El-Beshmo Lodge Hotel
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El-Beshmo Lodge Hotel

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Roman Spring,evening,El-Beshmo Lodge Hotel,Bawiti,27 April 2013
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Bawiti Egypt
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Kenneth G wrote a review May 2011
Clearwater, Florida471 contributions329 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice adaquate acommodations. The restaurant serves very large portions - fixed menue with 2 choices. When you get outside Cairo, alcoholic drinks are hard if not impossible to come by. The place is used by Select Egypt tour company
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Date of stay: October 2010
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Worldwanderer67 wrote a review Sept 2009
Berlin, Germany34 contributions11 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nobody would come to Bahariya for this hotel, but as a base for a trip into a desert it is o.k.. And the desert is certainly an absolutely great experince. Anyway I had the impression that mostly it is the tour operators which choose this lodge. The rooms are basic but clean for Egypt. We had one of the better rooms with a private bath. The bath room looks filthy because of the brown water in the desert, but the shower had hot water and a good water pressure. Just as the tiled floor was uneven left a wet floor until next morning, so bring sandals. Also it is right that the bed sheets are not changed for every new arrival, as people are usually only staying for a night, then venturing into the desert and onwards or coming back another day for another night before going back to Cairo. Our beds were freshly made on arrival, but when returning after one night in the desert into the same room it was obvious that someone had slept in the bed as the pillow smelled of some unknown perfume. I had brought my own pillow case and also a fresh towel for that case. The food as mentioned is o.k. filling and edible, but bland, not more. Strangely the meal which was prepared with the most simple means in the desert when passing a night out there had a better taste. Also, we had no problem with hygiene. One night was totally quiet, the other night there was loud traditional music played next door for a party or wedding which added to the exotic athmosphere. After all this is a village were the locals live and not everything is done just to please the tourists. The desert and the surrounding were just amazing and with a little bit of an adventurous spirit can be a life time experience. Bawiti itself is very quiet and the local very peaceful and nice people and we enjoyed walking around the palm gardens just behind the lodge.
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Date of stay: January 2009
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Catherine A wrote a review Mar 2015
Libertyville, Illinois86 contributions44 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We didn't know what to expect when we arrived at the Beshmo and saw what they advertised as a swimming pool, that looked more like a cess pool. Learned a bit later that is was a pool filled with water from the "hot springs" in the area.

The hotel is simple and sparse. One light build hanging down to light the room.

The meals were quite good (breakfast and dinner) and the place had a rather relaxing feel to it. Nothing fancy, but one wouldn't expect that in the middle of nowhere. Once you are in the right mind-set, it is actually a nice place to stay. Great staff also!
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Date of stay: November 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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sb5000 wrote a review Sept 2014
Malibu, California251 contributions178 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
During a desert safari we stayed at the El-Beshmo lodge hotel. Well the food was good in the restaurant but the rooms were extremely basic and in drastic need of repair. For a one night stay it´s not bad but I would´t stay there any longer.
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Date of stay: August 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Try another hotel
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Mohamed T wrote a review Oct 2013
Cairo, Egypt42 contributions24 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent one night in the hotel. The Food is good. Bathrooms are bad. Regarding the rooms: beds are clean but you should have your sheaths. A/C did not work and I had to wait for hours to get someone who fixed the problem.
The staff is friendly.
The location of the hotel is not very nice as it has no good view.
The pool (natural spring) is terrible.
It is a good place for one night before or after the safari trip!
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Date of stay: October 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Rooms #100s are good, #200s and #300s are not
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anagh wrote a review Oct 2013
Bucharest, Romania2,283 contributions135 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
The road to Beshmo Lodge Hotel is very … Bawitian … do not stress! The buildings are located (28°21'14.36"N 28°51'50.57"E) in a narrow and steep street. To like it here or not is a personal matter of taste, time & money; if you ask me, I suggest combining the night in a tent in the Black Desert, a night in the White Desert and a good bath at one of the many hot springs of Farafra. If you leave Cairo early morning, you really don’t need any hotel if you want to wander around the desert hot spots. But if you visit Bawiti and the surrounding area and you have accommodation at Beshmo, better give an order to the driver/guide to stop first here (28°21'8.08"N 28°51'58.15"E) to have some beer, they have at least 3 kinds (little store with a discretely located fridge), and exactly on the other side of the road (28°21'7.36"N 28°51'59.07"E) you have an open air store for everything you want, including juices. Ask the guide not to play the naïve if you want to shop for some beer.
The major danger in the evening comes from mosquitoes, they are EXTREMELY aggressive, take with you an Autan or equivalent, close your eyes and your lips, spray the face and the neck, then your hands and finally your ankles … you can drink the beer now, outside, with your friends … it is soooooo beautiful ... But first, do NOT forget to plug in the socket your personal mosquito-killer because if one beast is alive inside your room, you’ll be dead tired the next morning. Check your windows to have a perfect closed anti mosquito net. Do NOT use the spray they provide, it has horrible smell.
About Roman spring … hmmmmmmm … hmhmhmhmmmmmmmm …. mmmmmmm.
They have different kind of rooms, some small and some big. Switch if you don’t like the small ones. The shower water is hot and pleasant, somehow salty and a little cloudy, it came from the ground. If it’s cold, wait for 3-10 minutes. When check-in, first verify ALL facilities in the bathroom to be functional. And yes, you can find sometimes a soap previously used by someone …
During the season, don’t be afraid to shop for some watermelon or cantaloupe, they are perfect! Ask the man from the kitchen to put the melon in the freezer, you won’t regret the taste.
My major pleasure in the evening was to go “in town”, the spectacle you’ll see is amazing, unforgettable!!!
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Date of stay: April 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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nadacairo wrote a review Jan 2011
Cairo8 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel doors are painted a bright pink. The rooms surround a stone patio with lights. We felt relaxed as soon as we drove into the parking lot and this feeling continued. The food was good and plentiful. Our room was cozy and there was plenty of hot water. We slept well and unwound before our trip to the white desert. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. If you're used to Movenpick this isn't for you.
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Date of stay: December 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alenka P wrote a review Oct 2010
Ljubljana, Slovenia20 contributions18 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in this hotel with my friend for one night. Cleanlines of the rooms was not very good, I think it was because we were there in a low season and we were the only guests there. And maybe also because of the sand from the desert. The other thing that bothered me, was that there was no living soul in the hotel but us. If there was more life in the hotel (maybe there is in high season), it could be better. Because the arcitecture of the hotel is quite charming... We also had our brekfast in the hotel and I must say it was very delicious.
I thik I would stay in this hotel again, but only in high season....

