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Hotel Royal
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

We arrived in the early morning and they offered us a room for half of the price. They also offer many tours. The room was a bit cold. There was a leakage in the toilet so the bathroom floor was constantly wet. The glass door of the bath room did not close. Insufficient space on both sides of the bed. Large hallways and empty spaces where they arranged for the breakfast to be served.The hotel is well located for downtown and for metro connections. Free breakfast room service. Nice local market in the street during the early morning and a lot of cafes but also constant islamic tunes being played outside.

Room Tip: Do not choose one at street side
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Ortwin
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

I was rather disappointed by this Hotel. The good thing about it is the location, you have cafes and night life all around and Tahrir square is in 10 minutes walking distance.

However, the cafes are directly below the Hotel, with lots of chatter and TV, so either you have a very sound sleep, or you'll need earplugs. Also there is wooden facade in front of the window, so you can't look out and there is no light coming in.

In the room many things were broken, e. g. I could not fully open the wardrobe, the bedside lamp had loose contacts, the shower had no curtain, ...

So I can recommend the Hotel only if you have no problem with noise and do not look for comfort or coziness. If you do, there are better options.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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9  Thank Robert P
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

think as usual in most of the hotels in Egypt they are not as you look on the internet. Their facilities are not well take care by the owner. We paid 50 euros per night for a double room. For the same rate in Europe you will get a 5 time better hotel and service. The life standard in Egypt is lot cheaper than in Europe so I can not understand why the charge what they do and not give you a decent service and facilities.

The entrance of the hotel is not well maintained, It look dirty. Then when you arrive to the reception you will get terrible smell of cigaret. It seems it is something cultural to smoke everywhere but the hotel should respect the fact that a lot of their guest do not smoke. So be prepared to have that smell even in your rooms. Then when you enter your room some of the walls are dirty as well, the mattress of the beds are very old and you can feel the bedsprings which makes even more difficult to sleep well. Then the bathroom is in your room and opened so you do not have a roof. The door of the bathroom can not be close or open properly, it seems that if you do it it is going to fall apart the entire door. The shower has no curtain so all the water comes out of the shower. They give you only one big towel and one small towel for two people, for sure if we ask for another one they would of gave it to us but is the fact that why they do not have a room ready if you are two people. The location is actually in the down town, which is very noisy until late at night, so if you are a light sleeper this will not be a good idea for you. As the manager says "Cairo never sleeps". Then you have several guys working in the hotel and one of them came to us in the mooring and try to sell us some tours that we thought they were expensive, he insist a lot, for me was a little bit annoying that fact. We finally accept to get a taxi to the Pyramids and Saqqara with this guy and guess what the taxi driver insist a lot to stop in a "Museum" and actually was a Papiro Store, which of course they want you to buy something and they will get the commission. The breakfast is a cup of coffee or tea, jam, butter, bread and a plain omelet every day the same. For the money they charge and keeping in mind that they are in Egypt they should offer a lot better service. We paid 50 euros in Rome for a B&B and was 100 times better that Hotel Royal.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank galapaguito01
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Terrific central location. 6 blocks or so from Tahrir Square. Good value for the money. A busy nightlife cafe scene goes on until the wee hours every night below the rooms. People who have trouble sleeping with some noise around would probably be frustrated. Staff speaks halting but good-enough English and their attitude is always helpful. Rooms don't have a desk or table so if you're a writer this is not ideal, though there is a large dining table in a central room that one can use.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank DuaneKelly
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Previous comments about this hotel are accurate – it’s a very pleasant & friendly place to stay, good value for money and an excellent choice if you don’t mind the noise of the street and the bathroom set up. The streets at the front and the side of the hotel become outdoor restaurants, operating very noisily until late at night. The bathrooms have been created within the original rooms, just using opaque glass walls reaching half way to the ceiling – so if you’re squeamish about bathroom noises, smells and some visibility, this isn’t the hotel for you.
We moved rooms after the first night due to the bathroom door not closing and a completely unacceptable mattress in which the springs came through so badly we had to sleep on top of the duvet. The second room was better on both counts, but wasn’t cleaned any of the 3 nights we stayed there – despite the notice on the bathroom wall requesting that toilet paper to be thrown in a rubbish bin, not the toilet. This lack of room cleaning may have been because we kept our key during the day, but we only thought of this after we had left and no one asked us for it. The toilet also leaked in both rooms and became quite smelly.
All the staff are very lovely. It is, however, hard for us to judge the normal standard of service as an Australian woman was staying long term and helping out, giving excellent support – which may not, of course, always be available. We were given access to the hotel’s computer and internet, which was most welcome. We also organised a day trip through the hotel, which was OK.
The décor is not as grand as it is made to look on the website. Oddly, the windows are painted over, so to see outside you have to open them – which lets in insects & street noise. Without opening them, the rooms are dark.
The location is very convenient for the Egyptian Museum, restaurants, shopping, etc. Just a warning that taxi drivers may have difficulty finding it, especially as the surrounding streets are one-way and the hotel is on a pedestrianised street, so you have to walk the last 100m or so.

Room Tip: Go for number 5 and avoid no 1
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AlanandRobyn
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