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26 Affordable Hotels In Cairo

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Cairo is one of my favorite cities in the world, and this seems to surprise people. In between marveling at the Great Pyramids of Giza and getting lost in the maze that is Khan El Khalili market, you get to step back into history by exploring the Grand Egyptian Museum, relax in the greenest space in the city, and eat delicious Koshari!

There are endless possibilities in this city, so make sure not to skip a visit to Cairo on your visit to Egypt!

Altogether I spent about 5 days in Cairo, but there is so much more I would love to do and see. I haven’t stopped dreaming of my next trip to Cairo since I left.

As you’ll soon see, it’s very easy to find affordable hotels in Cairo. While there are many well known 4 or 5 star hotels here, Cairo is also home to plenty of nice hotels for a decent price, and the hostels are pretty great as well. I would argue that the hostel I stayed at in Cairo was nicer than some 3 star hotels I’ve stayed at.

With a visit to this busy city, you’ll be needing a place to stay. With accommodation types of all kinds, let’s talk about affordable hotels in Cairo!

26 Affordable Hotels In Cairo

Over 20 million people call Cairo home; add in the thousands of tourists the city receives per month, finding affordable hotels in Cairo may seem intimidating. Fear not though fellow traveler, as I had too much fun searching for the most affordable hotels I could in Cairo, while simultaneously dreaming about hopping on a flight for another visit!

One thing to know about hotels in Cairo is that a good majority of them include breakfast, so when looking for your perfect stay, don’t forget to see if you get breakfast included in your price!

As I did with my previous post, affordable hotels in Puerto Vallarta, I think the best way to organize this post for maximum efficiency for you is to divide Cairo into neighborhoods. I narrowed it down to the six best areas for tourists to stay in Cairo.

Affordability differs between people, but I typically kept it under $140 USD, with many being much cheaper than that!

And another thing to note on hotels in Cairo is the hospitality. I can honestly say that I have never experienced better service than in the hotels I stayed at in Cairo.

Even at the cheapest hostel I stayed in, the staff went above and beyond anything I could have hoped for, and truly made my experience in Cairo that much better!

Tip: When I’m looking into booking hotels, the first place I look is Booking.com!

Me standing in front of the water feature at the Mena House, with the Great Pyramids behind me, and the sun setting. The moon is coming up.This is not of the the affordable hotels in Cairo.
The Mena House has gorgeous Pyramid views, but is very expensive. You can find views of the Pyramids for much cheaper.

A Few Things To Do In Cairo

Before we jump into the affordable hotels in Cairo I want to share with you, let me first list a few things you can’t miss while in Cairo!

  • Get lost in history in the Egyptian Museum.
  • Be awed by the Great Pyramids of Giza.
  • Haggle on goods in Khan El Khalili, one of the oldest markets in the Middle East.
  • Relax in one of the world’s top 60 great public spaces, Al-Azhar Park.
  • Take a felucca ride.

Where Are The Affordable Hotels In Cairo?

Giza Governorate.

The Giza Governorate is where you’ll get those iconic pyramid views. Located in the middle of the country, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time each time you see the top of the pyramids in the distance!

Pyramids Overlook InnThe Pyramids Overlook Inn is probably as close to the pyramids as you can get on a budget, with the hotel being set right in front of the Sphinx, giving you epic Pyramid views!

Nun Pyramids InnAbout 5 km from the entrance of the Giza complex, here you aren’t as close to the pyramids as you would be at Pyramids Overlook Inn, but you still get those incredible views of the complex, while being given the opportunity to cool off in the year-round outdoor pool!

An aerial view of the Great Pyramids of Giza on the right half of the photo, and the city on the left half of the photo.
Photo by Dario Morandotti on Unsplash

Garden City District.

This is one of the wealthier residential districts in Cairo. Here you can find the Embassies, as well as mansions of Cairo’s elite. The streets are lined with trees, giving you a green space in the usually dusty Cairo.

The Royal Garden Hotel and RestaurantClean, modern, and in a quiet location, The Royal Garden Hotel and Restaurant is a perfect base for those wanting to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo.

While that may seem impossible, the Garden City District is the place to be for a quieter Cairo experience.

The reviews keep bringing up how kind and helpful the staff were, which I think deserves a special shout out all on its own!

