November 25, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
On the roof of the recently opened Gabriel Hotel in Heliopolis’ Sun City Mall, newly opened bar and club, Roof Bar, is contemporary and classy, complete with its own swimming pool centrepiece. Although the only entrance is from the car park, any feelings of dinginess quickly disappear as you step into a tunnel lined with exotic plants and flat screen TVs, leading out into the bright lights of the club.
Upon entering, you are presented with the choice of two fully stocked bars, high tables, cosy sofas and pool side tables. Of course, the swimming pool right in the middle is particularly hard to miss. This, and the large DJ booth with a wide screen backdrop, gives the club a Mediterranean, holiday feel and instantly puts you in the mood to sip on cocktails and dance the night away. Read more
October 12, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
There’s a saying in Cairo: ‘All Maadi residents stay in their homes, while everyone else is lost in their streets’. We have to agree. Just look at Maadi’s numbered streets and many roundabouts – each with a load of exits leading to more arbitrarily numbered streets. Road 12 is next to road 78, Road 6 leads to Road 82 and don’t even get us started on Road 100 and Road 200. Read more
October 12, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
As a renovated palace, the Cairo Marriott hotel in Zamalek is as gaudy as any of its peers in the capital. With one side adjacent to the forever busy 15th of May bridge, the parking-lot-come-garden around it affords some feeling of seclusion from carnage of Cairo’s traffic. Read more
March 12, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
July 5, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
The gentrification of 26th of July St. in Zamalek rolls on. Though it still maintains its character, straddling Cairo’s socialist past with its mercantile future, new places continuously arrive, most of which cater to the higher end of Cairo’s clientele. Read more
July 2, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
The unmistakable smell of cigar prevailed at the inauguration of the Habanos Embassy Cigars Lounge, the first one of its type opened in Cairo, Egypt.
The lounge, located at the Kempinski Nile Hotel, is reserved basically for a select group of diplomats and local and foreign businessmen and was designed to become an exclusive place for gathering and talk business. Read more
Though it attracts a largely local clientèle, this American-style diner will make you forget you’re in Egypt. The cozy interior holds a dozen or so wooden booths, and the attentive and efficient staff speak clear English. The breakfast menu features large portions of classic American morning fare, from pancakes and French toast to omelets, hash browns, and biscuits with gravy. Read more
Cairo’s Buddha Bar is actually a pretty cool place. It’s a split level room, with dining room downstairs and bar upstairs, and even has a non-smoking section. The decor is semi-cheesy Buddha chic, heavy on the red, with a massive seated golden Buddha dominating the room, a huge chandelier, various hanging lanterns and different coloured spotlights, a geometrically exuberant ceiling, and black light over the bar. Read more
This downtown fixture has changed little since it opened in the 1930s. Travel posters from the 1950s adorn the walls, and while the claim that the Schindler elevator is one of the oldest operating in the world is hard to verify, it’s certainly the oldest in Egypt to still be carrying passengers. The building was originally a khedival bathhouse and served as a British Officers Club during World War II. The heart of the hotel is undoubtedly still the lounge bar on the second floor, with its chairs cut from old barrels and a chandelier of antlers. The vintage reception desk in the lobby, with its original switchboard, however, comes a close second.
Rooms vary considerably, from high ceilinged and spacious to small and quite dank. At the best of times, the whole place is somewhat musty, but if history is your thing, it’s going to seem a small price to pay for the sense of time that the hotel conveys. Less forgiving are recent reports that visitors have felt pressured to accept guide services touted by the front desk.
19 Alfi Bei Street
Tel:+ 20 2 591 5810 /+ 20 2 591 5277
Fax: +20 2 592 1621
part from the fact that it’s historically worth a visit in its own right, the Mena House is a good place to stay for those who are in Cairo to see the Pharaonic sites at Giza and up the valley toward Saqqara, Dahshur, and Memphis. Originally built as a hunting lodge next to the pyramids for the Khedive Ismail, it was converted to a hotel in the 1890s. Oberoi took it over in the 1970s and distributed a roomful of 19th-century furnishings throughout the present guest rooms.
The hotel’s location is not ideal for venturing into Islamic Cairo, but it cuts an enormous amount of hassle out of getting to Saqqara and Memphis, as well as the Giza pyramids (which can be viewed directly from the hotel). Public areas of the hotel are decorated with dark wood paneling and mashrabeya, which evoke a time of more relaxed and elegant tourism. Add to this one of the nicest outdoor pools in the city and easily Cairo’s best Indian restaurant, the Mogul Room, and the Mena House makes a pretty good home base for Egypt.
PYRAMIDS ROAD GIZA
Tel: +20 2 377 3222 / +20 2 377 3444
Fax: +20 2 376 7777