The Windsor Hotel

19 Shar'a Alfi Bay, Cairo, Cairo, 11111, Egypt

Built in 1893 as part of the royal baths, the Windsor served as a British officers' club during World War I, was converted to a hotel in the 1930s, and oozes atmosphere. The original fixtures all having been carefully preserved, including an antique elevator that's believed to be among the world's oldest manually-operated wooden elevators. Rooms are comfortably fitted with heavy wooden period-style furniture that gives the place the breezy, slightly creaky feel of a Somerset Maugham story about life in the colonies. Each room is different, so ask to see a couple before you settle on one you like. Ten of the rooms have showers only. It's a quick walk to the Egyptian Museum and the metro.

PROS

  • wonderful period history—the atmosphere is palpable
  • your fellow guests will be a cosmopolitan and interesting crowd of all ages
  • friendly staff

CONS

  • rooms are in need of some TLC
  • communal landings don't have modern soundproofing
  • cheapest rooms have shared bathrooms

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 02-2591–5810

HOTEL DETAILS

50 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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