Travel Blogs from Cairo
... pulling his phone out to call his cousin to come down, speaking excitedly in Arabic. We head to Al-Abd bakery which definitely seems the place to be as it is full of Egyptians fervently jostling for their late night goodies. The cousin shows up and they insist on taking us to their shop so we can take their business cards. When we try and protest they respond with claims of dismay and overly gesture their hurt and insist we must of course come for tea ...Cairo, Egypt msdemeaner
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVictoria Hotel Cairo
This was booked through a Contiki tour and was good enough to just sleep and wake up and go in the morning. I wouldn't really want to stay much longer than that. Quite old and not the cleanest, but for Cairo, it's not bad.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Victoria Hotel Cairo
Good for the price
The rooms were clean and basic... Location was close to lots of markets and shops and only about a 10 minute walk to the metro station. The showers were spotty and don't expect hot water. The breakfast buffet was huge and the bartender was a kick! Not the best but for the price it's not bad!
I stayed at the Victoria for two nights on a business trip. I requested a room in a quiet location, and was pleasantly surprised with the noise levels for a downtown hotel.
Well kept reception and public areas with antiques and a lovely marble staircase. A nice homely beeswax smell adds to the old fashioned ambience.
Staff are really helpful and friendly, which is a real bonus when you are traveling alone.
My room was spacious and clean with parquet floors and rugs. I was disappointed with the tiny bathroom and the super thin sheets and no mattress cover.
The breakfast is basic - but adequate considering the great room rates via [-] (I paid £37.00 for two nights B&B).
My husband and I and my daughter stayed at the Victoria for 4 days. We absolutely loved everything about it including their tea garden and beautifully furnished victorian lobby/sitting area. They have a wonderfully helpful and cheerful and knowledgeable staff. In fact their driver came to pick us up at the airport in the hotel's 1953 Mercedes Benz and gave us a short tour on the way to the hotel! The room was very clean and we had plenty of hot water for showers. Even a bath tub and a hair dryer! They also have an internet cafe open in the afternoon/evenings. This is a great vintage hotel.
A short walk to the train/subway station and several great restuarants. Be sure to take a walk down the alleyway across the street. The locals love to say "welcome" and they mean it! There are great fruit/vegetable stands and pastry shop that the locals use. The outside of the hotel is decorated in beautiful lights in the trees outside at night. Can't say enough good about the place.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Victoria. Nice rooms. Interesting area - in the 'real' Cairo. The food is not international standard, but the breakfast was pretty good. And the staff was very charming, really made me relax. Highly recommended. Yours, Peter Hovmand, writer, Denmark.
Loved the Victoria: Great Vintage Hotel
We stayed at the Victoria hotel a total of 11 days out of our 22 day stay in Egypt this late June 2005 and Mid July 2005, 2 days at the beginning of our stay and 9 days at the end.
We loved this vintage hotel that was located very near the main train station..a 2 minute walk down the street. It was less than 2 blocks from 2 metro stops. The Egyptian museum was a 20 minute walk or a 2 stop/5minute metro ride away and the Khan El Khalili was a 5 minute cab ride or 20 minute walk away.
The hotel staff were very friendly, cheerful and helpful There was buffet breakfast consisting of breads, cheeses, cold sliced meats, tomatoes, cucumbers, ful (beans), an egg dish, jam, hibiscus juice, cornflakes and cookies with tea or nescafe. It you didn't like the egg dish of the the day they would make any style egg you liked for you.
There is a nice little garden and an internet cafe that is open 24 hrs. It is very inexpensive ie 14LE/hour as compared to the 60LE/hour at another hotel we stayed at during our stay.
Both times we had spacious clean rooms with lovely hardwood floor, oriental area rugs, vintage period furniture and great airconditioning. The bathrooms were spotlessly clean with ample towels.
You could get fresh fruit juice, soft drinks, tea or coffee and small sandwiches/snacks served 24 hours in the large homey sitting room off the lobby. There is a small airconditioned bar next to the sitting room that serves alcohol. In the sitting room there is large book shelf stocked with books that fellow travelers have finished and left behind...you are welcome to help yourself or leave one of your own for the next person.
Not vey impressed, dirty and poor value.
We stayed at the Victoria in July 2005 for 3 nights at the start of a 1 month trip to Egypt and were quite disappointed. Unfortunately we had booked it on-line and pre-paid. Our room was quite run down and badly in need of renovation. The toilet leaked sewage water onto the bathroom floor every night and literally stank. The hotel is convenient to the train station and the Turgoman bus station but it is really out of the way for all the major tourist sites and very inconvenient. When we came back to Cairo we picked another hotel downtown. In our opinion the Victoria is typical of many Egptian hotels. Not very clean, run down, worn out carpets, dust everywhere, and very overpriced. They don't seem to make much effort to do anything about it. Havn't they heard of Mr Clean?
What a charming hotel
A charming hotel in the city of Cairo. You can tell they are use to real travellers and they have everything you could possibly need available. The room was large and clean, the breakfast was good, the dinner that was offered in the evening was the best of our entire trip and was dirt cheap. They had internet service available, water to buy and a darling outdoor garden to sit in. This hotel is a must.
Stayed at this hotel for 7 nights with our baby son and were very impressed. Great value for a budget hotel. Big clean rooms and bathrooms, generous breakfast, and very convenient internet cafe. The staff were friendly and helpful, particularly the doormen. The location isn't great, it's noisy and not an attractive part of town. However, it was convenient for shopping and the Egyptian museum, in fact most of the tourist places were in walking distance. Fully recommend the Victoria Hotel in Cairo.
Victoria service was great
Spent a total of 6 nights in the Victoria Hotel over a 2 week period while on holiday in Egypt.
The rooms (we were in 3 different ones) were all very clean. The bathrooms were roomy, and had lots of hot water.
We used the laundry service there and it was about a 20 hour turnaround and cheap. The doormen, porters, and cleaning women were top notch. Always willing to help or answer a question. Breakfast was filling and plentiful.
The bar was very relaxing and the bartender was the best.
Our only complaint was the front desk (reception) personnel. Never did they answer a question clearly or seem friendly. They always seemed distracted and sullen compared to the rest of the staff.
The on-site internet cafe is very convienent.
Great old style ambience
Excellent value for money. High ceilings, very clean, friendly staff. We have stayed at this hotel twice once in 2000 and once in 2003. It is not far things like the museum (walking distance) although not in the most salubrious district, unlike the Cosmopolitan and the Windsor hotels which are slightly more centrally located and also old style. It is definitely a much choice than either of these options. The Windsor is interesting to visit for a drink, but the bedrooms looked grubby and very rundown and having stayed at the Cosmopolitan where rooms were frankly dirty and it was not possible to get a drink in the bar during Ramadan (which is quite unusual in Cairo) the Victoria Hotel outshines both of these by far. It does get quite booked up and is used by groups.