Safir Hotel Cairo

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Midan Al Misaha Square, Dokki, Giza, 11211, Egypt

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    Good location poor services

    by

    I chosed this hotel because it was away from Tahir square where protests could take place as when we went, the new constitution was approved.
    It was a good deal as it was not far from Zamalek wghich is the area where we spent most time specially from aperitif hour.
    The room was big but the service definitely not the best, you had to call at least twice before you got what you needed. All the drinks in the minibar were expired and they probably still are as we could not get the staff to change them, if you happen to be in room 1016 check it out and let me know.
    The breakfast was good and there was free wireless internet connection in the lobby and in the coffe shop at the ground floor.
    The internet connection rates at their business centre are incredibly expensive and there is a small internet point outside the hotel just a few steps away from it.
    We paid about 85€ a twin beds room with breakfast included.

    Unique Quality: The espresso at the coffe shop was actually very good.
    There was no alcohl in the minibar nor in the restarurants menu but the manager assured me that I could get alcohlic drinks i should have only asked, I didn't try.

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by jrd69 about Safir Cairo

We don't spend much time in our hotel -Too much to see. That said, we were happy with this hotel.
Clean, friendly
Good breakfast (both eastern and western foods)
Quiet, yet close enough to Metro, Nile, Supermarket, shops, Food stalls etc.

We would stay here again

Photos

One US Dollar a cup of tea!One US Dollar a cup of tea!

Khufu's Solar BoatKhufu's Solar Boat

The check in lobby & reception.The check in lobby & reception.

Looking towards the CitadelLooking towards the Citadel

Forum Posts

How to get to Mt. Sinai from Cairo

by kampungboy

Hi..All
I will be making my first trip to Cairo next week..pretty excited about it ;)
I will be in Egypt for about 7 nights and plan to visit Cairo-Alexandra-Fayoum.

I have a question..is it easy for me to get transportation to travel to Mt. Sinai and staying one night in the area.
As i understand that Dec is the peak period so I fear that i might not be able to get any transportation.
Any recommendations where I should stay ?
I intend to climb up Mt. Sinai and watch the sunrise.
Can i purchase return trip back to Cairo when i make my bus ticket purchase in Cairo.

In Cairo I am considering in staying in Safir Cairo hotel..has anyone stayed in this hotel before ? Is it far from the city center..Thanks :)

Re: How to get to Mt. Sinai from Cairo

by Pharoh_Dino

Safir is in Zamalek. Thats pretty near to downtown.

Went I went to Mt Sinai, I booked the room in the small motel right by St Catherine Church. But I dont know about any transportation that takes you directly from Cairo to Mt Sinai area. Tourists usualy book it from Sharm. Maybe Swisssinai can shed more light.

Cheers,
Hazem

Re: Re: How to get to Mt. Sinai from Cairo

by sayedaburas

Hi Dear
1) Hazem is right. South Sinai area is well connected. You can stay in Sharm, Dahab, El Tor..... Hazem knows better, his advises are always smart.

2) Please Vistit this official webpage:
[http://www.sis.gov.eg/sinia/html/intro.htm], to learn more.

3) Both Safir hotels are in Zamalek, Cairo, Zamalek is and island in the Nile, connected to the city centre by a number of bridges. It is very near to go to the centre; the traffic in this area may be heavy, but you can avoid the rush hours.

4) Alexandria is found to the NorthWest of Cairo about 230 Km. On the Mediterranean Sea. Fayoum is not far from Cair/Giza to the South.

Welcome to Egypt,
"AHLAN WA SAHLAN"

Sayed

Re: Re: How to get to Mt. Sinai from Cairo

by Pharoh_Dino

Will you be coming to fridays VT meeting Sayed?

Cheers,
Hazem

Re: Re: How to get to Mt. Sinai from Cairo

by sayedaburas

Hazem
It depends
Pls e-mail me in due time
If I am free, it will be not only my pleasure but also honour.
Rgds
Sayed

Re: Re: How to get to Mt. Sinai from Cairo

by Pharoh_Dino

Hello Michel,
Which bus stop to book directly so St Catherine?

