Built during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser with Soviet assistance, this 187 meter (615 feet) high slender tower on an ... More
Built during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser with Soviet assistance, this 187 meter (615 feet) high slender tower on an island in the Nile offers spectacular views of Cairo. Its concrete lattice work with a fluted lotus flower finial is unique, but makes the tower look somewhat like an elongated rubbish bin. There is an overpriced restaurant that occasionally revolves, but its better to skip it altogether in favor of the roof deck and its fantastic panoramic views. Telescopes are available.
I was in Cario and the view from the tower was nice but thew prices were complete bull sneeze 12 dollars for a soda thats crazy! It's also under repair but the rest of the town is broken down so it was gay and stupid. Monkey raped me.
My advice? = skip the 'looks nice' but tastes less than mediocre AND is vastly overpriced meal and just go upstairs to the Observatory - you will save yourself a fortune (we ate there 2 weeks ago) and wont be subjected to acidic wine, bad decoration and techno mix music as compiled by the waiter - hardly the ambience we had anticipated.
Vastly overpriced. If you have ever been to a revolving restaurant, you can happily skip this OR go to teh Grand Hyatt - where at least you are guaranteed a good meal!
I liked the tower and the view at night; however i recomend a sweater its very windy and cold up there. Now for a forigner paying its about 42 egyptian pounds for forigener and 1 pound for egyptian (6 times more than the resident is a little much).
I was amusing seeing this chap dressed as a pharo asking if we wanted our names written in hyrogliphs.
3 things before you get up there- use the wc;a sweater /sun block and water in the day time. the area on the ground is very nice with cafes and reminesent of an italian cafe style as well as a restaurant in the tower with a view of cairo city. the food was ok; hit if your around check out the local foods and save alot of money. its called koshery its very good. I would go back and recomend it to anyone
I was surprised at the cost to go up in the tower. It was about $12 which did include a fruit drink or soda and a piece of cake, which you paid $2 extra. There is a resturant that rotates. They turned it on for us. The view is wonderful. The tower is under repair, it is pretty run down, which seems to be the way in Cairo. Well worth the price.
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