Windsor Hotel Cairo
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Windsor Hotel Cairo

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4.0
#39 of 204 hotels in Cairo
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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3.9 of 5 bubbles
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Windsor Hotel Cairo is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Cairo, offering a historic environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Guest rooms offer air conditioning, and Windsor Hotel Cairo makes getting online easy as free wifi is available.

You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the hotel, including 24 hour front desk, room service, and a concierge. In addition, guests can enjoy breakfast during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Mosque of Al-Azhar (0.6 mi) and Cairo Tower (1.4 mi), guests of Windsor Hotel Cairo can easily experience some of Cairo's most well known attractions.

While visiting Cairo, you may want to try some falafel at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Felfela, Naguib Mahfouz Cafe, or Abou el-Sid.

Cairo is also home to Bab Zuweila, a popular castle that is not too far from Windsor Hotel Cairo.

Enjoy your stay in Cairo!

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Property amenities
Free internet
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Concierge
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Car hire
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Safe
VIP room facilities
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Quirky Hotels
Languages Spoken
English, Arabic

Location

19 Alfi Bey Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt
Name/address in local language
Getting there
Good for walkers
Places to stay are graded on a 0-100 scale. The higher the grade, the easier it is for travellers to find restaurants and things to do within walking distance.
Grade: 85 out of 100
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Cairo Intl Airport
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Ataba
3 minCairo Metro
Orabi
7 minCairo Metro
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Vincent T wrote a review Aug 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Windsor Hotel in Cairo is a snapshot into a bygone era. The rooms can be noisy, the infrastructure is dated, but that's all part of why I love to visit this hotel. The service is polite and respectful. Having a drink in the lounge is a must. Do yourself a favour and experience another side of Cairo you probably think doesn't exist.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Paige H wrote a review Dec 2014
Albuquerque, New Mexico
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Let me start by admitting the Windsor Hotel is not for everyone. If you are looking for the Mena House or Ritz Carlton, you need to stay at those places. Once again, though, I had an amazing stay at this charming and historical gem in Cairo. The Doss family has been running the hotel for years and doing an extraordinary job of balancing modernization with maintaining the historical aspects of the hotel. Though I hadn't stayed since before the revolution, it was comfortingly the same in many ways. The same wonderful staff, and very enjoyable visits with the owners including the 100-year-old William, patriarch of the family. What an honor to share a meal and conversation with such an icon!

If you are a traveler and lover of cultural exchange, I would encourage you to give the Windsor Hotel a visit. A feeling of security and a home-like atmosphere make this property the perfect mid-priced option in Cairo.

Also, I would encourage you to take a tour with Samir Fayek. This was not my first trip to Egypt, so I can tell you with confidence that Samir is unlike other guides. On my first trip here, my niece and I paid for a guide who basically was just a driver and dropped us off at Giza, leaving us to fend for ourselves. That is not the case with Samir. He stayed with us the entire time, explaining all that we were seeing and keeping away all the touts and phony "guides." Samir can also arrange other tours for you around Egypt such as Luxor, Aswan, Nile cruises, etc.

Overall, I had a wonderful time and felt safe the entire time I was there. The Windsor is walking distance to Tahrir Square, and despite what we Americans see in the media, I never once felt I was in danger or unsafe in any way. If you have been wanting to visit Egypt, I would encourage you to come now and enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer.
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Date of stay: December 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Ask to see different rooms. Some have been updated with lovely new bathrooms.
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Peter Coombes wrote a review Sept 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
So this old pile is the place, I am sure, described by Roald Dahl in 'Madame Rosette' a lightly raunchy tale about young men in WWII. Or it its the setting for one of the encounters in Durrell's Balthazar, or both.
I first came here forty years ago and it really hasn't changed at all. As we head toward 2020 yes, it looks backwards with fondness and poignance. There is a certain dark comedy about the cranky lift and the bakelite telephone exchange. But . . . the staff have this outrageous languid 'seen it all' confidence. Nobody is bothered.
So yes, it is a wreck, but you have to love it to bits because its your grandmother's house. The doors and walls have seen stuff, heard stuff...
Do expect: things to go slowly, a limited range of things for breakfast, creaky floorboards, noisy streets outside, cranky plumbing.
Do expect: a slightly odd taste in decor that blends Swiss chalet with British country pub, all laid on encaustic tiles to die for. Dark hallways. Ghosts. Nice ones.
Don't expect: slick computers, slick people, the generic blandness of any chain hotel.
Do expect: the sweetest kindest funniest staff.
All of them.
Thank you.
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Book an expensive room - because the Windsor version of 'expensive' isn't.
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S and J wrote a review Apr 2011
Manchester, United Kingdom
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't believe the hype, stayed here for one night only and that was too much - this place is minging !!!

Down some stinking back street in the 'Tool Shop' area of Cairo, this was formally the 'British Officers Club', now it's more suited as a dog kennel.

