My room was nice, clean, and as a matter of fact, the one pictured above (blue rimmed headboard, sienna walls). It's clean, quiet, conveniently located and all that. The building the hotel is in (it occupies the entire 5th floor) is a dump. Don't let that bother you. Things work in the room - the AC, the TV, the bathroom - but are just a tad run down. And there's slopping things that they could fix, like the smeared paint job on the bathroom walls (see photo)
Probably the worst thing about this place is the breakfast, which is just awful. Skip it (I'm sure that's what they want you to do anyway). The cheese is old, the bread is white, the pastries taste cheap & old, the coffee is instant, the yogurt is room-temperature and the eggs, which you should be able to order as you like, tend to come however they feel like giving them to you. Two days in a row, I tried to get fried eggs. The first day, I got scrambled eggs. The second day I got fried eggs, but suspended in oil. Like oil above, oil below, oil everywhere. Just looking at them made me sick, so I went with the sad hard-boiled eggs and the tired-looking plate of sliced tomatoes & cucumbers. You're better off eating at any other hole in the wall in Cairo, or, better yet, going to one of the cafes on the Nile.
Also, don't expect the front desk to give you walking directions anywhere. The guy I dealt with kept telling me to get into a white cab. Which, okay, fine, I might do, but with traffic what it is in Cairo, you can spend all day in a cab trying to get to a place you could walk to in an hour.
Over all, a pleasant experience, and I'd recommend the place.
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