Garden City Plaza HotelWhile the rooms are a bit plain, the Garden City Plaza Hotel offers 24-hour front desk, currency exchange, breakfast, and is walking distance to downtown Cairo!

A lot of the reviews also mentioned how great the staff were, so it seems like if you want a quieter stay with great staff, Garden City District is where you should be looking!

Downtown Cairo.

If living like a local is what you’re after than downtown Cairo is what you’re looking for! It is easy to get to other places, has the old Egyptian Museum, and has a hurried, fun yet frantic, pace!

Tahrir Square HostelTahrir Square Hostel is located in the same building as the hostel I loved and stayed in, Cairo Hub. The building has several shops and places to stay, and a sketchy elevator I loved and will never forget. The rooms here are very similar to Cairo Hub and very clean, breakfast is included, but beware, Tahrir Square is noisy 24 hours a day, so you will hear the noise of the traffic.

Eileen Hotel CairoThis boutique hotel is so beautiful, it looks like it came out of the late 1800’s. The rooms giving off a elegant, royal vibe, with the walls being painted dark reds, greens, and golds. The food is said to be quite good, and while staying in downtown Cairo can be quite noisy, many reviews mentioned how this hotel is a bit quieter than others!

A corner of the shower, showcasing tiles with different colours and patterns.
I randomly loved the tiles in the shower!

Cairo Hub Hostel. I stayed here and it was my favorite hostel I’ve stayed in! Located a few floors above Tahrir Square Hostel, these hostels are very similar. I loved staying here because they have both dorms and private rooms (one of my private rooms even had a balcony overlooking Tahrir Square), the staff were AMAZING, the free breakfast was good, and I just cannot recommend staying here enough.

You can see the old Egyptian Museum from the front steps, there are more shops in the area than I could ever say, and plenty of kitties running about outside!

Champollion HostelYou can’t go wrong with a clean hostel close to Tahrir Square. Champollion hostel has good reviews on the cleanliness of the private rooms and shared spaces, a common kitchen, and free Wi-Fi.

Tahrir Plaza SuitesAlso located in Tahrir Square steps from the old Egyptian Museum, the rooms here are gorgeous! Spacious, with bold painted walls and you’re own private bathroom, this is a pretty hotel in an excellent location.

Cairo Capital HotelThis 3 star hotel isn’t located right in Tahrir Square, rather just a few minutes away, making it sliiiightly quieter.

With staff speaking Arabic, English, and Spanish, the reviews shout out how helpful the staff here are, along with the cleanliness of the hotel.

Madina HostelAt Madina Hostel you can choose between a 6 bed dorm or a private twin room. The guest reviews are superb, and between the cheap rooms, city views, free Wi-Fi, and airport transfers, I can see why!

El Otel The HotelThe rooms here are suspiciously cheap, yet elegant and beautiful. Breakfast is included, as well as air-conditioned rooms, and free Wi-Fi. There is a shared common lounge, airport transfers, and laundry facilities available!

A beautiful aerial view of trendy Cairo neighbourhood Zamalek
Photo by Mohamed Ahmed on Unsplash

Zamalek. 

Trendy Zamalek has some of the best restaurants in Cairo, The Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, and is the place to be for art lovers! This may be one of the BEST neighbourhoods to stay in Cairo.

New President HotelNew President Hotel is absolutely gorgeous inside! With a restaurant on property that has a bar, you are treated to a quieter location than downtown Cairo, with more amenities. There are plenty of coffee shops nearby, or plenty of restaurants within a few minute walk from the hotel.

Brassbell StudiosLocated in happening Zamalek along the River Nile, Brassbell apartments give you the choice of one or two bedroom apartments. Each room has a private bathroom, while some of the apartments also boast a private kitchenette and washing machine.

With 24 hour service readily available, you can expect to have a comfortable stay here.

Golden Tulip HotelJust like all hotels in Zamalek, the location of this 4 star hotel is one of the top comments from reviewers. Here you find yourself on a treelined street, with views of the River Nile.

There is a Spanish restaurant on site, a cocktail bar, as well as a 24 hour Cafe and room service.

Nasr City.

The largest neighborhood in Cairo, Nasr city was built in the 1960’s to extend Heliopolis. Very modern, some of the things to do in Nasr would be heading to City Stars mall, the Unknown Soldier Memorial, and checking out Al-Azhar University. A lot of people who stay in this area are here for work, meaning they need a nice, clean room, usually close to the Conference Center.

