Lotus Hotel

12, Talat Harb, Cairo, Egypt

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  • Families75
  • Couples62
  • Solo90
  • Business75
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    Happy and welcoming


    Just 50 metres down from Midan Talat Haarb (Talat Haarb Square) is a friendly hotel tuked away on the 7th floor (with elevator, thank heavens). All the staff greet you as they pass, and a general air of settled happiness pervades this place. They also remember you, and would greet you with a "welcome back" after your excursion out of town for a few days. It's the small things that matter.

    Has a bar (nothing to write home about as very limited choice fo drinks).

    Breakfast is pleasant, and the staff are very helpful here as well.

    I would definitely return here on my next trip to Cairo.

    Unique Quality: HUGE and in, HUGE private balconies (you can do a cartwheel if you are so inclined). Not all rooms have a balcony, however.

    Provides towels (hip hip!) and tissue (hurray!) and strong, functioning air conditioning.

  • clean,central,personal service


    This hotel is located a few short blocks from the nile as well as the museums. The staff were all very helpful and friendly going out of thier way to make my stay as comfortable as possible. The hotel itself is located in a building that has other uses and you must be able to get used to thinking that you are not going into a hotel as the entrance is somewhat hidden. This should not be a problem because they will pick you up at the airport and the driver will show you where to go and take your bags in for you. The rooms are all differing in style and furnishings all of which are very old. most rooms have a balcony/terrace that is a nice touch. Even though the place is "well used" it is clean and security of the guest seems to be a high priority to the staff. The front desk will arrange private guided tours at a very reasonable cost,pyramids etc. Laundry service is provided at a minimal cost. Airconditioning in most rooms. Special requests are handled right away. I would recomend this hotel to the traveler that does not want to spend a lot of cash but still would like to be treated well.

    Unique Quality: There is a resteraunt of sorts and the included breakfast is good but eat out for lunch/diner. Bar/lounge on site but just if you want to have a beer in your room as it kind of smells weird in there. The desk will let you look at the room so by all means do so and make sure to set on the bed so you will know if you will be ok with it. The hotel itself is on floors 8 to 11 of the building and the balconys are very relaxing so choose a room with one you like.

    Directions: # 12 Talaat harb street,Cairo

  • Cheap and dull but clean....and cheap.


    80LE a night for a water-stained sink, shower and loo, creaky bed, wardrobe on the diagonal and a view of a wall, with a continental breakfast.
    It sounds bad, doesn't it? But it's not. In fact, the Lotus is fine if you're coming to Cairo to see Cairo, and not to hide in the hotel. It's upperscale backpacker - and sister hotel to the one Michael Palin stayed in in one of his 'around the world in four series' shows. The Lotus is similar to his place.
    The Lotus is 5 minutes from the museum. It's position seems to be in a disused office block set back from the main street. It's on one of the top floors, but the lift works.
    I would recommend this hotel to anyone who isn't bothered where they stay, but wants to avoid food-poisoning and cockroaches. The rooms, though old, are clean, the staff helpful and friendly. For a short stay it's fine.
    They have room to fit one table on the terrace outside the dining room where a very good meal can be served while you stare over the rooftops and shout hello to the family living in a lean-to on the roof opposite. The view is far from pastoral. but at least you're higher than the dust - and the fumes mean you don't need a cigarette (actually, if you tried to light one the lighter would explode). But it's Cairo, isn't it, so it's fine.

    Unique Quality: The outside view doesn't look anything like the picture on the website, while they've used a wide angle lens for the rest of the pics!

    Directions: Set in a small 'alcove' in an office building. Quite hard to spot if you're walking, but a taxi from the train station only takes about ten minutes if the traffic's bad.

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Lotus Hotel, Cairo

by rach76

Basic hotel, clean, noisy air conditioning (but it drowns out the noise from the street outside!), breakfast very basic, great location, cost was about LE120 a night.


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Not bring much for my travels though Egypt I would rather buy some clothes and shoes in Cairo?????

by posies

I imagin Cairo is filled with fabulous deals on shoes and clothes and I would love to dress like a local. I love long flowing things and want some good leather shoes. I will get off the plane with nect to nothing. Also thinking of buying a small suitcase in Cairo. Where would be the best street. Do they have medicas like in Morocco?

