Mandarin Oriental to take over management of historic hotel in Cairo, Egypt
(23 March 2022, 14:46 +07)
Mandarin Oriental has signed a management agreement with Al-Sharif Group which will see it rebrand the historic Shepheard Hotel in Cairo as Mandarin Oriental Shepheard, Cairo.
The hotel will be the group’s first property in Egypt.
The famous Shepheard Hotel opened in 1841 and remains a landmark in the city, respected by the local community and well known internationally.
A full renovation of the property is already underway and Paris-based interior designer Sybille de Margerie has been tasked with preserving the building’s heritage design while improving facilities and services.
Paul Massot (left), CDO of Mandarin Oriental, with Nawaf Faiz Al-Sharif, Chairman of Al-Sharif Group
Once completed, currently scheduled for 2024, the hotel will reopen as Mandarin Oriental Shepheard, Cairo.
James Riley, Managing Director of Mandarin Oriental Group, said, “We are delighted to extend Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality to Egypt and to work with Al Sharif Group Holding to bring this iconic and historic hotel back to life. The project presents an ideal opportunity to further develop our brand in the Middle East and Africa, and we look forward to creating many unique experiences for our customers.
Located on the east bank of the Nile, in the heart of downtown Cairo, the property will feature 188 rooms and 88 suites, many with balconies, offering views of the city, the Nile and the island of Gezira.
The Mandarin Oriental Shepheard in Cairo will offer five restaurants and bars, including a rooftop restaurant for alfresco dining, as well as an exclusive club lounge.
The hotel will also offer expansive function spaces, including a rooftop ballroom, a spa with eight treatment suites, an indoor lap pool, a rooftop pool, a beauty salon, a fitness and kids club.
The project developer is Al Sharif for Tourism and Hospitality, an Egyptian closed joint-stock company which is a subsidiary of Al Sharif Group Holding, the Saudi holding group based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which won the concession for redevelop the site of the Egyptian General Tourism and Hospitality Company in 2020.
“Mandarin Oriental is an award-winning international brand renowned for its exemplary service and attention to detail,” said Mr. Nawaf Faiz Al-Sharif, Chairman of Al-Sharif Group. “They are the perfect partner for this unique project, and we look forward to working together to enhance Cairo’s appeal and create the city’s most sophisticated luxury hotel.”