Staying in Zamalek is 100% worth it and Mayfair is one of few affordable hotels there. The staff are sweet and helpful though take care to know who actually 'works' there and who is a 'guide.' The hotel itself is an old mansion (I think) and like most buildings in Cairo, could use a facelift. BUT, as I said before, the location is unbeatable. Zamalek hosts the BEST restaurants and Mayfair is close to two of our favorites- Cairo Kitchen and Zooba. Both have fresh, affordable food are really close to Mayfair.
The rooms at Mayfair are nothing to write home about except for that they are big! We had a big, double room that opened out to a terrace which was nice. There was a big armoire, small fridge and a table with two chairs. However, the room was dingy and mosquitoes bothered us the first few nights. Though the rooms are cleaned every day (and cleaned well!), it's easy for the room to get messy/dirty bc of Cairo dust/grit and the flimsy curtain in the shower makes for easy leaks. Also, our shower was particularly cramped since the curtain takes up a bunch of the space.
Breakfast (again) was nothing to write home about but sufficient. Hard-boiled eggs, bread, cheese wedge, packaged jam and butter, coffee or tea.
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