We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Windsor Hotel Cairo
Nearby Hotels
US$190
Travelocity
View Deal
Great 4.5/5
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
US$84
Booking.com
View Deal
Very Good 4/5
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
US$159
JW Marriott
View Deal
Great 4.5/5
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
US$100
Hotels.com
View Deal
Good 3.5/5
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
US$155
US$135
Booking.com
View Deal
Very Good 4/5
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
US$162
Hotels.com
View Deal
Great 4.5/5
Certificate of Excellence
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
US$124
US$108
Booking.com
View Deal
Very Good 4/5
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
US$178
US$158
InterContinental
View Deal
Great 4.5/5
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
US$197
US$80
Expedia.com
View Deal
Good 3.5/5
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
US$128
Travelocity
View Deal
Very Good 4/5
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Breakfast included
Reviews (622)
Filter reviews
622 results
Traveller rating
225
230
89
35
43
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
225
230
89
35
43
Show reviews that mention
All reviewssamir fayekbarrel barbritish officersofficer's clubagatha christieancient elevatoregyptian museumunique hoteljuly streetmetro stophotel ownerbreakfast roomkhan eltour operatorthe entire staffheart of downtownfalafel
FilterAll languages
Updating list...
6 - 11 of 622 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Samir said tell the world Cairo is safe I was told and I agree. I felt very safe in this ‘olde worlde’ hotel. The desk staff were very eager to help although directions were not easy to follow. The hotel has reserved its British colonial heritage and the barrel bar there is a must. However the plumbing is quaint and the power outlets look a bit dilapidated. The hotel is well situated and a good access point for Central Cairo. They arranged pick up at the airport and tours for us that we were really happy with.

The new challenges are that this area of Cairo seemed to be a constant construction site with only one hour of silence per 24 hour period and the challenge of getting anywhere by car with the downtown having many lines of traffic trying to fit into the width of the highway.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank Ron E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The hotel is very old and is part of the history of Cairo. The staff is extremely helpful and went out of their way to guide us to the closest metro station (attaba, 1 min walk). The barrel bar and the barman are both very charming.

Once you enter the hotel you feel you have gone back in time. The wide stairs, the old style lift, the high ceilings in the room , all heighten the feeling of time travel. This would have been great, had it been complemented with certain modern aspects. The rooms huge but are slightly dusty and gave me impression of being not quite clean. There are hardly any plug points for chargers etc. The bedding linen was clean, but could be updated. The bathroom has an open ceiling, which can be slightly unwelcome. The bathtub was chipped in numerous places. Overall, the comfort and convenience of staying in a hotel was missing.
The restaurant has a wide menu. The style of food preparation also seems to be old school: two dishes we ordered were overladen with cheese. Breakfast was ordinary (toast, cake, fruit, juice). Eggs should be added.
The hotel is an important part of history of Cairo. Thus, it should stay as it is, in terms of architecture and interior decoration. But in all other aspects: convenience, housekeeping, restaurant etc. a change is required, inorder to ensure that the hotel continues to be the top choice for future visitors.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Srinidhi G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 February 2018

The Windsor is a time capsule of 1940s Cairo. It’s the real thing, not a replica, just check out the lift....we took the stairs! It’s faded and worn with scars of anti-colonial attacks from the early 50s and an atmospheric comfortable bar. The lighting is terrible, often gloomy and neon, with retainers appearing from shadowy corners. The room was very dated but roomy and comfortable though the bathroom was behind a half wall, open to the rest of the room, a might intrusive. The breakfast was terrible, boiled coffee or tea, a wizened orange, plastic cheese , limp toast and ersatz butter....bring back rationing! It is very central, surrounded by cafes and restaurants especially just down the pedestrianised restaurant area with a wide choice. Unfortunately, a new metro line is being built during the night just outside the window.....ahh, memories of the Blitz.... The neighbourhood is lively and friendly ....not so sure we’d stay there again.

Stayed: January 2018
Thank Stephen B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Good things first, the location of this hotel is good, within walking distance from market and egyptian museum. Khan el khalili market is also not far from the hotel. Staff at reception was very co-operative, polite and helpful. Pickup from airport was also good. Lift was ancient but great. Room was big and spacious and clean but lacked basic facilities like electric kettle, tumblers. Bathroom was not well maintained. Bathtub was not clean at all. You have to wait for 10 minutes for hot water comes out from shower. Breakfast was pathetic which included only few toasts and buns with butter n cheese, coffee. Breakfast room was dusty, not maintained at all. Table covers were old and stained. Overall we did not have comfortable stay there.


Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
1  Thank Bosky G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
wafs, Manager at Windsor Hotel Cairo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Firstly, we"d like to thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and would just like to comment on some of your remarks.
Our hotel was built in 1893 i.e. about 120 years ago. It is a part of the history of Cairo. It is a vintage building.
Regarding breakfast, we offer a Continental Breakfast which is composed of toast, buns, butter, jam, and coffee or tea we go beyond that and in addition offer cheese, fruits,cake and juice .Most of the bathrooms have been totally remodelled, regretfully you may have been in one that is coming up next. No excuse whatsoever for soiled table clothes or uncleanliness in any shape or form.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

This hotel is a wonder from a bygone era. It is updated just enough to make the rooms feel neat and functional but the styling is pure old-school colonial and the service impeccable friendly and genuine. It is a true time capsule and if you value old buildings it is a gem! Any fan of Agatha Christie will feel very at home and frankly all the staff from Mr Dos the owner and his brother down, you will feel very, very looked after and welcome without being at all pestered. Our flight from London caused us to arrive in Cairo at 5.30 in the morning but they were more than happy to check us in this early and the room was superb. In retrospect I would have asked them to organise the airport transfers rather than booking through Expedia - not just because it would have been cheaper but because I would more happily have paid someone connected with the hotel. Ask them to connect you with Semir who will organise a guide for you. We has an utterly wonderful and extremely knowledgable guide called Duoa and along with George the driver our day tour of everything we wanted to see (Sakkadah, Dashir, Memphis and Giza) was utterly perfect. We paid inclusive of our entry tickets to each site which was very convenient and importantly Duoa didn’t insist on us visiting anywhere we didn’t want to go (the papyrus factory/ carpet school etc) which I’m sure are very interesting but we only wanted to see the archeology. Many other tour guides force you through these sales channels in my previous experience in Egypt. Returning to The hotel though, it is truly extraordinary and very charming although some elements like breakfast and a lack of toiletries make it somewhat basic in some ways it really is top notch in others and the barrel bar is again like stepping back in time. It could be a film set! I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a true taste of old Cairo although be prepared for the fact that it is in the centre of dirty and noisy downtown and you will be fine! If I could make any recommendation to Mr Dos it would be to put up the price of the hotel significantly (by at least £30 per person and maybe more like £50) and to use this to add in some small luxuries as well as officially opening up the roof terrace. Otherwise please stay exactly as you are! Thank you for a really memorable stay!

Stayed: February 2018, travelled with family
1  Thank Tara A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
View more reviews