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exchanging money at hotels or banks

Sopchoppy, Florida
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exchanging money at hotels or banks

We will be staying at Mena House. I stayed there once before and if I remember correctly they did have a bank window in the hotel. Do banks and hotels exchange hundred dollar bills or should I take lower denominations. I plan on taking a lot of one dollar bills with me as I remember at the sites the merchants were often asking taking one dollar bills. Thanks in advance1

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1. Re: exchanging money at hotels or banks

$100 = a lot of Egyptian LE which you might have trouble shifting or changing back. Invariably, they will give you 200LE notes in exchange, and they too are difficult to shift. You'll have no problem changing $100in Egyptian but I would take smaller bills and change them more frequently to avoid a situation where you have a wallet full of 200LE which nobody can give you change for. Alternatively, just take cash out of the hotel cash point as and when you need it.

Bolton, United...
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for Cairo
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337 reviews
2. Re: exchanging money at hotels or banks

Change smaller amounts as it’s very difficult to change back to hard currency.

Don’t use dollars to make purchases or to tip with, use local currency.

London, United...
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for Hurghada
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64 reviews
3. Re: exchanging money at hotels or banks

I would also recommend changing little and only as needed, as mark has mentioned you don't wanna be stuck with large le notes as the rate back to USD will be bad.

Try and use egyptian le, if possible.

Enjoy your holiday 👌🏽

Edited: 12:56 am, September 24, 2018
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for Nuweiba, Dahab, South Sinai
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4. Re: exchanging money at hotels or banks

And only bring new dollar bills - the banks are wary of older ones especially if slightly damaged.

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