Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (MOHG) has announced a management agreement to rebrand the Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, marking its first foray into Egypt.
Inaugurated in 1841, the Shepheard Hotel is undergoing a complete renovation with Parisian interior designer Sybille de Margerie responsible for preserving the building’s heritage design while improving facilities and services.
When completed – scheduled for 2024 – the hotel will reopen as Mandarin Oriental Shepheard, Cairo.
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.
Mandarin Oriental Shepheard, Cairo will house a spa at the Mandarin Oriental featuring eight treatment suites and offering bespoke Mandarin Oriental wellness experiences and treatments.
Other wellness facilities will include an indoor lap pool, rooftop pool, beauty salon, fitness center and kids’ club.
Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa and Wellness at MOHG, said Corporate Spa wellness programming will include traditional Egyptian bathing rituals, modern European beauty treatments and signature Mandarin Oriental spa therapies inspired by Asian healing cultures.
The hotel’s F&B offering will include five restaurants and bars, including a rooftop restaurant for alfresco dining, as well as an exclusive club lounge. Ample reception areas will also be provided.
The developer of the project is Al Sharif for Tourism and Hotels, an Egyptian closed joint-stock company which is a subsidiary of Al Sharif Group Holding – the Saudi Arabia-based holding group that won the concession to redevelop the site in 2020.
James Riley, Managing Director of MOHG 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 grow our brand in the Middle East and Africa, and we look forward to creating many unique experiences for our customers.”
MOHG operates 36 hotels and seven residences in 24 countries and territories across Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.