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Villa Belle Epoque
Ranked #39 of 138 Hotels in Cairo
Reviewed 11 December 2012

The building is nice the rooms are ok, very small tv, cold shower, sometimes no water.
At breakfast the waiter basically didn't want us in there, he was very rude and the food was terrible absolutely terrible with hair inside yuk.
Far too expensive for what it is.
Service terrible like most of Egypt.
Wine is disgusting.
We left three days early and found a big five star hotel "kempinski" it was like a safe haven.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Our family three stayed 3 nights in mid July, 2012 at Villa Belle Epoque. We stayed almost a decade in Maadi, Egypt as ex-pats and it was our company that made reservation there as it was found safe, comfortable. I must say it was more of a residence than a hotel. The furniture in our room and its ambiance reflected gourmet taste that is due to the local knowledge of the couple that runs the boutique hotel. Each and every piece was antique and of unique quality. It was a pleasure to get a shower in the bathroom. We all managed to get a good night sleep; the area is quiet and peaceful.The weather was unusually hot even in African standard in mid-July so we could not stay outside even though the garden was beautiful full with fig and palm trees.

Breakfast was limited, however dinner was excellent. Service is slow. Hotel staff out of sight many a times.It was the best quality dinner I ate during our almost 10 years in Egypt though. We ate continental style dinner. It tasted home made and we had no stomach problems whatsoever afterwards; those who stayed in Egypt for a longer period of time know what I mean.. It was rather expensive, however, it was a nice farewell to Egypt as we left for the airport on the 4th day heading back to Europe. It was a worthy way of saying goodbye to the orient and returning to homeland. Our daughter's teacher Jacqui was right: "Egypt goes under your skin". This boutique hotel is beautiful and offered the best dinner we ever had while in Egypt. The best hotel we stayed in Cairo.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled on business
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6  Thank Tunde N
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

I have just stayed at belle époque for 4 days in May. This is a boutique hotel situated in Maadi near local police station and some embassies. It was an oasis away from the business of the city yet close enough to walk to local shops and some lovely restaurants. Lovely pool area and rooms are very comfortable and well furnished. Great for couple, single or family. Restaurant on the premises and you can walk to train station.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Bronwyn18
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

I stayed at this very friendly boutique hotel for a total of 4 nights in April 2012. The room was spacious, comfortable, clean and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The food was good and the grounds of the hotel, (which is located in a quiet, leafy suburb in Maadi, Cairo), were kept in beautiful condition. It is somewhat off the "beaten track" and so may not suit those seeking a central location - however I enjoyed my stay.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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3  Thank Stuart786
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Stayed at the Villa Belle Epoque for a week during February 2012. The hotel is situated in a quiet street in Maadi. The rooms were very spacious, the staff were very friendly , had troubles with the Wi-fi, the hotel manager was very helpful to sort out the issue. Food at the restaurant is really good, the only downside is the service is slow during dinner time. The is about 45 minute drive from the airport and 30 minutes to downtown Cairo (can also take up to 2 hours on a busy day)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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3  Thank Krishna_Venkatesan
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Had a lovely meal in this very atmospheric Colonial type hotel in Cairo

Both food and service were excellent. We were in transit between flights and therefore cannot comment on the accommodation but found the restaurant a very good place to eat.

Would have no hesitation in recommending this place to other travellers.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Mike J
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

Stayed at the Belle Epoque this February for a week. I mostly agree with other reviewers here, but want to add a few comments. First, on the location. Its on a quiet street in Maadi, a Cairo suburb, about 45 minutes from downtown depending on traffic. Its an easy metro ride that may be faster (and is definitely cheaper) then a taxi. The good part is that Road 9 (just a few blocks away from the hotel on Road 13) in Maadi has a number of shops and restaurants, including a couple coffee joints, ice cream, cupcakes, bagels, a good sushi restaurant, La Gourmandise (a French style bakery/cafe with great baguette sandwiches). I only ate breakfast at the hotel, and ate out the rest of the time. There's also a great Chinese place in Maadi called China Winds, and a good Indian restaurant called Bukara, near the river (across the street from TGIF)

Sure, the neighborhood is dusty, and a little run down, but, this is Cairo.

The hotel is in two villas that are well decorated and very comfortable. Free wifi, comfortable beds. The place is somewhat deserted now, so one would expect better more individualized service, but it appears the hotel must have let some staff go, as there was hardly anyone around. 3 different days this week, I went into the lobby, sat in the restaurant, helped myself to the breakfast buffet (which is marginal given the price of the hotel, though understandably as the place was almost empty), sat and ate, then left without seeing a soul (including staff). I have stayed at other hotels since the revolution that have much better prices and have managed to maintain service standards.

I may stay here again as I really enjoyed the neighborhood and have business nearby. I wouldn't recommend it for those who plan to do sightseeing downtown, as its a bit of a hike, and there are better options elsewhere. The area is a bit removed from the political issues ongoing near Tahrir square and government buildings downtown and Maadi is one of the safer parts of town with lots of foreign officials living nearby.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Villa Belle Epoque

Address: Road 13, Villa 63 | Maadi, Cairo 11511, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#33 Luxury Hotel in Cairo
Price Range: £145 - £227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Villa Belle Epoque 4.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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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