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Windsor Hotel Cairo
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

This hotel is simply incredible. You will not get service at the big chain hotels like you get at The Windsor. The hotel has a lot of charm and character. The service is wonderful and the staff are lovely. The owner shows up and introduces himself, chats with the guests and makes sure you have everything you need. We'd lost our power adaptor and needed to charge our cell phone and he lent us his personal charger. You don't get service much better than that! The restaurant in the hotel is wonderful, and the chef bent over backwards to accommodate my dietary needs. Guests receive a free breakfast, there's free wifi in the lounge. The hotel is very clean though it is very much in an older style. The beds are reasonably hard, the hot water takes about 10 minutes to come through and the rooms are not exactly soundproof. Some of the front desk staff are no good at giving directions to places like The Egyptian Museum, so it would be good if they had maps in their reception area (we were directed to the museum however his directions were so confusing we ended up about as lost as you could possibly get! So take a map!) Their card machines frequently don't work either so to pay for the hotel you have to withdraw cash which is a bit of a pain, however don't let that put you off because you won't get an experience like this elsewhere. There's nothing like taking a ride in an old school elevator! Samir and Mina are excellent at organising/taking you on a tour of the city and the service in the entire hotel is excellent. They just want their clients to be happy. Book it! Now!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KiaOraKiwi
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Don't bother with the big chain hotels: this is the place to stay in Cairo. Historic, family-business hotel within easy walking distance of downtown attractions and Islamic Cairo. The owner actually shows up on a daily basis and chats with guests! This place has serious atmosphere--you can practically feel what it was like to be here in the early 1900s, right down to the music in the lounge. The staff are friendly and charming in the old-fashioned sense, the service is great, and when you step inside it is a break from the daily frenzy. You will not find a hotel with this much personality anywhere else in Cairo. And yes, the rooms have both hot water and good water pressure!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank D T
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

When we first arrived to Cairo, we stayed at a popular hotel chain in Zamalek. It was nice, but in hindsight, the biggest mistake of the trip was not staying at The Windsor the whole time. Such a personable staff--Samir was wonderful and so helpful when we wanted to go shopping and take a felucca on the Nile later. We met the owner while having lunch in the Barrel Bar and getting to chat with him was one of the highlights of the trip. He was one of the nicest people and was happy to talk about the rich history of the hotel. Definitely stay in for dinner/drinks at the Barrel Bar. It's claim of "faded grandeur" definitely shows up at this hotel, but it is a hotel you will never forget. This is the first place I'd stay if I was able to return to Cairo soon, and it is definitely the first on my list of Cairo must-stays.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Courtney M
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

As its name suggests, the Windsor offers a charming 1930s style English hotel experience, right in the heart of downtown Cairo. The bar/lounge area looks exactly like the officers' club that it once was. The spacious and high-ceilinged bedrooms are furnished in the country house shabby-chic style. The owner of the hotel is an exceptionally charming gentleman who speaks perfect English, and the staff are both friendly and attentive. Plenty of food and drink choices available - including alcohol - at very reasonable prices. And they will pick you up from the airport for less than 15 US dollars. if you like the sanitized conformity of a Sheraton or Hilton, then don't come to this wonderfully quirky hotel.

Room Tip: room 26 on the third floor is fine.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Catrin
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

There's a lot of charm in this hotel. Samir at the front desk was very accommodating and gave us a lot of tips about the city. (Sidenote: there's some good local shopping just nearby that is very cheap!). He also said he'd be happy to arrange tours for us. I'd definitely recommend these for a first-time visitor to Cairo.

The Barrel Bar has great, inexpensive food and drinks. Try the falafel! The atmosphere is really neat, and the owner of the hotel chatted with us for a bit about the history. It was fascinating to hear him tell stories of how the hotel has changed over time. It was really a highlight of our stay! And it's a good sign when the management enjoys their lunch right there in the hotel.

The rooms were what you'd expect for the price. After a long day exploring Cairo, we had no trouble falling right asleep. The only downside is the loud call to prayer from the nearby mosque. You can't escape the sound anywhere in Cairo though--so just enjoy the experience.

For the price, history, Barrel Bar, and genuine kindness of the staff, the Windsor Hotel was perfect for us. Next time in Cairo, we're staying there the whole time. We were very happy with the stay--and the great staff made the experience even better.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Daniel B
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