Big, hot, bustling, exciting - Cairo would be worth exploring even if it weren't for the wonders of the ancient world that sit next to the Nile. Faced with centuries of continuous reinvention, the city has great accommodations of all kinds, from sophisticated French-style hotels to budget youth hostels, where partying is on the agenda every night. Cairo is one of the world's biggest cities, which means it's not exactly easy to get around. Book a hotel to stay in a neighborhood that suits your itinerary and traveling style.
Where to stayin Cairo
Where to Stay for History
With the Pyramids so close by, to be in Cairo is to be constantly reminded of life in ancient Egypt. Book a hotel in Giza to experience all aspects of the 4,000-year history, including a traditional souk and pharaonic village designed for tourists. To stop by the Egyptian Museum, get a room in the neighborhoods near Tahrir Square. Cairo's more recent transformations are on display in the Downtown area, where a stay in one of the elegant hotels will make you feel like Egyptian royalty.
Best Areas for Shopping
Cairo has long been an economic center, and the shopping here is some of the best in the world. Shop up a storm in the residential neighborhood of Mohandeseen, frequented by local celebrities. You're likely to find anything you need or desire in Nasr City, home to one of the biggest malls in the Middle East and cosmopolitan accommodations. Book a hotel away from the bustle of central Cairo in Heliopolis, where shopping centers are known for their unique architectural style. Or, for a younger vibe, hang out with students in a hotel in the recently built New Cairo.
Best Districts for Food and Drink
Cairo's mix of cultures going back centuries has given it a reputation for outstanding food and drink. Book a hotel in Zamalek, located on an island in the middle of the Nile, to taste local specialties in terrace bars and restaurants. Work up an appetite with evening walks along the Corniche while staying in Maadi, then try out the new restaurants popping up on the quiet, shady streets near sophisticated accommodations. Some of the best restaurants are in 6th of October City, also home to several university campuses and a selection of hotels, hostels, and more.