10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Ok but noisy
"We stayed in this hotel for one night at the beginning of November. The Victoria Hotel would have been pretty grand 10/20 years ago but is now looking a bit run down. The room was clean but incredibly noisy and the breakfast wasn't too great - unless you enjoy stale pastries and boiled eggs?! The staff were very friendly though and it did have a retro feel to it which was quite amusing.
Stay here if you want a fairly cheap/clean room and something close to Ramses train station but don't expect too much more."
- Travel date: Thu 8th of November 2007
Oasis in crazy Cairo!
"We stayed in Cairo for one night only; this hotel was recommended to us by a travel agent friend, and it was really nice! A hotel with character, old style class that's not luxurious any more but looks like it was, sometime far in the past! The room was very nice, very high ceiling, the dining room very traditional. Friends staying with us had dinner and enjoyed it. We had breakfast and enjoyed it (local pastries, hard boiled eggs, some cheese, some "croissants" - nothing extraordinary, but simple and nice).
No noise in the room (which, after a day walking in Cairo is amazing!); the bathroom was not so clean, but not really dirty either. Location wise, it's close to the Museum of Cairo (15 minutes walk to go there with a local; 2 hours back on our own!!! Cairo is not an easy city!); if you want to go to the big market (and you should) Khan Al Khalili, it's a 15 minute taxi ride (taxis are ridiculously cheap); if you want to see the pyramids, it's far (even more so with the crazy traffic)."
- Travel date: Sat 27th of October 2007
"We've just returned from Cairo and spent a total of 3 nights at the Victoria. Classic old hotel with great ambience- comfortable beds- and clean bathrooms. Please keep in mind Cairo is a very dirty city- so the air brings a certain amount of dust, sooo the hotel (in the middle of Cairo) has a bit of a dusty feel to it- but this is minor, compared to the great bar, internet, and lounge areas. The most important thing for me was that the hotel was quiet- sleep came easily- something you will appreciate very quickly in Cairo.
I would give the Victoria a higher ranking in the Hotel listings."
- Travel date: Fri 19th of October 2007
"We were moved to the Victoria Hotel from the Delta Pyramids Hotel as we had to depart Cairo at 06h00 in the morning so it was closer to the Airport. What a great experience! We literally only slept there but it was the quietest night we had in Cairo! We did request a back facing room which was more than comfortable. The room was large and the bathroom was huge in comparison to what we had previously. Considering it was a budget hotel, it was far superior to the Delta Pyramids which is supposedly a 4 star. They even opened breakfast for us at 05h00 so we could have something to eat before we left! Definitely a great experience and felt like we were back in the colonial era! To be recommended!"
- Travel date: Thu 18th of October 2007
Great value for money
"After coming upon some recent reviews, I felt compelled to share our experience. Last summer, totally by accident, while looking for a hotel in Cairo from our hotel in Marsa Alam, we found a photo of the Victoria in a guidebook. At $35 a night we were concerned but my partner suggested that we give it a go. I needn't have worried. The hotel while old was an oasis of civility. The huge room smelled of beeswax and all the wood surfaces shone brightly. Yes, the sheets were not Frette but they were bright white and crisp. The TV was a beautiful new set with a good selection of channels. Laundry given at arrival was returned 3 hours later clean and beautifully pressed and the charge was a fraction of what we had expected. The Internet was fast and available at a modest extra charge.
The aging doorman was always helpful and every morning he went out to get us the small bills we needed for tips. Breakfast was modest but tasty and the bar was wonderful to come home to after a day of sightseeing. Front desk staff were topknotch. In particular the young lady"s service skills would not be out of place at Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons, probably better if my experience is any indication.
It is a ten minute walk to the subway and very near the train station. The room was quiet although I realized later that perhaps we were lucky in this regard.
Overall, a great find. Later, I was surprised to find out that my friend's grandfather had stayed there in WW II when he was recuperating from his wounds received as a naval officer in the Mediterrean. The minus is the smallish bathroom.
By the way. If you go to the Citadel, make your way to the restaurant in the park opposite the City of the Dead. It is a project of the Aga Khan Foundation. The view from the terrace is a jaw dropper. Western food but eastern decor and a wonderful way to laze away the late afternoon."
