More sad news from the Windsor


The Windsor Hotel in Cairo is closed. I haven’t been by for some months now, but I saw an article in the online Arabic-language Mantiqi magazine that details what’s going on. I know that for years now, the Cairo governate has been digging up Alfi Street right next to the hotel as part of the new Metro line construction. Inevitably, this has caused subsidence and the Windsor building has suffered slippage. Marileez, one of the Doss family that own the hotel told me, “On the 30th of September as I was sitting with my father and taking care of some business, I heard a cracking sound, looked around and saw the walls opening with big cracks. We immediately evacuated everyone, transferred my father and most of the guests to The Lotus, our other hotel, and never went back.” The Metro people have apparently since shored up the foundations but nobody is allowed back in the hotel and the Doss family have no idea what happens next.



Photos from Mantiqi


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4 Responses to More sad news from the Windsor

  1. Hi
    I read your post , It is not good for Egypt, because the hotel is good for the tourist

  2. I’ve been to the Windsor Hotel in Cairo and it breaks my heart to see this. Why aren’t they taking proper precautions so that the other establishments do not get damaged because of the construction of Metro. Very disappointed with the authorities negligence.

  3. This is so sad. Will the Metro construction team be held accountable ?

  4. Ralf Buse

    It’s really a shame if the hotel no longer exists in the future. I went there 3 times in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The atmosphere was unique. I’ve looked at the website a few times over the years and thought I’d stay there again. So also today … I hope that the substance of the building will be preserved and I will keep my memories.

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