Longchamps Hotel

, Cairo, Egypt
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Longchamps Hotel

, Cairo
3 star

Rooms: 25

21 Ismail Muhammad - Cairo - 11000 - Egypt Hotel Website | | 20-2-735 2311
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10/10
wonderful , friendly hotel
Submitted by: joyce in 06/04/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
We have just returned from a weeks holiday in Cairo staying at the Longchamps hotel. The hotel is very comfortable with friendly staff that will do anything they can to help you. Nothing is too much trouble. It is situated close to all the main attractions of Cairo. We will return!
5/10
Quite all right, but...
Submitted by: Alan in 02/11/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Sweden
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
A reasonable hotel, with friendly reception. Very nice terrace. Good looking breakfast, but no regular kitchen service for evening meals. Some rooms do not have reliable hot water or water pressure. Pleasant lounge areas, bookcases full of casual reading material.
My biggest fear was fire risk after an electrical fault occurred close to highly inflammable plastic panneling.
Otherwise my experience was generally positive.
10/10
Fantastic Bargain
Submitted by: Danny in 23/10/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
I just had the distinct pleasure of spending 5 wonderful nights at the Longchamps. The service is great, the people are wonderful, and the beer is cold. Once you get over the initial shock of the outside of the building (it looks just like all the other buildings in Ciaro) and step off the elevator, you are in a different world. The place is immaculately kept, the rooms are big, the staff is extremely friendly. They could not have done anything else that would have made my stay been more pleasurable. I met several other people that were staying there and they loved it as well. Why pay over a hundred dollars a night to stay in a place without character when you could stay at the Longchamps for a lot less and enjoy it more. I have to rate it a 10, anything else would be a disservice to the Hotel.
9/10
Quality bargain in good location
Submitted by: Guillermo in 29/08/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The hotel is in a great place, in a shady and cool street n the same block as the Embassy of Brazil with good restaurants and a supermarket near by..Guestas are mostly European lady diplomatas. Romms are clean and the owner ensures you get good service. In August, the hottest month, the room air conditioner struggles to keep up

Historical Traveller Reviews of Longchamps Hotel

Lovely retreat in the heart of Cairo

from felixs
The Hotel Longchamps is a lovely retreat in the heart of Cairo, including clean and charming facilities, good overall pricing, a great location and a wonderful staff.

The Hotel Longchamps is not one of these new standard Hotels with fancy restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts and other amenities of a luxury resort. While it may lack the appointments of a five star hotel, I have seen no better value in Egypt. It is located on the 5th and 6th floors at 21, Ismail Mohamed Street in Zamalek. It is a quiet garden district, with many nearby restaurants and bars.

The hotel is bright, very well maintained with special touches one might expect from a loving owner. All rooms have private baths with showers, air conditioning, modern televisions and sitting area. In fact, I found the rooms to be better then most of the five star hotels I know! Everything is charming and well done. One cannot help but notice the splendid and loving attention to detail throughout the hotel. But undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the Hotel Longchamps are the terraces, located at either end of the hallway. These are very pleasant areas to have afternoon tea, or an evening drink.

In summary, the Hotel Longchamps is the best hotel I have found in Cairo.

Nice!

from 777dive
We booked a room for two nights directly with the hotel and paid about US$56/night. We chose this hotel based on the reviews from this site and were not disappointed. We found the hotel to be pleasant, clean,safe and a really great value. Communication via email before our arrival was prompt.

The driver from the hotel was waiting for us at the airport. He was courteous and professional.

Our only disappointments were that we never met Hebba Bakri - after reading so much about her and a morning wake-up call and early breakfast (promised by the front desk attendant) never happened on our last morning - not a great final impression. This aside, I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel, though on a future visit we might try a different option.

Charming, full of character

from Freebird2007
Don't judge the place from the exterior; once you're inside the Longchamps, you'll find a lovely, homey, small hotel. Very well run, clean, and well located. Breakfasts are nothing special but more than adequate. And the garden balcony a great place to sit with tea. I would not hesitate to stay here when I return to Cairo.

