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And here I find myself again, in busy Cairo. Busy and lazy at the same time, so weird... Attention all future travelers, September is their Ramadan month which means fasting all day long, ie edgy nerves and even less appetite for work.
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Not since Vietnam have I seen a culture destroy its own history and ultimately its future primary form of income – tourism. I cannot understand how such an intelligent civilization, one who has left the current civilization baffled as to how it made the pyramids, can be so dense!
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Cairo traffic is chaotic, but somewhat of an organised chaos.Takes a few days to acclimatise to the Egyptian ways of driving. Still wouldn't drive in it, but have a newfound respect for it. There may be two lanes painted on the road, but, …
Our last full day in Cairo was action-packed and self-guided. We arrived in typical “Egyptian time” over an hour late. A quick change and we were off to explore the famous Egyptian museum. We’d read that despite its amazing contents the museum is haphazard with unlabeled exhibits and little organization, and hot due to …
We flew to Cairo out of Frankfurt on Egypt Air and went through some of the toughest security I’ve ever been through. After 2 security checkpoints (one which they pulled me into a room to look at my camera), 1 passport control, and showing our boarding pass and passport 3 separate times, we were finally on our flight. About 10 minutes …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Longchamps Cairo
The most charming hotel
I stayed at the Longchamps hotel for 4 days in December, 2005 and I was thoroughly pleased with it. While I was there I was thinking how I could adaquately describe the Longchamps. The best word is charming. I have to say it is the most charming hotel I've ever stayed in. The earlier derogatory reviews are so far removed from my experience at the hotel that I wonder if we were staying in the same place! I agree entirely with Jim Dunn's rating and comments below in "Egypt's only bed and breakfast". For mine, there is no other hotel in Cairo.
I travel in Egypt for work so I am familiar with a range of hotels in the city and stayed here a while ago--2001--so take it for what it's worth. This hotel is OK in a pinch. Nothing special really if you want something cheap in the area. It's been a long time, but I remember distinctly that we (a friend in a different room) had shower problems. Not that this is unusual in Cairo....but still. The teeny-tiny shower was barely big enough for my 5'3" 130 lb. frame. The curtain did not keep water in and so my entire bathroom flooded...all this with NO hot water, which I consider an absolute MUST if you pay anything over $20 for a room anywhere. Basic necessity, really. I was told to run the shower for a while. After 20 minutes (can you imagine wasting that much water?!) it was still not hot. My room also had some weird "transom" windows along the top of the wall facing the hallway. That means that at all times I was able to hear people coming and going and there was no way to close off the light coming from there. I like a dark room to sleep in, esp. during transit which is usually what I am doing when in Cairo. I did not find the staff especially friendly, just OK. That said, most Egyptians are wonderfully firnedly.
An Oasis in the sky!
We arrived at the Longchamps at 3am, slightly apprehensive, as the entrance is not too appealing. However, after negotiating to two quaint old lifts, we arrived at the fifth floor, to what we term our " Oasis in the sky".
The staff are excellent, the rooms are immaculate, the breakfast quite acceptable.
The location in Zamalek is perfect for city or Pyramid visits. To stay at the pyramids and negotiate the traffic each time you would want to visit the city would be an ordeal. (However, you can use the Metro from Giza to Midan Tahrir!). Walking in Zamalek is perfect, as you are under the canopy of the established tree cover.
After touring the Medi coast, we returned to the Longchamps for our final night, -- to our Oasis!
Hotel Longchamps is not 5 star
I booked this hotel based on the reviews and the website. When we arrived about 1:30 am in the morning we went to the hotel. We were shocked when we went in. A long dark climb up a dingy hallway to the desk.
There was another couple from Germany who also had been misled by their fantastic website- they left for another hotel- we did not because it was late and we were too to tired.
The room was not airconditioned really poorly lit very very dumpy.
I would not reccomend this hotel. It is not that I haven't traveled and experienced all kinds of hotels believe me I have. I have got to say this was the worst- It reminded of something out of Dickens and Les Miserable.
So what exactly do the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo, the Conrad Cairo Hotel, the Grand Hyatt Cairo and the Hotel Longchamps have in common, besides all being located in Cairo? Answer: They are all solidly rated 5, the highest rating, by users on tripadvisor.com and they represent a very select few in Egypt with such a rating. However, perhaps a more important question is, how are they different? Well, the first three hotels have average room rates of between $133 and $240 per night, while the last one, the Hotel Longchamps, has an average room rate of about $40. It is the only hotel in this price range in Egypt that is so highly rated by its guests.
This is my 4th trip to cairo within the last fourth years, I decided this time based on reviews and on the hotel web site to stay in long champs, the moment I got their I was chocked, the hotel "if it can be called that way" resides at the top floor of a very dirty and old building, the elevator to the hotel are so old and dirty and even dangerous every time I shifted my weight in it, it did hit the side walls " nothing like the pictures on their web site, I was very worried that I choosed the wrong hotel, when I got to the floor of the hotel where other reguler residents apartments saparate its both sides I was a little bit relieved since the decoration of the hotel are designed with good taste, so I hoped that the service might be that good to a degree that will compansate for the filthy place where the hotel resides, but after I checked in the room I found out I was wrong, the window of the room did over see sewer pipes, and the satalite TV they talked about in their web site did have only a couple of german channels, I talked to them about that they said that nothing they can do about it, the service was very poor too, for example I asked for ice one night since the refrigirator in the room was broke off course I recieved nothing, they seem to have shortage of staff only one staff cooks and servses there simple breakfast for example, After three misrable days of staying I decided that I wil not take it no more I looked for another hotel and decided to leave, so the long champs hotel manegement forced me to pay 108$ for a couple of nights cancelation fee, that I payed and checked out of this bad place, about cost I found out that this place is very expensive for the services they supply , since I moved to a real 4 star hotel just 200 meteres of Long champs with excelent service for only 2 extra dollers, and when they heard my story with long champs, and that I will be staying for 2 weeks with them they gave me a junior sweet for the same price which was a discounted price to strat up with, and man talk about the difference in service between the two hotels no comparison.
I recently had the opportunity to travel around Egypt for a month, and was to begin my journey in Cairo. After doing a good deal of research I decided to contact the Hotel Longchamps to see if there was availability. Unfortunately, they had had no availability the night I was due to arrive, but the owner, Hebba Bakri, offered to procure me a hotel at the same price for that night. They also have a pick up service at the airport, and since my flight arrived at 2 a.m., that was especially appreciated. She responded promptly to all my e-mail enquires and answered all my concerns, and I wound up staying there for five nights.
Good value, nice balcony, good location
I stayed at the Longchamps for 3 nights. I would recommend it. Although it is not flash, it is very clean and tidy, is in a great location, has lovely balconies, good food and is good value. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with how good this place was for the room rate we paid (US$56 per night including breakfast). Like most of the places we stayed in Egypt, although we requested a double bed, we were given two single beds pushed together, but not a major issue.
The hotel Longchamps is a hotel set on the upper floors of a 1940s apartment block in leafy Zamalek. It is a beautifully appointed three-star hotel