This is the great colonial-era hotel in Cairo and has hosted almost every politician, celebrity, and member of royalty to visit Egypt, and it's both comfortable and convenient for the pyramids. It began life in the mid-19th century as a khedivial hunting lodge, but there have been a number of expansions over the years. Of course, it is the view of the Pyramids—they are so close you can almost touch them—that will leave you gasping, and rooms with a view are
in high demand. The old section is a thousandfold more atmospheric than the newer garden wing. There is a clear hierarchy of rooms here, and the best of them go fast, so book six months or more in advance. In truth, group bookings keep the hotel sold-out virtually year-round, so it's easier to book through a connected travel agent if you are traveling independently.
Shar'a al-Haram, Cairo, 12556, Egypt