stayed at Windsor for 4 nights, its def old! over 100 years dont forget!! communal areas are ancient, its dark and dingy but full of character, including the staff!! the lift is unbelievable!! do not stay here if you are used to modern, clean contemporary hotels! you will be disappointed. Good points are beds have clean sheets, water is hot, but other than that..unless you have the luck of getting a refurbished room, the rooms are all old, peeling paint, cracked sinks, ensuites are pretty dreadful if you have one of the unconditioned rooms like we did...towels are old but changed daily, rooms are not dirty as such, just old, which is often mistaken for dirt, the floors could be cleaner, our room def needed a good hoover when we arrived and did not get hoovered at all in 4 days....! do not stay at the front of the hotel if you can help it, tooting horns all night, we had 2 sleepless nights then changed rooms to sadly another unconditioned room, there were nicer rooms but we did not get one despite asking for room with private facilities, if you do not request private facilities you just have a room and have to use communal toilet and shower shared with other rooms on the floor. The staff are charming and helpful, but this hotel wants money for most things that are not included, you have to buy maps and rent hairdyers....also be aware that if you book the tour guide to the pyramids with the hotel, its 125 egyptian pounds per person, this does not include any of the entries to the pyramids, the imhotep museum or lunch, so it ends up being another 125 egyptian pounds on top of what you have paid, the tour guide and driver then expect tip at end of day, which is usual i suppose and wherever you visit on the tour, locals stop you to take pics and then want money, so say no straight away otherwise they just go ahead!! even the police want money if you take their pics as they ride camels so its all about money money money...also the tour includes a stop at a paper making factory which is really a shop and you get the hard sell to buy stuff after the demo, but you can easily just say no, we did. Back to the hotel, the lounge and bar area is very atmospheric and the food here is good, no stomach upsets for us, we ate at the windsor every night. They have a good menu. Breakfast is included, its just tea or coffee, with croissants, toast and jams and butter, its ok and overall the price is good for the stay. Not sure I would stay there again, but would prob not ever go back to Cairo as its pretty filthy place, Windsor hotel location is good, close to old islamic district and 26 july street for shopping etc. so to recap i would say give it a chance if you want true egyptian culture, its not geat, but its not awful....
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