Price (same for weekdays and weekends): 890 EGP for a double room (445 EGP per person)


For more info: 02 2798 8000



JW Marriott


JW Marriott. Pools & Day-Use in Cairo: 7 Best Hotel Pools To Spend The Day At

Location: New Cairo


A good spot to bring your kids, because they have their own man-made ‘beach’ and waterpark (plus a normal pool). Local tip: avoid going on weekends and public holidays because it gets CROWDED.


Day-use includes: either a double room or poolside cabana, plus access to all of their pools


Day-use hours: 11 am to 7 pm


Weekday prices:


Double room: 1500 EGP (750 EGP per person)

Poolside cabana: 1900 EGP (can take two adults and two kids)


Weekend prices: