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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 125 Specialty lodging in Cairo
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“Best VFM hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We happened to find this hotel when we were just strolling around the Tahrir Square area. The hotel is excellent in terms of location as well as the prices. We stayed here 2wice. First in room no 2, which was kind of luxurious, with en suite facilities and later after arrival from luxor we stayed in another room with no en suite facilities.
The hotel has the best location, eveything is located within walking distance, and its right in the hustle bustle area of the city with both egyptian musesum and Tahrir sqaure being few metres away. Its also close to the Sadat Metro station. So You cannot go wrong with the location.

2ndly, the pricing of the hotel is excellent, i've stayed in over priced hotels with less appointed interiors, I would not even call it Inn, the 1st room which we got was in the category of a 2 Star hotel.

The staff (reception kid) was very helpful as well and always had a smile on his face and gave us some tips regarding our trip. Also, the owner of the hotel has some US background, so having a well educated and good english speaking person as a manager of the hotel definetly is helpful. The owner will give u some information regarding the trips that they arrange, but they never try to force it down your throat, also, every Tom, Dick and Harry is trying to sell you the tours in egypt, every hotel we went to tried it, but no 1 forces you or pushes u to buy them, so negative comments just for that are completely comical.

I am going to visit them again in near future, when i go to Egypt again, Egypt has the most friendly lot of people i've ever across.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I stayed here for 5 nights in January 2013. I've spent 10 days in Cairo before and wanted to be near (but not on) Tahrir Square this time around. I like the main shopping street Talaat Harb and this hotel is 2 blocks away from Tahrir Square and right on Midan Talaat Harb. I booked this hotel so that I could have a room facing Midan Talaat Harb but did not get it because a guest expended his stay. I was offered a big room (#3) with 4 single beds and partial view of Midan Talaat Harb which was a satisfactory replacement. I stayed in room #5 (with 3 double beds) for the first night and found it dimmer and less modern than room #3. If you expect color-coordinated decor and white sheets/towels, this is not the place for you. For its reasonable price, reasonably modern lodging, and the unbeatable locations, this hotel is good value for budget travelers. The hotel staff members are friendly, helpful, and professional. Even though I was told by the staff on arrival day that the owner also owns a shop downstairs if I'd like some souvenirs, there was no push and no hard sell. I never got up for breakfast so I cannot comment. Although Tahrir Square is only 2 blocks away, this area is life/business as usual and full of lively shoppers and stores. My favorite eating establishments, GAD and Felfela, are both within easy walking distance. Lots of good bakeries and popular ice cream joints on Talaat Harb. It is safe and full of foot traffic even into midnight. Metro station Sadat (on Tahrir Square) is 2 blocks away. I felt perfectly safe walking through Tahrir Square to get to the near-empty Egyptian Antiquity Museum and Sadat metro station. I was in Cairo both times (April 2011 and Jan 4-9 2013) as solo independent female traveler walking all over the city and felt completely safe. One cannot find friendlier and kinder locals than the Egyptians.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This hotel wasn't booked by me, but it was central and convenient!
The price can't be disputed or could the friendly and helpful nature of the staff!
As other reviews have stated, if you want to experience the downtown hustle and bustle, convenience was great, but trying to sleep is a real issue because Cairo IS a noisy non stop city.
If you are a fussy traveller not sure this is the place for you, it's not a Marriott, and the rooms could do with a little TLC!
So if you are after an experience I would say go, but if you are after a quieter, "tidier" stay, pay more and try a conventional hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

The room was alright for the budget traveler, don't expect anything past a bed, blanket, and pillow. My room specifically had a strange odor. Watch out for the scams. Upon check-in the owner will bring you to the hotel shop located around the corner of the street. He claims to be a farmer which is just one of the many tricks I learned perfume sellers use to buy their products. He charged 4 pounds/gram ($65 for a SMALL 100 gram bottle) which is outrageous. The Nile River Cruise dinner is also grossly overpriced at $45. The food is okay, the performances, hard to tolerate. Another scam is the free shuttle to the pyramids. Although the ride is free, the guide they provide you is not. He "expects" a tip around 300 pounds. At Giza, you will be dropped off at a camel/horse stable that charges $80/hour which is ridiculous. You are much better off going without the guide and paying just for entrance fees on your own. Yet another scam is the 100 pound airport car service. You can find a taxi right off the street that will take you there by meter for less than 50 pounds. If you still choose to stay here, just beware of all these scams.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

Only stayed here for the one night, and honestly wish I could've stayed for longer. Unbeatable location, friendly staff who offered me fresh mint tea, shisha and wonderful conversation for free. Eid is a great chap, happy to go out of his way to help you with whatever. Spotless rooms, great breakfast, comfortable balcony overlooking downtown Cairo...

You couldn't ask for anymore tbh!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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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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Address: 6 Talat Harb Square, Cairo 11435, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
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Ranked #41 of 125 Specialty lodging in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cairo Inn 3*
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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