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“Good budget hotel in Islamic Cairo” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Arabian Nights

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Arabian Nights
Ranked #6 of 47 Cairo B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
84 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Good budget hotel in Islamic Cairo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is a great hotel if you're looking to explore and experience Islamic/Medieval Cairo.

It's worth noting what to expect, however: if you have no experience with this part of town or with similar cities, keep in mind that the neighbourhood can be very dirty and messy. While the hotel itself is on a little street without much car traffic (though there are still plenty of people around even at night), the busier streets are choatic (though safe).
Similarly, the hotel is quite clean but still a bit shabby in places; paint might be peeling here and there, there might be an occasional stain on the walls, and the drain for the bathroom shower might be inconvenient. I did see some cockroaches unfortunately, but this is likely a consequence of the dirty neighbourhood surroundings, as the hotel itself is constantly cleaned by the staff. (Note: remember to leave your key at reception in the morning if you want your room cleaned or serviced.)

I am not sounding any alarms, however; if you're already familiar with this type of scene, then there's not much to worry about. If you're not, then just keep in mind this is a budget hotel in an old and dirty part of town, but one that is safe and quite clean inside.

What really makes this hotel stand out are two things:
1) The incredibly friendly staff. Most speak good English, and the managers are particularly friendly and easy to talk to. They really offer an unrivalled warm welcome.
2) A location that is extremely convenient for Islamic Cairo, about 5-10 minutes' walk from Al-Azhar, Bab al-Futuh, or the northern City of the Dead. This saves you from having to take a taxi or a very long walk from downtown (where most other budget hotels are).

The rooms are quiet and comfortable (with the occasional exception of noisy guests in the hallway), and are equipped with air conditioning units which are a relief on hot days. Breakfast was also good: a fried egg and rolls of bread with jams and/or butter, and good tea (or coffee), which is good enough to start a long day of walking.

Make sure to look for some of the great deals usually on offer, including the free pick-up from the airport with a certain number of nights. Definitely take them up on that if you can.

A minor downside is that the hotel isn't near any metro line, but taxis are very cheap in Cairo anyways. It's also near the Salah Salem highway, which means places like the Citadel (for example) are very quick and easy to get to by taxi.


In conclusion: if you're looking for a cheap and friendly place to stay in Islamic Cairo, this is it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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egypt
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

My partner and I really enjoyed our time at Arabian Nights.
It is difficult to find a quiet hotel where the street noise won't keep you awake in the night. Because the hotel is in a quiet street you can have a nice and quiet street.
The rooms are really clean.
They picked up my partner from the airport.
The hotel also helped us book tours around egypt with decent prices.
thank you magdy
we will come back again

Room Tip: Great service
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Taloka
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Gdańsk
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Good location is the old Islamic area. all of the staff are very nice were able to be picked up from the airport because we stayed more than they booked for us all the tours around egypt and was really great and was really amazing that's was the best, thanks again for everybody spacial thanks to mohamed magdy :) and mark all the five rings

Room Tip: don't speak much with the ppl at the street who wants to sell you something.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank arek l
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england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

despite of the calm area Not sure how people can be voting this so high, this really is one of the worst hotels I've ever been in. I'm only giving it a two because the rooms are actually ok. Clean and quite nice for the price you pay....

However the breakfast was really the worst I've ever seen...disgusting and there was food and cigarette buts all over the tables from the previous nightare the electricity disconected many time. A\c not working fine .

Room Tip: try to avoid intial rooms
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank marin s
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Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Top rouf is really nice to have the breakfast in the morining, the pepole are working they are taking care very much of me, if i could i would stay here the rest of my life, the room is nice and clean, the when u come out of the hotel door everybody smills at you and very friendley....
i highly recommend this place for pepole...

Room Tip: really quite here but if you need room more quiter take room in the back not face the street
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Gorge k
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Hotel is really nice and clean compare by the other hotel's in Egypt i have stayed, i loved the top rouf i have breakfast everyday at the rouf and it was fun to talk with all people there, my room was really big and clean so the bath house keeper is really funny...thanks for everybody who make my stayed wonderful..i'll come back

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank 973Travler
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Braniewo, Elblag, Poland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We had several great days in Cairo and the Staff,Good clean hotel,the staff were so nice and friendly they made me feel like I was at home,in the morning the Breakfast was very nice ,I will stay here always.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank 22Michaal
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Property: Arabian Nights
Address: 10 Al Aded St off of Mansouria Street | Darassa, Islamic Cairo, Cairo 1111, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Arabian Nights 1*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are proud to have won the TripAdvisor 2012 Award of Excellence. Come let our friendly, energetic staff help you discover the true charm of Cairo. Enjoy our clean, comfortable rooms, free breakfast, free wifi and complimentary hot drinks anytime on our gorgeous rooftop. We have thirty air-con rooms available with private bath and satellite TV. We also offer shared facilities. Members of our highly trained staff are fluent in both English and French. They are ready to facilitate your every need. ... more   less 
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