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“Egyptian Hospitality at it's best!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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City View Hotel
Ranked #21 of 139 Hotels in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Egyptian Hospitality at it's best!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2011

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.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2011

The rooms were clean and comfortable, and the price was more than reasonable. All the staff were extremely helpful, polite and professional. ANYTHING you want to do they can arrange, from walking you safely across the street, ( if you have ever been to Cairo you will understand why you might need this service) a personal picture taking adventure or bigger things like camping in the White Desert (which is a once in lifetime experience...be sure to take warm clothes). We unfortunately decided to go to Alexandria and encountered a sand storm, rain, sleet, 65 mph winds and flooding. They came and rescued us. I can honestly say I have never had better service anywhere. I can only think of one semi-negative thing and that is the food in the restraurant. It isn't really bad, but not that great either. However since the Hotel is centrally located you have many choices within walking distance. Our room had a veranda overlooking the city and museum is right across the street.
When we left I felt like I had made new friends. If I ever go back I would stay at the City View rather than Hilton or any of the other bigger Hotels. The City View has it all!
Sincerely, Linda Hamilton

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Badin007
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Milton Keynes, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights and no regrets.Super location had.a room with balcony overlooking The Egyptian museum, worth the price of the room just to watch the crazy traffic attacking the Midan Tahrir. Room comes with a nice breakfast and staff are among the most helpful and accommodating I have come across. Rooms are functional and by Egyptian standards clean. Hot water is always on and I would defintrly stay here again

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dunkman_9
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Oldenzaal, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2010

Good service, not very expensive, good beds. Nice and helpful staff. DON"T order the veal or entrecote at the restaurant, it's absolutely horrible. Mint tea is perfect. Two blocks away is restaurant Felfela (not the takeaway restaurant though). Felfela serves good food. in a nice atmosfere. Cairo is a loud city where you shouldn't dwell too long but it is nice to be here for a couple of days and soak in the Arabian atmosfere. If you want to see the pyramids visit Giza but the Red Pyramid at Dashur is worth the visit if you want to see a pyramid on the inside.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linda L
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75 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2010

My wife and I stayed at City View for 5 nights in October, 2010, and we simply cannot say enough good things about the staff and management of City View. We had a room with a balcony overlooking the Cairo museum. It was fairly noisy......but it's Cairo and we lived with it. Great area to be in as the KFC and McDonalds is just around the corner.

Clean room, and WONDERFUL staff.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank R Ramey
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Sydney
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2010

This hotel is perfectly located, just across the road from the Cairo Museum. The staff are extremely helpful and hospitable and make a real effort to ensure customers enjoy their stay. The rooms are comfortable, well priced and accommodation includes a lovely breakfast. The rooms are similar to a B&B and are best suited for couples or 2 freinds traveling together. I recommend this hotel to anyone who is thinking of visiting Cairo.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RachaelWoodhouse
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Keene, New Hampshire
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25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2010

Situated across a busy street from the Egyptian Museum, the City View Hotel provided us an oasis of peace from the mad rush of Cairo.

We had read of Cairo's legendary traffic noise and asked for quiet rooms. They provided us with interior rooms that, in spite of being nearly windowless, did not seem claustrophobic.

The room's space was tight, but serviceable. I had a problem with my shower, and the staff fixed it once I reported it. One design flaw: the water heater prevented the bathroom door from opening sufficiently.

Breakfast consisted of a variety of pastries that were tasty, plus some tomatoes and or cucumbers. Yogurt was also available. The room also had a refrigerator filled with water and sodas that were reasonably priced.

The beds were comfortable, and the wifi service worked consistently well. For such an inexpensive hotel, there were plenty of staff available to help.

The hotel arranged for us to have a tour guide to take us to Memphis and to the Giza pyramids. This proved to be beneficial and cost effective.

(FYI: The hotel takes up only 2 floors of the building where it is housed. The rest of the building appears to be vacant.)

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ambiverbal
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Property: City View Hotel
Address: 1 El Bostan St. Downtown, Cairo 11511, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 139 Hotels in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — City View Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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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