Shepheard’s Hotel was one of the most popular hotel in Cairo from the middle of the 19th century until it was burned down in 1952 during riots which led to the July Revolution. The present modern hotel called the Shepheard Hotel was built nearby in 1957 but has nothing in common except the name and the location with its famous ancestor.
Launched under the name “Hotel des Anglais” in the 1840s, the hotel was renamed Shepheard’s Hotel in 1860 by its new owner Samuel Shepheard, an English businessman who was initially in partnership with the head coachman of Mohammed Ali Pasha. At that time, the hotel was famed for its grandeur and opulence. Renovated regularly, the Shepheard’s Hotel served as as British Headquarters in the Near East.
Among the notable guests the hotel had, we can mention Henry Morton Stanley, Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, Theodore Roosevelt, the Aga Khan or the Maharaja of Jodphur.