Ranked

15 th

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Overall hotel rating for Windsor Hotel:

Based on 3 reviews

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Cleanliness

Excellent

Food

Very Good

Hotel service

Very Good

Location

Excellent

Room comfort

Very Good

Official rating:

3 Star Hotel

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"Do stay here!"

Overall Hotel Rating:

Excellent

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I was grateful to find the Windsor, a welcoming oasis in the hustle and bustle of Cairo. The Barrel bar is spectacular, and remains virtually unchanged since the 96 year old Swiss owner purchased the property just after WWII. The rooms are small but very comfortably, the food is very palatable, the staff are absolutely charming and most speak some English/French/German.The ambience of the whole hotel is charming and speaks of a different, colonial Cairo. April 2008 a single room cost just $40 which includes continental breakfast - an absolute bargain, I would have paid twice the price.


By: Chrissie - Submitted 9th May 2008

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Travel Date: April 2008 Best for: Not Specified
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Also Reviewed: Operator: Other

"Windsor Hotel review"

Overall Hotel Rating:

Very Good

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The Windsor hotel, like Egypt itself, is a strange but wonderful place. The staff there are good, the bar staff excellent, and the hotel in general cannot be knocked. Unless of course you are given one of the worst rooms known to man. Which is what we had originally and then got moved the next day.

The first room we were in was awful, the toilet that barely flushed was, shall we say, in need of flushing when we arrived and I do mean for the worst reasons. The bed was a joke with a mattress and frame that defied logic by still standing, the dirt (as in general dust) was everywhere and it looked like someone hadn't stayed in there for some time, though of course the present in the toilet reminded us some obviously had! Even the beds position in the room just didnt make sense with it being pressed right against a wall when it didn't have to be, making it very hard for one person to get out of bed with out climbing up the slope of the mattress (although I really should use another word, it wasn't a mattress) and then trying to climb over your partner without waking them (assuming they can sleep on strange rock like surfaces) or destroying the bed at the same time.

However once we were moved to another room it was a completely different story. Although not the Hilton it was fine in every way and fantastic in some. The thing with the Windsor is nearly every room seemed to be completely different. Most are fine, some are like a modern day English bathrooms that you would find in any newly built house and some are quite luxurious. The one to get is apparently the one Michael Palin stayed in when he went round the world in 80 days not because of its high standard but simply cos 'he' stayed there, (if you can try and watch the episode in question as it'll give you a good idea what its like and the kind of thing you have to accept).

One of the main features though has to be the Swiss styled bar. It was probably the best bar we came across in Egypt in terms of style and warmth and that cosmopolitan feel that some places just naturally have, plus some great barmen. I recommend watching a game of football with them, as most Egyptian men are obsessed with it. Also try and catch the Egyptian 'who wants to be a millionaire', after a few beers its quite a show. The restaurant also was good with a bit of a mixed menu and they were happy to help in any way they could if there was nothing on the menu that took your fancy.

Cairo itself is one hell of a place and could scare you death as much as hug you like a long lost friend, but I would recommend everyone goes at least once and not just cos of the pyramids but because it's a sample of life that you wont get anywhere else. We went in January and it was a perfect time as it was pretty much deserted of tourists and warm without being stifling like the summer is. Indeed most Egyptians whilst we were there had coats on whilst we walked round in t-shirts.

We did have a bit of a problem when it came to paying, as there was some confusion as to the price. Sort this out with them at the start though and I would imagine it's a different story. Make sure you point out that you want the final price with all taxes etc added on and that you wont be paying anymore no matter what they say and you should be fine. We didn't and we got stung!

But given the chance I would be back in a flash.


By: Phill - cheshire 26 and others from 30 to 60 - Submitted 1st June 2004


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Operator: Other

"Review"

Overall Hotel Rating:

Very Good

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It was a good hotel. the location was excellent with a perfect view of the cairo front. fodd in the hotel was great. excellent local cuisine was served. room were great, really clean.


By: John Smith - Submitted 12th June 2009


Travel Date: February 2009 Best for: Party Animals
Travelled with: Party Animals Recommend to a friend: Yes
Also Reviewed: Operator: Airtours New Window