Ritz-Carlton Cairo Pushed Back To A 2015 Opening
A plaintive email winged its way into our inbox this week. “When does the Ritz-Carlton in Cairo open?” it asked wearily.
As well it might. You may have forgotten about the property, it’s been so long in the making. Originally a Hilton, it switched brands in 2009, with the intention of carrying out a two-year renovation while hosting guests.
That didn’t happen. In 2011, when this photo of the hotel's shell was taken, as Travel Weekly reported, it was still shuttered, due to Egypt’s political unrest. The company moved the opening date to 2013, hoping that its location near Tahrir Square would, again, be a plus point.
And so we’re at stalemate.
Ritz-Carlton told us yesterday that the opening is now scheduled for the second quarter of 2015. We don’t have any more information, other than the rendering above (from the hotel's architects) other than a confirmation last year to The National that the construction had been deliberately slowed down. At the time, Pascal Duchauffour, RC’s area vice president for Europe and the Middle East, said:
We believe that Egypt, once recovered, will be as it used to be, a great tourist destination, a great business location.
Fingers crossed that it sticks to schedule this time. And, more importantly, for Egypt.
[Photo: WZMH Architects]