We staying in the Novotel El Borg and by and large, enjoyed it. We had an ordinary rooms which was large and the bed was king size and comfortable. The shower room was also of a good size. We weren't on a B&B deal, so breakfast struck us as expensive, especially compared with the prices of the evening meals. That said, it was a buffet with a wide variety of food, catering to an equally wide variety of tastes. The evening menu had a wide range of dishes and was good value. I enjoyed all the meals I ate there.
The hotel is dry, but the fruit cocktails on offer were excellent and a real eye-opener to what you can achieve with different fruits. Although I didn't use the hotel swimming pool I had a good look at it and it's kept very clean and it was attractive, much more so than in the photographs on the website.
The hotel faces the Nile and backs onto the Teacher's Club, which consists of a park and covered market type area. The Teacher's Club is popular every night with families and on a couple of nights there was loud drumming from wedding celebrations, complete, in one case, with a whirling dervish. I found all this fascinating and the club seemed to close at 10pm so it didn't keep us awake.
There aren't any restaurants terribly close by: you'll need to walk down the Nile for about 10 minutes or so to floating restaurants, but there are several of these: Nile City and El Pasha are good with several different types of restaurant on board (the latter serving alcohol).
We didn't take any taxis from outside the hotel, but walked a short way down the road and hailed one. Taxi drivers can spot a westerner from some distance so getting a taxi just isn't a problem and they are cheap. It's not too far from Tahrir Square and the Egyptian museum. We were there in the run-up to the referendum and although there were some problems in the Square itself, they did not affect us or our stay. Egyptians are very keen for people still to go to Egypt and we had a great time.
Staff were very friendly and helpful. There is a cash machine in the foyer and a travel desk for those who want to arrange trips - a friend of ours was in the travel business, so we did not use the hotel's travel desk, but the prices for the trips looked reasonable.
Tipping is expected and you'll find that trying to keep a lot of small denomination notes is not always easy - even banks want to give you large denominations E£200 or so, but they will give you smaller ones if you insist. US dollars are accepted everywhere. The hotel bill can be paid in E£, $ or Euros, but not sterling. We paid in E£.
Overall, a good stay in a clean and comfortable hotel.
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