Tolip Golden PlazaThe Tolip Golden Plaza feels exclusive. The hotel itself is quite large, and here you will be spoiled for choice with the many restaurants and bars on site, including a pool bar!

You are a quick 9 minute walk away from City Stars Mall, and can easily find your way to other parts of Cairo.

There are 9 different room options, however the rooms are known to be a bit outdated, which isn’t unusual for Egypt.

Royal Inn ResidenceNothing about this hotel jumped out to me as special, but the reviews are very high, with guests raving about the kindness of staff, the clean rooms, and ease of travel due to the location.

All rooms come with air-conditioning, a kettle, and free Wi-Fi, and the hotel also offers guests airport transfers and has a 24 hour reception desk.

Moon Light HotelLocation and affordability is what stands out when it comes to Moon Light Hotel, as well as a good breakfast!

The rooms are standard, but the outdoor pool is quite large! Every evening the hotel offers entertainment for guests, and there is an onsite restaurant if you feel like staying in!

Four ElementsFour Elements offers small apartments rather than standard hotel rooms, and the reviews are exceptional! With 24 hour front desk to help you as needed, some rooms offer kitchenettes, and all rooms have room service options.

This is a simple, no frills stay, but you do get a superb breakfast included!

Ramage HotelAs somebody who self identifies as a mermaid, the first thing I need to shout out at Ramage Hotel is the huge outdoor pool! Next up is the playground for kids, making this is a great choice for families! There is also an emphasis on sports, since a stay here means you’re close to Cairo’s indoor skiing and snow activities.

There is a restaurant on site that can accommodate your dietary needs, such as Halal or vegetarian, meaning you don’t have to head out unless you want to.

Camel in the desert in Cairo
Cairo is so full of contrasts. I wish everyone could go explore there!

Heliopolis.

Perfect for those on a budget, or someone looking to stay in a convenient location to the airport and other cities. Heliopolis is special because it was an important city in Ancient Egypt, as it is the seat of worship for the sun God, Ra.

Parkside Boutique Furnished ApartmentsAs these are apartments rather than a hotel, you don’t get the extras during a stay here. What you do get though is an apartment with a kitchenette, free parking, more privacy, as well as paid airport shuttles!

Baron Hotel CairoNamed for the nearby Baron Empain Palace (a mansion that used to be lived in by a Belgium businessman who designed the mansion to be inspired by a Hindi Temple), here you have valet parking, the opportunity for a paid airport shuttle, and a restaurant with views of the Baron Empain Palace.

Also, a few solo female travelers have written great reviews about this place, which always makes me more inclined to want to stay there.

Airport Rooftop ClubWhat I like best about the Airport Rooftop Club guesthouse rooms isn’t the shared kitchen, BBQ facilities, grocery service, or garden; what I like best about a stay here is the onsite currency exchange. The convivence of that just cannot be beat!

Le Passage Cairo HotelA free airport shuttle will take you to and from the Airport, making your journey to Le Passage stress free.

Why not relax by ordering 24-hour room service, swim in one of two pools, play volleyball or run on the jogging track. You can dine at one of the 4 on site restaurants, dance at their club, or gamble at the casino!

Radisson BluThe Radisson Blu is the perfect hotel for someone wanting to stay close to the airport, but an easy 30 minute drive away to the Great Pyramids of Giza.

This 4 star hotel has a rooftop pool that gives panoramic views of Cairo! The hotel boasts a health club where you can enjoy a massage, a bar, an International food at the restaurant.

Now that we’ve explored 26 of the more affordable hotels in Cairo, which one would you most like to stay in?

Having stayed in downtown Cairo in several hotels, I would happily base myself downtown again. My first few nights in Egypt I stayed in Giza Governorate, which was perfect for the start of the trip since we were so close to the pyramids.

I think for anyone who is as excited to explore ancient Egypt as I was, your first few nights should definitely be in Giza Governorate, as you will be pinching yourself the whole time!

No matter where you choose to stay, Egypt has plenty of affordable hotels to choose from in Cairo!

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Brooklyn Murtaugh

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Hi! I’m Brooklyn. Like many, I thought my purpose in life was to go to university, settle down and have kids. But that is not me. 

My aim is to inspire you to travel as much as you can while you can, whether that be through au pair work, or on your limited vacation days. It CAN be done. This world is incredible, let’s explore it!

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