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Talisman Hotel de Charme in Cairo definitely lives up to its name. It is a charming boutique hotel run by locals and it is nicely tucked away in a side street so you don't hear the noisy street below. The decor is Egyptian chic and the colours on the walls add a dash of life to the interior as well. Rooms are of decent size and bathrooms are clean and very functional. The hotel is also strategically located close to the main street and about 15 mins walk from the Cairo Museum. This is definitely the only hotel to stay in when in Cairo if you are not into international 5-star hotel chains and shabbily run Egyptian hotels. Buotique hotel
Boutique hotel in Cairo
The Talisman is a smart little boutique hotel in a central location - although to be very honest taxis are a very cheap form of transportation and everywhere we went in Cairo was just a EGP10-15 ride away. The air-conditioned rooms are spacious and clean and the rates were much lower than the larger hotel chains on El Gezira or on the banks of the Nile. Do not be put off by the street on which the hotel entrance is located - a quiet side street in a busy commercial district. The hotel is located on the 5th floor of a slightly dilapidated building (a few empty floors) with a quaint old elevator which can only take a small number of passengers and baggages. At busy times you may have to wait some time for it.
If you can look pass the street environment, this hotel is very good value. The rooms are individually and tastefully decorated as are the common areas such as the lounge and the library. Wireless internet access is also complimentary. However due to the busy street location, come rooms may be slightly noisy. Service is friendly and helpful if a little slow at times. The inclusive breakfast is a simple affair with freshly squeezed orange juice, fruits, packaged cereals, some cold cuts cheese and eggs.
Overall I think the hotel is an excellent boutique alternative to the large chain hotels which are all located in the "hotel area" which I believe has been created artificially for tourists. If you want a real taste of "downtown" Cairo, Talisman is a great choice. There are plenty of shops, restaurants nearby which can give good local flavour for those who seek it. Through the hotel we were able to organise most of our sight-seeing activities in Egypt as they have a partnership with Mr. Hamdi El Shora of (http://www.adventureinegypt.com/). We were very satisfied with all our tours as already elborated in the main introduction.
Improvement required and careful about the tour operator
We stayed there for 3 nights. It was not bad. The room was clean and comfortable and the hotel as a whole was thoughtfully decorated. The breakfast was a bit of a let down though due to the poor service. There wasn't any staff in the dining room when we were there and had to scavenge around (other used tables) for hot water and Nescafe! Be careful also of the tour operator stationed right next to the hotel reception desk (Hamdi El-Shora of Adventure in Egypt). We got thoroughly overcharged for a day trip to Giza/Saqarra - fair game, you may say, for Cairo as everything is up for bargaining. But Hamdi also tried to "help" us negotiate a good price for a taxi to the train station as we were checking out. He came up with a price at least three times the going rate! We had wisened up by then and refused. All in all, a decent hotel but the service can be improved. The real let down, however, is their tour operator partner stationed in their premises - don't be fooled by them.
Thumbs up for Talisman
My sister "Pat", brother "Jeff", and friend "Dana" arrived at the Talisman very tired after two days of traveling from San Franciso to Cairo. The Staff were very friendly and continued to be so throughout our stay. We loved our beautifully decorated rooms. The owner was very helpful and friendly..if your a Musical or Movie buff...he's all ears and enjoys talking of his experiences in the U.S. while completeing his Masters at USD and his months in New York City studying and seeing many musicals. We all agreed the Breakfast was more than adequate for us. My only advise is to book your tours through Thomas Cook or a well known tour operator. If your planning on a Falucca trip up the Nile...be prepared for "camping" out and take food and water with you. Thanks Talisman, Deborah Oda, Seattle, WA
Safe, clean, but a little overpriced
We recently stayed at the Talisman for three nights during the middle of the "Feast". This was a good time to stay there, as the streets were very crowded outside, even late at night when we first arrived, but it wasn't very loud in the hotel. The hotel is off Taalit Harb, just south of 26th July, two of the main streets in Cairo, down a populated alley across from the L'Americaine Cafe. The building seems a little sketchy when you walk in, but you take the old school elevator upstairs, and you enter the lobby. The rooms are cute, but on the smaller side. Our first night a ceiling tile fell in the bathroom, which could have been quite dangerous if we were in there at the time. Also, there's a note to put "nothing" in the toilet, including toilet paper. I don't have a problem with that, just not at $100 a night. That said, the place was clean and safe, two key things in any hotel in a foreign country. One note, you have to pay cash for your room. We did a tour of the pyramids offered through the Talisman, which was a good tour. Breakfast was decent enough. Overall, I'd probably stay there again, but the place it a little pricey for what it offers.
