On reflection, I think Tripadvisor needs a 'hostel' section as well as hotel and B&B. This is definitely not a B&B in the sense I have become used to seeing reviewed in Tripadvisor. The ranking as the 7th out of 37 B&B's in Cairo is really quite misleading.
Indeed, the staff call this a hostel and not a hotel. The price is certainly hostel level (US$20 single), but so are the standards. The building is pretty old and not renovated. Alexander occupies part of the second floor and there is clearly no communal responsibility for common area cleanliness or the elevator which is a true antique.
Many of the rooms look out on a dark central light well which is used for airing bedding and dumping trash. The general atmosphere is quite dark and minimally furnished (bed, wardrobe, and bedside table only). The bathroom is small with shower on the wall which turns it into an unintended 'wet room'. The drains are ok, but do sometimes smell.
On the plus side, the staff are very pleasant and helpful, the location is really excellent, the wifi functions well, the rooms are ensuite with bathroom, and breakfast (though only rolls, processed cheese or jam, and tea) is free.
It would take quite a bit of work to turn this into a B&B in normal Tripadvisor style, but the building simply cannot be fixed. I do accept I have no experience of any other Cairo B&B's so this may be the norm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alexander is the latest hotel opened in down town, Cairo. Opened on May 2009. By its perfect location, well furnished rooms and the decoration which make the place has a magical atmosphere , ''YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT''Our location is the best . few steps to every where, the Egyptian national museum only two short streets by walk And the lovely River Nile is behind it , the subway stations are around us. Also for traveling only five Min walk to and from the main Cairo Bus station Elturgman, and the main Cairo train station Ramses. ... more less
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