Summer in Cairo already seems to be in full swing with temperatures rising above 35 degrees on a regular basis, so if you are stuck in the city (or just have a lot of spare time) it's a good idea to indulge in some swimming pool refreshment.

While the area of Dokki is generally not the first place you’d go looking for a swimming pool, the one in Safir hotel, located on Mesaha Square, is one of best in town.

The swimming pool itself is quite big and measures up to 2.10m at the deepest point, which is quite deep for a Cairo pool. The best part however is its surroundings; regular sun beds are available but more noteworthy are the cosy booths that come with a low table surrounded by pillows - the setup is in a typical Dahab beach style. Combine that with the fact the hotel also serves shisha and you have yourself a complete day at the pool.

The food at Safir is very affordable. Mezzas are 15LE per dish and you can choose from all the local favourites such as tehina, baba ghanough, tomeya and taboula. Dishes like pizza and pasta are priced between 30LE and 50LE; while steaks, grilled fish and the sorts come closer to about 100LE. The food doesn’t get served at the sun beds so if you order the staff will have a proper table prepared for you. Alcohol is also available at the hotel, a can of Heineken will set you back 30LE.

So is it the perfect pool in Cairo? You would almost think so. Unfortunately there is an issue. During the summertime the hotel becomes packed with guests to the extent where it may become uncomfortable. It seemed like male guests shamelessly stand at their balconies the entire day, staring down at the pool area - not to mention the blatant harrasment we received while sitting by the pool itself. Safir obviously can’t be held responsible for this but unfortunately for them, it's a huge issue that would make us think long and hard before returning. But apart from this slight problem, it would seem that this is the perfect pool setting.

The day use at the Safir is only 100LE per person. You can safely lock up your belongings in a locker in the changing room and you are free to use the gym there as well. After your day by the pool, you can also use the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.