The Havana could be something rather special but sadly it falls short on several fronts and consequently is a rather ordinary hotel. At around £50 a night, it represents pretty poor value. At the £30-35 mark, one could forgive some of its shortcomings but at £50+, it needs to do better. My room was quite noisy - not only from the street but from the neighbouring room which was joined by a badly-sealed interconnecting door. The breakfast was grim: some rather stale-tasting, bread, cake and mini-croissants, some limp-looking salad items and a measly selection of yoghurts. There were three tureens of hot food - but all congealed and unappetizing. There were always several staff hanging around the dining area but not actually doing anything useful; e,g. checking your room number rather than offering a refill of coffee. Breakfast could be dramatically improved at a stroke and for very little extra cost. And it would make a great difference to the way guests felt. The location isn't particularly convenient for the main sights of Cairo and everywhere you want to go is a taxi ride away which means haggling over the fare and then braving the madness of Cairo's drivers. Good points: the hotel provided a free transfer from the airport to the hotel - and that was very efficient and made a good first impression. (For the return transfer we were charged 100 Egyptian pounds (about £12.) The reception staff were very friendly and helpful, particularly the young man who greeted us on the first night and couldn't have been more smiley and welcoming. He also spoke excellent English. In fact the Egyptian owner and his English wife could pick up a tip or two from this member of staff. They came across as rather aloof with little interest in their guests which doesn't create a great impression. And for this guest it means, I wouldn't recommend the hotel. I'm sure for the same money, one could find better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 star hotel in the heart of Cairo Egypt, 30 min to the pyramids. 25 air conditioned rooms with power shower in private bathroom. Restaurant, bar, coffee are available 24 hours, laundry, free wireless internet and conference room. Free airport pick up. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Havana Hotel Cairo