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Historical Traveler Reviews President Hotel Cairo
I stayed in this hotel which is situated in the calm and leafy area called Zamalek.
I booked a single room and paid around £24 per night for B&B. The room I was allocted was in fact a spacious twin(see picture)to the rear of the hotel with en-suite bathroom (picture). My room overlooked the beautiful garden of an embassy - Fridge and TV worked fine, full strength hot water every time I used the shower/bath (morning and night!).
Dining room ok with nice view. Plentiful if rather dull breakfast.
Staff very nice, polite and helpful (though postcards left with the desk still not arrived after 8 weeks!)
I viewed a room in Tulip Hotel Midan Tahrir priced at £5.50STG and stayed in Alexandria for £5.50STG B&B so cheaper Hotels are available. Hotel President is not the Hilton but I still recommend it for its peace and quite which is pretty rare in Cairo.
Hated the hotel
From the reviews I had seen on Trip Advisor, I questioned our travel agent re this hotel.
After a argument with him he assured me it was great, but my worse fears were realised. It was dirty, run down, brown worn carpet in the hallways. The towels were paper thin, mould in the bathroom, the bath, great to have one, but it was all chipped. The televison and fridge were by one point, so we had to change the whole room around so we could have both on at the same time. The TV controller did not work, and nothing was done when we advised them of the problem.
Breakfast was the worse we had encountered on our trip, the only hot dish was a bean mixture, apart from that there was cornflakes, no fruit, and pastries, not even a toaster. In all I would never stay there again. (The only good thing was the location) much nicer than downtown Cairo, and only a walk across the bridge to town.
At least the bed was comfortable
I stayed 5 nights during November 2005. I requested a non-smoking room and they said they could provide one. I don't believe they actaully have "non-smoking" rooms. Mine certainly was not. The room walls and carpet were dirty.
The bed was very comfortable so at least we slept well. We did not spend much time in the hotel other than sleeping.
The bathroom was ok, though when you turn the shower faucet to hot, the water pressure was greatly reduced but it was still a bearable shower.
The television was limited to 3 or 4 stations. One station was an "English" movie station the rest were Arabic.
When we checked out, the bill showed a fee for breakfast which was apparently included though we were never told that it was. We didn't eat at the restaurant so I can't comment on the food.
We stayed at the hotel because of the location. We were visiting our son who was living a block from the hotel. Overall, I expected a little cleaner environment for the money but the stay was ok.
Like staying in a dirty trailer...
Was transferred to this hotel the last night of my stay (had been in town for a workshop nearby, at the very nice Flamenco Hotel) and was not impressed. The walls and floor were dirty (did not want to take my shoes off), the room smelled like kerosene, there were holes in the walls, and the sliding doors to the balcony would not close fully so while it was nice to have outdoor space and a view, there was always the possibility that anyone from the neighboring room (whose balcony connected) could access my room at any time. The door to the room did not lock properly, and the TV remote did not work. The only good things I can say about the room was that the sheets were clean (although the bed covering was dirty like everything else in the room), and the bathroom was clean (although the toilet did not flush correctly). The staff were nice, but that is pretty much the norm in Cairo, as far as I could tell.
Clean it up!
My wife and I went to Cairo for our 3rd wedding anniversary. We booked the hotel online as it was a 'recommended' hotel on the website in question.
We arrived at 1am on Tuesday 8th November, so our room had been booked from the 7th to the 11th November. The front-desk staff were polite enough, and were happy to fulfil my request for a room on a high floor. At this time, I didn't know the hotel itself was on top of an apartment building!
We were given room 406 right on the roof. Literally - there was nothing above our room except sky! We were asked if we'd like one big bed or two singles, so we asked for one big bed. When we got to the room however, there were two singles. The porter said he'd get it fixed right away. Within 5 minutes, housekeeping arrived and switched the beds around and made them into one big double. Unfortunately, the guy did this by turning the beds around so the long edges were against the headboard. This meant that there was a gap in the middle, right at the base of my spine. Very uncomfortable indeed! We switched the beds around ourselves, after the second night.
The room was clean, apart from one wall that looked liked someone had thrown coffee over it. It was so grubby it looked disgusting. The bathroom was in good shape though, with a washbasin, toilet, bidet and bath with shower over. The towels were very thin and almost threadbare and need replacing. Also, we only had one towel when we checked in - not good for a room with two guests!
The restaurant is on the 2nd floor and serves a basic continental breakfast of various types of breads and pastries. There's also the local fuul, which is a sort of brown bean stew. It's okay, but not my cup of tea. By the 3rd morning, I wanted something other than bread, so asked if they could make me some scrambled eggs. This wasn't a problem, and there was no additional charge.
