Memphis

 

Memphis is a town on the Nile River, roughly an hour south of Cairo. While close enough to Cairo to be done in a day-trip, Memphis has its own distinctive features that make it a worthwhile destination in its own right.

Most importantly, Memphis, as the capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt and is the center of large concentration of ancient monuments that collectively form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This includes some extraordinary funerary monuments, including rock tombs, ornate mastabas, temples and pyramids.

Among the most famous of these is the Colossus of Ramesses II. Another important site is the main ancient necropolis of the city, located on the desert plateau at Saqqara.

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Grand Pyramids Hotel

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Arabia Hotel

Located on Roda Nile Island in the heart of Cairo, Arabia Hotel offers spacious accommodation. Most rooms offer views of the Nile and some are equipped with a balcony. Average score from 174 guest reviews: 6.2/10.

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Cairo City Center Hostel

Situated in Cairo’s city centre, this hostel offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It has a 24-hour front desk and an elevator. Sadat Metro Station is a 7-minute walk away, and links to the Giza district. Average score from 114 guest reviews: 5.8/10.

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Monte Cairo Serviced Apartments

Set on the upper part of Cairo’s Mokattam Hills, this apartment complex features an outdoor pool and a number of wellness facilities. All air-conditioned units have free Wi-Fi access. Average score from 154 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

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Cairo Kingdom Hostel

Featuring a rooftop terrace overlooking the city, Cairo Kingdom Hostel offers simply furnished accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Various shopping outlets are available in downtown, just a 5-minute walk away. Average score from 130 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

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Sakan 252

Sakan 252

Located in central Cairo, Sakan 252 is a self-catering accommodation with spacious apartments. Free Wi-Fi access is available and the property is a 20-minute drive from Heliopolis. Average score from 115 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$35

$358.6
Zahraa Al Maadi Apartment

Zahraa Al Maadi Apartment

Zahraa Al Maadi Apartment offers accommodation in Cairo. The apartment is 2.1 km from Carrefour Supermarket. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The kitchen comes with an oven and a microwave, as well as a kettle. Average score from 16 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$45

$458.5
Osiris Hostel Cairo

Osiris Hostel Cairo

Located in Downtown Cairo, Osiris Hotel is just a 500 metres walk from the Egyptian Museum. It offers free Wi-Fi in public areas and a roof-top terrace that offers views of downtown Cairo. The bright, air-conditioned rooms are simply furnished. Average score from 118 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$35 - $90

$358.2
City View Hotel

City View Hotel

Overlooking Egypt Museum and located 250 metres from Sadat metro station, City Hotel offers a great window for going around Cairo. Rooms have balconies and satellite TV. Average score from 359 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$40 - $85

$408.2
Sakan 275

Sakan 275

Located in Cairo, Sakan 275 offers a fitness centre. This self-catering accommodation features free WiFi. The property is 15.7 km from City Stars and 18.5 km from Cairo Intl Conference Centre. Average score from 68 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$40

$408.0
Three-Bedroom Apartment at Nazlet El Semman

Three-Bedroom Apartment at Nazlet El Semman

Three Bedroom Furnished Apartments, Nazlet El Semman is a self-catering accommodation located in Cairo. Free WiFi access is available in the apartments. Average score from 25 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$50

$508.0
Pyramids Plateau Inn

Pyramids Plateau Inn

Located 400 metres away from the pyramids, Pyramids Plateau Inn is set in Cairo and provides air-conditioned accommodation. Free WiFi access is provided. Rooms here come with a seating area and an electric kettle. Average score from 25 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$30

$307.7
Horus House Hotel Zamalek

Horus House Hotel Zamalek

Just 2 km from Mit Okba and Al Zamalek Stadiums, Horus House offers air-conditioned rooms with LCD TV and free Wi-Fi. Buffet breakfast, an outdoor terrace and ticket service are available. Average score from 89 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$48 - $67

$487.4
Qasr Al Hayah Apartment

Qasr Al Hayah Apartment

Situated in Hadyak Alaharam, this air-conditioned apartment is 17 km from Cairo, 10 minutes from Giza Pyramids and only 5 minutes from Alremya Square. The property is near to all services and is set in a quiet and high-class place. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$35

$357.2
Cairo Inn

Cairo Inn

Situated in Cairo's city centre, this inn offers comfortable accommodation with free private parking and breakfast included, just minutes from restaurants, cafés, and the Egyptian Museum. Average score from 84 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$35 - $75

$357.0
Hossam Apartment in Maadi

Hossam Apartment in Maadi

Situated 1.8 km from Cairo American College and 3.2 km from Carrefour Supermarket, Hossam Apartment in Maadi offers pet-friendly accommodation in Cairo. The apartment is 6 km from Geological Museum (Cairo). Average score from 4 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$45

$457.0
Barcelo Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Barcelo Cairo Pyramids Hotel

Just a 5-minute drive from the Great Pyramid of Giza and a short distance from Cairo's city centre, this trendy hotel offers spacious and contemporary rooms. Average score from 795 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$59 - $223

$597.0
King Hotel Cairo

King Hotel Cairo

King Hotel provides you with comfort, convenience and value for money combined with an ideal location, suitable for business and leisure travellers. Average score from 145 guest reviews: 6.4/10.

$32 - $60

$326.4
Arabia Hotel

Arabia Hotel

Located on Roda Nile Island in the heart of Cairo, Arabia Hotel offers spacious accommodation. Most rooms offer views of the Nile and some are equipped with a balcony. Average score from 174 guest reviews: 6.2/10.

$37 - $119

$376.2
Grand Pyramids Hotel

Grand Pyramids Hotel

This luxury resort is 2 km from the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza. It offers 7 dining outlets, 3 swimming pools and a spa with a range of relaxation options. Average score from 270 guest reviews: 6.1/10.

$33 - $111

$336.1
Hunter Dokki Two-Bedroom Apartment

Hunter Dokki Two-Bedroom Apartment

Set in Cairo, this air-conditioned apartment features a terrace. The property boasts views of the city and is 600 metres from Ethiopia Embassy. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is provided. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 5.1/10.

$55

$555.1
Nile Zamalek Hotel

Nile Zamalek Hotel

The Nile Zamalek Hotel has a rooftop bar offering stunning views of the river Nile and the district of Zamalek. It features large, air conditioned rooms with private balconies. Average score from 49 guest reviews: 4.8/10.

$41 - $55

$414.8

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Pyramids

In addition to its tombs and temples, Memphis also has two historically significant pyramids:

Saqqara. The necropolis of Saqqara was built as a mausoleum by Djoser, the founder of the Third Dynasty. This was a transformation of the earlier tombs, shaped like great brick rectangles, with the walls sloping inward and a flat roof, commonly referred to as mastabas. For the first time brick was replaced by stone.

Dahshur. The founder of the Fourth Dynasty, Snefru, transformed the structure of the tomb once and for all by choosing the now familiar pyramid shape with a square base. The current entry path leads to a plaza known as the Courtyard of the Jubilee. One side of this is occupied by a great stepped podium upon which were arranged the thrones of the Pharaoh; to the east and to the west of the podium sanctuaries were constructed.
Archeological Sites
Memphis is the English name for the present-day site of one of the great ancient capital cities of Egypt, including when the great pyramids were built. The pharaohs and priests of Ptah once endowed the city with vast temple complexes and built their cemeteries on the desert hills adjoining it to the east and west. Although most of the remains to be seen are limited on the surface, there is much to visit and appreciate with a bit of background. The ensemble at Memphis embraces a number of exceptional monuments of great antiquity.

To learn more, visit the museum, which cover both ancient history and modern Egyptian rural life.
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