Al-Ahram Weekly Online   26 August - 1 September 2004
Issue No. 705
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Holiday FAQs

Q: This is with reference to Colette Kinsella and Niveen Wahish's recent article on budget hotels in Cairo. I'm an Indian living and working in Cairo for short stretches of two to three months periodically. Instead of going into the hassle of rented furnished apartments, I would like to stay in a low-cost hotel. Basically, some prerequisites are: easy access and proximity to Downtown and Mohandessin, 24-hour access to open phone lines for Internet and international services (without going through the operator each time), accurate and comprehensive billing, $35-50 per night stay inclusive of taxes and maybe breakfast as well. Perhaps the room could include a kitchenette with refrigerator/mini-bar too? Bonus points would be access to a printer and scanner. Do you have some suggestions for me?

Gladwin Thomas
Egypt, Cairo

A: Well, there are some hotels in Cairo that meet your demands. Despite the fact that most hotels in Cairo don't provide an open line for international calls without referring to the operator, the three-star Caroline Crillion Hotel (+202 346 0219), located at 49 Syria St, Mohandessin provides exactly what you asked for. Starting the first of September, the hotel offers single rooms for $45 with breakfast, inclusive of taxes and services. You can have access to Internet and international services around the clock without going back to the operator, and access to a printer and a scanner as well. When you check in ask the hotel management to provide you with comprehensive bills. The hotel rooms are provided with mini-bars too.

The three-star Grand Hotel (+202 575 7700) and Cairo Khan Hotel (+202 392 2015), both located in 26th of July St, offer single rooms for $26.50 and $50 per night. Both hotels provide you with your demands, except for easy access to international lines.

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