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Talisman Hotel

Cairo, Egypt

Comfort and style go hand in hand at central Cairo's first boutique hotel, quirkily concealed in a downtown apartment block

Attractive prices, helpful staff and colourful interiors are the hallmark of this friendly hotel, which occupies the fifth floor of a downtown apartment block. It marks the epicentre of Cairo, with the Egyptian Museum and the mighty Nile a short walk from the front door. You enter from a small alleyway (which can be tricky to find), turn left on the ground floor by the sewing machine repair shop, then rise into the sky in a beautiful cast-iron lift. If the manner of your arrival is slightly unexpected, it is also one you remember with a smile.

Up in reception, you’re hit by the warm colours that run throughout the hotel - reds and yellows that immediately soothe, sweeping away all memory of the hectic city below. You’ll find a couple of traditional salons furnished with silky sofas, a high-ceilinged dining room, a well-stocked library with a computer for guests to use, pockets of armchairs sprinkled about the corridors. Rooms are all different, but come in a similar style with padded headboards, parquet flooring, robes in compact bathrooms and interesting art on the walls. All rooms are air-conditioned and windows double-glazed. Hard to fault for the money.

Guest Ratings

Room:
87%
Food:
67%
Service:
90%
Value:
83%
Overall:
82%

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Highs

  • You can’t beat the price for such a stylish hotel
  • Breakfast is simple but excellent
  • You’re bang in the middle of things, a 10-minute walk to the Nile and the Egyptian musuem
  • You won’t have to walk far at night for dinner or a drink

Lows

  • Check the political situation in Cairo before travelling (see the FCO advice)
  • The building itself doesn’t stand out from the crowd and the entrance is a little shabby, so you may you wonder if you’re in the right place; bring detailed directions for taxi drivers
  • Downtown Cairo is madly busy; rooms are double-glazed, but some noise creeps up
  • Your deposit can be secured by credit card through i-escape, but payment at the hotel is by cash only

A fabulous address to retire to after negotiating the Cairo chaos...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailTalisman HotelAttractive prices, helpful staff and colourful interiors are the hallmark of this friendly hotel, which occupies the fifth floor of a downtown apartment block. It marks the epicentre of Cairo, with the Egyptian Museum and the mighty Nile a short walk from the front door. You enter from a small alleyway (which can be tricky to find), turn left on the ground floor by the sewing machine repair shop, then rise into the sky in a beautiful cast-iron lift. If the manner of your arrival is slightly unexpected, it is also one you remember with a smile. Up in reception, you’re hit by the warm colours that run throughout the hotel - reds and yellows that immediately soothe, sweeping away all memory of the hectic city below. You’ll find a couple of traditional salons furnished with silky sofas, a high-ceilinged dining room, a well-stocked library with a computer for guests to use, pockets of armchairs sprinkled about the corridors. [r:EG005:Rooms] are all different, but come in a similar style with padded headboards, parquet flooring, robes in compact bathrooms and interesting art on the walls. All rooms are air-conditioned and windows double-glazed. Hard to fault for the money.

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