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Villa Belle Epoque
Ranked #39 of 138 Hotels in Cairo
Reviewed February 18, 2012

Had a lovely meal in this very atmospheric Colonial type hotel in Cairo

Both food and service were excellent. We were in transit between flights and therefore cannot comment on the accommodation but found the restaurant a very good place to eat.

Would have no hesitation in recommending this place to other travellers.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

Stayed at the Belle Epoque this February for a week. I mostly agree with other reviewers here, but want to add a few comments. First, on the location. Its on a quiet street in Maadi, a Cairo suburb, about 45 minutes from downtown depending on traffic. Its an easy metro ride that may be faster (and is definitely cheaper) then a taxi. The good part is that Road 9 (just a few blocks away from the hotel on Road 13) in Maadi has a number of shops and restaurants, including a couple coffee joints, ice cream, cupcakes, bagels, a good sushi restaurant, La Gourmandise (a French style bakery/cafe with great baguette sandwiches). I only ate breakfast at the hotel, and ate out the rest of the time. There's also a great Chinese place in Maadi called China Winds, and a good Indian restaurant called Bukara, near the river (across the street from TGIF)

Sure, the neighborhood is dusty, and a little run down, but, this is Cairo.

The hotel is in two villas that are well decorated and very comfortable. Free wifi, comfortable beds. The place is somewhat deserted now, so one would expect better more individualized service, but it appears the hotel must have let some staff go, as there was hardly anyone around. 3 different days this week, I went into the lobby, sat in the restaurant, helped myself to the breakfast buffet (which is marginal given the price of the hotel, though understandably as the place was almost empty), sat and ate, then left without seeing a soul (including staff). I have stayed at other hotels since the revolution that have much better prices and have managed to maintain service standards.

I may stay here again as I really enjoyed the neighborhood and have business nearby. I wouldn't recommend it for those who plan to do sightseeing downtown, as its a bit of a hike, and there are better options elsewhere. The area is a bit removed from the political issues ongoing near Tahrir square and government buildings downtown and Maadi is one of the safer parts of town with lots of foreign officials living nearby.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

The reality of the Belle Époque in Maadi is far removed from that promised. The following are just a few of our issues :-

No friendly welcome, surely receptionist, dirty net curtains, expensive poor quality food (not the luxury cuisine promised in the Sunday Times review when it opened). Very limited hot breakfast consisting of tepid eggs and beans heated by a single candle and a poor selection of other items. No tea of coffee facilities in the room.
Peace and tranquillity is promised, but the five thirty wake-up from the very nearby muezzin makes a mockery of this.
Tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle is one thing, isolation is altogether another matter. The Villa suffers from being in the middle of nowhere. No nearby restaurants or shops, with the railway line between the hotel and Corniche making walking to anywhere impossible
The property may have been fine when it was first opened and under the supervision of its owners for its review by the Sunday Times, but apparently the ownership and management has changed hands.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
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  • 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...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Road 13, Villa 63 | Maadi, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#33 Luxury Hotel in Cairo
Price Range: $192 - $302 (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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