Value Score Poor Value
Good For Couples
Good value hotel by the Nile at Zamalek
I stayed at Golden Tulip Hotel Flamenco for 4 nights during a visit to Cairo in November 2007.
I paid 28 GBP per night for a standard single room with en-suite facilities and the inclusion of a hot buffet breakfast. I found several websites offering this hotel, but booked my stay via www.hotelclub.net - they charged my card in advance, and provided me with a voucher to present at reception upon arrival. Everything went smoothly.
Hotel Flamenco is located in the leafy, embassy district of Zamalek, sitting on an island in the middle of the river Nile. The hotel is located on the banks of the Nile, offering excellent views from its top floor restaurant and bar.
At 3am, the taxi journey from the airport to Hotel Flamenco took about 30 minutes. It could take considerably longer than that in heavy traffic. Similarly, the Pyramids at Giza were 15-20 minutes away by taxi, and the Khan al-Khalili bazaar about 10-15 minutes away.
There are many cafes, shops and restaurants around the hotel, including a Pizza Hut, a McDonalds and a 24 hour Internet cafe right across the street.
Zamalek is a pleasant place to stay in Cairo. The traffic is still fairly heavy, but far less so than in much of the city. The streets are shaded, the air feels fresher and there are plenty of international standard dining options close by.
My single room was clean and fairly well furnished. It contained a comfortable double bed, air conditioning, a mini fridge, satellite TV (with English language news channels), an armchair, a dressing table, bedside cabinets, a large double wardrobe, a telephone and a radio. The heavy curtains and the dark carpet made the room warm and cosy in winter.
The en-suite shower room was medium sized (plenty big enough for my needs) and spotlessly clean. It contained a toilet, a washbasin, a shower, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Fresh towels were provided each day and hot water was always available when I needed it.
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A good all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast is included in the room rate. This includes an extensive choice of cereals, breads, fresh fruit, yoghurt, cold meats, cheeses, eggs, sausages, muffins, cakes, fruit juices, coffee and tea.
My only small complaint is that the dining area is too small to cope with the crowds when a lot of people turn up for breakfast at the same time. Breakfast is available for several hours (approx 6am to 10am if memory serves correct), but you may need to wait for a table at busy times.
Hotel Flamenco is a large hotel with almost 170 rooms, ranging from single rooms like mine (which was spacious enough for me, and much larger than many single rooms I've stayed in) to large suites.
The top floor of the hotel contains the Florencia Spanish Restaurant (serving a good choice of international dishes and offering superb views of the Nile) and the adjacent Sevilla Bar (where I enjoyed a local Stella beer). The hotel also includes the Carmen Pub, a Coffee Shop and the Postres patisserie shop, neither of which I visited.
There is a small shop on the ground floor, selling postcards, souvenirs and a few essential items such as batteries. You can also buy stamps there and send your postcards from the postbox immediately outside the shop.
The entrance of the hotel is guarded 24 hours a day and all guests must pass through a security scanner (similar to those at airports) when entering. I also noted the continuous presence of two armed police on the corner just outside the hotel. This was common throughout the city. I never felt threatened anywhere in Cairo, so I guess the seemingly excessive security measures are justified.
A variety of tours (the Pyramids, the Citadel, the Museum, day trips to Alexandria, Port Said, Luxor...) can be booked from reception.
A good value international standard hotel in a favourable location. I would highly recommend staying in Zamalek...and I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.
Directions: Located on the banks of the Nile in the Zamalek area of the city, in the northern part of the island of Gezira.
Excellent non standard hotel
I usually stay in the Marriott in Zamalek but was looking for a cheaper option this time. I had heard of the Flamenco and decided to try it out. It is very popular among the NGO International community because of its excellent price/quality ratio. There are few good mid- range hotels in Cairo and few good hotels that are not tourist traps. This is one. The service is excellent, the food above average, the rooms and restaurants original. I like this place. A great home away from home. They now also have wireless access. Ask for a room overlooking the Nile. It is a bit more expensive ($80 including tax) but worthwhile.
Directions: Zamalek in the center of Cairo and close to many restaurants and downtown
Good Value Hotel in Zamalek
We stayed here in February, 2006 and found it really convenient to amenities and sights. Great location and our double room (clean and with a fridge) on the 8th floor had Nile River views (AUD$100) and included a great breakfast.
Internet cafe across the road and a great 'Metro' supermarket around the corner for supplies.
Only hassle - the doormen who have taxis ready to go and for a price. Walk around to the main road and taxis are half the price (and also not looking for extra trips or fares from you).
We are planning our 3rd trip and we'll stay here again.
(Taxis tend to be a hassle in Egypt, especially when leaving train stations and airports. Be ready for them and have an idea of how much the fares should be, by asking the locals in hotels etc.)
Unique Quality: Great Nile River views - to the west.
Wonderful breakfasts - french pastries to die for!
Friendly hotel staff.
Handy to rest of Cairo sights
Directions: Quieter Zamalek area
I have stayed here several times and always been satisfied. It is on the Gezira Island in Zamalek, which means it is within easy access of Downtown Cairo.
There is a bar, meeting rooms, La Scala restaurant,.Florencia Restaurant, and bedrooms have views of the Nile.
Unique Quality: The best bread and pastries in town, they claim
Because Zamalek itself is a better part of time, there are quiet walks which can be taken safely in the evenings, and also shops for the little things you need.
More about Golden Tulip Hotel Flamenco
Florencia Restaurant, Hotel Flamenco, Cairo
Florencia Restaurant, Hotel Flamenco, Cairo
Golden Tulip Flamenco - Cairo
Is the Golden Tulip Flamenco, Cairo in the center of Cairo city? Is the area of the hotel easy for us to find a food? or any suggested hotel to stay?
Re: Golden Tulip Flamenco - Cairo
It's on Gezira Island (middle of the Nile) in the Zamelek quarter (northern part of the island). This is the diplomatic section of downtown Cairo - pretty swish, more trees than average and plenty of restaurants, cafes etc. It's a bit of a schlepp to get to Islamic Cairo (but manageable - long walk or catch a taxi outside the hotel - concierge will give you an idea of the price - even if this will be higher than flagging one down as a percentage of the fare will go to the concierge). Hotel very close to the Nile and Gezira Island attractions and not too far from Egyptian Museum.
Hotel is OK without being too flash - it's at the cheaper end of the de-luxe hotels (although it may have been refurbished since I was there in 2001).
Re: Golden Tulip Flamenco - Cairo
Thanks for your info.
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