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Review of Berlin Hotel
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 Dec 2017via mobile
The Berlin Hotel is excellent value. It is clean and well run with a professional staff. The shared bathrooms are clean with hot water. The hotel has a driver who can, for a very reasonable price, be hired for a day to take you to Giza, Saqarra, Dashour and Memphis for an 8 hour tour. The same driver can pick you up at the airport.
Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

The hotel is on the 4th floor of an old apartment building. Which is on the corner of a busy main and side road. Opposite is a palm tree lined street of old buildings. The building’s ground floor entrance is surrounding by shops stall so is hard to find the entrance at night so look for the signage above. There are a few traces of the once grand building in the marble stairs, iron railings and iron cage (now boxed in) lift. It may have been a once grand apartment in the past as the rooms were odd sizes. Day and night attendants on reception with English spoken during day time but a phone call takes care of other times. Location is great for river and Egyptian museum which were a few minutes’ walk away. Great location for sights, bars and restaurants (but it pays to get a guide books for the best bars as some are hard to find). The stuffed snake and mongoose at reception are apparently famous.

The room was very large with three single beds, wardrobe, tiny table and chair, lamp, two balconies, wood floor and a shower cubicle. 4 meter high ceiling and 3 metre high double doors and windows with shutters. Bright colours with the overall feel of faded grandeur. On arrival I felt the room was grubby but not dirty but I am not used to hostels. Later thought I felt I was being over fussy bearing in mind the price and country. The toilets and bathrooms in corridors were clean. Breakfast was included which consisted of Egyptian coffee, wholemeal flat bread, apricot jam and cream cheese. Extra coffee was a couple of pounds more. Owner got us a taxi with driver for Saqquara and it worked out very well (Except I would call in the museum first and try to hire a museum guide next time).

Tip for tourist.
Ask reception for one of their three taxi drivers if you are planning to go to the main sites like the Pyramids, Saqqara or to/from airport. It may cost pennies more but you will save you serious hassle and probably money. The only problem we had was with taxis; metered or un-metered, pre journey price agreed or not, they were just trouble. We got our own street taxi for the Pyramids and it was just problems with both the price, meter, route and we dropped off in the wrong place i.e. the village of hawkers next to the site not the entrance gate.

Tip for hotel.
I would visit all your hotel room at least once a week to improve the house keeping.

Would I go again?
Yes, as it offered great location, price, security and it had real character with sense of place. I was sorry to leave and having called in some of the gilded but insular hotels palaces nearby I did not regret the stay.

Room tip: I would not bother with the shower in the room as the corridors bathrooms were fine.
Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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5  Thank businesstravelling
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

I stayed at this 12-room hotel for ten days in late March, and was completely satisfied. Mr Hisham Youssif, the hotel owner, speaks good English, and the receptionist, Amal, has the basics. There is always someone there to help you. The hotel will also provide information, and make arrangements. For example, I took an eight-hour taxi tour with their regular driver to Giza, Sakkara, Darshur and Memphis. It was very reasonable..

If I hesitate to give the hotel a 5-star rating, it is only because it shares a few disadvantages with its setting. Cairo is noisy and dusty, and can be very uncomfortable in the summer when extra-hot and humid too. While the Berlin is on the top, fourth, floor of an early 20th century building with a working elevator, the only way fully to counter these factors is to stay in a large and fully air-conditioned hotel, probably some way from the experiences that make Cairo most memorable. You will pay much more of course.

Central and Islamic Cairo are (just) walkable for the tourist. The Berlin faces onto one of downtown’s major shopping streets (Sharia Qasr el-Nil) and is about ten minutes’ walk from the Egyptian Museum and Tahrir Square. 

To get to other destinations in this large capital city it makes most sense to take one of Cairo’s myriad taxis. If you wish, the hotel will flag one down, decide if the driver knows the destination and tell you an agreed fare. The cab ride will cost $1-2, unless you are going outside the city (e.g. to the Giza pyramids). In a taxi, as elsewhere, it feels good to give a tip, and it makes sense to have plenty of small change when possible. 

At the same time, remember that many “guides”, salespeople and proprietors of shops will approach you under the guise of friendship but with the ulterior motive of selling you something.

At the Berlin you will get the same basic breakfast each day. Most of the rooms are large (2-3 beds) and have a television. One uses one of the clean toilets and showers provided without any problems. There are several good and cheap restaurants nearby. You will be set up, if at all adventurous, to explore a city that has drawn travelers for centuries, and to discover the friendliness and hospitality extended to all.

Room tip: Some rooms have own shower, and a/c.
Date of stay: March 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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4  Thank NicJBoston
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

In French and in English... Un petit hôtel vraiment sympa, rigolo et bien situe en plein centre du Caire, proche de tout, dans une rue pietoniaire et avec un personnel gentil et prevenant qui arrangra pour vous taxis ou autre. Une bonne adresse que je vous recommande comme le restaurant de specialites locales GAD, situe pas tres loin...

A really nice and funny little hotel, very well located in down town Cairo, close to everything and the really helpful owner and staff will help you to book taxis and so on at a fair price. This hotel is also close to pretty much everything you may need and the restaurant GAD near by serves good local food and it is not expensive at all...

Room tip: The deluxe with private shower, AC and cable TV with chanels from all over the world is a good choice indeed.
Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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6  Thank arnaudr671
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

The hotel provided an airport pick-up and drop-up service for a reasonable price, which avoided some headaches. They can arrange tours for you, although I didn't use this service. The rooms are basic but clean. It's an old Parisian-style building with rooms with big windows and high ceilings, so at the time of year I went (January) it was quite cold. My room had an en suite shower with reliable hot water, and a shared toilet. A simple breakfast is included, and they provided it for me at 5.30am one morning when I had to depart early on a trip. It's best point is the location. It's right in the centre of downtown, so there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops, banks and cinemas close by, and Tahrir Square is about 10 minutes walk away. My sleep wasn't disturbed by noise late at night. A good budget choice if you want to be in the centre of things.

Date of stay: January 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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3  Thank Oliver S
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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

We are a family of four and Berlin Hotel suited our budget and needs. Staff were extremely helpful and courteous. It's basic facilities were what you'd expect at this price, including simple delicious breakfast. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Date of stay: December 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
3  Thank Suzanne P
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