I stayed at City View Hotel for 5 days in October 2011. It was recommended to me by another Trip Advisor member and I'm so glad I took her advice. The hotel is relatively small, just one floor in a building which is accessed by a very clean vanilla scented lift! The hotel has a real family “feel” to it which I loved. All areas of the hotel were clean and well kept.
The excellent location is within walking distance of Tahrir Square, Downtown, AUC, metro stops, shops, restaurants and of course the museum. As a guide, I paid these fares in a metered white taxi from the hotel to - Islamic Cairo/Khan el Khalili 8 – 10 LE, Giza 30LE, Zamalek 8LE.
The breakfast was more than adequate with a couple of different hot dishes each day eg. beef schwarma, felafel, scrambled egg, sausage, beans, boiled eggs, tomatoes, potatoes etc as well as omelettes cooked to order. There was also toast, rolls, croissants, cereal, juice – the powdered variety, tea & coffee, cold meats, cheeses, fruit & yoghurt.
On my arrival day, I ate dinner in the Ali Baba restaurant and had a kofta sandwich with fries and salad which was hot and tasty for 27LE. They also have nice cold stella beer for about 15LE per bottle and it was always served with a bowl of tasty peanuts, a 1.5 litre bottle of water was 4LE.
The internet was 10LE per hour, there was usually one of the computers free and the speed was fine. Make sure you move the mouse around from time to time or you get logged out, not a huge problem as the reception guys will log you in again.
The doorman, reception, restaurant and room cleaners were all polite and helpful, not waiting for tips and not hovering or knocking on your door.
I visited the hotel again in November to show some friends around and to use the bathroom and internet, they remembered me by name and were genuinely happy to see me back, asking about my travels so far.
I was travelling by myself so my room was a single with two single beds, it was just near reception overlooking El Bostan street, it was a bit noisy due to arrivals/departures but I was so exhausted from my walks that I was able to sleep well. If you are a light sleeper, ask for a room away from the reception area.
The room had a large flat screen TV mounted on the wall with very good reception, there are literally hundreds of channels with quite a few english ones.
The bathroom was clean and I noticed that the cracked toilet seat was changed the next day without me even asking. The towels were plentiful and clean & the soap/shampoo were replenished daily.
The bed was comfortable and clean also and the air-con was terrific with a switch for sleeping, so a lot quieter.
I would definitely stay there again, good value for your money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- City View Hotel is located in the heart of the City within walking distance to the marvelous Egyptian Museum and the hotel offers its hospitality to both business and vacation ravelers for our facilities and services have been designed to meet the expectations of our discerning guest. City View Hotel is located in Tahrir Square (Revolution Square) exactly in the shadow of the magnificent Egyptian Museum and it offers you a complete range of services that will help make your stay a pleasant and memorable one. The unique location of City View Hotel is helping you to find easily a variety of restaurants, banks, embassies and metro are all within walking distance. ... more less
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