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Pyramids View Inn 2.0

Cairo, Egypt

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Pros

  • Breathtaking pyramids views from rooftop terrace and some rooms
  • Simple rooms with comfortable beds and air-conditioning
  • Large outdoor terrace area with wooden seating
  • Free breakfast
  • Outdoor dining area with long banquet table
  • Free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel

Cons

  • No lunch or dinner options 
  • Several staircases to access lobby and bedrooms
  • Rooms near the kitchen can be noisy

Bottom Line

Want to see the pyramids? Well, at the 14-room Pyramids View Inn, that's possible without even leaving the hotel (and without breaking the bank). Rooms are traditionally decorated, with a choice of singles, doubles, or one-bedroom apartments, some with pyramids views. They are basic, but include free Wi-Fi, en-suite bathrooms, and air-conditioning, and most have small balconies. The pyramids and the Sphinx are just across the road, and the spectacularly un-restricted views from the rooftop terrace are hard to beat. Features are otherwise slim, though free breakfast is served on the hotel's terrace. Rates are a bargain here, but travelers with more money to spend might consider Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel, which is more polished and has a pool.

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Scene

Small, budget inn draws couples and groups with low rates and great pyramids views

It will be hard to get any closer to the pyramids -- for less money -- than staying at the Pyramids View Inn. It's not exactly a stylish boutique hotel, but the homey style and low-key atmosphere make it a popular choice. The hotel is accessed via several flight of stairs from street level and guests are welcomed into a bright lobby area by a collection of ancient Egyptian statues. Steps continue throughout the property, which might not suit some travelers. Throughout the property, cream walls are decorated with the occasional piece of Egyptian artwork. The hotel’s greatest asset is its rooftop terrace, offering panoramic views of the pyramids, and amazing sunsets. The hotel is popular with couples, solo travelers, and groups of friends who appreciate the hotel's rooftop area. The option of a one-bedroom apartment also suits couples traveling in groups or families with children. 

Location

Across the road from the pyramids and the Sphinx, a 40-minute drive to downtown Cairo

This property’s proximity to the Pyramids of Giza is undeniably its greatest asset. The Giza Necropolis Complex is just across the road, and includes the Great Sphinx of Giza. Guests who prefer to split their time between shopping and culture might visit the massive Mall of Arabia, a 40-minute drive away. Cairo city center is around 40 minutes away by car, with plenty of coffee shops and shisha cafes to explore. Cruises along the Nile River can also be taken from Cairo. The Khan El-Khalili bazaar is a popular stop while in town, where merchants sell glassware and local souvenirs -- it's a 30-minute drive away. Budget an hour or more to reach Cairo International Airport, depending on traffic.

Rooms

Basic rooms or apartments, with balconies and air-conditioning -- many with pyramids views

These standard, functional rooms are simple, but clean and tidy, with even the smallest single rooms offering enough space to move around. Double rooms come with single wooden beds and are decorated simply, but colorful bedding and furnishings add interest. Tiled floors are decorated with traditional Egyptian rugs, and animal-print furniture can be found in some rooms. Patio doors lead to a small balcony with chairs, a small table, and breathtaking panoramic views of the pyramids in some rooms. Features include air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, full-length mirrors, bedside tables, lamps, and coat hooks. Families might prefer the larger one-bedroom apartments, which include a separate living room with colorful seating, coffee table, and television. There is plenty of storage space throughout the apartments, and extra bedding is provided. All rooms include en-suite bathrooms that are fully tiled, with a white sink and toilet. Small shower cubicles have plastic sliding doors and rainfall shower heads. A vanity mirror, soap dish, and hand wash are also provided. 

Features

Beautiful pyramid views from a rooftop terrace

This budget hotel has few facilities, though the standout feature is undoubtedly the spacious rooftop terrace with spectacular views overlooking the pyramids. Outdoor seating and wooden tables are scattered around this rooftop space, attracting guests looking to watch the sunset. An open-plan dining area with long banquet table and chairs is decorated with colorful Egyptian wall and floor coverings. An a la carte breakfasts are available for no additional charge. The hotel lounge has a comfortable seating area, with vibrant animal-print cushions adding a quirky touch to the communal areas. A selection of magazines, a computer, and a water machine are available. Free Wi-Fi is available and souvenir postcards can be purchased from the lobby area. 

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Address

10 Sphinx Street - nazlet el samman, Pyramids Sound & Light Square, Cairo, Cairo Governorate 1212, Egypt