This is an inexpensive, basic hostel in the heart of Cairo, walking distance to Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum. We stayed for six nights in December 2011.
Our room was generally clean, but definitely not as nice or new as seen in the pictures on the hostel’s website. The room was freezing during our entire stay. The building is old and likely built for Egypt’s hot temperatures, but was extremely uncomfortable in December. They gave us an extra blanket upon request, but we still woke up freezing each morning after having gone to bed under the blankets and in our sweats – this was the main drawback for us.
A basic breakfast is included in the price of the room, consisting of a boiled egg, bread, package cheese, strawberry jam, three slices of cucumber, a slice of tomato, an olive, two slices of guava, and your choice of tea or coffee with a small biscuit. Upon request, they will organize cars and tours for you on a day’s notice and have connections to very nice drivers and tour guides: ask for Hassan, a driver and Adel, a tour guide – both were extremely hospitable, humble, knowledgeable, and genuinely welcoming.
We met Dina briefly the night we checked-in and subsequently saw her couple of times for a few seconds, it certainly did not feel like it was her place. It instead felt like a boarding house with different hosts depending on the time of day. While they were generally nice and accommodating, they certainly did not go out of their way to do anything for us. We had to ask for everything, they did not make any recommendations or ask how things were going at any point during our stay. Even in a hostel, I expected that they would be more hospitable.
Overall, great value for the money you pay, but remember how little you are paying!
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