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Accommodation in Egypt ranges from simple family-run guesthouses and charming colonial-style boutique properties to outstanding luxury hotels with rates lower than you might expect. Sleeping under the stars at a desert camp is an unforgettable experience, as is a cruise on a traditional sailing boat, or felucca.
The kind of accommodation you choose will depend largely on where you are as much as your budget. It’s advisable to reserve in the winter months (the high season), and over major Islamic holidays.
Major international hotel chains, such as Marriott, the Four Seasons, the Grand Hyatt and Sofitel, have branches around Egypt but predominantly in Cairo, with the most impressive luxury options set along the banks of the Nile. Zamalek is an upscale residential area on the island of Gezirah where many of the foreign embassies are located; the selection of hotels found here is not vast, but on the whole the standard is high.
Those looking for cheap accommodation should head for the lively downtown district in the centre of modern Cairo; it’s convenient for transport links as well as key tourist sites such as the Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo and Khan Khalili Bazaar. A family-run bed-and-breakfast tends to be on the basic side when it comes to amenities but gives visitors the chance to interact with local life. You may be tempted to stay near the Great Pyramid of Giza, but there’s very little else to do around there, particularly at night.
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