Semiramis Restyle

A multi-million renovation project is set to further transform the renowned Semiramis InterContinental hotel in Cairo’s City Centre. Following on from the extensive refurbishment in 2002 that saw the 20 year old property being brought into the twenty first century with cutting-edge designs from Tonychi and associates, the New York-based design firm is now beginning the final phase of the renovation.

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By  Charlotte Butterfield Published  November 20, 2006

A multi-million renovation project is set to further transform the renowned Semiramis InterContinental hotel in Cairo’s City Centre. Following on from the extensive refurbishment in 2002 that saw the 20 year old property being brought into the twenty first century with cutting-edge designs from Tonychi and associates, the New York-based design firm is now beginning the final phase of the renovation. The 727-room hotel has long been recognised as one of Cairo’s landmark hotels and the new design ensures that it remains at the forefront of the Egyptian capital’s hospitality industry. Previous phases of refurbishment included the upgrade of the hotel’s InterContinental Lounge, the Executive Club floors and the Cleopatra ballroom that was designed by renowned French designer Pierre Yves Rochon. Now, the areas highlighted for attention are the main lobby and reception area, in addition to the Tea Garden and Night and Day restaurant. Tonychi and associates has devised a concept for the hotel that will combine the essence of Egyptian architecture with contemporary international interior design. The Tea Garden is designed around a central fountain, and includes a new beverage gallery and an integrated entertainment zone, The Grill, covering 700m², which includes a wine cellar, private dining rooms, a central grill oven and an open kitchen. The Grill restaurant features private dining areas and booths framed in timber with vertically oriented glass panels again reflecting an Egyptian motif. The new design aims to combine beauty with practicality, luxury with understated elegance and modernity with hints of Egyptian art and craft. TonyChi, responsible for projects as diverse as the Intercontinental in Geneva, to the Harbor Kitchen dining experience in Sydney, has ensured that the new designs of Semiramis’ restaurants are both inviting and progressive in their designs. From the inventive Italian ‘Pane Vino’; the Lebanese-inspired ‘Sabaya’; the unique Thai eatery, ‘Bird Cage’; to the popular nightclub, ‘Rhitmo’, it is fair to say that all boast cutting-edge interiors that have rapidly gained kudos in Egypt’s capital.

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