On the fancier end of the budget spectrum, the Crillion's best asset is its location: downtown Giza is at your doorstep, close to excellent shopping, banks, supermarkets and restaurants. Attractions (pyramids, Cairo Museum, Cairo Tower) are a £10-20 LE taxi away, and the area is safe and bustling without being overwhelming. Hotel service and quality, on the other hand, is wildly inconsistent. The larger rooms, sleeping four, are generously spaced (X01 rooms); however, they face the street, and the relentless traffic, so bring the ear plugs. The rooms at the back of the hotel (X04/5) are quieter, but cramped, tending towards being pokey. We had a triple room booked, and were alternated between a four bed suite, and a twin room with a futon; it's worth insisting on the suite if you're sleeping more than two. Rooms are clean and functional, with television, refrigerator, closet safe and turbine-strength aircon. The attached restaurant went untested, due to the volume of superlative cheap-eats within walking distance. Service fluctuates moment to moment; after an all-smiles first few nights at the beginning of our journey, our remaining two nights at the end were beset by room changes, lost room bookings (paid for in advance), and a mystifying level of fastidiousness that delayed our departure with room-checks, forms, and other bureaucracy. Hotel management were abrupt and unhelpful with our lost booking, refusing to accommodate us without confirmation from our tour office (located in Melbourne, Australia) or any kind of hospitable concession, compassion, or understanding. Laundry was a hit or miss experience; frequent reminders of loads and room changes seems to diminish lost items. Avoid the outrageously inflated airport transfer; a simple taxi is sufficient, hailable (without commission) for around £80-£100 LE. Overall, at full steam, you could do much worse, but little hitches along the way make for a frustrating holiday experience.
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