Why I love staying in 5-star hotels while traveling the world

 A view of the Fairmont Hotel in Cairo, the 5-star hotel I'm staying this week.

A view of the Fairmont Hotel in Cairo, the 5-star hotel I'm staying this week.

Greetings from Cairo, Egypt!

I have a confession to make: up until now, I've underestimated 5-star hotels. I always thought they weren't worth paying for. Boy — was I wrong!

The level of service in a 5-star hotel is unbelievable. Anything I need is just a phone call away. From laundry to food to making photocopies, I have people on call to help me. There's also a gym, spa, and salon — all of which I've used and recommend.

I realize I might sound like a snob, but I don't think there's anything wrong with being taken care of — especially when you consider how I wasn't given what I have today. I worked for it. And now, after several years of wandering around through life, I'm experiencing the rewards.

The hotel I'm staying at is called the Fairmont Hotel. It's located off the Nile River. Unfortunately, the Nile River in Cairo isn't as impressive as the Nile River outside of the city — imo. The reason why is because the area I'm in is highly populated, which leads to traffic, pollution, and not the greatest living conditions for the average person.

It feels surreal living in this hotel for 8 days. As if I'm in a bubble-like wonderland, surrounded by poverty yet enclosed in luxury. I realize this bubble can pop any second. There are x-ray machines to walk through to get inside, and every vehicle coming into the parking area is inspected by a bomb-sniffing dog.

Such is life here in Cairo.

EgyptRaymond Duke