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Cairo Inn
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   6 Talat Harb Square, Cairo 11435, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #41 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Cairo
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“Perfect spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012 via mobile

We would definitely stay here again. Perfect location, standard rooms, free wifi, private bathroom, cheap price. Perfect.

Loved sitting on the communal balcoby watching the busy square. Yes it's noisy at night but that's awesome! Cairo is such a great place can't understand why people would complain about that.... They will remind you that they own the local bazaar too, but didnt hassle us. Joseph taught me some Arabic and was a great guy.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

We did not stay in Cairo Inn but engaged its travel services.

We were offered what seemed like a good deal at LE 220 for a day of guided tour to Giza, Saqqara, Memphis and Dahshur. And we were promised the flexibility to adjust the time spent at each site - of course provided it was well within a day.

At the start of the trip, we requested for a slight change in itinerary - merely a resequencing of the places to be visited. What seemed like a simple request (since it was just a private tour) was met by an unenthusiastic reluctance by the tour guide. He relented only after some convincing and when both of us insisted on it.

He offered to purchase the tickets for us - which I initially thought was a nice gesture until we discovered that the tickets to Dashur and Saqqara came without counterfoils (which would be retained at the entrance) and the ticket to Dashur had a date stamp of May 11 when we were traveling on May 16. Since we were allowed entrance into the respective places, we just let it rest.

We were also asked to pay the carpark charges to the places - which we thought should have been part of the trip. At Dashur, we were asked to pay LE 10 by the guide initially and it turned out that we were charged LE 20 after computing the change returned. He then explained that the ticket office did not have change.

Initially the guide gave us a 10-15 minute photo opportunity at the pyramid sites. While we appreciated the need to maintain a schedule given we had to visit 4 sites, this ran counter to the promise of flexibility in schedule which was promised to us when we booked.

During all these visits, we were not provided any guided-tour, what we were given was an english-speaking driver. Again, this is a breach for we were promised a guide, not just a driver.

At the last destination, Giza , the guide brought us to a camel stable (FG I think) which tried to sell site packages for Giza. As an example, the first package was for visit to the 3 pyramids and camel ride for a total of 1 hour - all for LE 180. The entrance ticket was LE 60 which meant LE 120 was meant for the camel ride - which seemed far higher that the LE 35 rate documented in some travel guides. THe third package was for LE 320 - it included visit to the 3 pyramids and entrance into two. When asked, we were told that the price included the tickets to the Sphinx, which upon checking, is free.

We proceed to Giza without taking up any of the pyramid packages. Made arrangements with the guide to meet at 1600hrs and exchanged telephone numbers. However, we ran a little late... and when contacted at 1700 hrs, we were told that the guide had left an hour ago at 1600 hrs without attempting to contact us. We were stranded ... if not for our change in itinerary , we would have been in Saqqara or Dashur which was at least a good 60 or 90 minute ride from Cairo.

As the travel services is part of Cairo Inn, we hope this feedback will go some way to help them maintain the good name of the hotel.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

I did not stay in Cairo Inn but signed up the Cairo Inn travel service

We negotiated with Cairo Inn 220 LE for a taxi to bring us a day of pyramid tour, which included Giza, Saqqara, Memphis and Dahshur.

It was agreed that a aircon car will pick us up at 8:00 in the morning. We were promised that the guide speak English and currently a student, awaiting graduation on Egyptian studies and able to give us guide along the way.

And it was agreed that the car control will be given to us for these 4 places.

Good deal, we thought.

Things of course did not turn up to our expectation.

Here were our encounters:

1. A minivan turned up instead of car, with air con switched off. Well, it is a small matter and we did not want to kick up a fuss. Besides during the trip, when we asked the aircon to be switched on, the driver is pretty obliging.

2. The driver was courteous at first, greeted us when we board the car.

At the onstart, We changed the itinerary giving him sufficient time to plan his journey.

The plan is instead of Giza, we wanted the driver to start with Dahshur first.

The driver for some reason reason was very agitated and asked us the reason for changing the itinerary given by Cairo Inn.

We told him of our reasons and even offered to speak to Cairo Inn if needed be. He finally relented but that left a bitter after taste at the on start.

3. At Dahshur he kindly offered to buy admission tickets on our behalf, when we received the tickets, we realised that the ticket tab has been torn off even before we even go into the pyramid park.

It is apparent that he has reused admission ticket. Since we have no difficulty in getting admission from the guards, we let the matter rest.

4. We were also required car park admission at Dahshur. I am not sure if thats the practice. This is the first time i encounter car getting admission into the park needed to pay, since this was the first time we even required to pay.

Even so, should the Cairo Inn pay instead of passing the charges to the customer?

5. At Dahshur, we were given Wrong change. He recompute the sums again.

First he said, the car entry was 15 LE, then switched story to 20 LE

In the end, he gave stories like "the ticket office does not have change and will give us after we left"

of course, he did not went back to the office for change.

6. Same thing happened at Saqqara. The tickets he bought came with stub torn off, and when we flipped over the ticket, it showed 11 May.

The date today was 16 May. We were quite sure that he bought a re-used ticket.

Again, since we have no problem at the entry, we did not kick up a fuss.

7. Again, we were required to pay for car park at 10LE

8. At Memphis, it seemed security was tight. The ticket he bought came with a stub and there is no car park entry.

9. Throughout the journey, he kept hastening us to finish the pyramid fast, citing we need to cover 4 places.

Fair enough, we thought he had our interest at heart.