Just keeps getting better and better...

from PeterSim
Staying at the Longchamps over a good number of years has and is a pleasure that I continually look forward too. The hotel is classed as a three star property due to its location on the 5th and 6th floor of an apartment block on Ismail Mohammed Street in Zamalek. If it were on the ground floor then it would be a candidate for a four star rating.

In fact, as others have pointed out, the entrance to the hotel is the only real negative point, when you arrive for the first time. But lets be positive, after you know the hotel this anonymous entrance is your guarantee of peace and tranquility from the hectic world that is Cairo.

Once you have arrived on the 5th floor you are welcomed by Cairo’s indisputable queen of hospitality, Hebba. She and her hand picked team are there to make sure that you are looked after as though you are visiting and staying with dear friends. That is the ethos of the hotel and one that they all strive hard to accomplish.

The bedrooms are in the middle of a refurbishment ~ one that will make the Longchamps THE boutique hotel in Cairo, with bespoke furniture, carefully chosen fabrics and personal items that highlight that you are staying in a personally run establishment and not a commercial chain hotel. Everywhere within the Longchamps are reminders that this is a hotel run for the pleasure of the guest ~ a home from home.

The hotel also has broadband Internet access and this is about to be upgraded to WiFi within the next few months. Again Hebba makes sure that all the amenities you would expect from quality establishments are available. Indeed, the Longchamps is large enough to function as a full hotel with all the services that you would expect: bar, restaurant, etc but also be small enough to always remember your name and treat you as a valued guest.

In the Longchamps you will never find any tours and groups. It is a hotel that is ideal and dedicated to the independent traveler. Here you can meet and talk with fellow travelers from all over the world in a convivial atmosphere where new friendships are forged and in surroundings that allow you to be relaxed and soak up the real Egypt ~ the one that is friendly, cosmopolitan and steeped in history.

There is only one Longchamps as there is only one Hebba. In my own opinion, if you are looking for a friendly, personally run hotel that is safe, comfortable and a haven of peace you should look no further than the Longchamps. The fact that they are also continually upgrading the hotel means that for return guests, like myself, there is always something new to see and experience, as well as catching up with Hebba, the staff and guests who have since become friends.

Very Good

from delay220
On arrival at the hotel the main entrance doesnt fill you with confidence, but don't worry. The building is shared with other apartments and another hotel so I guess the hotel owner is limited to what she can do here. The hotel is on the 5th floor and I found it a great place to stay. The staff are incredibly helpfull and the place really is kept very clean and tidy. I found that after a long day walking around Cairo it was a pleasant place to come back to as the area is well away from all the hustle and bustle of Cairo centre. I was not at all familar with directions around the Zamelek area but it really is easy to find by taxi or by foot. If you want to be dropped off outside the hotel be aware that it is on a one way road with traffic flowing from west to east. It is only a five minute walk though if you are dropped of at the closest point at the east end of the road. Getting back to the hotel... even though we only ate breakfast there, there was a large choice of food which was all very nice, although I don't recommend the egyptian cornflakes. I had a beer or two in most hotels and found the prices in the Longchamps very reasonable if not the cheapest. It is a small, personal hotel, the sort of which I would be glad to stay in anywhere in the world.

Top marks

from geminiRX
We first heard of this hotel from the Lonely Planet guide and made a reservation throught the internet. Here is what we liked and didn't like about the hotel:

Bad Points:
1.When you first arrive at the hotel you have to walk through an unappealing concrete ground floor area and take a ride in an antique elevator. Your first thoughts are going to be, "what did I get myself into?". Relax, and don't worry...you can't judge a book by the cover. Once you get to the 5th floor, your opinions will quickly change.

Good Points:
1. You are located in the upscale Zamalek neighbourhood of Cairo which means that there are plenty of eating and shopping locations all within a 10 min walking distance of the hotel (26th July Street). Cairo tower, Egypt Antiquities Museum, Ramses Rail Station, Nilometer are all a very short cab ride away. (Tip: do NOT pay anymore than 10 LE total for a taxi ride to any of these places.)
2. The staff is meticulously polite and very helpful (so helpful we gave the reception fellow a small bottle of maple syrup from Canada as a gift - not so sure what he thought of it ;).
3. PRICE IS RIGHT! (Cairo is expensive!)
4. Bathrooms were sparkling clean and hot water was abundant.
5. There are NO tour groups anywhere (I hate hotels where lobbies are filled with disorientated tour bus crowds)
6. Excellent outdoor patios (and yes, they do serve beer...yeah!).
7. The breakfast (included in the hotel price) was very good. The restaurant is very chic.

