With my limited knowledge on Sudan, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of accommodation in the capital city of Khartoum. I found there was a Corinthia Hotel which surprised me. The luxurious Corinthia brand is based out of Malta and I did a feature for them during my visit then. Could the Corinthia Hotel Khartoum provide an equally extravagant experience? There was only one way to find out!
My experience with the hotel started before I even arrived. Finding it difficult to obtain a visa to Sudan, I eventually contacted the hotel who was happy to assist. Granting my special request, they helped me navigate the process which led to getting my coveted visa!
When I first saw the hotel, I thought it was something out of Dubai! The sail like design was very unique and has come to be a landmark in the capital. Seeing it up close is even more impressive. Arriving in the hotel, I found the check in to be quick and pleasant. I had a chance to meet with the GM, Mr. Borg, as well as Mr. Mariano.
We discussed my journey and my plans in Sudan. I found that Mr. Borg was quite the avid traveler as well, so I had a chance to hear some of his adventures.
My spacious Executive Suite was modern with calming yellow and brown hues. A king bed was the focus of the room with an adjacent seating area. The room came with all the amenities like a flat screen tv with satellite channels. A living space had a work area and a comfy couch with some welcome fruit and snacks. The bathroom had a shower bath combo with a marble counter and touches of mosaic tile work. Simple yet lavish design.
The Mugran Restaurant is the main dining venue for a buffet breakfast with an impressive spread and views of the Nile to match. Lunch and dinner are also available serving international and local cuisine.
On the 18th floor is the city’s highest restaurant, The Rickshaw. This asian fusion restaurant is one of a kind and draws crowds for its cuisine. For steak lovers, Le Grill is the place to go. Certain nights feature live music to accompany your meal. The hotel also has two cafes, the Nile River Cafe and Cafe Khartoum. These lounges serve pastries, light meals and of course beverages.
For those with executive club access, you can enjoy your meals in the privacy of the Executive Club Lounge. A drink at sunset with views of the Blue and White Niles is a perfect way to wind down the day.
In terms of wellness, the Corinthia has it all. A Turkish hammam, Jacuzzi and sauna rooms are available. I had a chance to try out a massage treatment which was extremely relaxing and revitalizing. A fully equipped gym with all the latest equipment made working out a pleasure.
Activities such as squash, tennis, and an indoor pool are also available. Talk about a great way to start or end your day!
Of course a hotel of this stature would also cater to grand events. The Lebdah Ballroom plus ten other meeting rooms can accommodate over 1000 people. They even have a planner to help you create the best possible event!
Outside of the hotel there is much to see. The National Museum is just next door while several shopping malls are a short drive away. From here I organized a tour to the Nubian Pyramids of Meroe which is a must see. This can be reached in only 3 hours making even a day trip possible though I’d recommend spending at least a night.
All my questions and concerns were quickly addressed by the team at the Corinthia Hotel Khartoum. Excellent tailored advice and service really made a great impression. My Sudan visit will always bring back the pleasant memories of a caring team, a luxurious room with stunning views, and facilities that made me never want to leave the hotel!
Corinthia Hotel Khartoum
Nile Road PO Box 11042, Khartoum, Sudan
Tel: +249 (0)187 155 555
Fax: +249 (0)187 555 666