Cheers,
Hazem

Re: Re: How to get to Mt. Sinai from Cairo

by Pharoh_Dino

Is it Superjet in Ramsis that goes to Catherine?

'Indian Restaurant "

by neilcarrey

Hi,
Could anyoby guide me please if there are any indian restaurants in cairo and their address or contact details ???
Thanks

Re: 'Indian Restaurant "

by angiebabe

Hi i thought there were indian restaurants everywhere - cant imagine Cairo being missed!

Re: 'Indian Restaurant "

by Doctor38

There is a good indian Resturant in Safeer Hotel in Zamalik and there is another one in Midan Sphinex (Mohandessen area) in called Kandahar. I know, I know Kandahar is a city in Afganestan but it has good indian food. I ate @ both resturants 2 years ago. and there is the MOGHUL ROOM at mena house that I did NOT try

Re: 'Indian Restaurant "

by Doctor38

Kandahar Address:
3 Shar'a Gameat al-Dowal al-Arabiya, Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: 02/303-0615

Moghul Rooms Address:
Mena House Oberoi Hotel, Shar'a al-Haram, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: 02/383-3444

The third one is Safir Hotel. Don't remeber the name
Address: 21 Shar'a Muhammad Mazhar, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: 02/342-0055
Fax: 02/342-1202

Re: 'Indian Restaurant "

by Whisky96

"Maharajah" in Ramses Hilton, the "Masala" in the Karvin Hotel, 11, Mohamed Ebeid St., Heliopolis are both excellent, and "Bukhara" 43 Misr-Helwan agricultural Rd. in Maadi is very good.

Hotel question

by klee25

Hi all :-)

we are going to Cairo in november. My question: does any of you know of hotels with "nice" bathtubs/jacuzzi in their 2 person rooms? I know it's a weird question but maybe some of you know of any??

if you do!!

location, prices and so on?

thx in advance :-)

Re: Hotel question

by shu78

Two bedrooms will not have a jacuzzi, unless you try the four seasons hotel, however, if you ask for a luxury sweet, you may find what you're looking for. Some hotels you can find that in are, "Mena House" (an excellent hotel overlooking the pyramids), Conrad, Hyatt, and Four Seasons, all overlooking the nile, you could also try the Marriott. However, I do not recomend the Sheraton, Intercont., or the Hilton.

Have a great time!!

Re: Hotel question

by shu78

Sorry i didnt mean two bedrooms, i meant a regular double bedroom (with two beds, or with one king or queen bed)

Re: Re: Hotel question

by Saladinos

most of those hotels have many luxorious facilities upon request. So, You need to ask before cause not all rooms are equipped.

Re: Re: Hotel question

by klee25

Hi again, thx to all for your answers :-) this is a great forum. I checked the safir hotel website it looks like they have bathtub/jacuzzi in their rooms? can anyone confirm this. Or any experiences/impressions from/about this hotel would be appreciated :-)

Re: Re: Hotel question

by Saladinos

I called the marriott and they do have but only in the presidential suits.

Re: Re: Hotel question

by shu78

Safir is a nice hotel but not that fancy (if you don't mind), but I would go to the one in Zamalek, DO not go to the one in Dokki. Good luck !!

Re: Re: Hotel question

by swisssinai

Do you mean a bathtub with jacuzzi features or do you mean a bathtub or a jacuzzi ?

If its just a nice large bathtub you need ( I won't let my imagination run too wild as to the reasons why as its Ramadan at the moment ) then you'll surely find them in some of the older Cairo hotels.

if its a jacuzzi you're after then head down to the Oberoi Sahl Hashish outside of Hurghada. If you can afford their prices then you can afford a private air taxi to bring you down there.