Overall summary: Top marks, would highly recommend anyone to stay here (except if you are a 5 star type of person).

Highly recommended

from A TripAdvisor Member
Cairo is great, but is crazy and busy and noisy and pulsing with life. You need a place to get away from all this sometimes, and the Longchamps is it. The decor is not modern, but is lovingly put together and is impeccably clean. We had room 6, a double, and it was huge with a big bathroom and an area to sit and watch television/read/relax. It also has a little balcony looking out over a quiet street.

The location is excellent, with lots of little shops and grocery stores nearby. It's very safe and friendly, and is lovely to come back to after a day out exploring.

The staff are very friendly and helpful, and I would definitely return. We spent one night at the Marriott on our way back through Cairo after travelling a few days, and the Longchamps is infinitely better value for money.

Quiet Cairo Retreat!

from boogs61
You can't beat this hotel for the money! The location is great, away from the endless city noise. You can sleep peacefully here in there large rooms. Breakfast is a nice selection of baked goods and yogurt.

The staff is also very welcoming and nice. The hotel is right down the street from an internet cafe and a short walk leads you to the 26th of July where there are a number of American friendly restaurants (Cilantro, Maison Thomas, and Abu as Sid) Maison Thomas is open 24 hours and had great pizza/breakfast.

This hotel seems similar to many we have stayed in Europe that are in the budget range, except the room was very large. I would highly recommend Hotel Longchamps!

Value for money hotel

from charlotte32
The hotel is located in an apartment block in Zamalek, an island on the Nile in Cairo. This is a good location for getting around and a nice neighbourhood. The communal areas are very nicely decorated. Our room and bathroom were very clean, and tidied each day. Reception staff were very helpful - told us the taxi costs for getting to places (e.g 5 Egyptian Pounds to the Cairo Museum), and let us know if something was closed - the Islamic art museum and coptic museum are currently being renovated. Very good buffet breakfast - continental and some Egyptian dishes - but you need to get there before 10am otherwise a lot of the nice food has gone. No complaints, and for the cost I would say it was very good.

A peaceful haven in Cairo

from S_Wills+J_Buckwell
We stayed for three nights over Xmas and then another night on Jan 1 06 and found this hotel to be excellent value and a peaceful spot away from the bustle and pollution of central Cairo. We stayed in different rooms on both occasions, and both were extremely clean. (The cleanest we experienced in Egypt - staying at moderately priced budget hotels) The Hotel Longchamps staff were exceptionally helpful - everyone from the managers right through to the cleaning staff.
Breakfast was of a good standard. The terrace is a great place to sit outside for a quiet drink, pity Cairo was incredibly cold at the time of our visit, or I'm sure we would have spent more time out there. The only downside is that there are few moderately priced Egyptian restaurants in the area, although it's easy enough to get a taxi to downtown. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable stay and I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

Top Local Tips for Cairo

Taxis Ask at the front desk of your hotel, how much it is to go anywhere to get an idea of the cost. Then go out and flag a taxi driver down, and offer him a price (make sure you say Egyptian pounds or the driver can argue it was for U.S. currency). If the taxi driver says no, try another taxi. Pay at end of trip. Don't fall for any of the driver's stories - pay only what was agreed upon. And watch out for tag teams! We were standing outside the Egyptian Museum and wanted to go to down town. One driver runs over and says $80 lbs. We said no, so immediately another driver comes over and says $40 lbs. It was too obvious they were working together. This is to make you think that this is a good deal - not. It only cost us $15 lbs to get to the museum. We got a taxi off the street for $20 lbs.

Negotiate a price Make sure you agree to a price before going on a trip. If someone refuses don't worry as every third vehicle seems to be a taxi so as long as the rate is fair someone will take you. Make sure you have the correct amount as no one in Cairo seems to have "change" for taxis or when you are shopping.

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  • Address: 21 Ismail Muhammad - Cairo - 11000 - Egypt
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