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Cairo, Egypt

I’m looking for a tour guide and a hotel in Cairo. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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I used Rasha el Ashmawy, 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.

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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.

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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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In Cairo we stayed at the Fairmont Nile City right on the Nile. We could see the pyramids from our room. Beautiful buffet breakfasts with sections of Egyptian dishes in addition to Western choices.