Let me first say the service at this hotel was excellent: From the Tourist Policeman, to the front desk staff, the barman, the servers and the housekeepers - all of them were great. The free wifi worked well. The main problem we saw was the facility itself.
"Faded Glory" - right! Make that "Worn Out". Everything here, from the creaky elevator, to the boilers (both of which gave up the ghost shortly before we arrived, and were not put back into service until 56 hours after we arrived - given this was our first stop, we went 80 hours between hot showers), to the AC (knobless, can't read the nameplate veteran that it is - should you really have to call the front desk if you want to adjust the temperature?) needs replacing.
I saw the word "calm" used to describe the surroundings in one review; that must have been a different Windsor than we encountered. Our Windsor was surrounded by all manner of cacaphonous noise at night: I could swear the Calls to Prayer were issuing from within the hotel (no disrespect intended); not to mention the clanging of garbage container lids and doors, and perish the thought Cairo drivers should use their horns less than their brakes. I believe this is the noisiest hotel in which I've ever attempted to sleep.
Then there are the aging British Army Officer cots: Combine "board" and "half pipe" and you'll be close. They definitely need new beds and new mattresses here.
We paid about $75 per night, to include the meager continental breakfast (featuring yesterday's Fruit of the Day ground into juice - cheese omelets were extra at 22.50LE per copy). For downtown Cairo, that's probably not bad.
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