We chose the Belle Epoque (BE) having read a number of press reviews - D Telegrapgh, Observer etc. The BE is located in the Maadi District of Cairo (south of centre). It is a residential area and therefore has less hustle and bustle than central Cairo but be aware that there is a mosque close by so if you are unused to the morning call for prayer then be prepared to be woken up early! The BE is also well placed to use the Cairo metro (5 min walk) and very cheap (1 EGP to any stop). The BE is a boutique hotel and is beautifully furnished and has very pleasant gardens (and 2 x pools) to relax in. The rooms are all individual in decoration with excellent bathrooms and are well equipped - TV, mini bar, A/C etc. We ate a number of times in the hotel. The breakfast is good (buffet style) and the dinner menu has a good range of food to choose from. The room service (choice limited) is also good. The staff provide an individual service and are attentive without going over the top.
We also arranged airport pick up with the hotel which is advised because most taxi drivers will not be aware where it is located. We also used the hotel to arrange a day trip for us with an excellent taxi driver (Tareq) who was very informative, spoke good English and was very reasonable.
In summary, an excllent hotel for those wanting something a little different, especially for couples.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of Maadi, Villa Belle Époque allows visitors to relive the comfort and elegance of a bygone era while enjoying every modern amenity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Belle Epoque Hotel Cairo