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“A decent hotel at the center of cairo” 3 of 5 stars
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President Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   22 Taha Hussein Str | Zamalek District, Cairo, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #68 of 133 Hotels in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
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88 reviews 88 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“A decent hotel at the center of cairo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

The hotel in a decent part of cairo (Zamalek), its easy to go from the hotel to most attractions in cairo , apart from the pyramids and Sakkara, by taxi, there are many nearby restaurants and cafes. The hotel is famus for its pub (the cellar), where you can have a very good food from 12.30 PM till 2AM, beside the drinks and music. It has a restaurants at the roof, where the breakfast is served and you can have lunch and dinner there, but the quality of food is less than that at thje cellar. The rooms are average, and some are small, The furniture is modest. Some rooms have nice view, but many don't. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

The President Hotel was an ideal affordable home base for exploring Cairo. My room was clean and comfortable, the staff and management were helpful and responsive. Most amenities not available in the hotel were within a few blocks--the Zamalek neighborhood is very accessible and friendly to a non-Arabic-speaking foreign visitor.

I would particularly recommend the driver I hired via the hotel, Khaled Abd Rabow, who was extremely punctual and dependable, speaks fluent English and Spanish, and is knowledgeable Egyptology and Egyptian history as well as expert in navigating the complex layout of the city.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alexandria, Egypt
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154 reviews 154 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

well I have tried this hotel for a couple of times for short visits to Cairo, it is actually a place to sleep at night in a very central location in Cairo and a quiet area also, but every thing is very very basic, you just get what you pay for, and prices compared with other nearby high edge hotels are reasonable.. it is just a bed and breakfast hotel, no other options, of course rooms are very old needing refurbishment but for a bed to sleep the night it's ok, staff members are really nice and friendly but they need to do a lot of things to make this hotel a better place .

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cairo
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

This hotel was horrible. I have stayed in hostels for less than half the price and had a better experience. When we first got to our room the TV was unplugged and the wires for the plugs were frayed, the shower did not have hot water, and the toilet would not flush. After going down and nicely asking reception to fix the problems we went to eat at a nearby restaurant. They told us that they would have the toilet and the TV fixed by the time we returned. When we came back and asked reception if things had been taken care of they did not know what we were talking about. At this point we began to get upset so they offered to move us to a new room. The new room was bigger, but when we tried to use the water in both the sink and the shower it came out brown. We then tried to use the heater since it was around sixty degrees outside and the same temperature in the room. The heater did not work. The last straw was when we tried out what looked like a queen size bed only to find out that it was two twin beds pushed together. Needless to say we did not sleep very well that night since both of us kept rolling into the break in between the mattresses. We were too grossed out to use the water in the shower the next morning as well. At this point I would have expected the hotel to have tried to compensate us for our horrible stay but they did not even once offer to discount anything from the price, which looking back was far too expensive for what we got in the first place. My advise would be to steer clear of this hotel. The lobby looks nice, but the rooms and the service are terrible.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

We won a trip from DSTV in Sep 2010, we were so exited and decided to take our kids with as it would be our first trip abroad as a family. The travel agency told us that we are staying at a three star hotel which includes breakfast. When we arrived at the hotel it looked like the place was falling apart, I could not believe that this was the place that we had to stay at for an entire week. The heat was unbearable and the kids had to sit in the bath to cool off as the hotel had no swimming pool. Breakfast was the same every morning, eggs beans, cheese and bread. The third day we decided to cut our holiday short and come back home. Never Never Never again.

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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manama, Bahrain
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

I made a friendly trip to Cairo with a group of colleagues in Mar-07. One of my friends booked @ the President Hotel. We expected it to be a 4 star, but when we landed we just found that there are 4 golden stars in reception and they showed it and said that they got 4 star certification, haha was a joke. The quality was not even close to a 2 star hotel, rather there should not be any rating. Rooms are awfully small and more like a dormitory. Rooms are not clean and the service standards are really bad.
Regret for the delay in this post, but just wanted to make sure I write about my experience. I suggest travel community to be careful before choosing President Hotel.
Our only consolation factor was ATB Holidays, who gave us some flexible package and good advice to visit/not to visit places. It was a short trip and they packed our trip with lot of activity + time for ourselves.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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140 reviews 140 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

hotel president is located in zamalek the nile island in the diplomatic area. so for first: it is to far from the bursting city. second: if you are traveling on your own there are no shops close to the hotel, for a busy street you have to walk about 30 minutes.
the staff is friendly, the rooms we had were clean. on our first night we /3 traveles/ got 3 very noisy rooms /from outside ventilation/, but after complaining in the morning all of us got new, quite rooms. i can not answer the question why we did not get the quite rooms from beginnig, as the hotel was nearly empty....
breakfast was simple, coffee was bad, but the dinner was good.
not far / 10 min walk/ from the hotel several restaurants and a bar.
because of the distance to the city i would prefer a different hotel next time i visit cairo.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 22 Taha Hussein Str | Zamalek District, Cairo, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 133 Hotels in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — President Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Central Hotel occupying the first & top 4 floors of an apartment building in residential area near embassies. ... more   less 
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