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Cairo City Center Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   14 Champolion St | Downtown, Cairo 12421, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #79 of 131 Hotels in Cairo
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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“Caring, friendly, simple hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I stayed in this humble hotel during the first week in september. It was difficult to find at first. It is located on the 6th floor of a regular building. This hotel is more like a hostel, but still very clean and decent. I arrived 5 hours early before the check in time. They let me check in with no problem. They then arrange a tour for me, very reasonable, but i had a bad experience with the tour to the pyramids. I fell off a camel and hurt my back and did not get to complete my tour. The staff was very catering to my needs. They ran errands for me, got me medicine, ice, and constantly checked on me. They did all of this and never asked for a tip like most people in cairo.

The hotel is very simple. But the staff goes out of their way to make you feel at home. The rooms are very spacious, private(but small) balconies. Free wifi, but spotty at times. Right in center of city. Only 8 usd at the time i stayed. I say its worth it, if your just traveling and not on your Honeymoon. Served its purpose.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

No frills, but has large rooms, air con, friendly staff, a great location, and an awesome view from the balcony in the coffee shop.

The entrance to the building could be off putting to many people: dark, dingy and (harmless) men sitting around the entrance. The elevators look like they were built around the time of the pyramids, but they are a site in themselves! The first 5 floors look equally daunting, but the hotel, on the 6th floor, looks fine. Don't let initial impressions of the buildings stop you. This is a perfectly good budget hotel, but not for those wanting 4 star luxury.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I have stayed at five star hotels in Cairo, and if you are looking for one, then I suggested you spend the money and go to one because they're pretty reasonable right now.

However, if you are looking for an inexpensive place to stay that is centrally located, this could be a good fit for you. People from all over the world stay here, and many people I met were repeat customers.

I especially loved the staff--- Fatma & Ahmed in particular were very helpful. I ask a lot of questions, and they were patient and kind every time.

Room Tip: If you get a bigger room, the balconies are huge. I did see a single- and it was pretty ordinary. I...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

It is not a hotel.it is a hostel for backpackers.It don't deserve any star rating.leave alone a 3 star.
No infrastructure,old furniture.no phones in the rooms.rooms are dirty.toilets dirty.u can see hair stuck to the drainholes.toilet seats never cleaned.bedsheets quiltcovers dirty.not washed at all.lot lot lot of mosquitoes.door locks broken.breakfast only contain bread,butter and jam.Towel supplied are filty and stincky.Suppose to have boiled eggs but they are either finished or raw..had a word with the owner of the hotel but he was not interested in listening to it.he promised us some type of compensation but forgot his promise within two hours.
We were told that we will get the best room in the hotel.If those rooms were best i wonder what r worse than them.
Only good thing about the hotel was the staff..good as gold but they could only do so much without the right infrastructure.I could only sympathise with the staff..Won't recommened the hotel to any one..save urself trouble.go somewhere else.

Room Tip: All rooms are noisey.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

It is not 3 star standard as advertised. It is on 2 levels starting on 6th floor which is not apparent from adverts. Also there is NO restaurant/evening meal. Lift does not always work as people do not close it properly. They had acknowledged several days before that I was arriving late but the room was not prepared. There were several FT moments (work it out Brits) which on reflection you had to laugh at. Hard economic times but even with better organisation stays could be more comfortable. More variety at breakfast needed. You must expect noise and dusty conditions especially in downtown Cairo but it is a good base for a few days stay, and the girls (Fatima and Jasmine) speak English a little better but all staff friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Every room faces out onto the street I think so just pick one with a half decent bathroom. Adaptors...
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Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We decided to see what Egypt was like even though all the troubles there, we were told Cairo was a good place. We found the Cairo city center Hotel extremely reasonable at only $25.00 per night. We only stayed for a couple nights but the room was amazing it was huge and the view from the balcony was wonderful especially as the sun was going down. We did a lot of site seeing and I even bought a burka (hope i spelled it right) to show my respect for the culture.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Great location in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Tahrir Square area. Close to the Museum and Sadat Metro station. The staff are pleasant and helpful. Although no safe deposit box is available, they had no idea what it was?? The room was a good size but bathroom was very small and breakfast was just a roll and a drink. It has the feel of a hostel/ guest house rather than a hotel but ok for a night or two esp. for backpackers etc. The water went off intermittently and no apology was offered.

Also their claim that it is 'easy' to buy a train ticket at Ramses Station is not correct. Buying a train ticket to Luxor or Aswan is a major task and often sold out a few weeks in advance. An Egyptian friend told me that train tickets are now bought up by 'agents' then sold off on the black market at high prices, hence the difficulty in getting one. I think the Egyptian Tourist Board need to look at this, because I ended up flying down to Luxor due to the lack of train tickets on normal daytime trains.

The Cairo Metro is very good though and easy to use at 1Le to any station. Just 'queue' (or jostle) up to the ticket counter slam your 1 Le down and get a ticket then proceed through the turnstiles. Bear in mind though that many of the stations have changed their names since The Revolution so it's best to mentally count them through to make sure you get off at the right one!

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 14 Champolion St | Downtown, Cairo 12421, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #79 of 131 Hotels in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cairo City Center Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in downtown Cairo, perfect location, overlooking the River Nile and Egyptian Museum and Talaat Harb Sq. Cairo City Center Hotel offers guests a great location combined with a free airport pick-up service for guests staying at least for three nights. ... more   less 
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