Baron Heliopolis Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Maahad El Saharaa Street, P.O. Box 2531, Cairo, 11361, Egypt
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 40% less than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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Forum Posts

end of January

by uglyscot

Anyone going to be around at the end of January?

Re: end of January

by ruffled

Hi! I will be travelling there on the 22nd of Jan. Well at least I have been booked, but I am having cold feet since the news of troubles there. Any thoughts?

:) ruffled.

Re: end of January

by baksheesh

I wouldn't cancel. I've been living in Cairo for years and the risks of a tourist getting caught up in the rare terrorist attack is minimal. Just use your instincts and stay clear of any street demonstrations, which can turn ugly.

Re: end of January

by tamerelserafi

Don't worry about these troubles .... everything will sleep again in very few days :)

Re: end of January

by ruffled

Thank you both for your reassurances! It's very comforting to hear this from people who live there or who truly know the place. I hope all remains well for the sake of my holiday plans, but mostly for the well-being of the people of Egypt :)

Re: end of January

by tbvikefan

Go. The people are wonderful and security is great. I'm looking forward to my 2nd visit this fall.

Re: end of January

by uglyscot

I was there during the troubles and managed to get an earlier flighy home. My grandchildren were disappointed not to be able to see the pyramids or anything else on their list, but many sites were closed, including the Giza Plateau.
There was no real danger unless you were in the centre of Cairo, but shooting during the night was unsettling, and then the food situation and closing of banks and ATMs were the main reason we gave in and went home.
But the Egyptian were brilliant. No bakhshees demands, but offering us food and help.

Travel Tips for Cairo

Minarets, mihrabs, minibars &c: a glossary

by TheLongTone

Lots of my tips are about mosques & so on, so for those unacquainted with the termshere are afew terms
Hypostyle: A general architectural term, not specific to islamic or mosque architedture. It means any structure in which a flat roof is held up by rows of supporting pillars.
Mihrab: the niche that indicates the direction to face for prayer. The ritual focus of a mosque, often very beautifully decorated..
Minaret: the tower from which the muezzin used to perform the call to prayer.
Minbar: the pulpit. found to right of the mihrab.
Quibla wall: the wall containing the mihrab indicating the direction in which mecca lies.

Tutankhamun & The Royal Mummies

by incawill

The Egyptian museum is a must see. It does however get really crowded especially the tutankhamun exhibits. We were on a guided tour which clashed with several other so once our tour was over we had a free 30 mins & I went back to the Tutankamun stuff to see it much qiueter.

The Royal mummies are really worth the extra ticket cost. To see the faces of some of the people who built these amazing monuments was awesome. The guards also keep a pet bird in the room which I carried around the exhibition on my finger - weird! The pyramids are astonishing and completely amazing but it would be much nicer if you could stand and look for a second without being constantly harrassed by vendors.

Flowers in Cairo : Red Hibiscus

by freddie18

I took this photo in Cairo. I know and I remember!

We have this type of flower in my country of origin and love cutting from the stem and use as a decorative arrangement for Mayflower festival in the Philippines. As a kid, we used them to make blowing bubbles. We collect them, minced and get the sticky juice and put some water. That was how we made bubbles for free.

I do not know the name of the flower, but I am sure it is a family of Hibiscus. Very pretty, I would say!

not be afraid of driving a car...

by MProcher

not be afraid of driving a car in Cairo. It's just - the rules are completely different from anywhere else. You may be should not rent a car when you arrive at the airport. Parking in Cairo is a bigger problem than anywhere else on earth. Best is to pay some few Piasters and take a guardian. But: take care there are sooooo many became a guardian just a minute ago. Not that they want to steal your car - they will even watch your car - nothing will happen to your car - but if an official guardian recognizes that he will blame it on you!
With a guardian you can leave your car open or close it without gear so they can move cars around. Or do you think the red Peugoet would fligh out?!?!

what to wear if your a woman in cairo...

by magdalenatsapos

please, pleeaaaseee... when coming to egypt. try to dress modest ok?!
i mean i saw tourists wearing mini skirts and tiny little tops showing of their belly piercings. i wanted to rap them up, put them in a bag and send them back home. when in egypt respect the egyptians, respect their colture. some woman here even cover their face with a black face scarf..... not even showing the skin on their hands. well, for us this might be a bit much... but this is a exaple to show you the difference.

one thing i noticed is the difference when walking with a male or walking alone. when walking alone covering as much skin as possible is recommended. its for yor own good. when with a man... u can be much more free. with a man a tight t-shirt and a pair of tight jeans is totally fine but alone...this is not totally fine anymore. unless u want heaps of hassle offcourse...

never wear singlets or anything not covering the knees. please... NO MINI SKIRTS OR SEXY HOTPANTS OK!

when ur in more touristy places like the museum or the pyramids. or when u are walking with a large group of tourist u are free to do as u like...shorts and singlet ok. but please still remember you are in egypt.

there is heaps of great shopping in down town. heaps of cloths u will like as a westerner but that is still acceptable to wear in a strickt islamic country like egypt.

i posed 2 pictures as examples of what i wore for shopping or cafee or just normal stuff whiles in egypt. BUT this is still regarded as sexy and keep in mind i would never ever wear this if i was walking by my self....i was always with male egyptian friends. when walking alone i would rap a scarf around my shoulders.

a great thing to buy is a piece of large material...not sure what its called but it has a whole in the middle were u can put ur head thrue and it hangs down your body. this looks nice and u can feel free to wear whatever u want long as the bottom part of your clothing covers your legs.

dont worry...once u are here u will understand...

have fun!!


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