Cosmopolitan Hotel

1 Ibn Taalab Street, Downtown, Cairo, Egypt
(4 star hotel)
#49
Rank 49 of 174 hotels
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Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 5 reviews
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The characterful and central Cosmpolitan

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 14, 2008

The location is one of the best features of the hotel. It's just off a quiet back road near Talaat Harb St. It's therefore within easy walking distance of the Egyptian Museum and the Nile. Despite it's central location it isn't noisy - unless you are given one of the rooms near the lift that pings!

We were perfectly comfortable there. The beds were OK, the washing facilities adequate with full running water in toilet, sink and shower and there was a functioning TV and a fridge with drinks but it was all a little bit past it's best; having seen better days probably about 30 years ago.

I don't recall seeing air conditioning so if you're there in the summer you'll probably want the windows open - the downside being the noise and the air pollution.

The main lift is like something out of an old movie - very transparent with clanking double doors. You're never quite sure that it will take you to the correct floor and sometimes it didn't.

If you don't want to risk the lift watch your step on the stairs. The carpet was coming away and I think it was only a question of time before someone slid down the stairs on their bottom - one way one of going down I guess.

The staff were charming - particularly the reception staff. I especially liked the older lady. She was genuinely helpful and went out of her way to explain to me how to get to Ramses station and back. The staff in the breakfast room were perhaps a little too gushing for it all to be genuine. We knew that there was an ulterior motive to the attentiveness and willingness to provide a clean plate or supply an orange. Still the breakfast was perfectly filling and pleasant.

As for price - it was towards the cheaper end. Given that we needed two rooms, one for my wife and I , a second for my three kids - it was about all we could afford but we'd certainly go back there. I think the acid test was that my daughter didn't complain - maybe it was the telly in the room!

Unique Quality: There are no swimming pools or great views but you can easily get out to other central parts of Cairo - so ideal for a short stay.
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An old Victorian hotel

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 16, 2006

This is a boutique hotel. It 's beautiful but if you pay attention you’ll notice that their furniture show a lot of wear. Then again it’s an old hotel, built 80 years ago.

My toilet didn't work so I was moved to another room. Advantage of this hotel is it’s located in the city centre; only walking distance to shops, public transportation, eating places, etc.

I slept with the windows open to get the cool winter chill and plus my room had a very nice view of pedestrian walkways with rows of Egyptian coffee houses on the sides. Quiet at night though which was a bonus! Especially in a 24hr city like Cairo.

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gorgeous victorian!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 14, 2005

it was the most amazing 3 star hotel that i have ever stayed in. anyone who is into the victorian art deco style will love this place. my room number was 108 on the second floor, and had 15 feet high ceiling, victorian balcony, a bathroom with a tub, AC, a satellite tv, antique furnitures such as a sofa, cofee table, a dresser and 2 twin size beds for one person. it also had a mini bar and a couple of side tables. it's absolutely gorgeous and hard to believe it is only a 3 star hotel. the price for one person was $40 during the winter season. there is a very nice restaurant, a tourist office, gift shop and a business center for telephone services on the ground floor. there is also a 24-hour security guard in front of the hotel. the best location in cairo city center, within 10 minutes walk to the egyptian museum and various shops and markets. there is a coffee shop in front of the hotel where you can meet up with your egyptian friends too. no complaints!

Directions: city center near midan tahrir

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Cheap and cheerful

by written on September 12, 2002

A double room costs USD60 per night, including taxes and breakfast. Quite good value for money, we thought.

Unique Quality: It an old building but with nice, spacious rooms. It's clean and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

Directions: Just off the Kasr-el-Nil, only a few steps from Talaat Harb Square. It's slam in the middle of downtown, less than 10 minutes walking from Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum.

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A nice hotel full of cosmopolitans...

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 26, 2002

USD60 for a double room

Unique Quality: Beautiful, old building with an original old-fashioned lift. Clean en-suite rooms, some with a big balcony. All rooms have airco, but they don't always work... However, the large window panels shut most of the heat out.
The staff are dressed in red/black uniforms and they are very friendly. Even friendly enough to bring you and your luggage to your room...don't forget the baksheesh!!

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