The Pyramid View Hotel is in historic Giza near the secondary entrance to the pyramids and the Sphinx. Beware that there is another much more luxurious hotel with the same name. The hotel is a five minute walk from the pyramids, but it's also in a very run down neighborhood which contrasts sharply with the beauty of the Pyramids. There's nothing on the street at night after 10pm, whereas if you stay in Cairo proper, the nightlife is a lot more exciting. The rooms are basic and cost $10 per person per night. There's a Pizza Hut next door which a great terrace for viewing the Pyramids.
The Nile Ritz Carlton hotel is next to the Nile River, it´s a luxury hotel with nice views towards the Midan Tahrir and the river with the island of Gezira and the Cairo Tower. It is the hold Hilton Nile Hotel that is being renovated, which was an institution in the city frequented by many VIPs and politicians. They should open again next year. The Egyptian Museum is 15 minutes walking and the Midan Tahrir, which never sleeps, is where you can find restaurants, bars, travel agencies and whatever service you need.
The Canadian Hostel is a two-minute walk from Tahrir Square. Like most hotels in the area, it offers cheap lodging in downtown Cairo, but is also surrounded by a lot of traffic and noise. They also offer organized tours of the Pyramids and the Nile River valley. The Egyptian Museum and the Tahrir metro station are both close by. The rooms are all air-conditioned and clean and the building is old and has high ceilings. If you stay more than three nights, you get a free airport shuttle. The price include breakfast, optional towels, and wi-fi. Rooms cost $ 10 for a shared, $ 23 double room and 45 for a triple. The basic is $ 15 / night.
The Happyton is a small two star hotel located next to the Ramses train station. It has 100 rooms with private bath, air conditioning, satellite TV ... They welcome groups, and it's best to book online. If you arrive at the last minute, prices are a bit more expensive. Below is a restaurant that serves breakfast, and a bar in the lobby. The roof terrace has beautiful views over the city, serves finger food, coffee, and you can smoke a shisha, a water pipe with apple or strawberry flavour. The location is quite central: Tahrir Square is a 20-minute walk (this is where you'll find the Egyptian Museum) and there are metro stops nearby.
I struggled to find the New Palace Hostel because the map on their website says it's on one side of Suleiman Halaby Street, but it's actually on the other side. It occupies the sixth and seventh floor of an old building in the neighborhood of Downtown. The guys are friendly, they learn your name quickly, and always worry about whether you're having fun. The single room costs 50 pounds per night, 35 if you want to share. I ordered one and got a private 4 bed room for me alone. Everything was very clean, and for this price I doubt you get much better. There is wifi in some rooms, and an internet cafe. We had breakfast on the terrace, which is quite basic, just bread with marmalade, an egg and coffee. They let me enter the room at 8 in the morning, but checkout is at 12. They organise tours here, and you can buy bus tickets etc ... although they do charge a commission for these services.
The Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel is one of the luxury hotels that's next to the Nile river, the same height as the Midan Tahrir. You're in a good location here, the Egyptian Museum is right next door and the Midan Tahrir is at the Sadat metro stop, where the only two metro lines in the city pass through. The hotel costs about 150 euros per night, or 950 LE, more or less, depending on the season and business, it could be a little lower. It belongs to the Intercontinental chain. Through the hotel you can organize day trips to Islamic Cairo, Coptic Cairo and the pyramids. The decor is oriental, not very refined, but the hotel has the comfort and modernity of European standards. The views of the river are gorgeous.
It´s a luxury hotel that is impressive, with big and spacious rooms, breakfast buffet with a big variety of things, heated pool with a restaurant on top, shopping center inside the hotel, and many more thing. I recommend it, it´s the perfect place to rest after a long day touring Cairo.
The hotel Amin is located in Falaki square, just a few minutes walk away from Midan Tahrir. The nearest metro stop is Sadat, where the two lines coincide. It is placed in a convenient location, and in the street there is less traffic than there is in Tahrir, so you it will be less noisy in your room. It is a simple, clean, and well priced establishment. There are rooms for 2,3 or 4 people, with ventilation, some come with air conditioning. They can help you organize your trip with travel agencies arranging tickets to various monuments such as the pyramids. It is a safe neighborhood, but popular, non-residential.