Le Riad

Cairo, Egypt

At a Glance

  • Located in the heart of the islamic medieval Cairo, just a 5 minute walk from the famous souk of Khan El Khalili.

  • On the roof garden you will discover the thousand minarets of Cairo and enjoy a panoramic view across the city

  • Each and every suite is individually designed with vibrant colors and lavish fabrics

  • The hotel are happy for you to choose your suite. You can pick from Bedouin or Mamluk, Syrian or Ottoman, Albert Cossery and Golo, Naguib Mahfouz to name a few!

  • Watch the world go by from your terrace; children playing, old men haggling or the occasional donkey walking past

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Best time to Visit

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Egypt enjoys a mild climate, making it a good year round destination. However, temperatures increase as you travel due south. Cairo can be chilly between December and February, and very hot between June and September. But the heat in Egypt is made bearable by the northerly breeze that leads to a drop in temperature at night. Peak temperatures in Upper Egypt occur between May and October, and are accompanied by extremely low humidity. The best time to visit Cairo is in the cooler months between November and March

Cairo has long-standing populations of major religious groups and past colonial powers, so it’s possible to find celebrations for most every major vacation. Islam, however, is the prevailing force here, and the month of Ramadan is one of the most pronounced Islamic vacations. It happens in July or August, and during this time, some shops and restaurants may stay closed during the daytime fast.

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Insider's View

Make sure you explore Khan el Khalili and enjoy a turkish coffee at Cairo's oldest coffee shop - Fishawi

If there is availability, ask to look round the other suites, they are all completely different but all equally as beautiful.

Relax on the rooftop, admire the skyline and listen to the call to prayer

Opt for a Superior Suite so you have the joy of having your own balcony

As well as visiting the Khan el Khalili and Islamic Cairo, don't miss the Coptic (Egyptian Christian) part of the city featuring some of the most fascinating churches and even Egypt's oldest synagogue

The nearby Gayer-Anderson Museum is a treasure trove and was even used in the Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Le Riad or take a look at our itineraries to Cairo

Description

Le Riad is a small boutique hotel located in the heart of Islamic Medieval Cairo just a five minute walk from the famous souk of Khan el Khalili. Le Riad features 17 incredibly spacious suites, all individually designed with bold colors and rich fabrics.

Nestled in the center of Medieval Cairo just 200 meters from Bab Zuweila gate stands Le Riad. A perfect base to explore from with the bustling markets of Khan El Khalili just a five minute stroll away. Famous mosques, old palaces and magnificent churches on your doorstop make discovering the local streets all the more fascinating. Just a short drive from Le Riad you will find the famous pyramids of Giza which you can marvel over, or the Egyptian Museum housing a spectacular collection of Pharaonic artifacts.

Le Riad is home to just seventeen spacious suites. Nine superior suites each with a balcony overlooking the surrounding streets and eight standard suites. Each and every suite is furnished in a different style including modern Arabic, Pharanoic, Mamluk and some dedicated to famous artists, writers and Kings. The hallmarks are bold and vibrant colors with colorful glass chandeliers, beautifully decorated furniture, rich warm Fatimid fabrics and fabulous works of art on the walls of the rooms. Each and every suite has a large en-suite marble bathroom with glass showers, baths and refined Arabic furniture. Not to forget that every suite also has a separate sitting room where you can enjoy reading a book or watching television, a dressing room and a desk corner with a laptop giving you free internet access.

This boutique hotel has just the one restaurant open for lunch and dinner, Kutama Rooftop restaurant with stunning views across Cairo and where you can admire the thousand minarets which shape the city's skyline. Breakfast is taken in the tea lounge, serving continental and local Egyptian style food. For dinner, the hotel have a delicious barbecue with all the local cuisine on offer using fresh produce and rare spices, freshly baked Arabic bread and oriental beverages. The rooftop is a perfect place to relax and unwind at the end of the day and if you wish, enjoy some shisha. For those guests wanting a spa treatment this can be arranged but the hotel does not have their own spa facilities.

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Accommodation

The hotel has 17 suites divided into two types. There are nine superior suites (60 square meters) with a balcony overlooking the nearby streets. All have double beds apart from one twin room. There are also standard suites which are nearly as spacious (40 square meters) but do not have the added luxury of a balcony.

Each suite is differently designed, all brightly colored rich with character and charm. All the suites are equipped with a safe, mini bar, phone, reversible air conditioning, satellite Plasma TV, DVD player, laptop with internet access free of charge.

All the suites have a private salon, dressing room, desk corner and a large marble bathroom.