- Travel date: Wed 11th of July 2007
Friendly service, BUT pretty run down
"Found this hotel through Lonely Planet. It came highly recommended for its price range. We were surprised at the state of the rooms -- worn and threadbare sheets, old mattreses, functional but very spare and cramped bathroom. The place seemed run down and somewhat dusty and dirty. However, the service was helpful and friendly. They exchanged money for us without charging extra fees. There's a comfortable cafe to lounge in on the first floor with a nice ambience. Free continental breakfast included -- the food was simple but filling (bread rolls with jellies, cheese, hard boiled eggs, juice and coffee). The hotel served our purpose (only slept for 2 nights here) but we wouldn't stay here again simply because of the condition of the room/bathroom. Paid about $45/night in 2006."
- Travel date: Fri 15th of June 2007
Average, but some nice touches
"Had a 1st floor room with a decent double bed but an awful view.
- cleaned daily but not thoroughly.
- quiet with windows shut.
- air-con unit (which wasn't needed).
- shower/bath ok with warm (not hot) water
- one or two small creepy-crawlies wandering around from time to time!
- very high ceiling.
- old'ish fittings.
- satellite tv (only six channels - maybe there were more)
The buffet breakfast was reasonable and the food available in the evenings was basic. Generally the staff were quite pleasant and helpful, some much more so than others. There was a pleasant lounge, bar and ground-floor sitting area and they'd exchange money (e.g. US$) at the reception.
Hotel location wasn't too bad - a 10/15 min walk to downtown although there are taxis everywhere and at any time.
- Travel date: Fri 18th of May 2007
Not a pleasant experience
"We stayed in this hotel for three nights at the end of our three weeks vacation in Egypt. I definitely won't go back. I found some staffs not as friendly. The rooms were OLD and not clean. There was no hot water in shower, we had to run water for 10 minute before taking shower and even then we get just lukewarm water. And the breakfast is really minimal. I didn't find the location convenience too, there was nothing between walking distance."
- Travel date: Wed 18th of April 2007
Comfortable hotel, excellent value
"My fiancee and I ended up here for 4 nights (3 at the start and 1 at the end of our trip) in March 07 after starting out at the disappointing Odeon Palace (see my review). We were very comfortable here and highly recommend it. At US$41/night for a double including breakfast, it's exceptional value.
Location is great. It's a short walk to either the Obari or Ramses Metro stations and cabs are easy to find outside. The excellent door staff are a big help flagging them down. There is a decent and reasonably priced restaurant in the hotel (breakfast buffet is average), and several within easy walking distance, especially near Midan Obari. Front desk staff are very nice and helpful, with one exception. One man failed to arrange a cab for us despite the note from the night before, quoted us double the price for that cab ride, and then gave us an early wake up call we didn't ask for the next morning. We didn't see him again however, so I'm not sure what the story is.
Rooms are big and clean, with very high ceilings, satellite tv and fridge. Beds (sometimes a double, sometimes two twins) are comfy. Inside noise is minimal, but you are at some risk of traffic noise from outside depending on where your room is. There's also the mosque across the street to consider, but the early morning call to prayer is something you'll need to deal with everywhere in Egypt. The biggest risk is the bathroom. Some showers have VERY small tubs with awkwardly sloped bottoms and VERY low shower heads. Anyone above 4 1/2 feet tall will have trouble. Our second room had a nice, full size tub and excellent shower. Definitely check this out in advance if you can.
The hotel itself has an aging character, and some charm. The bar is nice and comfy, with good service. There is an outdoor patio on the ground floor as well as a large indoor lounge area. Reasonably priced internet access, a barber, and travel agent are also available on the ground floor as well. Having stayed at or seen two other (pricier) hotels in this area, I don't think the Victoria can be beat. We would definitely stay here again."
- Travel date: Fri 6th of April 2007
Excellent service, very helpful
"We were placed in this hotel last minute after an emergency (our passports were stolen and we missed our flight back to the US) b/c our old hotel was completely booked for the night. The service here was EXCELLENT, much better than the five star Shepheard hotel which we had stayed at earlier. The receptionist was able to fulfill all of our demands during our crisis in a timely and understanding manner. The rooms are old but clean. The hotel is a budget hotel, but has a really nice lobby and tea garden."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of February 2007