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Ramses Hilton
Ramses Hilton

1115 Corniche El Nile, Cairo 12334

5.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (353 reviews)

This family-friendly Cairo hotel is located on a river, within a 10-minute walk of Egyptian Museum and Coptic Museum. Cairo …

£64
Golden Hotel Cairo
Golden Hotel Cairo

13 Talaat Harb st, Downtown, Cairo 11111

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (36 reviews)

Located in Downtown Cairo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Taba Heights Golf Resort and Egyptian Museum. Coptic …

£25
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

16 Saray El Gezira, Cairo 11211

5.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (326 reviews)

Set amid lush tropical gardens in Cairo city center, this palatial hotel is on an island in the Nile within 15 km of Giza's …

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Windsor
Windsor

19 Alfi Bey Steet, Cairo

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (27 reviews)

Located in Downtown Cairo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shar Hashamaim Synagogue, Khan el-Khalili, and Egyptian Museum …

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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
4.4 out of 5 (41 reviews)

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

£155
The Australian Hostel
The Australian Hostel

23 Abd El khaleq Sarwat Downtown Cairo, Cairo

2.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Located in Downtown Cairo, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Musafirkhana Palace and Egyptian Museum. Museum of …

£7
Hostel Luna
Hostel Luna

27 Talat Harb Street, Cairo 11111

2.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Located in Downtown Cairo, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Musafirkhana Palace and Egyptian Museum. Coptic Museum …

£11
Gresham
Gresham

20 Talaat Harb Street, Cairo

1.5 out of 5.0
2.1 out of 5 (29 reviews)

Located in Downtown Cairo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Midan Talaat Harb and Egyptian Museum. Coptic Museum an …

£10
Jamaica Hostel
Jamaica Hostel

34 Abdel Khalik Sarwat St, downtown, Cairo 22222

2.0 out of 5.0
2.5 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Located in Downtown Cairo, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shar Hashamaim Synagogue, Egyptian Museum, and Museum of …

£10
Kings Palace
Kings Palace

3 Ibrahim El Qabbani St Of Sabri Abu Ala, Cairo

2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Cairo, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Midan Talaat Harb and Egyptian Museum. Museum of Islamic …

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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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