Superior Suite

60 sq meters with a balcony facing El Darb El Asfar. All suites are double apart from one twin bedded suite.

Standard Suite

40 sqm, all double beds except two twin bedded suites.

Childcare

Children over the age of 6 years are welcomed at Le Riad, but while rooms are spacious enough to accommodate an extra bed there are no suites which interconnect. There is not much for children to do within the hotel and they will need to be watched whilst up on the roof terrace.

Facilities

With Le Riad being a very small hotel there is just the one restaurant on the roof top offering local Egyptian dishes for dinner. There is also a small tea lounge on the first floor of the hotel serving Egyptian and Continental breakfast daily.

Activities

The hotel is within easy reach of the famous souk Khan el Khalili, just a 5-minute walk. Being located in the heart of Cairo makes it accessible by car to reach the Pyramids in Giza, some of the oldest mosques and the Egyptian Museum - attractions definitely worth visiting. Coptic Cairo is also easily reached from here, where some of the most fascinating churches including the beautiful Hanging Church, and the oldest synagogue in Cairo are located. Also worth a visit is the Gayer-Anderson Museum which is beautiful and was used in the film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'.

Reviews

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Clare Monro (Staff)

I love this hotel! It is so thoughtfully decorated - the photos don't do it justice! The only thing is that it doesn't have a pool to cool off in. But it is in a great location to explore the market without the need for a guide or a car, as well as the nearby mosques. The roof terrace is lovely and the perfect place to sit in the evening for dinner.

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Alice Moseley (Staff)

A hidden gem in the heart of Islamic Cairo, walking distance from the bazaar. All the suites are absolutely amazing, brightly colored and if there is enough availability you can even choose the room to stay in! Enjoy the views of the city by sitting on the rooftop terrace.

Experiences

  • Abu Simbel's Colossal Temple

    Often considered the most impressive monument in Egypt after the Great Pyramids, visit the colossus temple of Ramses II, set by Lake Nasser. The four breathtaking statues in front of the temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art.

  • Alexandria: Past & Present

    Built by Alexander the great in 331BC, Alexandria is one of the most significant cities of the ancient world. Today, it's known as 'The Pearl of Mediterranean' with charming sights including Citadel of Qaitbay, Abu El Abbas Mosque and Pompey's Pillar.

  • Aswan Tour with Felucca Experience

    Sail the Nile by felucca to Agha Khan Mausoleum, Elephantine Island, where you will enjoy afternoon tea with a view. Also enjoy an exploration of the Temple of Philae.

  • Coffee in Khan El Khalili

    Take the weight off your feet amongst shopkeepers and pedlars at Khan El Khalili with a Turkish coffee. Small, thick and very strong this hot drink is certainly an acquired taste but will give you an authentic feel for Egypt and a definite buzz.

  • Egyptian Museum & Coptic Cairo

    The Egyptian Museum is home to a plethora of ancient treasures exhibiting the very best of Egyptian antiquities. Wander through the streets of Coptic Cairo, visiting key highlights such as The Hanging Church and Abu Serga.

  • Egyptian Museum without the Crowd

    An exclusive private visit to see the relics of Egyptian Museum before the museum opens to the public.

  • Exclusive Visit to Grand Egyptian Museum

    Today, visit the Grand Egyptian Museum. Expected to open in 2019, our exclusive experience allows you a peek into Egypt’s largest museum and world's largest archaeological museum.

  • Islamic Cairo & Khan El Khalili

    Discover the romance of Islamic Cairo as you navigate from Citadel of Salah-el-Din, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque to an astounding city view from Ibn Tulun Mosque's minaret. Feel the vibrant Khan-el-Khalili bazaar with its labryinth-like souks.

  • Memphis, Sakkara and the Pyramids

    Visit Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt, before heading to Sakkara, the ancient burial ground. Continue to Giza to visit the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx of Giza.

  • Pyramids Sunrise without the Crowd

    An exclusive experience to experience the world's greatest wonder without the crowd. An Egyptologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs, Dr. Zahi Hawass, will provide an insightful 1-hour lecture.

  • Pyramids, Sphinx & Memphis

    Visit Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt, before heading to Sakkara, the ancient burial ground, as well as the Pyramid of Djoser. Continue to Giza to visit the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx of Giza. Conclude the day with a sound and light show.

  • Temple of Philae

    The Temple of Philae is a superb temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis.

Notes

Baby Cots at Le Riad

Please note that Le Riad doesn't provide cots for infants.

Location & directions

Cairo, Egypt

Le Riad is located in the heart of the of islamic medieval Cairo, just a five minute walk from the famous souk of Khan El Khalili.

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