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“Over-priced and oppressive” 3 of 5 stars
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Horus House Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   21, Ismail Muhammad | Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #54 of 130 Hotels in Cairo
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Over-priced and oppressive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2011

Ridiculous price for what you get. Best I can say is that the rooms are clean and the sitting room has a bit of old Colonial charm. Otherwise it's a dank, oppressive place.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Beirut, Lebanon
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

Located in a relatively calm street of Zamalek, this small "hotel", located on the 4th floor of the same building where Longchamps hotel is (!), offers clean simple rooms and a warm welcome despite the cold entrance of the building. Old but clean furniture, nice bar, very kind personnel, and some interesting people living there for years! Breakfast poor. Good shower, internet free access from rooms. It reminded me of "Yaacoubian Building" novel. Make sure to meet Nabil,one adorable resident. Will definitely go there again.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ocean Park, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2011

We stayed at both the Horus Hotel and, upstairs in the same building, the Longchamps hotel. If you like modern plastic hotels, they are not for you. If you like big hotels, they are not for you. But, if you like an inexpensive hotel that is cozy and familiar, you can't beat these two hotels, their meals, the service or friendly atmosphere in the common areas.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2011

We had a great experience at Hotel Horus. My wife and I arrived to the airport at different times and terminals as we were meeting in Cairo to begin a vacation. My wife was taken to a different hotel by a Taxi driver and told this was the Hotel she asked for. It took 24 hours to locate her after several trips back to the airport as well as use of the Hotels computer and phone. The staff were supportive and helpful in all areas of our stay. There were residents who make there home there who were very helpful as well. We stay in contact with our new friend there still today.
One must understand the "Egyptian way" and be prepared for the enviroment.
The hotel was clean,staff helpful with good value in regaurd to meals and transportation. After expriencing the rest of Cairo the hotel was a welcome site at the end of the day. Located on an island in the Niel, the hotel is in the area with the embassy's of many countries as well as private schools. As a result many of the locations around hotel had posted gards 24/7. We felt safe walking the streets even at night. The location is central to many sites we wanted to see and was in walking distance to local shops and Very good resturants because of he clientel in the area. The one thing we noticed was how Quiet it was there compared to the other hotel locations we experienced in Cairo, that was worth it after a long day of hageling for EVERYTHING!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2011

Horus House is a family establishment offering basic accommodations for a great rate. The room was clean but run-down. It offered all the necessaries, including refrigerator, TV, hair dryer, and phone. Free wifi is available in the common areas (there are a few). I was able to get online from my room with some inconsistency. Wifi is not supposed to be available in the rooms, though, so I have no complaints about the patchy service there.

The hotel lobby was a great place to spend a little downtime, with some interesting old characters always available for a chat in any number of languages. They were equally willing to leave me to read or work online as well.

The staff was friendly and helpful, even running down to the train station to book my ticket for me.

The hotel is in Zamalek, just a short taxi ride (5 EGP) to Tahrir Square, from which you can get to anywhere you need to go. Zamalek itself has some great restaurants and attractions, including the Egypt Crafts Center.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

We came to this hotel on the recommendation of a friend and were glad to have been introduced.

This small hotel is centrally located in a small street in zamalek with easy access by taxi to all areas of cairo (although not all taxi drivers are familiar with the street).

The staff were very friendly although were not so well informed about local attractions / events.

The service in the restaurant prompt (unlike some other venues) and courteous. The choice of food was basic but more than adequate. The waiter doubled up as taxi driver and took us to the airport, charging no more than the standard rate.

The decor in the room was old fashioned but perfectly acceptable and the beds comfortable. The bathroom had a tiny bath but good shower. We had a room facing the street but the only noise to be heard was the birds singing in the morning.

If you are looking for a boutique, up market hotel, this is not the place for you but if not, then its perfectly adequate and we would not have asked for more.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2010

We stayed here with young children. Not only was the air conditioning not working in our rooms and it was very, very hot outside (over 40 degrees) but when we complained and asked for a fan, they finally located one - and it was also broken and there was not another fan in the whole hotel. This hotel represents very bad value for money. Also, prices we got quoted for things such as taxis varied according to who was on the desk at the time. Not a good experience.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Horus House Hotel

Address: 21, Ismail Muhammad | Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 130 Hotels in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Horus House Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Horus House Hotel, a 3 stars hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with LCD TV and free Wi-Fi. Buffet breakfast, an outdoor terrace and ticket service are available.Horus House Hotel’s rooms each have satellite TV and a work desk. A minibar is also provided, and guests can order in-room breakfast and room service.The staff at Horus House’s 24-hour front desk are available to assist with currency exchange or airport shuttle arrangements. Express check-in/check-out is also offered.Hot buffet breakfast is available each day, and guests can enjoy a drink on hotel Horus House’s outdoor terrace.Located in Cairo’s quiet Zamalek district, Horus House Hotel is 1 mile from both Ramses Train Station and Gezira subway station. ... more   less 
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