The #2 property on the Best Hotels of Egypt for 2019 is the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir. This is a wonderful new hotel property that makes a very solid option for visitors looking for a very central base to explore bustling downtown Cairo but also escape into a calm upscale retreat at the end of the day.
Tahrir Squre is the heart of downtown Cairo, and in many ways it is the town square for all of Egypt. It’s where the famous, century-old, current Egyptian Museum is located. It’s where the century-old American University in Cairo’s original campus is located. It’s where Egypt’s most famous administrative government building, the Mogamma, is located. It’s walking distance to the Egyptian Parliament, Abdeen Palace, Zamalek Island, and the Nile. And it was ground zero for the famous demonstrations televised live all of the world which toppled Egypt’s old dictator during the Arab Spring.
Real estate right on Tahrir Square is the most historic and valuable real estate in all of Cairo, and Steigenberger hotels has opened a brand new property – the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir, right on this square. In fact, it’s the only hotel actually bordering Tahrir Square. There are a few others overlooking it from a block or two away (none I’d recommend) but the newly opened Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir literally has the most prime downtown spot of any hotel in Cairo.
It’s location advantage aside, which is a huge one, let me tell you a little more about this property and why we like this property so much. Unlike some other swank hotels in downtown Cairo, the Steigenberger isn’t going to blow you away with a huge sweeping grand lobby with tall ceilings and wide open spaces. When you walk in it feels more like a boutique property, although it’s actually still pretty sizable overall.
It’s rockstar location is already it’s #1, #2, and #3 prime feature, but given the quaintness, even coziness, of the lobby I was quite surprised to ride up the elevator and find the rooms to be quite spacious and super nice. Also, you don’t often see mentions of hallways in reviews, but I do have to say this one time that even this property’s hallways and public spaces on the room floors are really well done and posh. They just give you a good feeling of being surrounded by luxury right when I got off of the elevator.
The Steigenberger El Tahrir are also quite affordable as well. While they can certainly hang with the larger and more well-known brands in many respects, Steigenbergers always do an excellent job of packaging quality, location, and affordability to make a great option for individuals, couples, families, or groups visiting Egypt.
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