The hotel occupies a floor in a very old building, not uncommon for hotels and hostels in this area of Cairo. The foyer is old and in atrocious condition, looks like you will risk your life taking the lift. Once you reach the sixth floor a clean and comfortable lobby is likely occupied by people smoking most of the day, absolutely typical in Egypt, welcome to 1970's America. Bathrooms are basically added in to the rooms by partitioning a corner with a six foot wall with standards that are below the western world. Breakfast is very simple, just eggs and bread with coffee or tea, expect a long wait for service. The hotel is not quite in the evening as Egyptians drive with their horns, all the time. I don't think it's possible to escape the noise.
Wondering why I gave it 4 starts? You are not in the US or Europe so adjust your expectations. After spending 6 weeks in north africa I can definitively say you are taking a large step back in standards so if you are not comfortable with lower standards then opt for high end hotels.
On the positive side the rooms are clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. The staff went out of their way on our second day to move us to two adjoining rooms. They were always attentive and helpful, this goes a long way in my opinion. Other reviews mention hard, uncomfortable beds but this is typical for Africa and Asia where beds tend to be much harder than the US or Europe. Beds at the Royal are firm, not hard. Location is excellent for downtown Cairo.
Be forewarned about the common Cairo scam of a stranger approaching you on the street, wanting to give you directions. Invariably they will guide you by a "government shop" where you should do your shopping. They are paid to push tourists to the stores.
If returning to Cairo I would stay here again.
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