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All reviews fifth floor downtown cairo egyptian museum arabic speaker hotel is located talaat harb street the hotel manager tahrir square furnishings
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

As other reviewers have mentioned, Talisman Hotel de Charme is somewhat tricky to find, as it's on the fifth floor of an otherwise unremarkable building, and there are no signs, and street addresses along Talaat Harb Street are not useful as guidance (making it difficult for even taxicab drivers to find). Once inside, though, you're treated to a spacious suite whose guest rooms are apartments off a corridor, as are the common spaces. The floor was quiet (perhaps because I was one of maybe five or six guests there at the time), as was my room, even though its window could be opened out onto the busy street below. "Old-world charm" seems to describe the aesthetic throughout, with its color scheme, a few tasteful decorative objects in the common spaces, and furnishings in the room. Bathroom fixtures all worked very well, as did the air conditioner. Laundry service is available, but they do charge (in Euros) per item. (There do not seem to be self-service or coin-operated laundromats convenient to downtown Cairo.) Breakfasts were fine: standard Mediterranean fare is offered, and you can request eggs cooked to order. The hotel is located on a busy street in the downtown business district, with all manner of stores, restaurants, and a couple of movie theaters nearby. It's a 20- or 25-min walk to the famed Tahrir Square, Egyptian Museum, and Sadat Metro station (Abdulnasser is much closer, but hard to get to due to construction around the courthouse building; Ahmed Orabi is perhaps the better station to use.)

The one issue I had was that the internet connection (DSL) was down for nearly two full days during my stay, which left me nearly incommunicado when I needed to be in touch by e-mail with hotels at my onward destinations, and to keep abreast of any changes in flight plans. There are few, if any, internet cafés in this part of the city, the nearby restaurants do not offer free WiFi, and no arrangements were made to allow guests to temporarily use WiFi from other hotels in the building. On the other hand, with the blessing of the hotel manager, I received a great deal of help from Ahmed, a member of the hotel staff who took 90 minutes out of his morning to accompany me to the Watania ticket office at Ramses Station (Cairo's main rail station) to help me straighten out an issue with a sleeper train ticket I had purchased on Watania's terrible website. It was great to have a native Arabic speaker explain the situation to the ticket office personnel, argue with them for a bit, and resolve the issue. I'm grateful to the Talisman staff, and to Ahmed in particular, for going above and beyond to help me out!

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled solo
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Thank ehk04107
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Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

A hidden gem in a very central location. Traditional Egyptian charm. Rooms were very large and comfortable and very quiet. Recommend room 23. Staff were wonderful and very friendly.

Easy walk to the Egyptian Museum.

Plenty of shopping and food nearby.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Krista G
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

This hotel is absolutely charming - not luxurious, but there are all the creature comforts you need. And it has a lovely "homey" feel. The rooms are clean and comfortable, with real character. Hamdi, the manager, goes out of his way to help his guests. And it's incredibly convenient for everything in central Cairo.
The only trick is finding it. If you go to the McDonalds on Sharia Talaat Harb (sorry, but it's easiest), then cross the street and go left, then turn right into the first laneway and right again at the "Minerva Hotel" sign - go inside the passage, turn left, take the elevator to the fifth floor and there you are. Push the lower right button on the panel near the door to gain entry. It doesn't look at all promising at first, but once you're actually inside the hotel itself it's a different world.
So glad I stayed here - a real haven in the middle of the chaos of Cairo.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Peter G
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

In Downtown Cairo in a very busy area this hotel is quiet and very unexpected as around it seems like you wouldn't find such a nice place. Once you've found it down the side street and the somewhat hidden entrance, the old style elevator and rather unpleasant smell, and a slight feeling of worry that it's not going to be a nice hotel, you enter the hotel and it's charming in its Egyptian style. Very well decorated, clean and comfortable with wifi. I would recommend this hotel if you're looking for a more unique Cairo experience.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
2  Thank KeriTipler
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

Centrally-located Boutique Hotel near Egyptian Museum but located in an area of many local non-touristy shops and restaurants. Located on the large 5th floor 1930's building with beautiful antique Egyptian furnishings in the breakfast dining rooms, library, and sitting rooms for all occupants to use. 24 hour desk. Hard to find location with no sign at side street entrance but look for red and white "New Minerva Hotel" sign in the same building and two corner stores of Adidas and Wannan. Walk into the grimy building hall and turn left for the left old style elevator. Get off at the 5th floor, ring the bell, walk into the entry and you are walking into a fascinating different world from what you initially walked in from. Rooms with high 12 foot ceilings, double exterior glass doors reduce street noise but request room not facing street. Thanks Joseph from EMO Tours for booking my choice on this Cairo hotel for my 14 day Egypt tour. Talisman owner...please consider a sign to facilitate finding hotel for newcomers.

Room Tip: Ask for room not fronting on street.
  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled solo
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2  Thank JohnHChicagoIllinois
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