Travel Tips for Cairo

Cairo sprang from the...

by soliman2000

Cairo sprang from the foundations of a recent town. recent, according to Egyptian time standards….
This region was originally settled in the Paleolithic and witnessed the development of the Neolithic
communities…. This region was, since the predynastic period of the paranoiac era, a very remote
extension of On, the center of Rae cult where the priests of Heliopolis worshipped the sun god…. It was
there, that the battle opposing Hours to Seth took place, according to the Osirian legend It was also
there, that the Persian invaders built in 525 BC the fort of Babylon to control the trade routes of the Old
World….In 117 Trojan, the roman governor of Egypt, repaired the old canal originally built by the
Pharaohs of the 12th dynasty to link, across the Nile dominated by Babylon, the Mediterranean Sea to
the Red Sea…. During later periods of the roman occupation, a Christian community grew up around
Babylon where the world's oldest Coptic churches were built, at the end of the 4thcentury: St. Sergius
and St. Barbara. Taking hold of Babylon in 639, Amr Ibn El As, the leader of the Arab army, conquered
Egypt and expelled the Romans…gradually, Egypt converted to Islam…the location of Amr's camp, in
front of Babylon, became the center of a military city El Fostat or the tent… an extension was to be
added by the Abbasssides El Asker or the soldiers... this was followed by another extension added by
the Toulounides El Katayea or the tribes … therefore the city grew up in splendour: Amr's mosque, the
world's oldest third mosque, the palace of the governor, public bathes, houses, gardens, markets…. In
969 Gohar, the Fatimides army leader built, to the north of El Katayea, a much larger city El Kahera or the
victorious (Cairo)... .In 973 El Azhar mosque and Islamic University was built…. Cairo became the capital
of Egypt… in 1176 Saladin built the Citadel and surrounded the old city and the capital, with defensive
walls. The reign of Ismail started, in 1865, a new era of modernization: Cairo was enlarged by adding
new extensions (Road, Gézira, Giza, Dokki and Heliopolis) ….Wide streets adorned with trees, gardens,
Opera house, houses and villas, large hotels ….In 1952, a revolution took place and Egypt became a
republic, new cities were built around Cairo to solve the problems of overpopulation (Nasr city,
Ramadan city, October city, Shourouk city, Oubour city…). Cairo today is one of the world's largest
cities, it is a metropolitan city: many luxurious hotels, wide variety of restaurants, all types of museums,
galleries of arts, Opera house and theaters, 5 large universities, sports clubs and stadiums, zoological
gardens and entertainment centers (Wonder Land, dream Land, Aqua Park, Crazy Water….), movies and
shopping centers, the Old Bazaar of Khan El Khalili, a large net of underground metro, bridges and
highways, 2 international airports, floating hotels and restaurants on the Nile, modern hospitals and
banks, aviation and tourist agencies, embassies and cultural centers, languages schools and
universities…. And above all the welcoming Egyptian people. Explore Cairo Cairo is a city that never
sleeps, it is a 5000 years old megalopolis stretching to the pyramids. Memphis Necropolis In 3200 BC
the legendary Pharaoh 'Mena' unified Egypt and created the first state in history, his capital was
'Memphis'….Parallel to the capital, on the Nile western bank, the 'city of the dead' covered a sandy
stretch 50-km long…. More than 80 pyramids, hundreds of tombs and mastabas bearing colored
paintings which represent the daily life of the ancient Egyptians…. Giza pyramids and the sphinx built
4600 years ago for the pharaohs: Khufu, Khafra and Menkawra Sakkara steps Pyramid, built 4700 years
ago for the pharaoh Djeser, the first rocky construction in history Egyptian Museum Built in 1857,
under the supervision of August Mariette, it contains the fabulous treasure of Tutankhamen, the hall of
mummiesand the largest collection of Pharaonic monuments. Old Cairo Stretching on the Nile eastern
bank, Old Cairo is a mixture of the present and the past, Coptic and Islamic monuments: Coptic Museum,
the most beautiful collection of Coptic arts (icons, manuscripts, sacerdotal ornaments…) Islamic
museum, the most beautiful collection of Islamic arts (ivory-inlaid wooden doors and screens, mosaic
and marble fountains, silver and gold inlaid weapons, colored glass cups…) St. Serge church, built on
the crypt in which the Holy Family stayed, it is regarded as a source of blessings St. Barbara church
built on the southern tower gate of Babylon fort and dedicated for the Virgin, it houses ebony and ivory
inlaid wooden screens St. Mercurius church, houses a collection of 175 rare icons. Amr's mosque is the
oldest one in Egypt, it houses a marble column sent from Mekka in 642 The Citadel and its alabaster
mosque. El Azhar mosque, the oldest Islamic university in the world. Khan El Khalily bazaars, the
oldest market in Cairo (spices, fruits, ivory, silver, gold, tissues, restaurants and coffee shops of local
type) Modern Cairo Opera house, with its galleries of arts and music halls. Heliopolis, with its
commercial centers and gardens. Floating restaurants, navigating on the Nile. Sound and light show at
