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Giza or Cairo which area to stay in?

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Giza or Cairo which area to stay in?

I will be staying for 3 nights and had intended to stay in Giza but am now wondering if I would be better staying in Cairo. If I stay in Cairo what is the best area. We would want a bit of peace and quiet to rest from hectic and busy Cairo. Area and hotel recommendations would be most appreciated. Getting the right place is more importantthan the cost, so we would be quite prepared tp 'push the boat out' regarding the price range.

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1. Re: Giza or Cairo which area to stay in?

Hi there,

I stayed in the Zamalek area. While it is in Cairo, it's one of the quieter areas. It was lovely to walk around at night as well. Lots of restaurants and shops, all within walking distance.

I also stayed in Giza which I found to be quite a way out from Cairo especially with the traffic.

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2. Re: Giza or Cairo which area to stay in?

Hi Basil, you may want to read this traveller article,


I have stayed in Giza (Mena House) and loved it because of the pyramid views but I don't really like the area around Giza. I prefer to stay in Cairo and usually stay at the Cairo Marriott, fabulous hotel with beautiful grounds/restaurants/pool etc and in Zamalek which is a nice area to walk around, it is expensive though.

In November, I stayed at the Victoria Hotel in Downtown (3* budget hotel - no pool) but I liked it because I could walk around the area and it was within walking distance of two metro stations & only a taxi ride to all of the places I wanted to go.

I have written reviews of both places, check my profile.

Edited: 19 March 2010, 22:13
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3. Re: Giza or Cairo which area to stay in?

I'm probably in the minority, but I always prefer staying in Giza. I'm an early riser, usually up well before sunrise. I've never gotten tired of watching The Pyramids emerge out of the darkness from my vantage point at Mena House.

Wish I was back there now - this is a great time of year to visit Egypt.

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4. Re: Giza or Cairo which area to stay in?

We are going later this year and have booked a hotel in Zamalek because everywhere it is listed as one of the quieter areas. There also appears to be plenty of restaurants to choose from, with varying prices.

From what I can gather you can walk to the museum if you wish as well. So if you have a few hours spare in between things you can go for a stroll.

We are there for 2 lots of 3 days and have chosen the "Longchamps" and the "Sofitel el Gazirah" as two different types of experiences.

Good luck

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5. Re: Giza or Cairo which area to stay in?

We stayed in the Mena House for our last trip. It was very good. You basically have to stay out there and travel into the centre or vice versa. If you are only staying two or three days then it's six of one and half a dozen of the other.

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6. Re: Giza or Cairo which area to stay in?

I'd agree it would depend on what you are planning to do whilst there.

Personally I would have preferred to have been at Giza and travelled in to Cairo, but we were moved to the Fairmont, near the airport (Heliopolis) and travelling back and forth to places was murder in the traffic.

I'm not an expert, but I think on a further trip I'd either stay somewhere near the Cairo Museum or at Giza.

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7. Re: Giza or Cairo which area to stay in?

both areas are fine, but if your looking for a more detailed reason why you should stay in each, check out www.cario360.com it will give you each place's review based on location and from there you can decide what you like better

Cheers mate

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8. Re: Giza or Cairo which area to stay in?

to avoid starting a new thread i will just post to this topic.

where would you all recommend we stay if our interest is to be close to both sightseeing and nightlife?

what neighborhoods boast most of the nightlife that a westerner might find appealing?

it seems zamalek is widely considered the place to stay?

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