I was not supposed to have stayed at the Novotel Cairo El Borg for more than a few days. I ended up staying 2 weeks. So naturally I can recommend this hotel to business as well as leisure travelers. The hotel is conveniently located in Gezira / the island of Zamalek and you can easily reach many attractions by foot, car or boat !
The view from the Novotel Cairo El Borg is simply magnificent and it is the hotel's greatest asset. Rooms are standard Novotel rooms - but things generally work. I stayed at the 2nd floor for 1 week and the 6th floor for 1 week. Both worked, although the Nile facing view was slightly better from the 6th floor.
Second biggest asset of this hotel is without question the reception staff. They were extremely service-minded. That's important for frequent travelers.
Although I enjoyed my stay at the Novotel Cairo El Borg, I must say that service in the lobby restaurant is outright appalling. Same goes for the breakfast service, which simply isn't worth the money.
The pool area works when it is not too crowded (it is very smallish).
I did not try room-service, but heard from others that food is good and service prompt.
Internet speed is an issue known to the management of the hotel. Like so many other Cairo hotels, Novotel are suffering from the very poor quality of their chosen service provider. As a business traveler this is a bit of an issue, however speed here is not as bad as at the Safir Hotel in Dokki, but definitely not as good as any of the Fairmont properties in Cairo.
All in all, the value for money at this hotel is exceptional. Other reviewers are so concerned about 3, 4, 5 stars. To me those are just numbers that really means very little. But I'd give this hotel 5 stars for the value for money.
I shall return.
PS: The minibar in the room was never refilled. Imagine that ! If I was the manager of the hotel, I would fix that immediately.
PPS: Beware of the dodgy tourist-trap taxi drivers outside the hotel. They are the worst kind of taxi drivers in Cairo. Will easily charge you 10-15 times more than the meter price.
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