Michael Palin stayed at the Windsor during the filing of his series "Around the World in 80 Days" and generally what's good enough for Mr. Palin, the legendary traveller and Python performer, is good enough for me. Yes, its days as a colonial officers' club are far in the past, but the staff, led by the ever helpful Samir, is meticulous in keeping the place clean and in responding to every request. They can also set you up with tours of every description at a reasonable price. It takes a while to get used to having a guy take you up in the manual lift, and to the expectation of a gratuity added on to the 10% service charge and 12% tax added to every restaurant bill, but prices in the spacious (and WIFI-enabled) lounge are low and the food available to this vegetarian--hoummos, felafel, tahina and pizza--was tasty and filling. The location, a short walk from Midan Oraby, and steps from the Ataba metro station, is close to everything, yet far enough from Tahrir that if you don't want to be involved in the daily demos you can go about your business with the 19,900,000 Caireans who do the same. In Cairo you need a hotel you can trust, and a prlce to go after a day spent on some very hard streets. The Windsor fits that bill admirably.
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