We stayed at the Safir Cairo for three non-consecutive nights and were satisfied with the hotel. First of all, we did not notice any construction work going on (and heard no noise either).
The location is good, for while the hotel might be on the other side of the Nile , there is an underground station only 5 minutes walk from the hotel. Next to the hotel is a café and a fast food and on the main road (where the underground is), are many shops and exchange shops. What we did not find was a good restaurant close by (which does not mean there are none). To walk to the Nile (and the Sheraton Hotel) you need about 15-20 minutes .
The hotel entrance is in a small street (which means that big tour buses might have trouble accessing the hotel entrance), the view from the rooms is nothing breathtaking (we had one room overlooking the pool, another a small park and the other just other houses).
Now to the hotel itself:
The hotel is a typical city-hotel, without any oriental flair.
On each of our arrivals, we were welcomed with a glass of juice in the reception . The first time, we also received a fruit plate in the room. Check-in was handled efficiently and quickly.
When we checked in for the second time, we had to wait for over and hour for our suitcases to arrive. When we went down to the lobby to get the suitcases ourselves, we were refused. It seems that at the time, a wedding was taking place and there were a lot of people.
The rooms are spacious and overall clean. The last night, we found a small cockroach – but I’m not sure whether this is the hotel’s fault or just an inevitable Cairo by-product.
In one room, we had a very large bathroom as well, but usually the bathrooms are normal-sized. The beds are king-sized and comfortable, the closet is spacious as well, there is a safe, a table with two chairs, a TV with various channels (Arabic, English, German etc) and a dresser.
The hotel provides various toiletry products and a hair drier. There is sufficient space to place your own toiletry items in the bathroom.
The room was very quiet, and had its own balcony. Smoking was allowed and I am not aware whether there are any non-smoking rooms.
The air-condition is only for cooling; so if you go in winter, be sure to ask for an additional blanket.
We dined all three evenings in the hotel, in the restaurant on the mezzanine floor (there is also a Chinese restaurant (or Sushi?) on the ground floor that we did not visit). The atmosphere is slightly depressing, owing to lighting, the music etc. The food was mediocre, and the one night, the service was less than satisfactory (we ordered twice, and my order was forgotten. By the time I managed to get my order through, there were no more Tagliatella). Do not order the Tagliatella Pesto expecting pesto sauce – it’s simply a cream sauce. The other two nights, the service was good. Besides pasta, there is not much to order for Vegetarians (besides the salads – which we didn’t try since we avoided both salads and fruits during our Egypt stay).
The breakfast on the other hand is plentiful and varied (egg dishes, cheese, croissants, cereals, sausages etc). They also serve foules and falafel.
The staff in general is very polite and helpful.
Well, would I stay again? Probably yes, because of location and price. If you are in Cairo for sightseeing purposes and intend to use the hotel only for sleeping, then there is no reason to pay for a more expensive hotel. If on the other hand, you also want to have the more luxurious, oriental atmosphere, then I recommend Ramses Hilton or something like that.
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- Also Known As:
- Safir Hotel Giza
- Safir Hotel Cairo Egypt/Giza