Romantic Oasis in a bustling city
Extremely charming, richly decorated with warm colours and beautiful carved furniture. Our room was large, with airconditioning, a small refrigerator, TV. The bathroom had shower and bidet, and lots of spare towels.
Also charming is the elevator (to look at only - I recommend the stairs!), it can be a little tempremental.
Great location, and remarkably quiet considering how close it is to a main shopping street. Within walking distance to Egyptian Museum, a number of restaurants and a shopping mall.
Staff were friendly and quiet - very much in the background unless we needed them. Breakfast was included, and was the standard toast-croissant-egg-juice combo.
Our memory is of a quiet, romantic and gentle atmosphere, with the benefit of being smack bang in the middle of Cairo's busiest areas.
An oasis of calm in a hectic city. Wel loved our stay at the Talisman. The hotel owners have taken great care to furnish the rooms beautifully. Every corner holds an exquisite piece of antique furniture, and the rooms are literally picture perfect.
The service was excellent, and although lacking in the wide range of amenities you would find in a five star hotel, I would choose this place every time.
The hotel can be a bit difficult to find, but definitely worth perservering!
Overall excellent hotel
The Talisman is overall an excellent hotel but it does have its quirks. However, if you know these quirks ahead of time and are OK with them, it can be quite an enjoyable stay.
The hotel is right in the downtown area. Cab drivers will not know the hotel, so you will need them to take you nearby and then walk. The surrounding area is safe, very crowded, and shops outside are open at least until Midnight. You can buy bootleg DVDs and lots of knock off clothes nearby.
The rooms themselves are quite basic, but very clean and well maintained. Given the location you can't expect much more. You can spend similar money and get much better rooms near the Airport (i.e. Hotel Concorde el Salam), but then you need to spend another $20 USD a day on cabs getting into and out of the downtown - and at least 30 min each way. The shower water cycles from hot to cold to hot, so it takes some getting used to. Every morning at 5 AM you will be woken up by prayers, which go on for about two minutes.
The front desk staff are very nice and helpful if you get to know them. They don't expect tips like high end hotels and are willing to give you tips - tips on where to go, what is a good price to pay for clothes at the Khan, etc! Alternatively, if you want to be left alone, they will leave you alone. We stayed at regular hotel chains in Cairo, and the front desk staff at the Talisman are much better!! They get to know you as people rather than just as money holding tourists.
Breakfast is basic as other reviews have stated. The fresh squeezed orange juice is great!
At the hotel, there is a tour operator, Hamdi. For two students, you can pay $40 USD each and get a day-trip tour of the Pyramids. The price is closer to $55 USD for a single person by yourself. The tour guides are very good - usually ~25 year old University students who are very knowledgeable - and there is also a driver, both of whom you tip at the end of the day. The only thing to watch out for is they try to take you to Alabaster/Jewelry "museum" stores and a very expensive, bad lunch. If you tell them ahead of time you don't want to do any of this, they will oblige, which is good. There are plenty of other food options if you are forceful, and bathrooms are available at all tourist sites, so don't worry about being forced to a store. Don't be pushed around!
Other little tidbits: The free internet at the hotel is great. It is hard to find good restaurants in Cairo - I'd suggest ignoring "mid-range" places and just going to the "fast-food" cheap eats places, or trying out some higher end places. Mid-range places seem to be targeted to tourists, with mostly bad food but with Western service/look/feel.
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Talisman Hotel de Charme
39,Talaat Harb Street