Cheap hotels in Cairo
This cheap Cairo hotel is about 3km from Cairo International Airport so handy if you have an early flight out of the city and don’t want to be late. Bear in mind, it will probably take you about 45 minutes in a car to get to the city from the hotel, depending on the famous Cairo traffic! There’s enough at the hotel to just about keep you entertained for a day though: a rooftop swimming pool, Italian restaurant, free WiFi throughout the hotel, terrace bar, spa and gym. There’s four types of room to choose from; the standard room is 35m² and fits a maximum of three adults, and the largest is a 70m² one bedroom suite. So if you’re not in the mood for all of Cairo’s wonderful hustle and bustle, stay here.
Address: Abdel Hamid Badawy St, Rawda al Sheraton, Cairo, 11787, Egypt Cost: From around Dh279* per night
This hotel is close by to some of Cairo’s top attractions and sells itself on its “remarkable European flair”. The hotel is smaller than some others, with 137 rooms and 54 suites, and most of them have views of the Nile. There’s a nice outdoor pool literally a few feet from the river, with comfy sun loungers if you don’t fancy venturing out onto the crazy Cairo streets, plus a decent sized gym and luxury spa.
Address: Ahmed Ragheb St, Corniche El Nil, Cairo, 11519, Egypt Cost: From around Dh477* per night
This Cairo hotel makes up for its slightly remote location with stunning views of the Pyramids of Giza. You’re a stone’s throw from the incredible Pyramid of Khufu, the Great Sphinx of Giza and the Pyramid of Khafre – three of the most famous sites in Giza. Despite the cheap price, the hotel is actually rated as 5 star and has plenty to keep its guests busy. There’s a nice outdoor heated pool (from which you can just about see the pyramids!), pool table, sauna, outdoor playground for kids, and a nightclub. The rooms are well equipped and you can choose between a garden view or a pyramid view, but we would recommend the latter!
Address: 1 Alexandria Desert Road, Giza, 12556, Egypt Cost: From around Dh150* per night
Midrange and boutique hotels in Cairo
There are nine types of rooms to choose from at this hotel in the Heliopolis district of Cairo. Our favorite, though, is the poolside cabana where you can walk out of your room and straight to the swimming pool (but not a sensible booking if you’re looking for a hotel for children). Another nice option is the garden room with private terrace overlooking the garden. If you’re staying at the JW Marriott Cairo we urge you to book a treatment at the Mandara Spa. Its pièce de résistance is the Moroccan-style hammam treatment room with heated marble bed. It’s the perfect way to relax after a busy day exploring Cairo. Oh, there’s also a golf course attached to the hotel if you’re so inclined. Read more: 8 things everyone should see and do in Cairo.
Address: Ring Road, Heliopolis, 11757, Cairo, Egypt Cost: From around Dh602* per night
Within easy walking distance of the Cairo Opera House and Cairo Tower is the Cairo outpost of the Sofitel hotel group. It’s not necessarily the cheapest Cairo hotel but it’s very good value for money, and a lot cheaper than the city’s other 5 star hotels. It’s located on Gezira island which sits in the middle of the Nile just across from the Garden City, home to The Egyptian Museum. Most rooms have private balconies where you can have a drink or dinner with incredible views of the city. There’s free WiFi throughout the hotel, and rooms have large cable televisions. The outdoor infinity pool is one of the nicest we’ve seen and there’s also a great outdoor dining terrace where you can sit just a few feet from the Nile River. You’re close enough to the heart of Cairo in this hotel but far enough away to get a peaceful night’s sleep!
Address: 3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek Downtown, Cairo, 11518, Egypt Cost: From around Dh511* per night
The Conrad Hotel Cairo is another of the city’s large brand hotels with all the amenities you’d want (pool, gym, hair salon, free WiFi, etc), but like the Sofitel it’s quite a bit cheaper than some of the other 5 star options. The basic rooms have “partial Nile views” so you might need to crane your neck a little to get a glimpse of the water! If you want an unobscured view of the river you’ll need to upgrade your room to a suite or executive room.
Address: 1191 Corniche El Nil, Cairo, 11221, Egypt Cost: From around Dh515* per night
This hotel is really one of only a few boutique hotels in Cairo and is located a little further out of town than most of the other bigger hotels (about a 20 minute ride). It’s set in an old painted colonial house with lush, quiet gardens. The rooms are nicely decorated and filled with lots of one-off pieces of furniture and art that wouldn’t look out of place in a Victorian living room – it can make a refreshing change from all the chain hotels in Cairo, so certainly one to check out.
Address: Villa 61, Road 13, Maadi, Cairo 11511, Egypt Cost: From around Dh775* per night
Luxury hotels in Cairo
Built for the wealthier end of the Cairo tourism spectrum in mind, The Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo is a 331-bed handsome hotel sitting right on the banks of The Nile. The decor is rather ornate with lots of nods to Egyptian history, starting with the hanging replicas of Pharaonic antiques in the lobby, which were gifted to the hotel by Abd El Nasser, Egypt’s late president. The rooms all have air-conditioning and come with either river views or views of The Egyptian Museum. Amenities include the signature Ritz-Carlton Spa (with a fantastic massage menu!), gym, hair salon, swimming pool and nightclub. The rooms are all a good size and well-stocked (hairdryers, coffee machines, iron and ironing board, television and free WiFi). If you have a generous budget and want a luxurious night’s sleep, choose the Ritz-Carlton Cairo.
Address: 1113 Corniche El Nil, Cairo, 12344, Egypt Cost: From around Dh939* per night
There’s not a lot between the luxury hotels in Cairo, they all have lots of home comforts as well as luxury spas, popular restaurants, multiple swimming pools and business centers. The Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza has all of these, with more than 360 smartly decorated rooms, including 100 suites. Most of the rooms have private terraces with great views over the river, especially at night. The bathrooms are built with marble fittings and separate baths/showers. It’s a good hotel in Cairo if you’re traveling with kids too; children under 18 stay for free if they’re in their parents room in a (hotel-provided) cot or roll-away bed.
Address: 1089 Corniche El Nil, Cairo, 11519, Egypt Cost: From around Dh966* per night
*Published August 2017. Prices correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability.
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