114 Muiz Li Din Allah street, Gamalyia, Cairo, Cairo Governate, Egypt
"It happened so that me and my wife stayed at this cozy place three times during our trip to Egypt, spent there six nights altogether and tried two of their suites. Each of them bears a unique name and our first was Calligraphy. A spacious one, two rooms, elegant, exquisite - you feel as if you are in an old, Ottoman-times' apartment, with consonant furniture, chandeliers, mashrabiyas (wooden latticed window screens) and an open balcony facing the Old Town. A gorgeous bathroom (though no mirror lighting - a drag for ladies), impeccable and numerous towels, rugs on the floor, cleanest bedclothes. Our second - and favourite - one was Ottoman. Three rooms (!), same advantages, a compliment from the management upon arrival (tasty local cookies), nice mirror lighting, by the way, great decor, very comfortable. A piece of art! The staff - from general manager to porter - was absolutely awesome. Smiling, ready-to-help, hospitable, knowledgeable. In a nutshell, professional and effective. Their food was very good too. Lavish breakfasts boasted local specialties (don't remember their names but damn yummy), an omelette, a huge croissant, pita bread, cheese and juices/tea/coffee - yes, they prepare Turkish one! We also had dinner there and loved it, both the quality and size of dishes and the price and especially ambience of a rooftop open-air terrace. Do mind though that no alcohol consumption is allowed in public areas (but not in suites, naturally) as well as smoking in rooms - but for balconies! Disadvantages are: 1. The property needs investment, first of all concerning public areas and primarily their restaurant. Not a big thing but still... 2. Since the hotel nestles in the heart of the Old Cairo please be prepared that this bustling quarter will not let you fall asleep till 1am - guaranteed. Double windows would not help much. 3. At dusk muezzins' calls for prayer would most probably wake you up - their loudspeakers are literally a stonecast from Le Riad. 4. Internet is really a bottleneck. We faced this problem practically every day, the staff kept on fixing it successfully but it re-appeared time and again. 5. Be ready that some time after 8pm there hardly be anyone there who speaks English. It's not a big headache either since those on duty would call up either the gentleman at the front desk who'd left or even directly the general manager and the problem you face would most probably be solved anyway. But, whinging aside, this is a great place to stay at if you are looking not for those faceless glass-and-concrete behemoths (Hiltons, Marriotts, Sheratons, etc., etc., etc.) but something really authentic. And they are fair guys, by the way - when in spring we had to cancel our reservation due to covid hysteria they did not charge us no-show fee. And this time around the management was kind enough to let us check in earlier and then check out much later - as a courtesy. Our sincere gratitude to you all and first of all to Mr Rafik, General M"
"We stayed here for three nights in Nov 2020 in room 10. Each room has a theme and Room 10 is “cinema”. It has a large bathroom, reading room with desk and couch, while the bedroom has TV and king sized bed. Staff at the hotel are attentive and friendly. The Manager was great! Our breakfast was included and served until 10.30 am each day on the rooftop with a great view! Try the Lemon Mint drink - delicious! Hotel is in walking distance of the Bazaar. Many eating opportunities around the area. We had family members stay in room 11, which was a bit larger and had a balcony, however they mentioned the street noise was even louder than in our room 10. The street in front of the hotel is lively until midnight each day. You also have to get used to the morning prayers starting around 5 am - speaker seems to be right across the street. If you turn on the AC it helps to drown the street noise a little bit. Nonetheless, the hotel is beautiful and unique if you’d like to experience a boutique hotel instead of another Hilton or Marriott. "
"The food and atmosphere were incredible, to say the least. Our stay was 3 nights, Nov. 8-10, 2020. The nighttime is lively and noisy in a good way. The call to prayer can be heard...And at around midnight, the streets roll up and you'll have a good night! There was AC available and a safe for belongings. Very, very charming. You will not regret this stay. The pyramids are about an hours drive from here."