|Rental type||Apartment / Condominium|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Suitable for childrenNo
Suitable for the elderlyNo
|Theme||Historic, City, Downtown|
Description from the owner
Hi! My name is Mara,
Our apts in Cairo are no longer available.
I hope you have an enjoyable time in Cairo.
Rooms in Cairo, Ref Downtown 011
Additional Location Information
Location Type City, Downtown
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$100||$100||$0||$0||3 nights|
|All Dates||$100||$100||-||-||3 nights|
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AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 16, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Nice and clean. But a need for more kitchen utensils.
The rooms were great.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
comfortable and conveniant in central cairo
I am really happy that we choose this appartment over a hotel - the location is absolutely central in Cairo and the appartment is spacious, well presented and a great point for exploring the city; Mara is a great host and really helpful - she got me a replacement battery charger lead at short notice and had good advice on numerous practical issues.
Downsides? The outside of the appartment block is shabby and such a central location may not suit everyone.
Upsides: it 's great with a family in tow and if you are happy to choose to cook yourself sometimes
We stayed for six nights in November and had a fantastic time. The apartment is spacious, very clean and well furnished. The bed comfortable. I didn’t post pictures as the ones posted in the listing truly represent the apartment. We found the downtown location great, about 15 minutes walk to the Egyptian Museum, safe, and close to shopping (including a fruit and vegetable market).
Stephen was a great host and resource. His map got us oriented and his rundown on the taxis allowed us to travel around without worry. The restaurant suggestions were great. He arranged a Saqqara and Dashur trip for us and we were very happy with the guide.
Before our stay I have to say we were just a bit concerned about “being on our own” in what we were expecting to be a rather intimidating, chaotic and dirty city. Due to Stephen’s help we never felt we were totally “on our own.” And rather than being cocooned in a large Western-chain, high-rise hotel, we found that we were able to appreciate Cairo’s organized chaos in way that would not have been possible otherwise. The apartment is very close to the Tarlaat Harb, a main shopping street turned pedestrian zone on Friday and Saturday evenings. It was packed with ordinary people out for the cinema, eating ice creams, shopping and window shopping – the young, young families and older folks. Sort of a Cairo version of a passeggiata. No one paid us much attention (a genuine relief after Luxor and Aswan).
I would highly recommend this apartment and this option for those of you who are comfortable with “independent” travel but want a level of comfort. You will have an experience of Cairo that will be dynamic and very different from that of your friends who stayed in the Marriott, for example. On the other hand, if you can’t live without fluffy bathrobes, room service, and wouldn’t venture out without being in a group, this isn’t for you.
Plus, an extra thanks to Stephen for coming down very early in the morning to make sure we got our taxi to the airport for our flight back home.
As a last note we also stayed in the Mara House in Luxor and have a great time there as well.
Fantastic Find in Downtown Cairo
A great value for the price, and the location was convenient - easy to get to the Metro, to great food, and the magnificent Egyptian Museum. Stephen was incredibly helpful and always easy to get in touch with. He set up tours for us, recommended great restaurants (all price ranges), and was otherwise an excellent wealth of information about all things Cairo - had a huge positive impact on our visit. The apartment was massive and comfortable and clean. We're much happier that we went this route instead of staying in a big, isolated hotel.
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Undoubtedly the best value for money accomodation in Cairo
I stayed in the heart of downtown Cairo at one of Stephen and Sara's apartments (they had two to choose from) in June this year. In terms of value for money, convenience, comfort and the geniality of the hosts, this is the best short/medium term accommodation in Cairo I have encountered in 20 years of traveling to and from, and living in Egypt.
Sara and Stephen were fantastic hosts. The fridge was always stocked with great (complimentary) breakfast treats and they went out of their way to ensure the place was clean, comfortable and well maintained. Luxurious cotton sheets, cool air conditioning (for what was the beginnings of a stifling Egyptian summer), a well-equipped kitchen and satellite TV all made this a "must stay here next time” experience.
I stayed in Cairo for two months and would very happily have remained at the apartment for the entire time. However, it's such a great place to stay, the secret is obviously out. Both apartments were already booked beforehand and I sadly vacated before my stay in Cairo was ended. Stephen and Sara were extremely gracious and allowed me to stay up to the last day before the new tenant arrived which meant a rush for them in terms of cleaning and preparing for their new arrival. Much appreciated. I'll know next time to book for longer. I will certainly be back.
