Lovely stay at City View hotel. We booked after reading every review on trip advisor for our 3 night, 4 day trip to Egypt (first time). We decided to book the tour- Best of Cairo- through city view before we got there and glad we did. The tour guide they arranged for us, Dina, was flexible, knowledgeable (told us about the history, customs, answered all our questions, even how to haggle in the market place and what areas to avoid).
Everyone from the bellhop to the front desk to the servers in the little restaurant showed concern about our comfort. The cleanliness- A OK! Comfort of the beds the same. The breakfast was good and varied. Shower drain was a little slow, my husband and I waited 20 mins in between showers to ensure all the water was out and there was enough hot water for the next shower. Of the three nights there was some drilling across the street one night until 11 pm, but this didn't affect our sleep. Great value for the money.
Cairo traffic is unlike anything I have ever experienced, definitely not a pedestrian friendly place so be careful. Felt safe the entire time, especially because the hotel offered an escort to just about every place we went in the evening. We arranged for a Nile dinner cruise through the hotel ($35/pp- not including overpriced ($10 fruit drinks): they arranged a taxi, sent an escort with us who boarded the boat, waited until it was over and arranged a ride back. One evening, I wanted to do a little shopping on my own two blocks over and one of the bellhops went with me, translated in the shops to make sure I wan't getting the run around, made sure I didn't get hit by any cars in the Cairo traffic, and was very professional the whole time. I didn't get the feeling at all that he was just working for a tip- which made me appreciate it even more. The staff here works really hard to make sure the guests are taken care of, so in return we tried to take care of them as much as possible and tipped decently. Overall, it was an enjoyable and safe stay. The perfect place for the budget minded traveler: clean place to sleep, trustworthy people that care about your stay, and a decent breakfast, ideally located in the heart of Cairo. Would definitely stay here again.
For those of you who haven't been to the middle east before, it's not the US or Europe. Come here with an open mind. There is real poverty, it's dirty by American and European standards, and there are a ton of old crumbling buildings. Some vendors and locals in tourist areas are a little aggressive- it's all good. Just come as a knowledgeable citizen of the world, leave your judgements at the door and all will be well.
PS One last note, we traveled with Traveler's cheques. The hotel does not accept them as payment, but American Express and Thomas Cook are just three short blocks (7 minutes walk) away and will cash them out for 3% fee.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- City View Hotel is located in the heart of the City within walking distance to the marvelous Egyptian Museum and the hotel offers its hospitality to both business and vacation ravelers for our facilities and services have been designed to meet the expectations of our discerning guest. City View Hotel is located in Tahrir Square (Revolution Square) exactly in the shadow of the magnificent Egyptian Museum and it offers you a complete range of services that will help make your stay a pleasant and memorable one. The unique location of City View Hotel is helping you to find easily a variety of restaurants, banks, embassies and metro are all within walking distance. ... more less
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