I stayed in Sheapherds hotel in June 2011. First, at the beginning of my trip I stayed 2 night in a standard room and when I returned to Cairo my last 3 nights were in a Superior room with Nile view. Rooms were very similar, but the view was wonderfull!! All was very well, the bed very confortable, good bathroom, all very clean, good breakfast. The only think I can complaine is that you have to pay to get wifi in your room. In the public areas it is free. There is a bank inside the hotel which is very convinient for a woman alone. They have a hairdressing with a good coiffer. And the best of all was the location. This is near all the interesting places and it is a very safe area. I recommend it.
Directions: Green garden Area, very near to best tourist atraction
Modern-ish building on the Kornish, nicely located not far from the Museum. Inside it's a lot more stylish than on the outside, as they have probably taken cues (and whole ornaments and other items) from the old building.
Unique Quality: Decent breakfast. Good rooms, if not 100%, still 98% in order.
Rack rate is USD 250. I booked through Green Valley Tours (office at the first floor of the arrivals hall of Cairo Int'l Airport, near the exit) and paid USD 90 for a single room (without bargaining - these guys must also make a living after all).
Directions: On the East bank of the Nile, close to the US Embassy.
The hotel is located direct on Nile, next to Intercontinental and Hilton. So it is very close to Egyptian Museum. If you get a room with Nile view, it is exciting, but keep in mind the heavy traffic along the river that runs 24 hours a day and will probably keep you awake the whole night.
The hotel used to be a 5 star but everything is pretty old and an inscription inside says it was last time renovated somewhen in the 1950s. It was also said that it is now managed by Egyptian tourism company and not by Helnan, but I am not sure.
Hotel staff comes to your room with you and tries to sell you tours to Pyramids, boat cruise on Nile etc. for exorbitant prices. And they want bakshish, of course. :-)
Buffet breakfast has very limited choices if judging by US or European standards, many things are absent or of lower quality, but this was the case in all 5 star rated (but not corresponding to it) hotels in Cario we stayed in.
I would not recommend the hotel, considering its actual condition, service and price.
Directions: Tahrir Square (Egyptian Museum, City Center)
We stayed in this hotel in December 2001. The location of the hotel is excellent...as it situated on the nile, in the center of Cairo and right next to the 'Egyptian Museum'...We were lucky to get a room that was on the upper floors, that minimised the noise that came from the street. The rooms were spacious and clean, the staff were friendly and the breakfast was very good. This hotel is actually the oldest in Cairo!
Again, I have to say that it was a great location...right by the nile in the center of Cairo..you just feel alive. But one thing worth mentioning, is that on one night that we spent at the hotel for dinner and to watch a belly dancer..she wasn't even Egyptian..she was eastern European that barely knew how to dance :-S So that was quite a disappointment for Egypt..the country of belly dancing lol
Unique Quality: 1- ATM Reception
2- Internet Access
3- 24 hour bank
4- Casion, bars and a disco
Directions: Right next to Semiramis Intercontinental
On the bank of the nile
I stayed in this hotel for 4 nights in September 2005. I enjoyed very much while staying there. They gave us free mineral waters (2 bottles) daily except the last day (?). The staffs were friendly to us. I must mention the restaurant for breakfast...the atmosphere was classic! Even though the hotel was bit old but i found it quite clean.
Unique Quality: No pool. The restaurant is very beautiful. A must see. The food just average.
Directions: At downtown, beside Semiramis Intercontinental
The location is superb with the Nile quite literally just across the road and only a 5 minute walk to the centre of downtown Cairo but the hotel is tired, uncared for, past its 'use by date' and in need of total refurbishment. It's such a wasted opportunity.
The Semaramis is across the road from Shepheards and while Shepheards can't compete in that market, it could be a top class boutique hotel. Someone from Helnan's head office should get their corporate backside on a plane to Cairo asap to get Shepheards back on track.
Unique Quality: Location, location, location.
Directions: Downtown Cairo
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Address: Corniche El Nile, Cairo, 11461, Egypt