Located in the leafy and quiet expat/elite district of Zamalek, this is an excellent base from which to explore Cairo. Our friend (a Cairo native) had recommended we stay here at the end of a long holiday through Jordan and Upper Egypt, and we were not disappointed during our two-night stay. The staff were helpful in arranging trips to the pyramids and other tourist spots, and when we returned one afternoon to find our room semi-flooded from a leaky A/C unit, we were upgraded to a better non-leaky room.
There were no safes in the rooms, but we had no security problems (but then again, we have a habit bourne of years of traveling in hostels, of securing our belongings with our own locks). After we cleared out of the room, we still had some time for lunch before heading to the airport. Reception held our bags as we popped down the street to Cairo Kitchen a cute and delicious (and apparently very trendy) new restaurant. Upon our return, reception staff stopped me and asked me if I'd left anything in the room by mistake. Turns out I'd forgotten my Kindle in the bed-- luckily, they'd immediately cleaned the room and reunited me with my Kindle before we left for the airport.
Overall a lovely experience at the Mayfair and would recommend it to others.
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