The Best Place to Stay In Cairo!!
My stay with Stephen and Sara was an extended one. I am a law student who had a summer job in an Egyptian law firm. So my mother, who decided to tag along because she wanted to see the pyramids, and I spent nearly six weeks in one of Stephen's apartments. First and foremost, Cairo has its own rules. The major rules center around how to catch a cab and how to avoid tourist traps. It seems that every other person you meet in Cairo is on the take: cab drivers, tour guides, cops, hotel staff, etc. However, Stephen and Sara are not on the take. They make your stay in Cairo enjoyable and safe. They also help people who are staying with them navigate around the aforementioned tourist traps. When we first met Stephen, after nearly four days in Cairo, he gave us the run down on how to get around and how to avoid many issues that befall tourists. Stephen and Sara, with the help of his mother Mara, also set up a Nile cruise from Luxor to aswan for my mother and I. They also arranged two tours of various sites in Cairo. Neither time did we have any of the monkey business that usually occurs with tourists. Also, they provided us with transportation to and from the airport. They would order food for us and they would do our grocery shopping. After nearly 7 weeks in Egypt I can honestly say that Stephen, Sara, and Mara were the three best parts of our stay in Egypt. They make everything so much easier and accessible. The three of them made our time in Egypt wonderful. I would personally recommend anyone who wants to stay in either Cairo or Luxor to live in Stephen's apartment or Mara House. After staying so long with them I am happy to say that they became more friends than landlords and I know that they treat all their guests with the same level of friendliness and hospitality. They are warm, gracious, and funny loving people. So if you are visiting Cairo, pop in and pay Stephen and Sara a visit. You will be so glad that you did.
University of California, Berkeley
Stephen and his partner (Irish ex-pats) met us on the street outside the
property; they even helped us carry our very heavy bags. They were very
attentive and detail oriented, supplying us with a map and suggestions for
food and shopping. Although we did not need some of the services they
offered, I am sure that they would be very helpful and informative about
The apartment itself is not only lovely, but it is also spotless. The kitchen is a
cairo dream, fully stocked with everything you may need to cook. The beds
were amazingly comfortable, and the apartment was very quiet.
I am a career archaeologist and I have lived and worked in Egypt for many
years. I have stayed in plenty of places in Cairo and this was by far the best!
When I bring my group of students through Cairo on our way to join an
expedition in middle Egypt, I intend to stay with "Rooms in Cairo" again.
Centrally located, spacious, clean and comfortable.
My husband and I recently stayed in Stephan and Sara's apartment in
Cairo. We stayed only one night at the end of our trip through Egypt and we
we relieved to have the moment of calm. The apartment is centrally located,
within walking distance to the fabulous Egyptian Museum, but at night the
street is calm and safe (because the apartment is located above the Bank of
Cairo, with many police in the area).
Though we were independent in the apartment Stephan and Sara were
present to give us advice and to help make our stay as pleasant as possible,
much more personal than a concierge in a hotel, it was like having a niece
and nephew looking after you.
The apartment is spacious, the beds are comfortable, and once you're in
the apartment everything is scrubbed until it shines. I could see that it
would be perfect for a group of friends traveling together, enough room to
spread out, nice public spaces (kitchen and living room), good bathrooms.
The large kitchen has a breakfast table and cooking facilities and though we
ate out in the evening, if we had stayed longer I would have gone to the
nearby fruit and veggie market to buy and prepare the wonderful produce
that is grown in Egypt. In any case, breakfast is provided every morning.
When traveling it's a relief not to have to be in a restaurant or cafe every
time you need a bite to eat or a cup of coffee, and it's good to take a
midday break from sight seeing and the traffic, so the central location of
the apartment is ideal.
When not touring we sat in neighborhood cafes, drinking tea and
watching the everyday life of Cairo rushing past us. Our experience was like
really living in Cairo, in our own apartment, giving us as close to an
authentic Egyptian experience as is possible. Ok, Cairo is total chaos but it
was fun to imagine we lived there, at least for a moment.