Golden Tulip Flamenco
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good value at Flamenco hotel
"I have been travelling to Egypt for business for 2 years. I stay most of the time at the Flamenco hotel. I usually stay anywhere from 2-3 weeks. Sometimes I will stay at Cario Kahn downtown. The rooms are a hit or miss - some are better than others. But all rooms are dark with heavy curtain and dark patterns. The best rooms face the Nile. Breakfast is pretty food but the location is Zamalek is the best - it is across from a really good internet, hair salon. Mc D's, Pizza hut and kebab restaurants are all very close by. The hotel food is not bad either esp the Egyptian dishes. It is good value hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 20th of August 2007
out of terrorist bomber's cross hairs
"With terrorist activity aiming at American marque brand hotels around the Middle East, we booked this 12-story, 130-room hotel in the Golden Tulip chain of hotels. Our reservation was for an executive suite with Nile view, however, on arrival we were assigned a room looking onto the facade of a tall apartment building across the street. As an alternative, we were offered a superior room with partial Nile view and were then moved into an executive room with full Nil view the next morning. The front desk staff remained unruffled and pleasant, and was very helpful with information during our one-week stay at the Flamenco. Located in the leafy Zamalek section of Cairo with many embassies , it was but a short , inexpensive cab ride away from city attractions and a little farther afield Memphis, Dashur, and Sakkara. Our suite was spacious with a comfortable king size bed, sitting group, writing desk, refrigerator, in-room safe, Internet connection, and a generously sized bathroom, sporting a bidet. All spotlessly clean. although supply of towels was at times slow in coming. Personnel servicing the the room was very responsive to requests and aimed to please.The balcony offered a panorama view at the houseboats on the Nile and the city beyond, but facing west was not usable in the hot afternoon sun. The suite was air conditioned with in-room thermostat control as was the rest of the hotel. Two restaurants, one on the top floor with panoramic views of Cairo offer deliciously prepared food, and breakfast served buffet style offers something for every taste, including the best French pastry this side of Paris. Low and behold, the desert served on our outbound Lufthansa flight was catered by the pastry shop shop of the Flamenco Hotel. Nearby restaurants we found to offer excellent food were the Five Bells a block away with outdoor seating in a garden setting, Justine's, La Piazza, and Maison Thomas since 1922 making the best pizza in town. Most important, eating everything in these establishments, we were spared the often encountered Nile-belly. Muezzin calling for prayer at day break from the Kitcat mosque across the Nile make for an early wake-up call, as is typical for cities in Muslim countries. Incessant honking of cars in the surrounding streets well into late hours could be an issue for light sleepers as even closed windows do not totally protect from the noise. ClientÃ¨le of the Flamenco are largely business travelers and European tourists with a few Arabs and Americans mixed in. All in all, while not perfect and while showing its age in places, the Flamenco met all our needs more than satisfactorily."
- Travel date: Tue 19th of June 2007
No AC at the Flamenco Hotel !!
"We stayed at the Flamenco Hotel in Cairo on April ,2007
Good points of hotel = Great Location, internet cafe just across the street, Minimarket just across the street, and McDonals and Pizza Hut
on the corner. Some rooms have a nice view to the Nile. Breakfast is good but normal. Old rooms and furniture , but very clean.
Bad points = Air conditioner did not work!! This is terrible in Cairo
even in April. We asked in reception and was explained that the AC had failed last week, but during our 5 nights never worked. Option was to open the window, but...then you are invaded by mosquitos!! Additionally, early in the morning (at 3 am) starts the super loudy praying sounds that are generated just across the street. So is better to close the window, and try to sleep even with no AC. I suggest to verify if the AC is working before booking a room."
- Travel date: Thu 26th of April 2007
quite and comfortable with good breakfast
"Stayed in this hotel for couple of days and then returned back to it after going to Luxor.
The hotel is a bit outdated, but it's comfortable reasonably clean and it has a pretty good breakfast buffet.
The best part about it, is that it's quite and yet central to everything.
The hotel has a very nice taxi driver, Said. On the way to the airport he took me to a few spot. I left all my belongings in his car while I wondered off for half an hour or so. He was very nice and the best part about it he had a copy of tripadvisor review about him that he showed me. However it didn't have his number so he asked me to do this for him. SO:
For a good Taxi (fair and trustworthy) call Said Hefny on his mobile at: [--]"
- Travel date: Fri 20th of April 2007
Unique, but not for everyone
"I stayed at this hotel for business. This place has its charms and it is very popular among business travelers in the non-profit sector. It is a small hotel with good service. The lobby and bar are great and breakfast is decent. The rooms are run down but in a charming way. Furniture is old but not shabby. This hotel has character! Not one of these mega hotels which you find throughout Cairo with the tourist buses pulling up. Here you are treated like a client not a cow being hoarded to the pyramids. I would strongly recommend this hotel if you are looking for a quality stay under $80 a night. For a room above $80 I think you can find better in Cairo."
- Travel date: Fri 30th of March 2007
Clean but dated
"Worth $65 but no way $130.
The Flamenco on Zamalek Island is a tired 4 star hotel with outdated dark furniture and somewhat dated bathrooms. It is worth adding that it is a clean and tidy hotel which is a bonus in Cairo. It is taxi distance (Â£10Egt) from Tahrir Square and the Museum. Breakfast is OK but no way 4 star. We stayed in this hotel on two separate occasion.
