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Reviewed 19 September 2011

This hotel brings you back to a time sometimes forgotten. Their staff is very friendly and accomodating to your needs. They will help you book tours, find yourself around Cairo, offer tips and assist with making your trip to Egypt unforgettable. Their rooms are clean and charming. Granted that you are in a downtown area and that the surroundings need to be dusted off, but we found that this is all of Cairo. Truly I feel that the hotel is a gem. They have recently gone thru remodeling and updated their rooms. Their Bar is a gem. We were able to have many wonderful conversations with other travelers. I loved our stay their.

Room Tip: The room we had had a balcony and it was nice to view the crowds walking around at night.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jose T
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

The Windsor has a beautiful, faded grandieur. The rooms vary in quality, so its a good idea to see the room before you take it, but they are all clean & air conditioned. The colonial era bar is exceptional as is the service, even the bar toilets are gorgeous to behold in all their arabesque beauty. The food is also really good,we recommend trying the Koshery (one of Egypt's national dishes). There is a painting in the restaurant, fire damaged & blackened from the 1952 revolution & is a reminder of the living history this hotel embodies. Some of the members of staff were real charmers, full of character, genuinely friendly. We were there during some Tahrir demos in April, during the revolution's aftermath & despite feeling safe throughout Cairo, the Windsor & its bar was a real haven of tranquility. They also serve chilled beer. We watched "An Idiot Abroad" when we got back to the UK & were quite upset to see how the Windsor was represented...don't believe a word of it!
We can't imagine staying anywhere else in Cairo.

Room Tip: Ask to see rooms before choosing one. Book in advance if peak season. We stayed in room 16b, it wasn't great, but was clean.
  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sarah D
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

If you're looking to stay in plush hotel surroundings with mezzanine floors, piped lobby music and clinical surroundings - then Windsor Hotel is definitely not the place for you. If however, you want a taste of olde worlde Cairo in a rustic but charmingly shabby atmosphere, then you can't go wrong with staying here.

This hotel is a great budget-friendly option and is in a grand old building with a cage lift and antique-style furnishings. In its heyday I have no doubt that it was once an immaculate residence, but many years have passed and certainly wear and tear have set in: the beds are old and creaky (then again, they are antiques), walls could do with a lick of paint and carpeting replaced. BUT we had the most memorable stay here; the colonial-style Barrel Bar upstairs is a world away from the noisy, dusty streets outside and is a comfortable place to unwind with a book and a cold drink and meet other travellers and chat to the very friendly staff.

Very centrally located close to Metro stations, shopping areas, restaurants and the Egyptian museum and walking distance to other landmarks in Cairo such as Tahrir Square, Khan al Khalili market and indeed the Nile river! There is also a typical late-night coffee house across from the entrance where you can enjoy shisha and mint tea for an authentic local experience. Arrange tours to Giza and Saqqara through Reception and you'll be assured of good service and price. Windsor Hotel will definitely be our first choice on our next visit to Cairo, can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DRinlondon
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

Our timing could have been better - we arrived just as the Tahrir Square demonstrations were getting into full swing. However, we were able to get around on the first two days and see the Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum and the Step Pyramid.
The hotel is rather shabby and run down, but it is kept clean. The hot water takes a long time to warm up. The dining area is adequate though the menu is limited and rather dull. The bar was where we perforce spent much of our time, drinking the local Stella beer and watching Al-Jazeera.
The rooms were clustered around the dark stairwell and ancient lift. It's usually faster to walk up than wait for the lift. The beds are old but serviceable.
Staff were friendly enough and helpful. Don't stay here if you want room service and all the comforts of home. However, if you like the idiosyncratic and quirky, then look no further.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Inftraveller
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

I was in Cairo for about a week in July after backpacking for 40 days around Europe and I must say that week was the best one. The first reason is that it was my dream to go to Egypt and the second its because I stayed in Windsor Hotel.
Windsor its a great hotel, very stylish, the rooms are comfortable, the bar its beautiful and I enjoyed the food and drinks a lot.
The staff was really friendly and helpful and the tours to Giza Pyramids and Saqqarah, Coptic and Islamic Cairo and Alexandria were great!!! Mina was my tour guide and I can tell you that he can arrange a really good tour for you, he told me all the information about the places and answered all my questions, I had a lot of fun !
My special thanks to Samir and Mina for making my days in Cairo so great!
I'll definitely come back to Cairo and Windsor!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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6  Thank LaisGuizelini
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