The hotel sent a driver/taxi complimentary because I booked a room with toilet/shower/balcony (as stated in their website). Ahmad (still sleeping, and should be the reception guy that day) was very accommodating, he woke up to check me in. The hotel is on the second floor of an old building on the other side of the street where the National Museum is - that's where it got its name apparently.
No offense to the guys at the hotel -- you might respond to this review and that's a good thing, but I'm always honest and I express my personal view based on how I feel and on my actual experience. The thing is, I've stayed in a charming place in Luxor with the same price right before this one, so I can't avoid using that as a benchmark. Then again, some may say, that's Luxor and this is Cairo --- hmmm...yeah maybe, but would that be a valid justification?
Museum View is actually not a hotel per se (again, my opinion, I've stayed at most budget hotels and some hostels), maybe not a hostel because they don't have dorm rooms, so maybe in-between those two. It occupies the second floor of a building - other floors are offices like SAS, and there're maybe about 6 rooms in total, can't remember now. I was shown to my room which I guess is the best one in the house, right on the corner with an unobstructed view of the museum and the road and Tahrir Square, and unfortunately the building under construction infront of both the museum and the Nile Ritz Carlton.
Friendly staff? hmmm... there are 3 guys (partners/owners?) and the female cleaner who also prepares the breakfast. I've read here about this friendliness stuff of the staff but I think there's dash of patronizing on that sort of friendliness, something that I am not particularly comfortable with, and believe me I've experienced genuine friendliness and hospitality in a lot of hotels in Europe and Turkey, particularly Turkey where people really talk to you gleefully and you could feel their sincerity and enthusiasm in giving you tips or just simple chats, so I could easily get the hint if it's genuine or unauthentic (am sure most travelers do). For me, the air is not actually friendly, more of like aaah... I dunno I can't find the right word -- but definitely something I'm not comfortable with, more of like scares me in a weird way.
The room is big and there are two double-door opening up on the big balcony with the streets below nice view but I have to close it both at night to filter the car honkings. King-size bed but the outer sheet or the blanket itself is dusty. And I bought 2 rolls of bathroom tissues the following day - one, for bathroom use of course, secondly, to wipe the old furnitures (bedside tables and stool) which is full of dust, seriously.
The toilet/shower is actually a small rectangular cubicle constructed within one corner of the room with 1/4 of the height to the ceiling open (open-top). Water flow is ok, there's warm shower but the water remains on the floor after you take a shower and won't flow down to the drain, something to do with the leveling of the floor, so I have to shake the water off my feet or wipe it off. And yeah, no towels, so I have to use my hand towel to wipe the water residue off my body after each shower.
On my last day, the door knob got loose and off, like literally I'm holding it when I was trying to pull/close/lock the door. I put it in place but well, it's not properly secured. Tehn again, no one entered the room anyway - good: your stuff are safe and so are you; bad: since no one entered the room the whole 4 days, means, no one cleaned or made-up the room during my entire stay, that I have to take out the rubbish bin and hand it over to one of the guys (Amir, one of the partner/owner) I think on my 3rd day.
Internet is not working but there's an old but functional computer on the small common area and everyone could use it, especially with photo transfer it's useful -- I guess there are only 2 rooms occupied and there were some of those days when I felt I was the only one in the place. In fact, I only found out about the common area and the complimentary breakfast from this nice lady I found one day tapping her laptop keyboard sitting on the reception area on my second day.
Breakfast is not something you'll be looking forward to every morning, if you overslept and skipped it, you'll be glad you chose sleeping.
Having said all the above, I slept ok, since most of the time I'm out and come back tired to ever care.
I paid EGP120/night for the single room, and I think it's supposed to be EGP140 (an EGP20/night discount). I booked the whole day memphis-sakkara-giza private driver with them, costs EGP180. The same frantic driver who picked me up at the airport and who drives like he's auditioning for a part in that movie fast & furious, and the only guy I've seen who could multi-task consistently while driving -- c'mon tell me can you drive and text message on your mobile for more than 2 hours?
I asked for those free maps mentioned on their website, there ain't one, oh, unless they were pertaining to the poster map pinned on the wall at the reception.
Location is great really, the nearest Metro station few strides away is Sadat. Taxis are plenty along the street just outside of the hotel.
All-in-all it's an ok place if you're really on a tight budget and wants to be in a good location. Maybe the hotel is better during peak season, then again, my review is during my stay. Next time I'm in Cairo, and it's peak season maybe I'll try again...errrr...maybe not...and spend more on a proper hotel.
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