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Villa Belle Epoque
Ranked #37 of 139 Hotels in Cairo
Reviewed February 2, 2012

This hotel has a great look it a run down area. When I went it was cold for Cairo so couldn't make use of gardens for eating etc. my room was large wi a TV and large shower and bath room. No tea coffee facilities in room. I obviously went at a quiet time and trying to find staff was very hard. The company that booked me in there rang the hotel on many occasions with no reply. Wifi is free but very intermittent. Breakfast was not good. The local shopping area in Maadi has 2 coffee houses which are okay but the town is run down and I watched children begging and fighting on the streets, and numerous wild cats roaming.
I ate there every evening, (on my own as no other guests) and must say the food was great. Probably best food I have had in a while at a hotel and reasonably priced too. Would like to try staying there in nice weather and better political climate, when I am sure my review would be so much more positive.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

This hotel in the Maadi area is located in a residential area so is a lot quieter than most hotels. The hotel itself is like an old colonial villa, with palm trees and gardens around the outdoor seating areas with several small lap pools also. It's really nice.
Rooms are spacious, clean and tastefully decorated. There is nothing in the immediate area so you will need to drive to get to any restaurants/sights etc.
The breakfast buffet is very, very limited and a bit disappointing. Dinner is a vast improvement with very good dishes, although service is very slow so you may want to be prepared for a long evening.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

Visited Cairo on business, however the plan was to squeeze in some sight seeing in between the hectic days. The hotel was suggested by our collegues (mostly europeans) in cairo and it lived up tothe expectaation, though a little costly. The location is perfect; not too far from the airport and the downtown area but within the quite suburb of Maadi. The gardens are very elegently decorated, though the two villas are cramped up very closely. Rooms are nice and big and very tastefully decorated with TV, mini bar, A/C etc and a small balcony/terrace to sit outside. The bathrooms are large with shower and separate bath. Small tables with candles at night, bathrobes, slippers, and fruit on arrival are some of the features that i liked most. The breakfast is good (buffet style) with choice of different breads, fruits etc. Unfortunately we had differrnt programs every evening and could not explore the dinner options. Though had a couple of beers at the pool side (very small though) and the price was quite OK. Overall a very comfortable and quite place to unwind after a hectic day (either sight seeing or business) in Cairo.

Room Tip: Rooms in the new villa are bigger but the Wi-Fi signal is too weak
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 13, 2011

We chose the Belle Epoque (BE) having read a number of press reviews - D Telegrapgh, Observer etc. The BE is located in the Maadi District of Cairo (south of centre). It is a residential area and therefore has less hustle and bustle than central Cairo but be aware that there is a mosque close by so if you are unused to the morning call for prayer then be prepared to be woken up early! The BE is also well placed to use the Cairo metro (5 min walk) and very cheap (1 EGP to any stop). The BE is a boutique hotel and is beautifully furnished and has very pleasant gardens (and 2 x pools) to relax in. The rooms are all individual in decoration with excellent bathrooms and are well equipped - TV, mini bar, A/C etc. We ate a number of times in the hotel. The breakfast is good (buffet style) and the dinner menu has a good range of food to choose from. The room service (choice limited) is also good. The staff provide an individual service and are attentive without going over the top.

We also arranged airport pick up with the hotel which is advised because most taxi drivers will not be aware where it is located. We also used the hotel to arrange a day trip for us with an excellent taxi driver (Tareq) who was very informative, spoke good English and was very reasonable.

In summary, an excllent hotel for those wanting something a little different, especially for couples.

Room Tip: The rooms in the newer block are very spacious - the best appear to be on the 2nd floor. However, t...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank James D
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

This was our first trip to Cairo and our tour booked us here. The neighborhood has many of the ambassadors, it is safe, clear and away from the traffic. It was also close enough to everything you need to see. The rooms are large and very well decorated. The bathrooms are large with shower and separate bath. They include almost every type of bath supply you can think of. The service was great and the restaurant is well regarded. The breakfast buffet is really great with local and international offerings. This is a B&B so the only negatives are things you might get at a large hotel such as money exchanges, tour services, local transportation, etc. All of those can be easily obtained anywhere.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank morshan
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Reviewed December 7, 2010

We wanted to avoid the mammoth hotels in Cairo and we think we chose well. Although it isn't ideally placed, it certainly offers a lovely refuge in the city. The gardens are peaceful and we spent afternoons and evenings recovering from the heat and dust and grime of Cairo.

We found the waiters and staff very friendly and nothing was too much trouble - including a bucket of ice and champagne glasses for the bottle we had brought with us. Food was reasonable, with a fair choice. Egyptian wines to wash it down.

The new villa has just been opened, and I think the rooms in there are even more sparkling than in the original villa. Two small but swimmable pools, plenty of outdoor seating with candles at night, bathrobes, slippers, and fruit on arrival. We enjoyed it very much.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank Scorchy
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Reviewed October 25, 2010

located in one of cairo's most desireable districts, a short distance from the bustling city centre; villa belle epoque provides the best of both worlds. the frenetic allure of cairo is a short cab ride away, but villa belle epoque is relatively quiet and is set amid fragrant mimosa and jasmine. the proprietress, beryl, is among the chief attractions, marshalling a diligent and good natured staff. expect high service from them and good food. the rooms, however, are the principal draw. it's like stepping back in time, to a golden age where every last detail is attended to. highly recommended

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Villa Belle Epoque

Address: Road 13, Villa 63 | Maadi, Cairo 11511, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#32 Luxury Hotel in Cairo
Price Range: $194 - $248 (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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