We stayed here twice in December and January for a total of six nights. Everyone electing to stay at this hotel, should be aware that it is a budget hotel. That said, it has many advantages for a budget hotel in Cairo, and we enjoyed our stay. We would return.
Not all rooms are the same. We stayed on the 7th floor, which had linoleum wood floors, rather than carpeting, which we preferred. Our room was always clean, and being on the 7th floor was surprisingly quiet (a few barking dogs trumps Cairo traffic).
We found the staff helpful. The hotel is used by a lot of tour groups, so there are always people in the lobby. There is also an area to get drinks and check email (free) so there are usually a lot of people in the lobby. It added to a festive vibe.
We really liked the area. It was a two block walk from a major intersection, Sharia Tahir. Those two blocks were trafficked by a few cars, and even a donkey cart. The Syrian embassy is across the street so there are always police patrol nearby. There is a grocery store and pharmacy two blocks a way, and a market street with fruit and good eye-watching of local culture. In short, it is quiet (for Cairo, and for a budget hotel) and I prefer that it is in a residential neighborhood with real people.
The rooftop bar is a major highlight, and added to the trip. We frequently ate dinner or drank a beer overlooking all of Cairo. We had children, and it was friendly. Some smoked the hookah. There was loud music playing, which some might find annoying, but since it was usually pretty hip music, it added to the cool ambience.
Breakfast was in a lovely room with lots of windows. Eggs were cooked daily for those wanting omelettes. There were a wide variety of items, but they didn't change daily, and it did become a bit tiresome. I craved fruit in the morning, and wished for bananas or oranges. The pastries also could have been better. But then again, it was probably just fine for the price of the hotel!
With a budget hotel comes quirks: when the tub drained it sometimes overflowed in the bathroom. The comforter and linens were not new (but they were clean). We had a king bed made with twin sheets horizontally. It really wasn't a problem, but I wanted to be sure to state that this was a budget hotel! Dinners were mixed; some nights were OK, some nights were pretty bad. A lot of rice, and usually only fruit for dinner (grab it at night for breakfast)! But it was not as bad as at other hotels we stayed at, and no one in our large group got sick, as they did at other places.
There was a refrigerator in the room and a huge closet, which was an added bonus. We also had air conditioning and two balconies!
Overall, our experience was very good. We were aware we were on a small budget. Since the hotel was clean with good service in a special neighborhood and had a rooftop eating area for dinner and drinks--we thought that went beyond what we anticipated in Cairo for a budget hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- King Hotel provides you with comfort, convenience and value for money combined with an ideal location, suitable for business and leisure travelers. The unique and cozy 3-star hotel not only offers you a central location in Cairo, it also provides you with friendly and professional service. Make use of our free shuttle service and reach the hotel quickly without any hassle, and begin your holiday here in a pleasant and relaxed manner. Enjoy a hearty breakfast with oriental and continental food or visit Delis for a quick, healthy snack. Take a seat in our roof top bar and lounge, where you can enjoy the splendid city view of Cairo while relaxing with chill-out music and sampling an assortment of local and international cuisine. ... more less
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