Cairo Hotels

Hotels in Cairo range from international 5-star chains to basic guesthouses and a new wave of boutique hotels. Pride of place goes to those with a Nile view although you will pay a premium price. Several international chains are located at the Pyramids of Giza, which is only worthwhile if you can see them from your room. If you’re looking for cheap hotels in Cairo, especially Downtown, ask to see a choice of available rooms.

The Cairo hotels below have been listed alphabetically and classed into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$200)
Moderate (US$50 to US$150)
Cheap (up to US$50)
These rates are the starting rates for a double room per night and include breakfast but not tax (about 7%).

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Mena House

(02) 3377 3222.

Originally the palace of the Khedives Ismail, with fabulous views of the pyramids, this is one of the most glamorous and romantic hotels in Cairo. Since opening in 1887, it has hosted kings, emperors and movie stars, with four luxury suites enhanced by antiques, murals and tapestries. Try and book a pyramid-view room.

Le Riad Hotel De Charme

(020) 2787 6074.

Located on a charming street in Islamic Cairo, this brand new boutique hotel has been converted from an Ottoman house, complete with architectural features like domes, arches and mashrabiye (latticed wooden shutters). Elegant suites are filled with antiques, plus modern touches like free laptops and Wi-Fi.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

(02) 2791 7000.

This Cairo hotel offers 366 luxury rooms, including 101 suites, all with wonderful views of the Nile, the city and citadel, and many with private terrace. Facilities include a rooftop pool deck with adult and children's pools, and an excellent beauty and wellness spa. The hotel has six restaurants, headed by the seafood restaurant Aqua.

Villa Belle Epoque

(02) 2358 0265.

Opened in 2009 and converted from a delightful colonial villa, this is located in a leafy suburb but easily accessible to the city centre by Metro. All 13 rooms are unique, simply and elegantly furnished, recreated from the original 1920s style even down to the tiles in the courtyard. Leafy garden and a small pool makes for a truly relaxing stay.

Road 13, Villa 63, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt

Cairo Marriott Hotel

(02) 272 83000.

The hotel's twin towers are a distinctive landmark rising 20 stories high and providing magnificent views of the Nile and six acres of gardens. This former palace offers 977 updated rooms, 111 elegant suites, 15 restaurants and a world-class casino - it's got all the bases covered.

16 Mohammed Abd El-Wahab, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

Hotel Longchamps

(02) 2735 2311.

Very popular small family-run hotel in a relatively peaceful area, this Cairo hotel has been going strong since 1953. Comfortable rooms are bright and clean, with a hint of a colonial flavour, and the real gem are the two leafy terraces. Always busy, so advance booking is essential.

21 Ismail Mohammed St, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

Hotel Al-Hussein

(02) 2591 8089.

If you want to be in the thick of Khan el Khalili, this is the place. Overlooking the mosque Al Hussein, rooms are basic, but large. Water is usually hot, and there is a ceiling fan but the air-conditioning – when working – is noisy, and bathroom might be a little grubby. However the real draw is the huge balconies overlooking the square, a fantastic spot for watching the world go by. Service can be surly, especially for the (very basic) breakfast, but overall it’s great value.

Midan Al-Hussein, Khan el Kahlili, Cairo, Egypt

Windsor Hotel

(020) 2591 5810.

This family-run, Cairo hotel located in busy Downtown is a historic colonial house. Guest rooms are filled with period furniture and tastefully decorated, but the real gem is the Barrel Bar, offering a cosy, old-world feel with barrel chairs and memorabilia. Rooms differ in size and quality so it’s worth seeing a choice before you book.

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19 Alfi Bey Steet

Pension Roma

(02) 2391 1088.

Located down a quiet Downton backstreet, this is one of the best budget options. Its high ceilinged rooms with hardwood floors are clean and simple. Some have private showers, others have shared facilities. The new extension offers seven air-conditioned rooms, including four family ensuite rooms, a real bonus.

169 Mohamed Farid Street, Downtown, Cairo, Egypt

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Edited by Tina Banerjee
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