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“Pleasantly surprised, would definitely stay here again”
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Arabia Hotel
Ranked #53 of 138 Hotels in Cairo
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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150 reviews
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“Pleasantly surprised, would definitely stay here again”
Reviewed 4 December 2012

Looked at in the round, this is great value for money. Large suite-size rooms, balconies with Nile views, clean well-appointed and well-functioning bathrooms and it's well located for quick taxi rides to places like Coptic Cairo, Islamic Cairo, Tahrir Square and Zamalek. There's also an excellent string of moored boat restaurants on the opposite bank just over the bridge. There's a shop next door which sells most things a traveller might need for the room (water, snacks). And wi-fi is now available in the rooms at ten Egyptian pounds per 6 hours. I also found the staff friendly and helpful.

That said, the hotel might at first sight be a bit daunting for some travellers particularly arriving at night. It's dark, the road to it has no obvious landmarks and the lobby and lifts come across as shabby and in need of updating. In sum, if when travelling abroad your bag is the comfort and safety of the anonymous international chain - and there's nothing wrong with that, there are cities and circumstances when that's the sensible option - then this won't be for you. And it might not be a first time in Cairo option either. But for a bit of adventure and all the pluses in the first paragraph above, this is well worth a punt. I'm definitely using it as my base for my trips to Cairo.

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor with a Nile view. It's Cairo, so there will be noise until 2am regardless s...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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rotherham uk
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2012

I know this hotel had some good reviews and that is why we stayed there, however we were extremely disappointed with it. The hotel reception booking agent Mohammed confirmed with me a week before arrival, about price, availability etc etc. The night before we traveled i rang Cairo again and was told the room we wanted was now not available!!!!! Still we traveled up from Hurghada and paid a little extra money for our 3 night stay in the same hotel, BIG MISTAKE, it was noisy with the staff and everyone banging doors and sliding furniture around at all hours, the dining area was not fully functional in the garden restaurant, breakfast was bland and no variety 1 small omelette and two small bread rolls, tea and coffee was 62 LE!!!!!, not even normal bread and a toaster were there!!!! The staff entered our room whilst we were out even though we had the "DO NOT DISTURB" sign on the door!!!!! If you book a room on the back beware it will be dismal with a terrible view of the filthy rooftops in the adjacent streets not nice at all, the view from front is better but would be very noisy, more so than the back and that was bad enough. We stayed 2 nights, cutting short our stay as we couldn`t stand the noise and disturbances for a 3rd night. The hotel is a long way from most sightseeing places, be aware of this before booking this hotel (at your own peril) we live in Egypt and we know what is good and what`s bad, so believe this old English guy when he tells you to stay away, most taxis have tampered meters. The normal cost is 2.50LE plus around 1.5 LE per kilometer, ie: 20 KI LOMETERS = 28-32LE so also beware of the cost and always ask them to use the meter, after 1 kilo the meter should read around 3.5 -4 LE f any higher say stop the cab and just get out, making him aware that you know the meter is dodgy!!!! In conclusion, FIND A BETTER PLACE TO STAY!!!!!!! contact me for more info with pleasure!!!!

Room Tip: Rooms on back and front are noisy
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2012

Right on the Nile with a good view. Arrived at night collected by Mohammed the hotel driver and guide. Hotel very dated to the 40- 50's in decor but very clean. Rooms basic old furniture but
adequate. Staff very friendly.
Arranged trip to pyramids with Mohammed the driver who took care of everything - recommend if you want to get around Cairo ask for him as he was great nothing to much trouble.
Great value and a real experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

Wake up to Nile flowing past your balcony,the decor dates back to 50s but clean and your made to feel welcome.If your going to see the pyrimids leave yourself in the capable hands of Mohamoud the hotels own guide/driver,a bit different to the coach tours!!! Gives you a small taste of the real Cairo...

Room Tip: Get up high at the front of the hotel for a great view of the Nile.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Level 2 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2012

The hotel is right on the Nile and close to shop and restaurants. The decor is a bit dated but the hotel is clean and the staff are friendly and very helpful. The food from the hotel restaurant is tasty and very reasonably priced. Overall great value.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Amman, Jordan
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

I stayed for around a month on a business trip. When I first entered I was hesitant due to the old furniture and not very welcome atmosphere. However I was on a strict budget. Later on, what made me stick in is the great hospitality from the staff, they will do their best to help you out.
There are different types of rooms with different price range, when you reserve ask the reception to take a look at the rooms and choose which suits you.

WiFi is only available at the lobby, where there is also a printer and a scanner to be used on a fee per page.

To save money, there is a small store right next to the hotel's entrance to buy water and snacks.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms on the nile river, the view is great.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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2 Thank TamQQ
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Dwight, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2012

Pros - I did extensive research for a good view of the Nile at a reasonable price. This place was by far the best deal. It is close to Christian Cairo and has a main street with shops and food nearby. The hotel restaurant was good and gave nice room service. Hotel was clean but not fancy. If you want fancy go to a five star place. TV had English news. We were the only non-Arabian guests, but the staff spoke enough English to be helpful. Subway and taxis were a ten minute walk. Some parts of area seem a little scethy by western standards, but this is actually a very nice neighborhood. We felt safe at all hours.

Cons - They take your passport at registration. And they forgot to give it back when I checked out. This resulted in a very stressful and expensive ride back and forth from the airport. Fortunately, our plane was delayed anyways. As angry as I am about their mistake, I also blame myself for not double checking my own documents/possessions before leaving the hotel. Cats are sometimes roaming the hallways, but the room seemed cat free (I'm allergic). Smoking is allowed in the lobby, so you are subjected to it every time you enter or exit hotel. Free wifi is only in the smoke filled lobby. Some annoying party boat plays crap music while going back and forth along the Nile at night. I imagine this could be a problem in 5 star places along the river also. The boat stopped at 11 or 12, so bring ear plugs (which all good travelers carry anyways, right ;-)

Overall, we spent so much time out and about touring Cairo that were not greatly affected by the cons of this place. The location and price for a balcony over the Nile were great so I recommend this place for heartier travelers.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Arabia Hotel
Address: 31 Al-Malek Abdel-Aziz al-Su'ud Street, Cairo 11511, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
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Ranked #53 of 138 Hotels in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Arabia Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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