Re: Not bring much for my travels though Egypt

by al2401

Across the road from the tourist part of the Khan El Khalilli bazaar is where the local people shop - you should have a great time shopping there. There is a pedestrian bridge over the road.

shoes in Cairo?????

by vdoortje

In front of the Egyptian Museum you will find Tahrir Square (Midan Tahrir). Very busy square with all kinds of public transportation, main metro station of Cairo underground. From this square several streets will have numeral shops for cheap shopping. F.i. Taalat Harb Street (Sharia Talaat Harb) offers many shops for shoes and clothes (mainly male) and also a small shopping center. Felfella is quite a nice restaurant to eat on a side street from Taalat Harb and Groppi is an old coffee house that might have lost his grandeur but still is nice to my idea; it is on Taalat Harb Square.
Qasr el Nil street has more female clothing and on the end lots of tailor shops. There you can have a tailor made costume made to your own liking for a bargain.

The shopping center attached to the Ramses Hilton also has a lot to offer in traditional female clothing.

Good luck, Dora.


by posies

Thank you. the coffe house sounds wonderful...i cannot wait to explore this amazing city!

Re: N

by Catw

Good leather shoes and Cairo do not go together. You'll find shoes but the quality is crap, unless you buy some imported shoes from luxury malls...


by posies

really? a friend of mine ended up with a great pair of shoes from Egypt.

Not bring much for my travels though Egypt Iin Cairo?????

by vdoortje

I ware my Egyptian shoes for 5 years now when waring chique (at least once a week), they still look as new! Also the handbag I bought at the same time is in perfect order and I use it almost every week when I go out and waring black shoes.

Re: shops in cairo

by prince.charmed

The best place for tourists do a shopping in Cairo is Khan El Khaili, there you can find alot of good things to buy like dresses, shoes, and gifts .
but if you are looking for a cheaper place, you can visit a local market like el "Atba" ..
Wishing for you a nice trip ..
Feel free to contact me , if you have more questions about your Cairo , Egypt.

Travel Tips for Cairo

Best time to visit Cairo

by denise_BG

The best time to visit Cairo is winter: then it's about 20-23 C degrees. Whenever you go - take a walk in the streets of Cairo and feel the athmosphere. Take a look at people's clothes and behavior, especially during the Ramadan. This is a religious holiday (end December) when muslisms keep the fast and at 5 p.m. sharp they all start eating, even the guards in front of the hotel who sit down on the pavement and have their dinner. Don't miss to see Cairo by night. Go up to the Cairo tower and see the lights alongside the Nile river.
Over 180 meters high, the tower is the most outstanding attraction of modern Cairo. The first of the top two storeys has a rotating restaurant and cafeteria. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Cairo from the observation platform. No one is in a hurry to do anything or go anywhere. Even if you're getting nervious since everything is so slow people keep telling you 'Don't worry, things will be OK, it will take a minute'. Well, have in mind that 1 Egyptian minute=2 European hours

before the cairo take cruise...

by yasi

before the cairo take cruise from luxor to assuan by the nile;its wonderfull!
'cause u see the most beatifull view u can imagine: the green-blue of the nile; then for a 100 m. green of the trees and after that the yellow of the desert...

People of Cairo

by sachara

I liked to meet the people in Cairo. Drinking a glass of tea, chatting somewhere on a bench or just at least greeting and waving when we walked in the backstreets.
This family was very curious, when we passed their house.

Shisha Anyone!?

by sue_stone

A very popular custom in Egypt is smoking a shisha.

A shisha is a small packet containing a rolled tobacco leaf, a small amount of molasses, and some apple flavour.

This is put in a type of 'water pipe' under a burning charcoal. You then inhale and the smoke passes through the water, cooling it.
The cooled smoke picks up the flavours of the shisha.

There are shisha parlours all over the place where people (mainly men) get together with friends for a quiet smoke and a Turkish coffee.

Alex visited one of the most popular parlours in Cairo, located in the Khan al-Khali markets.

I didn't try it, but wish I had.


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Address: 12, Talat Harb, Cairo, Egypt