Lead the pack, and visit the first boutique hotel in Cairo.
Feeling right at home, you look up from your novel and take in the pleasing sights of your Egyptian “home away from home.” Thanks to the fact that you have the run of this handsome house, it’s easy to convince yourself that you’ve traveled back in time to enjoy a quiet day at home instead of amidst the crowds of nearby Cairo - just a 25-minute taxi ride away. Spotting another guest coming towards you, however, you sigh and reluctantly take leave of your fantasy world.
Villa Belle Époque is located in the Nile-side suburb of Maadi, a magnificent neighborhood founded by cosmopolitan Cairenes in 1907. Maadi is known for its elegant villas, tree-lined streets and manicured gardens.
Take your pick of 13 double and triple rooms, each named for an Egyptian city, where you’ll be greeted by light-flooded seating areas selected antiques.
The food at Villa Belle Époque is Western with a Middle Eastern twist. Sample a Nubian-style stew and feast on a breakfast of fuul, felafel, fattoush with fresh pitta, and local pastries.