I’m looking for a tour guide and a hotel in Cairo. Any suggestions are appreciated.
I used Rasha el Ashmawy, www.egyptdailytours.com It was back in 2011, but she continues to get rave reviews. I wish I could find the guide who guided the Nile cruise tour portion, but he doesn't seem to advertise as a private guide.
At the time, we used the Hyatt just across from the Cairo Museum (old one), but I also used Le Meridien Pyramids (because it was near the Pyramids which was my focus for the 2 days prior to the cruise) and the Fairmont Towers Helipolis which is nearer to the airport and had a shuttle option. That hotel was on Fairmont points - lowest points tier at the time, and OMG it was a great room. Bathroom larger than many hotel rooms, a super king size bed, fruit plate upon arrival, wonderful service. Down side was that due to Arab Spring, most restaurants were not open. The Le Meridien was also a large suite - seems common to have big rooms when outside the down town core.Service int the Fairmont and Le Meridien were exceptional. Hyatt was fine, but I got the feeling they messed up the ATM machines in the lobby so we had to use their Bureau de Change that was also in the lobby.....hmmm.
I used Egypt and Beyond Travel to set up my touring and hotels. They were awesome. The trip is extensively blogged - link in my bio on this site. There's info about the various guides we had - Marwa for Cairo with other guides in other cities. We stayed at the Four Seasons, which was really nowhere near as expensive as Four Seasons properties in other cities. I generally like a mid-range hotel but for Cairo we were very happy with our choice. We also looked at the Marriott but the Four Seasons gave our tour operator a good deal and we went with it.
You can find my bio by clicking on my name near my reply. You'll have to scroll back a bit - we took the trip in January of 2017 I think.
For Cairo, we loved having a guide with us. We had a driver to take us around and that offered a respite from the crazy traffic - time to rest as we drove.
Just returned from Cairo in June. Stayed at the Nile Ritz Carlton: good Nile view, excellent service, & good location in Cairo. It's across the courtyard from the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (sometimes called the "Old Egyptian Museum"). Food is wildly over-priced (for Egypt). I rarely use western hotels overseas, but security was a consideration. During our time in Egypt, we saw quite a few military units in the streets (w/ serious roof-mounted guns on their vehicles), due to the troubles near the border (& vague murmurs of other potential threats that our Egyptian guide would not elaborate on). If you are looking for less-touristy options, I hear that apartments can be rented for a good price in Giza, with Pyramid views. Google/You Tube research would be needed. My guide in Cairo was not A+, so can't help you there. When not using a guide, it was easy (& so inexpensive) to get around the city using Uber.
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