Remember those old black and white 'B' movies from the 50's where the hero was on the run? Well, this was the kinda place he would have holed up in.

They had a fire back in the riots of '52 when the place was torched and they managed to put the fire out - maybe have been better to let it burn, it would have tidied the place up a bit.

Don't fall far all that retro bull, the place is filthy, busted up and riddled with cockroaches, checkout the pics I've posted, the one by the bed shows the wall covered in squashed roach marks!

One even ended up on my back when I was getting dried after a shower - top tip; block the drains to stop 'em getting in when you're asleep and all is quiet.

Barrel Bar in hotel is only place to get a drink for miles around.

A/C system is pants, decor trashed, TV busted up, location noisy, breakfast basic and covered with bugs, staff all got their hands out which is par for the course in this town - don't fall for the good reviews, we did and regretted it...

If you doubt me check out 'An Idiot Abroad', the Ricky Gervais travel series shown on Sky One - this is where Karl Pilkington stayed !
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Date of stay: September 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book elsewhere!
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Miwa M wrote a review Sept 2014
Japan
1.0 of 5 bubbles
At first, I can't believe that many people give this hotel high reputation. The only good point is its location. That's it. If you join the tour, this small advantage even means nothing, though.
I booked here online in advance, coz I could get discount, and I stayed 2 nights.
But they offered the upgraded room with extra payment. It has a bathtub, but hot water never comes out.
Wifi here is really weak, I had to go out to the stairs each time I use it.
Reception is lax of security. The entrance is always open to attack, anyone can steal my passport put on the counter.
There often wasn't anyone to operate the lift, mostly I had to walk up.
Breakfast is also disappointing, bread and coffee is ok but small fruit with it is decaying.
There are too many bad point to write here. I payed about 100€ for 2nights though I even couldn't take a shower. How can I take a bath with cold water in February!? My friend stayed another place on same days at less than one tenth price.
I never come here again! Never ever!
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Date of stay: February 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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landlockedinIL wrote a review Jan 2005
illinois
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Ever see the Great Muppet Caper where they stay in the Happiness Hotel that is falling apart & all run-down? This was like that. It was an experience, and something to look back on, but it was not worth it when there are reputable hotels for just a bit more money.

The hotel itself is tricky for some cab drivers to find, and it is in a very busy location, so try to get a room on the top floors. But, then you have to take the 5 flights of stairs of take a chance on the scary lift that never quite makes it all the way down the the floor, so you have to hop up into it.

The front desk person will try to take your passports & say he'll give them back the next day, but don't fall for it. Tell him that he can copy your info down while you wait (it'll only take about 10 minutes) right down there with him.

A "deluxe" room just means you'll pay more & have the bathroom not in a separate room, just a partially walled-off area in the bedroom with a tub & toilet. A normal room is a little better, with the shower & toilet separate (but still private to your room).

