The attraction proved short lived, as political instability in the country persists.
"With the ongoing unrest and growing security concerns, the number of tourists visiting Tahrir Square and Cairo in general remains very small, hence the low (hotel) occupancy rates," she says.
The revolution is on the lips of every barman, taxi driver, shop owner and tout.
Its graffiti adorns walls across the city.
Despite the challenges, Cairo remains a fascinating, vibrant city, and local optimists argue that dangerous areas are few and far between.
Fruit sellers, kebab shops and cafes bring peaceful crowds into the streets. Men sit in plastic chairs puffing on shisha pipes.
Outside the Metro station close to the Al Tonsi, an unlicensed vendor openly sells Egypt's Stella and Sakara beers for a fraction of the price found in the city's trendy bars.
In Zamalek, a 20-minute walk north, outdoor cafes are packed with young Egyptians sitting in the shade of the trees.
Mohammed Younis has landed another job, this one guiding a group around Egypt's ancient tombs and monuments at Luxor.
He's grateful for the work, and, with his schedule filling up in the warm summer months -- generally a slow season in Egypt ahead of the busy autumn -- he can relax, at least temporarily.
"The unrest is still putting people off, of course, but I think people are starting to come back," he says.
Younis remains hopeful, if not for a revolution, at least for a little more activity.