My top 10 picks for best hotels in Cairo
(Egypt) include luxury, mid-range and budget options. This list of Cairo's best hotels have been chosen based on their value, location and style. You'll find Cairo's best boutique hotels as well as those offering the cleanest dorms. The most expensive hotels start at the top of the list. Budget hotels can be found further down. The cheaper the hotel, the more likely you'll be asked to join a tour. But that's a good idea in Cairo.
Cairo hotel rates fluctuate (per season and exchange rate) so please check with the hotel directly, or a booking engine for the most current price.
© Four Seasons
With views of the Citadel and the Nile, this Four Seasons Hotel gets top ratings. It's certainly a luxurious place to stay. You can have dim sum overlooking the feluccas
sailing down the Nile, or enjoy a glass of wine by any of the three pools and cool off from a dusty day of sightseeing. Rooms are large, modern and well appointed. Staff is very attentive and welcoming which is especially nice if you're traveling with children. Shopping is close by at upscale malls and of course the souks. There are no less than 8 restaurants in the hotel, so no need to navigate the noisy streets of Cairo looking for a suitable dining spot.
Rates: From $400 per room
Booking: Directly with The Four Seasons, or use a a booking engine.
© Mena House Oberoi
The Mena House is a palatial, luxury hotel, very close to the Pyramids and surrounded by 40 acres of gardens. The Mena House is more than 100 years old and has seen its fair share of royalty and famous clientele. The decor is sumptuous, lots of antiques and hand crafted furniture. If you like modern, clean lines, you may feel a bit claustrophobic. There's a golf course, swimming pool, and several restaurants, (the Indian one is great), but you'll be paying top dollar for food and drinks. Service from staff is generally excellent, but the Internet service is expensive. You will have to take a taxi to get to Cairo's other sights.
Rates: Start at $220 for a double room.
Booking: Book direct.
© Cairo Marriott
The Cairo Marriott is a large, 20 story hotel located in one of the nicest suburbs of Cairo, Zamalek. The hotel is situated on the banks of the Nile and was originally a palace, built in 1869. The hotel is modern, light and bright with over a 1000 rooms; not exactly intimate. There are several restaurants to choose from, but this is also a good neighborhood to explore alternative dining options. It's a good choice for business travelers as well as tourists with children. The hotel has a casino attached to it, shopping center, a large outdoor (and indoor) pool and well-maintained gardens. Breakfast is generous and included in the room rate.
Rates: Start at $190 per night for a double
Booking: Book direct with the hotel
© Talisman Hotel
The Talisman is a boutique hotel with 24 charming rooms. Each room is unique, tastefully furnished and decorated with antiques. If you want to be in the heart of Cairo, a 20 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo and the bazaars, this is a great option. Breakfast is included as is free internet service. The hotel has a tour company that offers tours at reasonable prices, but they won't push you to use them. The hotel is on the 4th floor of a traditional building on a small street (so quieter), lined with local shops. Perfect if you want to enjoy Egypt rather than escape it by staying at a resort. Rooms have TV, mini fridge and large bathrooms.
Rates: From $130 per night (flexible)
Booking: Contact the hotel
© Le Meridien/Starwood Hotels
Le Meridien is the largest hotel located in Giza, close to the Pyramids. It's really a luxury resort, with swimming pools, tennis courts, sauna, themed restaurants, a shopping arcade and more. You don't have to leave the property except to take a tour or taxi to see Cairo's many sights. It's perfect for families with children and tourists who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday Cairo. The Pyramids can be seen from anywhere on the property including the swim-up bar. Service is excellent, the restaurants get good reviews as well. Book a room with a view of the Pyramids.
Rates: From $120 per double room.
Reviews: Tripadvisor and VirtualTourist
Booking: Direct with hotel
© Hotel Longchamps
Hotel Longchamps is a favorite mid-range hotel with those who know Cairo well and return often. The hotel is in Zamalek, a nice upper-class, leafy suburb situated on an island in the Nile River. It's close to central Cairo and just a few blocks away from the river banks. There are 30 rooms, all have AC, TV, a sitting area and internet access. Breakfast is included and internet service is free. The hotel has a modern feel to it, with nice antiques scattered throughout. There's a small restaurant that serves breakfast (included), lunch and dinner; you can enjoy drinks in the garden terrace.
Rates: Start at $54 per night for a single room
Reviews: Tripadvisor Booking: Direct with the hotel
© Windsor Hotel
The Windsor is a lovely mid-range hotel in central Cairo filled with period charm. The hotel was originally built in 1899 as the Royal Baths and later used as a British Officers Club during the second world war. The bar is still fully functional (with original decor) and a great place to have a cool beer at the end of a hot day. The hotel is within walking distance to all the major sights in Central Cairo like the Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Railway Station and bazaars, as well as the metro line (a safe and quick way to get around). There are 55 rooms in the hotel with period furnishings and high ceilings. Staff are attentive and honest.
Rates: Start at $37 for a single room
Booking: Book directly with the hotel
© Isis Hotel
The Isis hotel is a nice, clean, budget hotel in central Cairo close to Midan Talaat Harb. Its location on the 15th floor gets you away from the heat and noise of the city. It also allows for some nice Nile views. It's very close to the Egyptian Museum, handy since you want to visit at least a couple of times to see everything. You certainly get value for money, rooms are large and most come with private bathroom and TV. The hotel offers some good value tours
but you are not obliged to take them. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
Rates: Start at $20 for a shared bathroom, $30 for private bathroom per night.
Booking: Direct with the hotel or through a booking engine
Paris Hotel, Central Cairo
The Paris hotel is a hostel with charm. It gets rave reviews for its friendly staff, clean rooms, and excellent location (under 10 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum). Hotel rates do not include breakfast. There are 20 beds available, some in a dorm, some as a triple or double room. There's free internet access, rooms have AC (not the dorm), and a small common library. The tourist oriented (but Egyptian cuisine) Felfela
restaurant is right below the hotel, handy for a packed lunch or quick dinner.
Rates: Start at $17 per person per night
User Reviews: Tripadvisor; Hostel World
Booking: Make a reservation through Hostel World
Hostel Brothers is quickly making a name for itself as a very affordable, clean, safe and relaxed place to stay in the heart of bustling Cairo. They offer free pick up from the airport as well as free shuttle buses to see the Pyramids. There's free internet service, AC and breakfast included in the price. It's very close to the Egyptian Museum and the Nile. You can also take Arabic lessons, organize a reasonably priced tour of Egypt and of course meet like-minded travelers from all over the globe.
Rates: Start at under $10 per person
Reviews: Rave reviews on Hostel World
Booking: E-mail them directly, or book online through Hostel World