Cairo is crowded, hot, often dirty and not always safe. It's also a seductive city that encapsulates the heartbeat of Egypt, with thousands of years of history, endless culture and a teeming population that represents every walk of Egyptian life. Staying and exploring the city's sights for a few days is recommended - but even those that are planning to head straight to the Red Sea coast or to the country's ancient sights will likely spend at least one night in transit.
To make your stay as enjoyable as possible, we've created a list of our favorite Cairo hotels, ranging from the most expensive to the most affordable. Regardless of price, each one has been chosen for its value, location, style and cleanliness. It's worth noting that the prices listed are approximations, as Cairo accommodation rates fluctuate considerably depending on the season. When you're ready to book your trip, check with the hotel for the latest prices.
This article was updated and re-written... in part by Jessica Macdonald on December 12th 2016.
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With views of the Citadel and the mighty Nile River, this Four Seasons hotel offers the last word in urban luxury. Enjoy dim sum whilst watching the feluccas ply the river; or cool off after a dusty day of sightseeing with a glass of wine by one of the hotel's three pools. Rooms are large, modern and well-appointed, while the staff are attentive and welcoming. There are countless shopping opportunities nearby - whether you prefer upscale malls or traditional souks. If you don't feel like navigating Cairo's frenetic streets in search of dinner, the hotel boasts no fewer than nine bars and restaurants.
Rates: From $250/ night
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The Mena House is a palatial hotel situated just 700 meters from the UNESCO listed Pyramids of Giza. It is surrounded by 40 acres of lush gardens, and from the swimming pool, you can enjoy unparalleled views of Egypt's most iconic ancient site. The building itself is over 100 years old and has hosted celebrities, kings and emperors. The decor is sumptuous, with lots of antiques and hand-crafted furniture. There's a golf course, a spa and several dining outlets, including an acclaimed Indian restaurant. The only drawback is that you will need to take a taxi to reach Cairo's other sights.
Rates: From $200/ night
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The Cairo Marriott is a 20 story hotel located in Zamalek, one of the city's nicest suburbs. Situated on the banks of the Nile, it affords beautiful views and was originally a palace, built in 1869. Now, it is modern, light and bright with over 1,000 rooms. There are several restaurants to choose from, although this is also a great neighborhood for exploring local dining options. The hotel has a casino attached to it, a shopping center, large outdoor and indoor pools and well-maintained gardens. Breakfast is generous and included in the room rate.
Rates: From $130/ night
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Talisman Hotel de Charme, Central Cairo
The Talisman is a boutique hotel with 24 charming rooms. Each room is unique, tastefully furnished and decorated with antiques. If you want to be in the heart of Cairo and a 20 minute walk from the Egyptian Museum and the Islamic center, this is a great option. Breakfast and internet are included in your room rate, while the hotel offers tours at reasonable prices. The hotel is on the fourth floor of a traditional building on a small, relatively quiet street lined with local shops - affording you an authentic insight into Cairo life. Rooms have a TV, mini fridge and large bathrooms.
Rates: From $115/ night
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Le Meridien is located 20 minutes from the city center in Giza, and also offers incredible views of the pyramids. It's a luxury resort, with swimming pools, tennis courts, a sauna, themed restaurants, a shopping arcade and more. You don't have to leave the property except to take a tour or taxi to see Cairo's many sights. It's perfect for families with children and tourists who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday Cairo. The pyramids can be seen from anywhere on the property, including the swim-up bar. Service is excellent, and the restaurants get good reviews as well.
Rates: From $68/ night
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Hotel Longchamps is a favorite mid-range hotel with those who know Cairo well and return often. The hotel is in Zamalek, a nice upper-class, leafy suburb situated on an island in the Nile River. It's close to central Cairo and just a few blocks away from the river banks. There are 30 rooms, all with air-conditioning, a TV, a sitting area and internet access. Breakfast is included and internet service is free. The hotel has a modern feel to it, with nice antiques scattered throughout. There's a small restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; and in the evenings, you can enjoy sundowners on the garden terrace.
Rates: From $75/ night
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The Windsor is a lovely mid-range hotel in central Cairo filled with period charm. The hotel was originally built in 1899 as the Royal Baths and later used as a British Officers Club during the Second World War. Each of the 55 rooms has unique furnishings and high ceilings, while the bar boasts original decor and is the perfect spot for a cool beer at the end of a hot day. The hotel prides itself on its quality service. It is within walking distance of major sights like the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel and the bazaars - and the metro line, which offers a safe and easy way to get around town.
Rates: From $39/ night
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The Isis Hotel is a clean, budget-friendly option located close to Midan Talaat Harb in central Cairo. Its location on the 15th floor gets you away from the heat and noise of the city. It also allows for some scenic Nile views. It's very close to the Egyptian Museum - which is handy, because you'll need to make several return visits to see everything. Isis Hotel offers great value for money, with options for shared or private bathrooms and breakfast included. Higher-end rooms include a TV and air-conditioning. The hotel also offers some good value tours, but you are not obliged to take them.
Rates: From $20/ night
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The Paris Hotel is a hostel with charm. It gets rave reviews for its friendly staff, clean rooms, and excellent location just 10 minutes' walk from the Egyptian Museum. There are 20 beds available, some in a dorm, some in triple or double rooms. Each room offers air-conditioning and a balcony perfect for soaking up the city's vibrant atmosphere. There's free WiFi, a small common library, a self-catering kitchen and breakfast included. Tourist-oriented restaurant Felfela is located below the hotel, and offers a good introduction to the delights of Egyptian cuisine.
Rates: From $20/ night
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Hostel Brothers is quickly making a name for itself on the backpacker scene as a very affordable, clean, safe and relaxed place to stay in the heart of bustling Cairo. Internet, air-conditioning and breakfast are all included in the price, while the reception remains open around the clock. The hotel is very close to the Egyptian Museum and the Nile River. It offers airport shuttle services and affordable tours to the Pyramids of Giza, as well as several other famous Egyptian sights. You can also do laundry on-site, and meet like-minded travelers from all over the globe.
Rates: From $12/ night