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Our eagerly awaited Busabout tour began at 8.00am. We had used Busabout for Europe in 1999 and 2005 and when we discovered they had an Egypt tour planned that suited our holiday timing we were in! The group of seventeen consisted of two New Zealanders, two from USA and thirteen Aussies, all different age groups. A fantastic group who bonded …
I arrived in Cairo around 4:15pm after a VERY long flight from Knoxville, TN with stopovers in Atlanta and New York. I was able to buy my visa and exchange money right away and passport control was an easy process. TIP: Make sure you ask for small bills when you exchange money. I didn't think of it and it was very hard to change large bills later!< …
Today the was the last day of the tour and my last day in Egypt. How quickly the time goes by!
Our first stop was the Citadel and the Alabaster Mosque. You had to be dressed appropriately to enter the mosque (shoulders and knees covered) and you had to take your shoes off before the could enter. Sherif sat us down in a group and gave us …
We gained two very different images of Egyptians in the first hour.
The mad cacophony that is Cairo traffic surrounds you at every moment you are outside. After a stress free pre organised airport pickup (essential when you have been 25 hours in airports and in the air) we had breakfast then went out walking to orientate ourselves. Our …
Today started out horribly when the train worker knocked on our door at 7:04am. First of all, he didn’t really need to knock on our door at all because I was still wide awake from the night before. The train ride was just as bad as the first one, so neither Ryan or I got a wink of sleep. It was hot, uncomfortable, REALLY bumpy and …
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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.
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.
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.
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.