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Where to stayin Cairo

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 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.

Downtown Cairo

The interesting museums and stunning river views are top of the list for many visitors to Downtown Cairo. A stop by Egyptian Museum or Tahrir Square might round out your trip.

Recommended hotels in Downtown Cairo

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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.

Recommended hotels in Mohandeseen

Nasr City

You'll enjoy the parks and casinos in Nasr City. You might want to make time for a stop at City Stars or Cairo International Stadium.

Recommended hotels in Nasr City


Heliopolis is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Baron Empain Palace, a top place to visit in the area.

Recommended hotels in Heliopolis

Recommended hotels in 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.


Cafés, museums, and historic sites are some highlights of Zamalek. Make a stop by Aquarium Grotto Garden or Sports Center Gezirah Sporting Club while you're exploring.

Recommended hotels in Zamalek

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The live music and riverfront are just a few features travelers like about Maadi. If you want to do some sightseeing nearby, The Hanging Church and Coptic Museum are a few top places to visit.

Recommended hotels in Maadi

Recommended hotels in 6th of October City

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