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“An Oasis in busy downtown Cairo” 5 of 5 stars
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Talisman Hotel de Charme
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   39 Talat Harb Street, Cairo, Egypt   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #37 of 131 hotels in Cairo
New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“An Oasis in busy downtown Cairo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

Absolutely loved this hotel! The star rating is way too low and doesn't fit this hotel at all. Gorgeous decor, excellent service and very polite and friendly staff. Mostly French speaking, the staff made us feel more than welcome. Not the easiest place to find but the location is great if you really want to get a feel for downtown Cairo. Our room had 2 balconies with double doors so no noise problems. We stayed 4 nights and loved every minute of it. Free internet access, great breakfasts, amazing decor!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
York, PA
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2009

This is an Arabian nights type of place. If you really want to experience Cairo in a lovely downtown "home-like" place, and not in the isolated sterility of a metal and glass tower, you must give this a try. First, the location. The Talisman is not easy to find. It is located off the busy Talaat Harb shopping street, in a short pedestrian only shopping alley. You walk up the busy alley and turn through an old entrance arch. Walking down the short corridor, facing a Singer sewing machine store, you turn to your left and are facing an antique, open-shaft wooden elevator (with manual double doors) that is installed in the open stairwell of this old french influenced apartment building. Taking the elevator, you exit on the fifth floor to a lovely, welcoming, elegantly decorated small hotel. Decorative rugs, paintings, tapestries and furniture are throughout the many public sitting rooms, library (with free PC & internet access), and in the room we stayed in, and the other rooms we peeked into. Our room (#7), was large, clean, nicely decorated, and quiet (save for the prayer times throughout the day) The staff was VERY courteous and helpful. The continental breakfast included cereals, yogurts, danish and croissant, toast and fruit. Hamdi El-Shora (with Adventures in Egypt) was at the front desk to arrange any number of things (for us, dinner reservations and advice), to more extensive tours (we did not use him for any tours as we had just come off a 10 day tour) My wife Cathy and I stayed here four nights on our own at the end of our exceptional 10 day tour of the country with Go Ahead Vacations and Atef Hassan. We wanted to be downtown, within walking distance of major sites (an easy 15 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum), and we wanted to really experience the vitality of Cairo. If you love cities, do not mind crowds on the street, and want to feel immersed in another culture, this place is for you.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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USA
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Talisman for 3 nights while in Cairo and absolutely loved it. It is a lovely, small hotel with lots of charm and good service. Everyone was extremely nice and we felt it was a great bargain for the price. It's in a great location to get anywhere in the city. We even had a balcony on our room that overlooked the street. We would recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2009

We recently visited Egypt to celebrate my 40th birthday. Having been there before I wanted to explore some of the western deserts, mountains of Sainai and of course Cairo.

All together we stayed at the Talisman for three nights over the course of our two week trip. The rooms are exceptionally comfortable, tastefully decorated and very clean. The showers are awesome and above all the breakfast was wonderful and nothing like I have experienced elsewhere in Egypt. With it's exciting location I can't recommend this hotel enough.

We organised the rest of our trip with Hamdi el Shora of "Adventure in Egypt" who is based at the Talisman. I have organised trips with Hamdi before and he helped my wife and I plan a bespoke trip to Alexandria, Siwa, Baharia and a western desert safari. We had an amazing trip through the deserts and the whole thing felt like a real adventure. Hamdi's team are reliable and well organised and the hotels we stayed at were good, considering where we were. The desert drive from Siwa to Baharia was incredible and our Bedouin guide was really great.

We returned to the Talisman for one night to celebrate my birthday and Hamdi even gave me a huge birthday cake !

Something we also did with Adventure in Egypt, which my wife particularly liked was have a female shopping guide for the day. This was great fun and more like a local friend rather than a guide and she basically took us to wherever we wanted to go and was very friendly and knowledgeable.

All in all a great place to stay and organise your trip from with no hastle or pressure.

  • Liked — It was clean, reliable and great breakfast
  • Disliked — Nothing really
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Carrboro, NC
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2009

We had reservations at the Grand Hotel but after one lackluster night (at $65) we moved to the Talisman because we had heard it was nice. It WAS hard to find and the entrance to the building is a bit ramshackle but once you get to the 5th floor everything is quite beautiful, decorated in a sort of classic Arab Bohemian.

Our room ((#9) was quite nice, though the telephone did not work, and we were greeted to freshly squeezed orange juice. The manager was pleasant and quite available. The noise from the street was still very present (despite Lonely Planet's claims) but probably would only bother sensitive sleepers. The bathroom was small but the shower had extremely good pressure and water hot enough to scald if you weren't careful. The whole place felt very cozy, clean and relaxing.

The floor above us must have had a factory of some sort there because there was some kind of mechanized/rolling noise off and on during the day. It could have been annoying if you were trying to sleep in the daytime.

Breakfast was indeed quite simple with croissants, sweet breads, butter, jam, orange juice, bottled yoghurt and hot water for tea and coffee.

The critical reviews about the price are really quite relative. We paid $113 for two single beds in high season, through the hotel itself without reservations and not using any booking agency. The Talisman was easily 3-4 times nicer than the Grand Hotel (at 65$) or the Mayfair Hotel (at $55). We also stayed at The Flamenco Hotel for $150 where we got a bigger room with a great view and a better breakfast but with a negative score for charm. I don't know who thinks they can get a 4-5 star hotel in Cairo for $150 but the Marriot starts at over $200, the Semiramis at $265 and the Four Seasons at $400.

So, in the world of Cairo hotels you will find a huge range in style and luxury but we felt the Talisman was a nice mix of comfort and affordability with a unique charm, the "boutique" quality.

Also, we wound up booking a guide to Saqqara/Giza through the resident tour operator, Hamdi with Adventure in Egypt, and had a good time. Our guide was friendly and seemed knowledgeable and the cost was 250 Egyptian pounds per person ($45), which was half the price of several other tours we inquired about. Mostly you are paying for the car and for an Arabic speaker to deal with all the hassles. Of course, the guides will try to steer you into some tourist traps (papyrus factory, carpet school, etc...) if you let them. If you want a guide with a PhD in Egyptology you might look elsewhere.

  • Liked — decor, cleanliness, comfort level
  • Disliked — ambient noise
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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new york
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2008

Great hotel in a central location. The hotel staff is wonderful and is willing to help at any hour. PLease be advised that the entrance is somewhat scary but once you go upstairs, you'll be fine. For the most part, all of Cairo's buildings are in bad shape and this building is not any different. The rooms are very clean and the water pressure is great. Due to the central location of the hotel, it is VERY noisy- so i suggest you bring ear plugs.

Stayed November 2008
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Dubai
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2008

Charming Hotel. As another reviewer commented, the outside building can put you off as a first impression as the building is part of older downtown cairo but then you take a charming 1930-40's type wooden panelled elevator up to the 5th floor and you are in an amazing boutique hotel!

Staff are very polite and friendly. Rooms have a great arabian feel to them. Wifi is available free of charge in the rooms. Breakfast is simple but fine.

We had stayed a few days earlier at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers & Casino, paid more than the Talisman and got an appalling, outdated and unclean room so decided to check out and try the Talisman instead based on other reviewers comments on Tripadvisor.

I should mention that i have worked in the hotel industry for over 10 years so am not impressed easily, but the Talisman really does have it's own charm and we will definitely be staying there again when visiting Cairo.

  • Liked — The Rooms
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 39 Talat Harb Street, Cairo, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
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Ranked #37 of 131 hotels in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Talisman Hotel de Charme 3*
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