North Africa

Cairo Hotels

Cairo has 5-star hotels, modest guesthouses and more recently a number of boutique hotels.

Hotels with a view of the Nile are particularly lucrative, but the prices are also higher there. Several international hotel chains have located their houses at the pyramids of Giza, but booking there only makes sense if you have a view of the pyramids from your room.

If you are looking for an inexpensive hotel in Cairo, especially in the city center, you should always have several rooms shown before deciding on one.

The following hotels in Cairo are divided into three categories:

Luxurious (over $ 200)
Moderate ( $ 50 to $ 200)
Inexpensive (up to $ 50)

Prices shown are minimum rates for a double room per night with breakfast but excluding taxes (about 7%).

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Four Seasons

The Four Seasons has 365 luxury rooms, including 101 suites, that have beautiful views of either the Nile or the city and citadel. Many rooms also have their own terraces. The hotel facilities include the rooftop swimming pool with pools for adults and children and an excellent beauty and wellness center. The Aqua restaurant, which specializes in seafood, is the best of the six hotel restaurants.

Address: 1089 Corniche el Nil, Roda Island, Cairo
Phone: (02) 27 91 70 00
Website: http://www.fourseasons.com/caironp

Mena House Oberoi

The hotel, overlooking the pyramids, was the former palace of Khedive Ismail and is the most glamorous and romantic hotel in Cairo. Since its opening in 1887, it has housed emperors, kings and film stars. Antiques, murals and tapestries give the four luxury suites a luxurious atmosphere. You should try to get a room with a view of the pyramids.

Address: Pyramids Road, Giza, Cairo
Phone: (02) 33 77 32 22
Website: http://www.oberoimenahouse.com

Moderate

Villa Belle Epoque

Hotel Villa Belle Epoque, which opened in 2009, is a wonderful colonial-style villa in a leafy district that is easily accessible by metro from the city center.

All 13 rooms are unique and simple and elegantly furnished in the style of the 1920s. Even the tiles in the courtyard correspond to the original decor. A garden and a small swimming pool ensure a relaxing stay.

Address: Road 13, Villa 63, Cairo
Phone: (02) 23 58 02 65
Website: http://villabelleepoque.com

Hotel Longchamps

The small and popular family hotel, which has been successful since it opened in 1953, is located in a relatively peaceful district of Cairo. The cozy rooms are bright and clean and give a touch of colonial flair. The two green terraces are the real gem of the hotel. The Longchamps is always booked a lot, you should definitely book in advance.

Address: 21 Ismail Mohammed Street, Cairo
Phone: (02) 27 35 23 11
Website: http://www.hotellongchamps.com

Cheap

Hotel Al-Hussein

If you want to plunge into the bustle of Khan el Khalili, you’ve come to the right place. The hotel’s rooms, overlooking the Al Hussein Mosque, are simple but spacious. The water is usually hot and there is a ceiling fan, but the air conditioners (if working) are relatively noisy. One has to reckon with a somewhat dirty bathroom here. A big advantage of Al-Hussein are the huge balconies, from which you have a fantastic view of the square and can wonderfully watch the action. The service is sometimes grumpy, especially with the (very simple) breakfast, but overall the hotel is extremely cheap.

Address: Midan Al-Hussein, Cairo
Telephone: (02) 25 91 80 89

Hotel Talisman

The French owners of the Hotel Talisman, which opened in 2006, furnished their house with 24 colorful rooms in a simple, traditional style. The bedspreads are Egyptian and handmade, the furniture made of carved wood and the carpets oriental. Wi-Fi is available to guests. The cozy lounge is characterized by hand-embroidered pillows, mother-of-pearl wooden furniture and antique Islamic silver. Quiet and friendly.

Address: 39 Talaat Harb Street, Cairo
Phone: (02) 23 93 94 31
Website: http://www.talisman-hotel.com

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