Cairo is a hectic city, with busy traffic and crowded streets, and the weather in the summer can get very hot and uncomfortable. However this is the capital of Egypt, and full of some of the countries greatest treasures, from the iconic pyramids of Giza to the historic wonders displayed in the Cairo Museum, which includes the famous golden burial hoard of the boy Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Also there are many wonderful mosques and sacred places, and some of the most vibrant street markets and bazaars in the world. The Nile threads it way right through the heart of Cairo, and so this city makes an interesting stop on any Nile Cruise tour.
There are plenty of cheap hotels in Cairo if you are trying to stick to a tight budget, but if you are travelling during the summer air-conditioned rooms are an absolute must, as the nights are very hot and sticky, which can make it very different to sleep.
Here are some of the best cheap hotels in Cairo: * Europa Hotel – this large 4 star hotel has cheap, standard rooms from $22 per night, with air conditioning, telephones, televisions and minibars. It is situated in downtown Cairo, just on the road that leads out to the pyramids of Giza, and is near to shops, markets and traditional Arabic coffee shops. The hotel has a bureau de change, roof top swimming pool (you can just see the pyramids from here) and also a jewellery shop. The hotel restaurant has a mix of both international and traditional Egyptian dishes and there is also a lively bar and nightclub.
WindsorHotel in Cairo
* The Windsor Hotel
this lovely old hotel is packed full of character, and is located deep in the heart of Cairo‘s shopping and entertainment district. Nearby are various museums, theatres and opera houses, as well as the famous Khan Khalili Bazaar and main rail way station. The Windsor has standard rooms available from just $20 per night, and has a reputation for hospitality and high standards. It served for many years as a colonial British officers club before being turned into a hotel, and there is a wonderful sense of history and a graceful faded elegance to the interior. The Windsor bar is very popular, and makes a lively meeting place for visitors to relax and enjoy themselves.
* The Hotel Osiris
this hotel is newly built, and celebrates the classic oriental style of design and decorating, giving it a beautiful and unique interior. The hotel is right in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the wonderful Cairo Museum and has comfortable, air conditioned rooms available from just $18 per night. There is a lovely roof top terrace with views over Cairo city centre, a good restaurant and bar and also an Internet café where you can relax with a cup of strong coffee and catch up with friends online.
* The Pharaoh Egypt Hotel
this hotel is situated in the middle of downtown Cairo, near to the train station and many tourist attractions, shops, cafes and restaurants. Rooms are available from $24 per night and all have air conditioning, cable television, telephones and room service. The hotel provides a dry cleaning service, health club, beauty saloon, restaurant and concierge service, and there is also a 24-hour bureau de change facility.