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Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at First Residence
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at First Residence

35 Giza Street, Giza 12311

5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Giza, this family-friendly hotel is steps from First Mall Cairo and The First Mall. Cairo Tower and …

£122
Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo
Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo

12 Ahmed Ragheb Street, Cairo 11519

5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cairo hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ethnological Museum, Egyptian Museum, and …

£84
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo Nile Plaza
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo Nile Plaza

1089 Corniche El Nile, Cairo 11519

5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ethnological Museum and Egyptian Museum. …

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Concorde El Salam Hotel
Concorde El Salam Hotel

65 Abdel Hamid Badawi St, Cairo 11776

5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the elegant Heliopolis suburb, this hotel is a 10-minute ride from Cairo International Airport and about 30 minute …

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Novotel Cairo El Borg
Novotel Cairo El Borg

3 Saraya El Gezira street, Cairo 11111

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Zamalek, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cairo Tower and Egyptian Museum. Coptic Museum and Museum of …

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Fairmont Heliopolis
Fairmont Heliopolis

Uruba Street, Cairo 2466

5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cairo resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Egyptian Textile Museum, Qasr al-Baron …

£123
Novotel Cairo Airport
Novotel Cairo Airport

Salah Salem Highway, Cairo 11776

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Heliopolis, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Protestant Church, St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, and Egyptia …

£60
Grand Nile Tower
Grand Nile Tower

Corniche El Nil, Garden City, Cairo 11519

5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Ethnological Museum and Egyptian Museum. …

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Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino - Cairo
Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino - Cairo

3 El Tayaran Street, Cairo

5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Heliopolis, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, Serapium, and Cairo …

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Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah

3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek, Cairo 11518

5.0 out of 5.0

Located on the banks of the Nile River at the southern tip of quiet El Gezirah island, this 27-story Cairo luxury hotel is …

£96
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Pocket Guide: Cairo Citadel Hotels

Explore the Citadel from a Cairo Hotel

The magnificent Medieval fortress known as Salah El Din Al Ayouby Citadel, or just the Citadel for short, in the heart of the landmark-heavy district of Islamic Cairo, a Medieval quarter of the city, is a popular spot on any itinerary when visiting Cairo. Accommodation near the Citadel is minimal, so you’d be better to travel north of Islamic Cairo for a wider range of hotels away from the constant bustle of this busy area.

Cairo is a great city for shoestring-budget travellers, and you can find cheap hotels on most of the streets in the maze of downtown. Smart rooms at low rates place you right in the heart of the city. If you’re looking for a more lavish stay in Cairo, all-inclusive, elegant hotels line the banks of the Nile.

Citadel: the Home of Egypt’s Rulers

The sprawling fortress of the Citadel was, for hundreds of years, the home of Egypt’s leaders. Built in 1176, it has been expanded and revitalised down the centuries, so if you visit today, you’ll see original features of the Citadel as well as additions from the Ottoman era and the 19th century.

From a distance, marvel at the fortress that dominates the skyline of Cairo from its position on a limestone outcrop. Then when you enter the Citadel, wander around its expansive fortifications. There is a number of buildings to explore within the site, including the Gawharah Palace, from 1811, and the Suleyman Pasha Mosque, built in 1528.

Muhammad Ali Mosque

One of the most distinctive features of the Citadel is the Muhammad Ali Mosque, a 19th-century structure decorated with multiple domes and minarets. Step inside to admire the building, which is carved from alabaster. Head out into the courtyard for unbeatable views of the Pyramids of Giza in the distance.

The Citadel has so many features that it can take multiple visits to appreciate this huge attraction. Find a hotel that suits your needs in Cairo’s centre then take trips to visit the museums, mosques and palaces of this historic fortress. Don’t forget to take your camera for photos of the iconic landmark.

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