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As part of my round the world trip using Aeroplan miles, we had one night to book in Cairo. Originally our flight arrived in Cairo early in the morning and left later that same day, but when our flights changed (to include time travel), it ended up that we needed to book a night in Cairo. I wanted something I could book on points and close to Cairo airport, so I settled on the Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars. This Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars review will give an idea of the different amenities and features and hopefully help you decide if you want to stay here if you’re in the area.

Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars Hotel location

The Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars is located at Emtedad Makram Obied Street Cairo, 11737 Egypt. It is about a 15 minute drive from Cairo airport. We had a tour guide picking us up upon arrival and took an incredibly cheap Uber after our stay (it was 84 EGP or about $3USD).

The Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars hotel is located in the Cairo Citystars mall complex, which means that it’s super convenient to food and shopping options. In fact, there is also a Holiday Inn Citystars and an Intercontinental Citystars in the same city block. Since I’m not fancy enough for Intercontinentals and I hate Holiday Inns, the Staybridge Suites seemed like the perfect option. In fact, you can walk to the Citystars shopping mall by going down to level minus 1 and going through the parking garage.

a sign on a wall

One thing I found interesting was that at both the main entrance and the entrance in the parking garage, there was a security guard with an X-ray machine. They X-rayed our bags before letting us enter. This seemed like security theater to a high degree, but what do I know…

If you are arriving by car, note that you have to go around the hotel to the rear of the building to enter the lobby of the hotel. So the back of the actual building is the front of the hotel. Our tour guide dropped us off there, but when we picked up our Uber the morning after, we decided to go around to the street as I wasn’t sure our Uber would be able to find us at the back of the building (which is the front of the hotel).

Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars cost

Cash prices at the Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars range anywhere from $100 to $200 or more, depending on what is going on. On similar dates to when I was booking, the refundable cash price was around $184, and $240.01 after tax. The points cost was 30,000 points, which is a value of about 0.8 cents per point – slightly above average. Instead, I had an IHG free night certificate that I needed to burn, so that’s what I used. Certainly not the best use of a free night certificate, but I’ve wasted them before.

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You can check prices for your nights at the Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars at HotelsCombined or You can also read Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars reviews at TripAdvisor.

Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars review – room

I reserved a studio suite (standard room when booking with points) and was told when I checked in that I was upgraded to the 1 bedroom suite. I was also recognized as a MIGHTY IHG Platinum member and my 500 point welcome amenity was mentioned.

We were on the 10th floor and when you first walked in, there was a full kitchen (with a cooktop but no oven)

a kitchen with a table and chairs

At the end of the room was the living room, which had a chair, pull out sofa bed and a desk.

a room with a couch and a coffee table

Off a hallway to the right (behind a door) was the 1 King Bed suite.

a bed with pillows on it

a bed with a tv on the wall

There was a bathroom as part of the bedroom suite

a white shower curtain next to a bathtub

a bathroom with a sink and toilet

The shower temperature was good and the water pressure was outstanding.

It did have the bulk toiletries which I know some people have strong feelings about. Personally, I don’t mind them, but this hotel ALSO had bulk hand soap and lotion near the bathroom sink, which was the first time I’d ever seen that and I definitely enjoyed that as I always hate trying to get a little soap off the bar when I am washing my hands.

Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars wifi and amenities

Wifi is complimentary in the lobby and in the guest rooms for IHG members. The Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars wifi was decent but not spectacular

screenshot of a device with numbers and text

There is a fitness center on the ground floor but no indoor or outdoor pool

a gym with exercise equipment

There was a LOT of seating on the ground floor for breakfast and anything else you might want.

a living room with a couch and a coffee table

a room with a counter and a tv

a room with tables and chairs

a room with tables and chairs

There is also an outdoor area near the lobby where I assume they do their summer evening BBQs

a patio with chairs and tables

There were two laundry rooms on the ground floor, and as far as I could tell, they were complimentary

a row of washing machines

A nice modern touch was that the Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars had the elevators where you put in your destination floor and it tells you which elevator to go to automatically. This was consistent with the connected Citystars shopping mall.

a close up of a panel

There was a small business center on the ground floor.

a desk and chair in a room

Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars hotel review – parking

There is Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars parking available. The website lists it as USD$10 per day with a “limited” number of spots. We did not use it during our stay so I can’t comment as to what the parking situation is like. Just know that if you’re parking at the Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars, that means you are driving in Cairo and oh boy are you a braver person than I…

Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars food

The Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars breakfast is complimentary and included as part of the rate. Breakfast hours are from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. every day, and as is standard in non-US hotels, the breakfast spread is extensive.

There were meats, cheeses, breads, juices as well as several hot dishes.

a buffet with food on display

a buffet line with food on the counter

food in a pot on a counter

a display of bread and pastries

a counter with food containers and a television

There is also a “market” or “pantry” right by the front desk that has a variety of things you can get. I did snap a picture of the prices but it was super blurry – sorry! Given how cheap everything else was in Egypt, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were “normal” priced instead of “super expensive” like most US hotels.

a refrigerator with cans of soda and water

Staybridge Suites is one of the chains that offers hotel dinner for free – in the case of the Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars, they have their evening social Monday through Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. except on public holidays. Unfortunately, we were there on a Friday night so we did not get to experience this, but here is the menu for April 2023.

a calendar with a picture of a couple of people

I was also staying during Ramadan, and the front desk mentioned when we checked in that they were having an iftar gathering as part of Ramadan. But since the gathering was from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. we also missed that 🙂

The Bottom Line – Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars hotel review

Overall this was a good stay if you need to stay in the Cairo airport area or are looking for a Cairo airport hotel. I would mostly recommend it on points but if you can pick it up on a cheap cash rate it’s super convenient to most things in the area. Remember that you get your 4th night for free when booking on points if you have either of these 2 credit cards:

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Have you stayed at the Staybridge Suites Cairo Citystars? What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments

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