Le Riad Hotel de Charme
Boutique hotels have been slow to come to Cairo. If you're looking to immerse yourself in Cairo life, Le Riad Hotel de Charme may be for you. People rave about its spacious rooms and detailed service. But be warned: Because it's surrounded by mosques, the morning call to prayer will wake you up (Egypt no longer observes daylight saving time so the sun rises early). You also won't be able to buy alcohol in this religious section of the city, and women will want to make sure they're covered up.