Giza pyramids. Cairo sprang from the foundations of a recent town. recent, according to Egyptian time standards….
This region was originally settled in the Paleolithic and witnessed the development of the Neolithic
communities…. This region was, since the predynastic period of the paranoiac era, a very remote
extension of On, the center of Rae cult where the priests of Heliopolis worshipped the sun god…. It was
there, that the battle opposing Hours to Seth took place, according to the Osirian legend It was also
there, that the Persian invaders built in 525 BC the fort of Babylon to control the trade routes of the Old
World….In 117 Trojan, the roman governor of Egypt, repaired the old canal originally built by the
Pharaohs of the 12th dynasty to link, across the Nile dominated by Babylon, the Mediterranean Sea to
the Red Sea…. During later periods of the roman occupation, a Christian community grew up around
Babylon where the world's oldest Coptic churches were built, at the end of the 4thcentury: St. Sergius
and St. Barbara. Taking hold of Babylon in 639, Amr Ibn El As, the leader of the Arab army, conquered
Egypt and expelled the Romans…gradually, Egypt converted to Islam…the location of Amr's camp, in
front of Babylon, became the center of a military city El Fostat or the tent… an extension was to be
added by the Abbasssides El Asker or the soldiers... this was followed by another extension added by
the Toulounides El Katayea or the tribes … therefore the city grew up in splendour: Amr's mosque, the
world's oldest third mosque, the palace of the governor, public bathes, houses, gardens, markets…. In
969 Gohar, the Fatimides army leader built, to the north of El Katayea, a much larger city El Kahera or the
victorious (Cairo)... .In 973 El Azhar mosque and Islamic University was built…. Cairo became the capital
of Egypt… in 1176 Saladin built the Citadel and surrounded the old city and the capital, with defensive
walls. The reign of Ismail started, in 1865, a new era of modernization: Cairo was enlarged by adding
new extensions (Road, Gézira, Giza, Dokki and Heliopolis) ….Wide streets adorned with trees, gardens,
Opera house, houses and villas, large hotels ….In 1952, a revolution took place and Egypt became a
republic, new cities were built around Cairo to solve the problems of overpopulation (Nasr city,
Ramadan city, October city, Shourouk city, Oubour city…). Cairo today is one of the world's largest
cities, it is a metropolitan city: many luxurious hotels, wide variety of restaurants, all types of museums,
galleries of arts, Opera house and theaters, 5 large universities, sports clubs and stadiums, zoological
gardens and entertainment centers (Wonder Land, dream Land, Aqua Park, Crazy Water….), movies and
shopping centers, the Old Bazaar of Khan El Khalili, a large net of underground metro, bridges and
highways, 2 international airports, floating hotels and restaurants on the Nile, modern hospitals and
banks, aviation and tourist agencies, embassies and cultural centers, languages schools and
universities…. And above all the welcoming Egyptian people. Explore Cairo Cairo is a city that never
sleeps, it is a 5000 years old megalopolis stretching to the pyramids. Memphis Necropolis In 3200 BC
the legendary Pharaoh 'Mena' unified Egypt and created the first state in history, his capital was
'Memphis'….Parallel to the capital, on the Nile western bank, the 'city of the dead' covered a sandy
stretch 50-km long…. More than 80 pyramids, hundreds of tombs and mastabas bearing colored
paintings which represent the daily life of the ancient Egyptians…. Giza pyramids and the sphinx built
4600 years ago for the pharaohs: Khufu, Khafra and Menkawra Sakkara steps Pyramid, built 4700 years
ago for the pharaoh Djeser, the first rocky construction in history Egyptian Museum Built in 1857,
under the supervision of August Mariette, it contains the fabulous treasure of Tutankhamen, the hall of
mummiesand the largest collection of Pharaonic monuments. Old Cairo Stretching on the Nile eastern
bank, Old Cairo is a mixture of the present and the past, Coptic and Islamic monuments: Coptic Museum,
the most beautiful collection of Coptic arts (icons, manuscripts, sacerdotal ornaments…) Islamic
museum, the most beautiful collection of Islamic arts (ivory-inlaid wooden doors and screens, mosaic
and marble fountains, silver and gold inlaid weapons, colored glass cups…) St. Serge church, built on
the crypt in which the Holy Family stayed, it is regarded as a source of blessings St. Barbara church
built on the southern tower gate of Babylon fort and dedicated for the Virgin, it houses ebony and ivory
inlaid wooden screens St. Mercurius church, houses a collection of 175 rare icons. Amr's mosque is the
oldest one in Egypt, it houses a marble column sent from Mekka in 642 The Citadel and its alabaster
mosque. El Azhar mosque, the oldest Islamic university in the world. Khan El Khalily bazaars, the
oldest market in Cairo (spices, fruits, ivory, silver, gold, tissues, restaurants and coffee shops of local
type) Modern Cairo Opera house, with its galleries of arts and music halls. Heliopolis, with its
commercial centers and gardens. Floating restaurants, navigating on the Nile. Sound and light show at
Giza pyramids.