We were wrong again! During the journey, he asked if we could make a visit to the carpet factory.

Now we knew his intention!

10. Besides during the journey, he kept doing up selling on his other services. For instance activities to do after dinner, selling Siwa, Luxor and Aswan package.

Imagine his English is put to great use in his up selling.

Needless to say, there are no history guide during the journey.

Somehow, I wished he cant speak English at all so that we can have a peace of mind during the journey.

11. When we reached Giza, instead of sending us to ticket booth, the driver drove us to a stable by the name FG (i think).

I was caught off guard by his actions but nevertheless kept an open mind.

There are 3 packages quoted. The 180 LE, 240 LE and 320 LE.

The 360 LE breakdown given by FG was that 60 LE for Giza admission, 100 LE for tomb and 40 LE for the Cheops, 60 LE for the sphinx (which we realized that there is no such charge), and 3hrs x 35 LE for camel ride.

We gladly turned down the offer and insisted that he sent us to the ticket booth.

Of course he was not happy about unable to earn his commission and told us that the pyramid will be closed at 4pm. (Guidebook stated closing time is 5pm)

The arrangement was for us to call him once we were out. We exchanged phone numbers just in case.

12. The last straw was that when we were out at 5pm, and called him. We were shocked that he actually left Giza one hour ago at 4pm.

Yes we were late in coming out. But we expected he would have the courtesy to call and inform us before driving away leaving us helpless at Giza.

I dread to think what would happen if Dahshur was our last stop as originally planned and we were left stranded there.

Perhaps it could be just the doing of a single employee.

But to an extent, I felt Cairo Inn should take responsibility of their agent.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

After walking and checking couple of places to stay, I chose the Cairo Inn as it’s located at one of the corners of the circle that branches several famous streets of Cairo like Talaat Harb and Kasr El Nil. So it’s right at the downtown. The hotel is on the first floor, reception area was decorated nicely and the room I got is just at the back of the reception. Surprisingly nice room, it’s a refurbished old rooms, bathroom was clean with a shower behind a sliding door. The neat room is big with 2 double beds. Safe box inside the room and good wifi internet connection. Several lightings and a wooden window overlooking the main circle/roundabout where I got to witness a couple of rallies for a presidential candidate. There’s a big balcony also with lounges at the common area overlooking the roundabout where you can take your breakfast too.

Location was perfect, the main shopping street of Talaat Harb is just down below on the opposite side, several popular restaurants, minimarkets and bakeshops.

Strangely though, I told the first reception guy that I will extend my stay and he insisted on giving me a rate that’s on another booking site (their preference) when I was trying to convince him that I want to get the lower rate via my preferred website. The second reception guy the following morning agreed on the lower rate. But on my checkout day, the first guy was there telling me that there was a mistake on the rate and kept on insisting on the higher rate. I told him that I’ve already have agreed with the other guy on the rate and I’m already paid anyway, so that ended the discussion. Lesson is - they shouldn't have put-up their hotel at the other website if they don't want guests getting a better rate on that site.

At $30 per night, nice, big and proper hotel room, good complimentary breakfast, clean bathroom and perfect location, I would recommend Cairo Inn definitely. I could've easily put 5 star rating if not for the attitude of one of the staff - I think the name is Aeid?

Room Tip: all are facing the main round-about, so any room I guess would be ok.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

The hotel staff were really nice and helpful and nice to chat to. Breakfast was good every morning, and room service was good too.
Room was noisy, but it didn't really affect our sleep as we were so tired, but even then it felt nice to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle.
The only complaint would be that when we wanted to go to the pyramids, we were taken to an agent, and got ripped off, despite telling the driver numerous times we wanted to go to the main entrance and sort everything out ourselves, so just be careful.

Room Tip: Our room faced the main square, so if you want something quiter, ask for a room around the corner fr...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

This hotel is in the center of Cairo, so close to everything, a 20 minutes walk to the Cairo Museum. Decent room, no TV, good air conditioning. The hotel staff is very pleasant and willing to help with planning trips. But with 50Le you can go nearly anywhere you want. The hotel arrange my train ride to Aswan for a small fee.

Room Tip: Even with the noise, a balcony is fun specially for the breakfast.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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26 hotel reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

I would highly recommend Cairo Inn for your stay in Cairo. The location was great for being able to explore the streets and do some shopping. The owner, Bahaa, is extremely helpful and will organize tours, offer restaurant suggestions, and go out of his way to make your stay pleasant. As other reviews have mentioned, he does try to get you to go to his shop and look at perfumes and art, but there is no pressure to buy. I did end up buying because I felt comfortable with him and it seemed easier than haggling with someone on the street for the same thing.

Room Tip: If you don't mind noise, the rooms facing the square are fantastic. The hotel provides earplugs...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6 Talat Harb Square, Cairo 11435, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
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Ranked #41 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cairo Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cairo Inn is a beautiful, newly renovated inn only minutes from the Egyptian museum and main bus and train stations. We are located in one of the main squares in downtown Cairo – surrounded by restaurants, coffee shops and shopping opportunities. Our staff and in-house travel agency will make sure you have a great holiday.Relax on the balcony and enjoy the bustling square below. All rooms with a/c. Laundry, luggage storage, Wifi and satellite TV available. ... more   less 
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