Windsor Hotel Cairo
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Saturday morning, group one, which included Susan, Ana, and Linda, took a walk and were able to photograph the burned vehicles and the burned government building at the end of 26th July Street. Group two (me, Martha and Michael) never got to leave the hotel as we were the ones to receive the order from the Embassy. And the Embassy order was "be …
After a long walk thru the center of Cairo we arrived at the Egyptian Museum. The greatest collection of Egyptian antiquities can be found here. It is a place of true discovery... The Egyptian government established the 'Service des Antiques de l'Egypte' in 1835 mainly to halt the plundering of archeological sites and to arrange the exhibition of …
26/8/2008 An early wake up in the Windsor Hotel. We're staying in the room where Michael Palin stayed during the recordings of Around the world in 80 days. The hotel is nothing special and our "deluxe room" is nothing more then an averige room in some grandparents house.Price/quality nothing to recommend. To get a omlet or even some water at …
Today we visited the sole survivor of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World - The Pyramids of Giza You would think that something so spectacular that has been around for 46 centuries would be protected from the idiots of society. You would also expect that given how long its been there that the system of arriving, seeing, and leaving would be …
... but it does take him a few days to unwrap himself and climb out from under the weight of the jewelry. We returned to Cairo to lunch at the Nile Hilton (excellent risotto), have a beer at colonial institution, the Windsor Hotel, dine at Café Riche again (molokhiyya, a mallow and rabbit stew and chicken livers) and finish off the Egyptian Museum …
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Our group all agreed that we love the Windsor. The staff is so friendly and helpful. We were in Egypt during a very difficult time and even the owner stayed in his hotel with his guests and helped us all keep in touch with our families. If I get back to Egypt I will certainly go straight to the Windsor again.
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The Windsor is one of those charming little hotels that only gets better with time: the longer you stay, the more it becomes like a home away from home.
Very old and therefore, very charming. Good bar and good staff. Good restaurant, more importantly, with Egyptian food.
Located bang in the centre of the city. Shopping and eatiing all a walk away.
We arrived there after midnight and from the outside, it looked terrible. We were very apprehensive, but, the hotel grew on us.
We were traveling with two children aged 5 and 2 and still found it to be a good experience.
This place is really very charming, I saw all the rooms there as business seemed to be quiet and all doors were open and thought all looked very clean. The small balcony you can sit out on is a lovely feature on many rooms, and all have beautiful old style shutters. The bed was like something from a 30's hospital in truth with poles falling off the bedhead in in the middle of the night! Pefectly adequate night's sleep though. It's true the rooms are fairly bare and basic but I was very pleasantly surprised after reading reviews here, which almost put me off. there is hot water as I discovered after a few cold showers, if you leave it running for a good 10 mins or so.. terrible waste of water really and forgot to say this to them so if you ever go there point this out!! I also note our sheets were changed almost every day which was nice and what I hadn't expect in truth.
This hotel was used by a group of ex-army blokes as the start and finish of a tour exploring North African battefields and considering our background the standard of accommodation was not of prime importance.
When we first got to the hotel we wanted to leave immediately. It looked shabby, dark and scary and as we had 9 nights in Cairo (the travel agent got dates of our cruise wrong)we were planning on changing hotels. Glad we didn't! The hotel is shabby and desperately needs updating, but it has got character, especially the staff.
All the owners need to do is spend some money
on staff salaries
on room rehab - one at a time
- Think Emerson's and Greens of Stonetown, Zanzibar, or Kan Zeman in Amman, Jordan, or the Al Hawta palace in Seyun, Yemen, and you have the idea of what some investment could do here.
The hotel has character in bucketfulls, and (in mid november 2005) enjoys a very good occupancy rate of over 80%.
The staff are super-friendly and very knowledgeable
Many thanks to you all!
This hotel rests on its laurels with photos of Michael Palin's 1980's visit here and there. The rooms are shabby, plumbing poor, beds uncomfortable. It is well over-priced and the restaurant food is poor. The management will try to sell you tours and grill you if you decline. On the up side, the waiting staff are lovely, the lift is a laugh but the real plus point is the bar which is one of Cairo's finest. Nice bar shame aboout the rest. Decent location. Noise is endemic in Cairo and it is not quiet but not overly noisy.
Ever see the Great Muppet Caper where they stay in the Happiness Hotel that is falling apart & all run-down? This was like that. It was an experience, and something to look back on, but it was not worth it when there are reputable hotels for just a bit more money.
We stayed here briefly in early and mid December 2004. The first stay was two nights, and the second stay was one night. We're not sorry we stayed here at all. It's always good to have a nightmarish hotel experience to share with friends and fellow travellers. However, we could never in good conscience recommend the place.
Nothing like you see on the photos on the internet. Old, dusty, dirty . Aircon does not work on most rooms.
Needs renovation to look like what it is on the photos. We were very very disappointed with the quality. Not worth your $50 at all.