Talisman Hotel de Charme is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Cairo, offering a charming environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.
While staying at Talisman Hotel, visitors can check out Mosque of Al-Azhar (0.5 mi) and Zamalek (Gezira Island) (1.0 mi), some of Cairo's top attractions.
Guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV, a minibar, and air conditioning, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the hotel.
Talisman Hotel de Charme features room service and a concierge, to help make your stay more enjoyable. The property also boasts free breakfast.
While visiting Cairo, you may want to try some crab at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Saigon Restaurant & Lounge.
Cairo is also known for some great historic sites, including Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, Mohamed Ali Mosque, and Citadel (Al-Qalaa), which are not too far from Talisman Hotel Cairo.
Enjoy your stay in Cairo!
When we travel we look for something different. We thought that TALISMAN was the right thing. What a mistake. This is not a hotel but at best be a Hostel for back packers although at $90+ a night kind of expensive for them. The establishment is actually an apartment located on the 5th floor of a dilapidated run down building. The elevator does not work (we got stuck in it) Decades of Egyptian desert dust has accumulated everywhere, it has not been cleaned since Cleopatra. The center court yard is littered with garbage, window panes are broken or missing, the alley way leading to the building is dark and dirty. Our taxi driver could not even find the place NO signs. It may have been "Boutique Like" a long long time ago bit not anymore. The carpets, bed spread, curtains have seen better days and of course covered in dust. Despite the hardship at the last minute to have to look for another hotel in Cairo we decided we could not stay there. We did not have a TALISMAN to act as a CHARM to avert evil and bring good fortune. We really needed one to produce a magical or miraculous effect. By the way EXPEDIA nor the hotel reimbursed us but that is okay we don't regret our decision. By the way and apart from this establishment we enjoyed our stay in Cairo fascinating place. …
If we ever return to Cairo, there's a good chance we will also return to the Talisman. Everybody was really friendly, the rooms were spacious and lovingly decorated, and there were several rooms to relax and get a moment of quiet amidst the Cairo chaos. Location is good, too - it's not too far away from the Egyptian museum, and as long as your room isn't facing the main street, it will be quiet enough to sleep.
Downtown location,hidden in an alley, this hotel is hard to find. It's close to shops, restaurants, museum. Quirky decor but charming and cozy . Staff is friendly & helpful. The room is small, old and to top it up, the dark paint makes the room even smaller. A few mosquitoes in the room are a real bonus. Wifi is really flaky. The antique elevator might be charming to some but it doesn’t always work.There is no kettle for hot water, no tea or coffee bags, no bottled water. It still has tube TV in the room. The bathroom is small. Hot water is extremely hot so watch out if you don’t want to burn yourself. Breakfast is average. There are limited choices given this is a small hotel. All room services are quoted in Euro which make things more expensive. Are they thinking they are operating in Europe?…
Before we share our experience. We consider ourselves to be pretty adventurous travelers and think out of the when we plan Our trips. This place was off the beaten path and seemed different. However from the beginning we should have been weary. We were due to arrive around 8am, so we emailed twice if we could check early if not just drop off ou rbags. Never answered! That's ok this is Egypt...right Despite the fact that all other contacts we made to plan Our trip were so very professional and responded appropriately. Our taxi driver could not find the place, so he tried calling. they never answed! Finally we discovered the entrance to a dilapidated bourgeois building that had seen better days a 100 years ago. The entrance is on a seedy side alley littered with garbage. No sign for the hotel on ground floor and were directed by people where to find it. This not a hotel but an old apartment this in my more a hostel. Yes as described others the elevator is very much so an antique so much so that it did not work and we got stuck inside. (The doors would not open) Thankfully a person opened the door from outside. On the way up We saw a central court yard littered with garbage broken, glass panes, hanging windows frames, layers upon layers of Egyptian very thick dust. The whole building is completely run down and disrepair. Our taxi driver told it may not safe as their is no security. The same original owners if they saw the Finally safe sound and feeling that had made the wrong choice, we make it to the 5th floor to the entrance around 8:30am. We had to bang on the door and a Lady that should retired many years ago that spoke only French (which is ok with me cuz I am fluent) was surprised to see us. She was frantically calling somebody to find out what to do about us. (Yes somebody was answering a phone). It seems they had no record of our reservation The place seemed deserted and no sign of preparing any breakfast for any other guests.FYI We look for "boutique" small hotels quaint places to stay but this place lost any charm decades ago. We really did not want to go hunting at the last minute for another hotel after a 24hr trip. We were exhausted! But under the circumstances the hard decision was made not to check in. And rightfully so because when we made it back to our taxi we were itchy everywhere and we were there only 10 minutes or so. I consider ourselves to be pretty hardy travelers but One really needs a "Talisman" to stay there. Trust us this is not a place of "Charm"" . We found a very nice hotel down the road with all amenities and more attractive price.…
Try this: walk through alley up six flights to the entrance. The stairwell unlit and the balustrade coated in 3 cm of dust. On arrival not one person speaks a word of English so you must be adept at sign language. The room is small. The counter pane in ‘quaint’ Egyptian bright colors is stained. When you walk on the carpet floor you feel grit and imagine the many other feet that have trampled across this room. Breakfast considered of croissants wrapped in cellophane. Coffee tasted like flavored water. An egg order was never brought. Yoghurt had not been refrigerated and was ‘warm’. Cornflakes. Sliced cheese.
The fact that this place is tucked away in sort of a side alley, you walk into this public building and take this open elevator to the left only adds to the charm of this place. The antique decor makes you feel like you are back in time. As old as the building is the rooms were very clean. Service was great. Our only challenge was a mosquito that kept us up most of the night. It's also in a great location, just a little walk to the Square and the museum. Recommend
Although a little difficult to locate, once you do it's charming as can be and the staff is excellent. The hotel lives up to the charm in the name. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. Being in the thick of the downtown area with people and traffic, you can hear the car horns from the rooms (but I imagine you hear car horns just about anywhere in CAIRO!)
We stayed 2 nights in the Talisman which is difficult to find as it is on the 5th floor of an old Cairo building in the center reached by an original elevator - fun. Lovely large common rooms with Egyptian carpets and wall hangings and some nice pictures. Our room was fine, comfortable but the wifi was accessible only in the common rooms which was fine as well. The only thing we could perhaps criticize would be the breakfast which really was lacking a bit but overall it was a good choice and within walking distance to a lot of shopping, especially shoes! We would stay there again
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!…
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.