Rooms are obviously ageing somewhat, unsurprisingly. The shower-head is at a strange angle, so showering without flooding the toilet requires some manoeuvring.
The porter was really insistent on taking our luggage. For people not used to travelling in Egypt yet it could be a bit alarming and awkward when the porter waits for 'baksheesh'.
The breakfast was really terrible. Other than hard boiled eggs there was nothing substantial to eat and the staff always got overwhelmed so getting hot water for tea was not easy.
A real historical atmosphere. It wouldn't have felt out of place if I run into Poirot in the lounge. Compared to other modern hotels (we also stayed at Radison Blue in Heliopolis for a few days), this hotel was a real bargain. Not only the accommodation is a real bargain, the food and drinks are very reasonably priced too. The fact that it's situated right in the heart of the city was also a huge plus. We were able to venture out by ourselves to local falafel shops (mouth-watering deliciousness at a mere 3 Egyptian pound (EP), compared to Radison Blue's ~220 EP for breakfast for two). We even walked to the Egyptian Museum and the newly opened Islamic Art Museum in Doha (beautiful and highly recommended). It was really interesting to observe the daily lives of local people as we walked off the beaten paths.
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- Also Known As:
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