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Where to Stay in Cairo?

Most visitors to Cairo will find themselves in the central area of the city on the east bank of the Nile as it’s packed with hotels, restaurants, clubs, bars and shops. Hawkers shout their wares, traffic bundles past in every direction and it’s pure, delightful chaos. The world-famous Egyptian Museum is just a short walk from the Nile Hilton, the first modern hotel in the city, where King’s Tut’s treasures await. There are plenty of five star hotels in this district, all boasting blissful pools in which to cool off after an day’s sweaty sightseeing.

Gezira Island’s northern Zamalek area is known for its upscale restaurants and embassy buildings and the hotels here provide respite from the frantic city life which surrounds it. It’s lovely to rest a while and sip a cup of sweet shai in the airy cafes as you people watch.

Of course if you want to see the most famous of the City’s attractions when you wake up each morning, take a hotel room at Giza where you can use the pool in the shadow of the Sphinx.

Cairo Accommodation Options

Although the five-star establishments have a higher profile in this city, Cairo still offers lots of cheap hotels if you seek them out – they are dotted in all the tourist areas in central Cairo including The Garden City, the Corniche de Nile and the downtown area. Saying that, five-star hotels in Cairo do not come in half as expensive as they do in other parts of the world. Book a night or two at the Mena House Oberoi, the closest hotel there is to the Pyramids, or Le Meridien Pyramids across the road.

Head back from Giza into central Cairo for a cluster of posh places to stay on the east and west banks of the Nile in downtown. The Ramses Hilton has views to die for from its 36th floor Windows On The World bar on the east bank or try the Sheraton Cairo on the west bank, close to former President Sadat’s compound, now a fascinating museum.

Cairo Hotel Recommendations?

For a high-end stay you can't go passed the perfectly located Mena House Oberoi Hotel. The Grand Hyatt Nile Tower is worth a visit for the revolving restaurant alone, while the Nileview Bed and Breakfast is a solid option for the budget traveller.

Transport in Cairo

There’s an air-conditioned Cairo airport shuttle bus that takes you into the centre at Midan Tahrir with minimum hassle and a set price. If you cant get a seat or its late, take a taxi but agree the price before you set off. Once in Cairo, the metro is cheap and reliable. The first carriage is for women only.
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