view of Cairo

by Mirtsa

Walk around in the Cairo and you won't regret. People are friendly and helpful. One guy stopped all the cars on the road in order to help us to cross the road. We were standing there nearly 15 minutes already :-)

estimate of prices

by nasesco72

I spent 10 days in Cairo/Luxor so by the end of the trip I got a good idea of pricing for goods..

Papyrus - I paid over 200 LE for a A2 size piece on my first day.. by the last day I was getting similar quality for 25 LE each! Dont listen to shop keepers about unique pieces etc.. 99% of of artwork is mass produced (albiet by hand by lowly paid "artists"). I prefer the darker coloured items as it looks more unique. Careful not to buy printed banana paper copies - easy to tell the difference.. just put it up the the light.. real papyrus has cross-weave pattern

Perfume - around 30LE per 100g.. make sure the product is not doled up with vegetable oil.. hard to tell the difference. Real perfume should still have a detectable frangrance on your skin 12-18hrs later

Stone carvings - I bought a half metre high / 7KG beautiful alabaster vase for 110 LE.. initial price was 600! This was after hard bargaining which left the shopkeeper nearly in tears lol
Also all stones should be about the same price e.g. marble, granite, basalt or alabaster

Arabic CDs - 6-8pounds each - probably all pirated copies anyway

Egyptian cotton scarves - 20-30 LE each.. bargain hard.. if you buy say 5 or 6 you might be able to get for less

Garbalayas (traditional gowns) - 40-70 LE or 130LE for high quality cotton

Taxi - for short trips.. 1 LE a minute or 1 LE a KM... for whole day bookings 150-200LE depending on distances travelled

Camel Rides (Giza) - Local price for 1hr is 50LE so anything more than 100LE is too much
Also, budget for a tip of 50-70LE to camel handler. Its alot but since your at the giza pyramids they will hit you hard.

Bakeesh (Tips) - 5 LE for carrying bags (e.g. hotel staff), waiters, short trip taxi,tourist police
10-30LE for impromtu tour guides, all day taxi bookings

Also - If the item is under 20 LE.. its probably not worth your time bargaining. Also, to get a idea of the cost price.. bargain hard from a very low price. If you walk away and the shopkeeper does not follow you to offer your price you know your price is under his cost price. So come back later and continue the bargaining.

Most importantly.. smile and make jokes.. it tends to save me a lot of money!

Finally, these people make alot less money than you so even if you bargain the item down to very low price give a tip the sales person after paying the agreed price.

Egypt is fast becoming a...

by Aragina

Egypt is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction and as such tourist's are ignoring the very culture they have come to see. Please dress with modesty in all areas apart from the beach where bikini's ans swimming trunks are allowed, and remember this is a country of Islam and respect their religion.

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 Safir Hotel Cairo

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Safir Hotel Giza

Address: Midan Al Misaha Square, Dokki, Giza, 11211, Egypt