The first occasion We got it through an agent in Cairo at $64. The room was very large, clean and comfortable but was straight out of the 70s/80s. It had a Nile view but it isn't worth paying extra for this, we didn't, it was in the deal. You see a green river with an ugly concrete jungle opposite. Cairo is an ugly sprawl of concrete and choking pollution. Don't stay more than 2 days if you value your lungs. I'm still coughing three weeks on.
Our second stay at the Flamenco a week later was awful. We thought we would get the same rate as repeat customers so we went directly to the hotel to book the room, big mistake. We only needed it for half a day, from 9am until 2pm, they charged us $120 and told us that it was a "special rate" for us, normally this room is $136 and it is an upgrade from the previous room we stayed in blah ,blah. When we got to the room I realised we had been lied to and conned out of most of that money. This was a small dark dingy room with awfully ugly furniture with a single bed, we paid for a double room. The view out of the window was an ugly cluttered roof. I called reception and asked to be changed immediately but they came up with, "we have no other rooms", I didn't believe this for one moment. The hotel was not full at all, from breakfast you could see that there weren't that many people in this hotel. They made $120 from us for a crappy room and they wanted to keep it that way. I complained about their treatment of us on leaving the hotel but they weren't interested. Thanks for your money have a nice day.
If you can get the nicer rooms in this hotel for $60 or so then it is worth this money just for the cleanliness otherwise forget it. I think the ugly room was one of 1103 or 1106 or 1109. Take care they don't rip you off, it is not beyond them.
If you can afford the Hilton, Sheraton or some of the other 5 star hotels save yourself the trouble and go for those.
I stayed in the Sheraton Twin Towers. A much nicer hotel than the Flamenco. We got the Sheraton for $65 but this was a special rate for my girlfriend. Taxis are a must for this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 8th of January 2007
4 Nights at the Flamenco
"We stayed here for 4 nights at the end of November / beginning of December. We had a Nile View room which was really nice - in regards to the Zamalek area, the location is very good. Right next to the Corniche, opposite the supermarket and Internet Cafe, and minutes away from Zamalek's main restaurants. The breakfast is also nice and varied, with a nice selection to choose from. The staff are fairly friendly and helpful. For the price that you pay though, it is not the best value for money. The rooms are only OK, many of the appliances are out-dated and the decor is standard at best. For anyone thinking to stay here, it is not a bad option, but you may want to consider some alternatives before booking."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of January 2007
Do Not Recommend
"Overall -- very bad experience with this hotel.
First, the room and other amenities looked rundown. I don't know how this hotel got a 4-star rating, but it's AT MOST 2-3 star per US standard. My room had the smallest bathroom I saw in any hotel.
Second, the hotel did not honor our booking through Orbitz.com.
Third, hotel staff are not at all helpful. When we asked to see the manager, we were informed he's in a meeting (on a Sunday).
We never got the chance to see any manager during our stay.
Definitely do not want to recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Sat 9th of September 2006
"We stayed in the Flamenco for three nights 4/2006. We were initially a bit worried as the only double bed they had available was on the second floor and not facing the Nile, and not wanting to spend time the following day moving rooms we decided to bear it. Fortunately it wasn't too bad an experience. The room themselves are as they look on the website- small, but comfortably furnished. Egypt hotels often seem to have a stench, but the Flamenco smelled fine, and was cleaned immaculately each day. The bed was comfortable after a long day of sight seeing.
The breakfast they offer in the mornings was really substantial -consisting of made to order eggs, meats, fruits, cereal, breads as well as freshly squeezed orange juice. We didn't find the location to be a hassle at all- it is literally a 5-10 min cab ride to the Egyptian Museum, and at most 20 minutes to the Citadel. We actually enjoyed being in leafy Zamalek after the pollution and grime of other parts of Cairo. And to say there are no good Egyptian restaurants around is not true- we explored the neighborhood one evening walking it's tree lined streets, feeling safe and not at oggled at as in other parts of the city. After being hassled all day for being foreigners, it was such a relief to return to normalcy in the evenings. We walked to Abu el Sid one night- a bit on the expensive side, but great food and atmosphere and mostly devoid of tourists.
If you're looking for a 5 star, or even 4 star, this isn't it. But if you are looking for a reasonably priced, clean and comfortable hotel Flamenco is it. (just remember to pronounce it " FILA-MENCO" to the taxi drivers :)"
- Travel date: Sat 6th of May 2006
Good hotel, but in Zamalek
"Stayed at the Flamenco hotel for 4 nights.
First thing, the hotel is located in Zamalek, which is a sort of upper
class area wih many embassies around. That means that the shopping
opportunities are limited and what is available is typically
expensive. You will need to take a taxi basically whenever you want to go
out, although finding a taxi is no problem.
I think a hotel with walking distance to downtown would
be preferable for most tourists. There is McDonald and PizzaHut
nearby and some other upper-class restaurants around as well as
but do you really want to go to Egypt to eat these things ?
Not many Egyptian resaurant around. For an Egyptian experience
Zamalek is probably the wrong place.
The hotel itself is quite nice, has a 4-star rating,
although that probably only applies to the non-standard rooms,
for a standard room it is no more that a 3-star. Breakfast is
good and the service is efficient.
Overall, the hotel is good value for money, though the location
may not be the best for tourists."
- Travel date: Wed 3rd of May 2006