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“Simple but very charming & centrally located, great value for money”
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Ranked #41 of 125 Specialty Lodging in Cairo
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“Simple but very charming & centrally located, great value for money”
Reviewed November 1, 2009

I stayed in total 5 nights at hotel Select, in an ensuite double bed room which had a balcony with a great view of Cairo. We paid approx 16€ per night, a bargain! The hotel is not up to European 3 star standards, but it's very charming and the staff is super friendly.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2009

Basic and in need of a lick of paint but you cant fault the staff for friendliness. Nothing was too much trouble and there was internet access for just 5le! Shower in the room but shared wc. Balcony with great view of the rooftops, the streets and the sunrise ! Perfect for listening to the Adhans ringing out at sunrise and sunset. Centrally located if you like walking - -the old Souk and El Hussein Mosque in one direction - -the Nile, the Egyptian Museum and the Cairo Tower in the other. Shops galore and the backstreet cafes for food are nearby. The architecture of the surrounding buildings and squares is breathtaking. By English standards this hotel was one or two stars standard and my Egyptian husband kept apologising before I got there because he thought I would hate it but I fell in love with the place and would certainly stay again. 100le per night for two including breakfast (bread rolls and jam). Bargain!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2009

If you are going to Cairo on the smallest of budgets and want to spend as little as possible but want something in the heart of downtown Cairo, this is the place to be. I spent over a week in Cairo in this hotel. There are actually no private singles in this hotel, except ONE room, which I stayed in. The other rooms were larger and some had ACs, but my room was the tiniest. And by tiny, I mean TINY. It is actually a tiny bathroom converted bedroom, so that there is still a wash basin and heater in it! The room was barely enough for the small bed, which was very clean. Other than that, it was equipped with an electric fan and wash basin. The shower and toilet are not inside the room, but in an adjacent shared bathroom.
It was actually quite fun, I thought the room was very cozy. The receptionist Sameh was very friendly, and even offered me a discount on the room when I said I was going to stay for over a week. He cut it down from 40 Egyptian pounds a night to 35 (but I am Egyptian, so I don't know what the deal is with foreigners). But even by foreign standards, it is still a very cheap hotel, located on a single floor of an old building in downtown Cairo, which you ascend to by a delightful cage elevator (though make sure to close all its doors when leaving it!)
Naturally no breakfast was included in the package, and there was a TV in a shared sitting room that was very cozy too, though I wasn't interested in watching TV since I was busy sightseeing.
It's greatest asset is it's location. Right in the heart of Downtown Cairo, a short walk from the Egyptian Museum, Tahrir Square, the American University, the Metro Station, Al Azhar street and Midan al Hussein and of course the Khan Al Khalili bazaars. If you don't like walking, all these places are quickly accessible by abundant taxis, though traffic may not always be on your side.
Everything you need is around you, be it supermarkets, fast food chains, local food shops, bookshops, etc...
I also took a short walk from it to the Qasr Al Nil bridge which is a great place to stand at night and marvel at the Nile.

So, if you are REALLY tight on money and want nothing at all but a bed to sleep in, a bathroom, and a good location, and don't care for fancy furniture, then Select Hotel is a great bet.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
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Property: Select Hotel
Address: 19 Adly, Cairo 11511, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
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Ranked #41 of 125 Specialty Lodging in Cairo
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Number of rooms: 13
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