p.s. about my recomendation to a friend: I would recomend it to those friends that are not too demanding about cleanliness...
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Date of stay: June 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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NewbieTubes wrote a review Jan 2010
Brussels, BE32 contributions15 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
If you have a choice, skip staying at any hotel and use your nights to camp under the stars in the White Desert.
Originally, we were booked at another hotel. After driving for 4 hours from Cairo, upon arrival was told that our original hotel did not have electricity and that El Beshmo would be our home in the oasis. Didn't know if it was a classic "bait n' switch" or if indeed in this isolated part of Egypt that electricity was an issue. Either way, we felt obligated to stay at El Beshmo.
Upon waiting for the room to be ready, we were invited to sit by the pool. When we saw it, less than inviting. Water was muddy, dark green color. Looked like no one had taken a swim in that pool for a long time. When got into the room, it was neat and simple. Not a problem, but in contrast the photos of the original hotel, was not the same standard. The difference between the photos on the website and the room before us made us question if we were getting the same value for our money.
Cleanliness was questioned. In bathroom, there were 2 bars of soap. One wrapped and unused. This was good. Another large bar of soap unwrapped and saw several dark, curly hairs dried on the white bar of soap. This caused us to question that if the soap was not clean, what else could we expect to not be clean.
Regarding food, its simple and rustic like the part of the world you're in. We had 2 different experiences. Hopefully you come loving hard boiled eggs, as you will be served them at each breakfast in the hotel. Food was OK at the restaurant, but amazing at the campsite. At the hotel's restaurant, note that paying for drinks is extra. 1 bottle of water and 1 can of soda cost an additional 25 ep. Compared to prices in the shops and at other local restaurants, that's steep.
Staff was cordial and helpful. English was at a different level than what you get in Cairo, but then again, you're after a different experience than what you get in Cairo so naturally things are not identical.
Best bet for enjoying the oasis is getting away from the hotel and camping. We loved the camp out, sang songs, eat excellent fresh food, and slept like children under an indigo night sky. That was worth the long drives and even the hairy bar of soap. If I was to do it again, I would skip staying at any hotel and camp.
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Date of stay: December 2009
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Melissa Balan wrote a review Jul 2009
Ankara, Türkiye270 contributions76 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I had gone desert camping twice without staying in hotels so I wasn't really sure what to expect when I booked this place for my husband, myself and my parents. Upon arrival, everything was ready. The staff were friendly and we were checked in smoothly. I had to laugh when we entered our rooms - the first thing you see is a bottle of mosquito spray :-) At least they gave you something to minimize the amount of mosquitoes in your room (what do you expect - it's an oasis). The beds were comfortable enough and the place was cleaner than I expected. There was even hot water! My parents only complaint was the donkey that woke them up at about 5 am, but that's not the hotel's fault. Breakfast is very plain/"rustic" - bread, cheeses, foul (our guide made great foul - he should have made it for the lodge, too), fruit and tea/coffee. However, dinner is great - we got the same thing every night, but you can't go wrong with homemade chicken soup with orzo pasta, Egyptian rice, salad, veggie stew and roasted chicken plus a piece of fruit for dessert! You could sit out for tea if you wanted. There is a scary green "water-hole" which I wouldn't go in to swim, though! Overall, I was pleasantly surprised about the lodge. The location is off the main road so there's no noise really (except the donkey), the food is good and the place is clean. I would go back again - though I still love to camp!
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Date of stay: April 2008
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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sb5000 wrote a tip Sept 2014
Malibu, California251 contributions178 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try another hotel"
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Mohamed T wrote a tip Oct 2013
Cairo, Egypt42 contributions24 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms #100s are good, #200s and #300s are not"
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