My first time in Cairo, the Longchamps was an absolute delight of calmness in a city which is completely crazy. As a female, travelling by myself to Cairo, I was so grateful that the hotel had arranged a driver to pick me up. Arriving at the Longchamps at 10pm, after checking in I ordered myself a Stella (the Egyptian sort) and sat on the balcony feeling immediately at home.
Cairo is dirty, loud (beeping of car horns is a constant noise), smoggy (I lost my voice and am pretty sure it was because of this), and just a little bit intimidating for me to feel completely relaxed. So coming back to the Longchamps after a day out was like coming back to a cuddle from your mother. Hebba is an absolute delight; she runs a tight ship yet still manages to come across as a caring maternal presence with nothing being too much trouble.
I was in Cairo for business, and visited another hotel whilst I was there - the more upmarket Hotel Mena, directly next to the pyramids. Hotel Mena hotel is absolutely beautiful with five star service and gorgeous gardens and surrounds. However, I would still choose the Longchamps over a place like the Hotel Mena because of the area, the staff (especially the star of the show - Hebba) and the fact that you can feel totally relaxed. Yes, it's not 5 star rooms, but a very (very!) decent 3 star, with comfortable beds and a level of cleanliness which is very satisfactory.
If you can get a room here, then do it. Highly recommended. Thank you Hebba and her team for making me feel cared for and so welcome.
- Also Known As:
- Longchamps Hotel Cairo