Accommodation rating: Superior
Villa Belle Epoque, Cairo's first boutique hotel, is a restored 1920s townhouse located in the suburb of Maadi. It is 15 minutes south of the city by metro; 30 minutes drive from the airport, and 25 minutes to Giza. There are a number of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants nearby and you can walk to the banks of the Nile in 20 minutes.
The property has 13 rooms; each individually designed using a mixture of modern and traditional styles, antique furniture and contemporary Egyptian art. All rooms have a private marble bathroom with separate bath and shower and open on to either a balcony or conservatory.
There is a communal dining area serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a choice of Egyptian, Oriental, French, English and Italian cuisines. The outdoor pool, set amid the landscaped garden full of date palms and fruit trees, is the perfect place to sit and relax, and escape the bustling city. During your stay, you might like to inquire about high tea on the shores of the Nile or a felucca sail boat journey at sunset, which the hotel can organise.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.