Villa Belle Époque is just 12 kilometers from Cairo’s center in Maadi, a Nile-side suburb whose name means ‘ferry-boats’. Since its founding in 1907 along the river’s east bank, this meticulously planned quarter was and remains synonymous with privilege. It was here that wealthy, cosmopolitan Cairenes built their stately residences and filled their sprawling gardens with a stunning array of exotic plants and trees.
Now home to over a dozen embassies, and much of the capital’s multi-cultural expatriate community, Maadi is a relaxed, sophisticated and sought-after area of the capital.
Villa Belle Époque was built in the 1920s, and recently refurbished to reflect its colonial origins. Occupying a 1300 m2 plot, the hotel, its swimming pool, sundecks and patios are surrounded by lemon, mango, olive and guava trees, intermingled with centennial palms.
Richly, yet understatedly decorated with a period feel, and embellished with works of contemporary Egyptian art, Villa Belle Époque allows visitors to relive the comfort and elegance of a bygone era while enjoying every modern amenity.
From the spacious balconies that complement each room, the shaded patios and luminous conservatory that serves as a dining area, guests may enjoy the tranquility of Maadi’s sunshine and birdsong. Attentive, discreet service and superb cuisine enhance the Villa Belle Époque experience.
Some of the hotel’s rooms (suites, doubles and some triples) are named for an Egyptian city, evoking the world of discovery that awaits our guests. Villa Belle Époque’s concierge services include composing tailor-made tours and proposing delightful activities. High-tea by the Nile, winter bonfires, visits to Cairo’s opera house, museums, art galleries and craft workshops, walking-tours of Maadi’s historic homes and gardens, are just a few of the options. Those who wish to travel to Upper Egypt and elsewhere will likewise find the knowledgeable assistance that only an experienced, creative host can provide.
In springtime, Maadi bursts into flower: blue-blossomed jacarandas, fragrant yellow mimosa, and the flaming-scarlet bloom of the tree known locally as ‘flamboyant’. Year round, the neighborhood streets with their café’s, restaurants and shopping centers, invite leisurely strolls. For travelers who wish to feel a part of a place, not just visit it, Villa Belle Époque holds the key to all the best that Egypt has to offer.