Plan of Cairo. The European names of the streets used formerly
to be written up in French only, so far as they were written up at all;
but since the British occupation the Arabic names have been used,
transliterated on a careless and inexact system (p. clxix). Our plan follows
this transliteration in general, correcting, however, the more obvious
defects (e.g. the English 'e£ is represented, as in the text, by '«'). Some
of the French names have been retained.
a. Railway Stations. Hotels and Pensions. Restaurants and Cafes.
Railway Stations. 1. Principal Station (PI. B, 1), to the N.W. of
the town, beyond the Isma'iliyeh Canal, here crossed by the Kantaret
el-Lemun, for Alexandria, Isma'iliya, Suez, the whole of the Delta, and
for Upper Egypt. — 2. Matariyeh Station (PI. B, 1), on the E. side of the
Isma'iliyeh Canal, for 'Abbdsiyeh, Kubbeh, ez-Zeilun, Matariyeh (Heliopolis),
and el-Merg. — 3. Helwan Station (PI. B, 5), in the S.W. part ofthe town.
The hotel-commissionnaires, with their omnibuses, and representa¬
tives of the tourist-agents await the arrival of the fast trains and take charge
of luggage. Small baggage may also be entrusted to the Arab porters,
with numbered metal tickets on their arms, who will conduct the traveller
to the hotel-omnibus or procure a cab for him (tariff, see p. 27). Heavy lug¬
gage is sent on to the hotel in special vehicles.
Hotels. The leading hotels at Cairo are excellent, and even those of
the second class are well fitted up, nearly all having electric light, baths,
etc.; children and servants pay half-price; comp. p. xviii. As all the hotels
frequently are full, especially in Jan., Feb., and March, it is a wise pre¬
caution to telegraph for rooms from Alexandria or Port Sa'id.
In the Town: "Shepheard's Hotel (PI. B,3; owned by the Compagnie
Internationale des Grands Hotels), Shari'a Kamel, Ezbekiyeh, with a large
terrace overlooking a busy street, with 400beds, separate suites for families,
restaurant, lift, Anglo-American bar, post & telegraph office, steam-lanndry,
etc., pens, from 60 pias., electric light 2 pias., patronised by English and
American travellers. — 'Savoy Hotel (Pi. B, 4; owned by the George
Nunkovich Co. Ltd.), at the Rond-Point Kasr en-Nil, a fashionable and
luxurious house, with 180 rooms and a good restaurant, frequented by
British officers and officials, pens, from 80 pias. — "Hotel Continental
(PI. C, 3; owned by same company as the Savoy), in the Place de l'Ope'ra,
opposite the Ezbekiyeh Garden, with terrace, 300 rooms (lately refitted),
and restaurant, pens. 80 pias. — "Hotel do Nil (PI. D, 3), near the Muski,
with a pleasant garden, terrace, and belvedere, good cuisine, mainly fre¬
quented by Germans, pens, from 50, in Oct. and May from 45, electric light
1 pias. — "Hotel d'Angleterre (PI. B, 3; same owner as the Savoy),
Shari'a el-Maghrabi, in the new quarter of Isma'iliyeh, with 100 rooms,
terrace, garden, Anglo-American bar, etc.; pens, in Jan.-March 70-80,
other seasons 60-70 pias. — Eden Palace Hotel (PI. C, 3), to the N. of
the Ezbekiyeh, with 145 rooms, lift and steam-heat, frequented by English
and Americans, pens, from ca. 50 pias. — "Private Hotel Villa Victoria
(PI. B, 3), Shari'a el-Manakh 13, a quiet house pleasantly situated near
the Place de l'Ope'ra, with 46 rooms and garden, pens. Dec.-March 60,
Apr.-Nov. 50 pias. — Hotel Bristol (PL C, 2, 3), Medan el-Khaznedar,
to the N. of the Ezbekiyeh, with 120 beds, pens, from 50 pias. — Hotel
Metropole, to the S. of the Ezbekiyeh, with 40 rooms, well spoken of, pens.
50 pias. — Hotel de Londres, opposite Shepheard's and used for its over¬
flow, pens. 50 pias. — Hotel Royal (PI. C, 2), Shari'a Wagh el-Birket,
beside the Ezbekiyeh Garden, patronized by French travellers, pens. 60 pias.
— Hotel de Baviere (Fr. Schiiller), Medan Kantaret ed-Dikkeh (PI. B, 2),
near Shepheard's, well spoken of, pens. 40-50 pias.
Outside the Town: "Ghezireh Palace Hotel (same proprietors as
Shepheard's), in the former viceregal palace (p 76) on a Nile-island, to
the W. of the town, a hu»e and sumptuously fitted up house, with acconi-