If you do end up here & get a room with no light fixtures, etc... ask to switch. Some are better than others. But all have wallpaper falling off & are pretty dirty, so don't expect much. And the beds are hard as rocks. Bring earplugs to try to drown out street noise.
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Scott&Stacey wrote a review Dec 2004
New York City, New York
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here briefly in early and mid December 2004. The first stay was two nights, and the second stay was one night. We're not sorry we stayed here at all. It's always good to have a nightmarish hotel experience to share with friends and fellow travellers. However, we could never in good conscience recommend the place.
Although the physical location was fine, the traffic noise outside the hotel was remarkably loud. If we had kept the windows closed, that might have helped, but we were afraid of breathing too much of the pesticide that was sprinkled around the room. And we were afraid to use the heat or aircon to block out the noise because of the sparks that came out of the outlet everytime we tried to turn on the unit. Total firetrap.
Also, don't count on the breakfast, which consisted of watery coffee and burned toast, with additional charges for juice, eggs, and other "extras." (They actually seemed surprised when we asked for a taxi to take us to the Mena House for breakfast on day two.)
Worst of all was the constant pressure to sign up for one of their tours or the insistance that we pay the front desk in advance whenever they called us a taxi. We felt that everyone we encountered here was trying to skim a few pounds for themself at every opportunity, and that's not something you should have to expect from your hotel staff.
Also remarkable was the fact that we never saw the same person at the front desk twice: we got the impression that they were just pulling people off the street to watch the place for a while. (So think twice about the babysitting services.)
But the bar was charming in a sordid, run down sort of way, and we did enjoy sitting there drinking our gin.
Note: if you need anything, you'll have to find it yourself. The toilet paper is in the storage cabinet on the 2nd floor.
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Date of stay: December 2004
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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CairoSun wrote a review May 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Location is hard to find. Extremely noisy all hours of day and night. Hotel needs urgent and long overdue renovation. The bed mattress is hard as a rock, it's as if you were sleeping on the wood floor. The air conditioner while on does not cool the room. When taking a shower, you need to turn the water on for at least 10 to 15 minutes, before you get hot water which is completely wasteful. The TV sets are very old, with bad reception, and only a few local channels, some of which you get no sound. Hotel does not respond to your e-mails, and did not provide the airport transfer requested even after they were asked to do so. The only thing going for this hotel is that it has a decent Bar.
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Date of stay: April 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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linda s wrote a review May 2012
avignon
1.0 of 5 bubbles
It's not just the people with no poetry in their soul who hate this hotel. Add to the list those of us who have travelled around the world, high and low, long enough to know when they're staying in a rip-off joint.
i give the Windsor one star for its location, and for the sweet helpfulness of the woman who cleaned our room. As for the slobs who run the front desk, the lazy, smarmy manager who managed to visit between games of tennis, and, worst of all, the barmen in the famous Barrel Bar, who seem to be running a serious scam in there, they don't deserve even that.
I love to feel the hum of a well-run hotel, its a magical thing (no matter how many stars it has got) but the Windsor is so badly run, it's really just an exercise in bad faith.
And as noted, it serves the worst breakfasts in Cairo. Contrary to what some of the reviewers say, Egypt has wonderful food and the right hotel can help let you in on the secret.
Oh, and the rates are an insult.
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Date of stay: May 2012Trip type: Travelled with family
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FrederickWentworth wrote a review Mar 2016
Rouen, France
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dismal, dirty, dangerously run-down--unfriendly staff-- far, far too expensive for what it offers. The good reviews drew us to it but avoid at all costs. Just look at the "Horrible" reviews, they are all accurate.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Response from wafs, Owner at Windsor Hotel Cairo
Responded 26 Mar 2016
Dear Sir, We regret that you were disappointed in us.. we so wish though, that you would have brought your dissatisfaction up to us during your stay. Obviously, we are not a good match for your taste. We are a three star family hotel that strives for perfection, thus would appreciate constructive criticism if you would like to email us. However, we have had unsolicited attention in the international media describing our cleanliness, friendly staff, service, landmark over 100 year old building and much more on TV and print such as CNN, Le Monde, BBC, Rick Steeves , Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Tribeca Radio, Los Angeles Times, NYTimes, NBC's Richard Engel, NPR's Anne Garrels and many more , all of whom were brought to our attention by our guests.. We are also the proud recipients of the Tipadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015. Again, the Windsor management and staff regrets that you had an unpleasant stay and wishes you happy travels..
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Answer from Vagabond_Dutta
Pune, India21 contributions8 helpful votes
Sorry to know that. Well for me the hotel been booked by my travel agent. I guess its better to call the reception and get the reservation done. They follow the old way.
Answer from wafs
They finished making the Metro Tunnel beside the hotel. So the sound coming from them is much much less now. But there is still some minor work they are doing now. As for the hot water, there is always hot water, but as the hotel more that 120 year old so if you are the first person to use the hot water in the morning, it could take up to a few minutes till it reaches your room. Then it is fine.
CyndiHOO asked a question Oct 2018
Cleveland, Georgia37 contributions15 helpful votes
Does this hotel have suites?
Answer from wafs
YES, we have Mini suits. Our Deluxe Rooms are big rooms with a sitting area.
Rasha S asked a question Sept 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Is there is a wifi in the room?
Answer from wafs
YES, we have FREE Wifi in all the hotel as well as in the rooms
Answer from John L
13 contributions2 helpful votes
They have a reliable driver. However without confirmation I am uncertain.
mtbiker_mc wrote a tip Nov 2019
5 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go look for the past!"
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Peter Coombes wrote a tip Sept 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom104 contributions126 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book an expensive room - because the Windsor version of 'expensive' isn't."
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Kadie P wrote a tip Apr 2019
Huntsville, Alabama1 contribution2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If the construction is still going on during your visit, be sure and ask for a room on the opposite side of the hotel."
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Patricia7660 wrote a tip Apr 2019
Bristol, United Kingdom8 contributions9 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms 23 and 24 are very nice and light, and large."
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James S wrote a tip Mar 2019
Virginia Beach, Virginia27 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room #25, on the fourth floor had a nice street balcony. Better than 2 others we saw."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Windsor Hotel Cairo
Which popular attractions are close to Windsor Hotel Cairo?
Nearby attractions include Qasr El Nil Bridge (0.4 km), Assawi Wheel (0.3 km), and Atef Wassef Silver (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Windsor Hotel Cairo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Windsor Hotel Cairo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Windsor Hotel Cairo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Eish & Malh, Abdel Rehim Koueider, and Akram Gad.
Does Windsor Hotel Cairo have airport transportation?
Yes, Windsor Hotel Cairo offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Windsor Hotel Cairo located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Cairo.
Are any cleaning services offered at Windsor Hotel Cairo?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Windsor Hotel Cairo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Windsor Hotel Cairo?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mosque of Ibn Tulun (2.6 km), Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan (2.6 km), and Mosque of Muhammad Ali (3.0 km).
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