The front desk staff were variable - some were very pleasant, others were downright rude. The Bell Captain was quite friendly, and very handy for supplying cheap taxis.
In all, it's a decent enough budget hotel, but the rooms definitely do need some sprucing-up and they're really not that spacious at all.
Perfectly fine hotel
I took my son to Cairo for his 18th birthday and we stayed here. The staff were friendly and efficient, the room was large and clean, the restaurant was no Michelin establishment but the food was good. We were introduced by the hall porter to a taxi driver - Mr Mohamed Ali - who was a joy. He was polite, spoke good English and made sure that my son saw all the sights and had a holiday to remember "---" if you are looking for a driver who parks right outside the President).
No hesitation at all in recommending the President to anyone who needs somewhere inexpensive to stay while exploring Cairo.
Good for Budget Travellers
The President Hotel is in a small part of Cairo called Zamalek, its meant to be an island but you cant exactly tell, its called an island because its separted by the Nile. We could not see the river from our hotel.
The hotel is in the middle of all the embassies and consulates and their are lots of police around protecting them so it is quite safe. Our room was small but it was what we expected it had air conditioning, fridge, and en suite all which worked but to an average standard.
On the tv were CNN and MBC 2 and 4, these were the only english speaking channels. The service in the hotel is gr8, however the restaurant is crap! and very expensive. There are many other restaurants right outside the door. We ate at Euro Deli every night (14 days) and the food there is not expensive £5 (50LE) for two people and fantastic.
The room was overlooked so we kept the curtains closed!
The food at breakfast is basic mainly croissants, pan du chocolat, and bread rolls and jam. They provide tea and nescafe and milk. This is other stuff but it wasnt that nice. You have to eat before 10.
On the night we arrived at 3am, they brought us breakfast in our room at 11 am which we didnt expect because of one of the reviews above.
Overall- We could have stayed in the four seasons or another posh hotel but our budget would only have stretched to 4 nights and here we managed to stay 14. A Good hotel for the price and recommended.
Fine - Nothing Great!
Hotel President is located in an island in the middle of the Nile River. Its situated in the quiet area of Zamalek, surrounded by embassies and consulates.
If you are thinking of staying in the hotel, dont be expecting greatness. Its a budget hotel and nothing more. That said, it is fine, relatively clean and has all the bits and bobs you need to have a good stay in this city.
The facts as I say them:
1. The Hotel is hit and miss as to what type room you got. When we were going to our first room, it still hadnt been cleaned so we were transfered to a second room on the top floor. The difference in the rooms was huge. The second room had an extremely large balcony, looking over the Nile, had full air con, king size bed and decent bathroom. The room also has a TV with CNN and a an English speaking Music channel.
2. The restaurant which is desribed in some websites as 'one of the best in all of Cairo', doesnt say too much for eating in the Egyptian capital. Its not that the food is horrible, its just that its extremely average and consists of standard 'western food' - cheeseburgers/pizzas/chicken etc.. Not exactly Egyptian culture I was expecting.
3. Breakfast was better in my eyes with simple continental buffet fare on offer - cereal /bread rolls etc.. All very simple but well done.
4. The most visually attractive part of the hotel is the lobby area and the staff are really helpful as was mentioned earlier.
5. The Cellar Bar has a decent atmosphere with above average prices. Worth a visit.
6. The hotel is approximately 15mins from Egyptian Museum / 45 mins from Pyramids and 45mins from Airport. Location wise the hotel is fine as you need to travel in a taxi in Cairo to get anywhere anyway.
To sum up, this hotel is nothing stunning, but then at the price I paid what would you expect. One other point though, for the price I paid here, I was able to stay in the Hilton in Luxor, but maybe thats just the capital city type 'extra'.
Not fancy but recommended
we stayed at the president hotel in may 2005.the hotel is located in the quiet neighborhood of zamalek,a short cab drive away from downtown cairo .we were a bit disappointed with the room at first-it looked nothing like the picture on the internet ! we then moved to a
' renovated room ' which had just been repainted and was larger.we also had a large terrasse overlooking the city.
the breakfast buffet was O.K. if you don't mind drinking nescafe !
but the reason,we would definitely recommend that hotel is that the staff was very friendly and accomodating,they even allowed us to keep the room till 7 p.m. at no extra charge.
Was great place to stay
This hotel is one of the best hotels I have stayed in, a small family owned business, economy hotel located on a tree-lined street of villas and apartment houses in Zamalek, very clean friendly staff and clean air-condition rooms with bathroom inside, satallite TV & phone line. Close to all amenties and good location. Highly recommended for a 2 star hotel in Cairo.