The Novotel is perfectly located in safe and green Zamalek, right in the centre of Cairo. It's also conveniently close to the Zamalek bridges, which means getting off the island to other parts of the city is quick and helps avoid traffic. The hotel is not exciting nor anything special, but is clean and comfortable. The rooms are spacious and pleasant. There is a small outdoor pool and a small but great gym with beautiful views over the city. Really good breakfast and room service!
I stayed at this hotel 4 nights. Very close to city center. Taxis are available at the door with prices to difrent destinations listed near the entrance. Airpor is 100 pounds (around 13 dollars), Tahrir square is around 4 dollars. Taxis can also take you to Alexendria. Taxi driver Samir is highly recommended. Metro supermarket is around the corner. McDonalds and Pizza Hut ara literaly one minute away. Breakfast is fine. Htel restaurant prices are reasonable. The best thing about the hotel is its staff. They are all very helpful and courteous. Even the cleaning ladies woud greet you with a smile. I would mention Mohammed at the reception and Ali the bellboy, in particular. They have been mst helpful. The minor problems tht you can face anywhere are put right very speedily and efficiently. It is worth paying alittle extra and get a room facing the Nile. I would definetely stay at this hotel next time I am in Cairo.
I booked and did not notice it said the money would be collected by the hotel, but ok. I took care of that and then the hotel told me that not all the rooms had wi-fi and whilst later I saw the main page said free wi-fi in public spaces, the booking pages of expedia say 'ALL ROOMS INCLUDE FREE BREAKFAST AND FREE WIRELESS INTERNET', which I showed the staff.
I said the room smelt of cigarettes and they said they'd send someone - they never did. Later, I bought water and drinks and noticed the fridge did not work as as you may know, in Egypt you should not drink the water, I called and they never sent anyone even though they said they would.
THIS HAVING BEEN SAID, PLEASE NOTE: I believe the hotel is fine for the price and I think the staff was sweet and nice and they definitely helped with keeping my bags today.
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Modern hotel set on the green island of Zamalek between two branches of the River Nile, 10 kilometres from Coptic Cairo …More
An island on the Nile River, Zamalek is known for its gardens, embassies, and ambassador homes. Egypt’s longest concrete building, the Cairo Tower, is in Zamalek, as is the only Opera House in the country. Zamalek also has many waterfront restaurants and casinos. Three bridges connect the island to other areas of Cairo.
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