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Invitation Hotel
Ranked #104 of 139 Hotels in Cairo
Reviewed 14 January 2011

We previously stayed at the hostel in 2005 and were very pleased with the cleanliness and the hospitality of the staff.
Rooms were clean and comfortable.
Unfortunately it appears to be run by a different set of people and it has sadly deteriorated..
We returned in December 2010 and were surprised. The carpet in the room was filthy, the room was dingy and cold at night.We were promised a heater but it didn't appear.There were also broken fixtures in the bathroom, and the bed lamps didn't work.
My friends room locks were changed (without informing him)and they left the the debris outside his room.Strangely they had forgotten to obtain the new keys to the room, so my friend was unable to enter his room and had to wait for staff to organise one,in order for him to gain access.
Overall, very poorly organised
It wouldn't be difficult to fix the problems but the staff appear disinterested. However the ladies working there are very nice and approachable. and did try to accommodate.
We checked out earlier then scheduled and stayed else where.
Shame, it was very promising back in 2005 but has succumbed to the poor standards that are often seen in many of the hostels in Cairo.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 December 2010

We stayed on two separate occasions in December 2010 and on both occasions we found the rooms to be clean, reasonably sized and with fully working bathrooms. The staff went out of their way to be helpful and were able to arrange trips/excursions with minimal fuss and reasonable prices. Tefa (the manager) is knowledgable and enthusiastic and all his arrangements went like clockwork. He was "worth his weight in gold". We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to others looking for budget accommodation.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2010

My first impression of Invitation Hotel was that it's a nice hotel. It has basic rooms, good beds, hot water 24/7, clean bathrooms, and a fantastic location.
But what makes this hotel stick out is the hospitality. The staff, especially Tefa and Zuzu, go out of their way to help you. The first night we were here, Zuzu suggested that we go a free whirling dance concert. He gave us all of the information and even went down to catch us a taxi for us, gave the driver instructions in Arabic and when we offered him a tip, refused saying that this was part of his job and that he wanted to help us. We loved this concert and probably wouldn't have found it if it wasn't for Zuzu. The next night, we met Tefa, on the night staff. He sat with us and told us all about Egyptian culture, introduced us to some Egyptian music on the internet, and ordered rice pudding for us so that we could try it. Every night following, we hung out with Tefa and he always offered us some dessert and one night Zuzu introduced us to some Egyptian drink. We also booked a Pyramids tour through Tefa at the hotel and were very pleased with the experience.
I would highly recommend this hotel if you want great service, a chance to make some friends, and the opportunity to learn something about Egyptian culture. My only advice would be to remember that Cairo has 20 plus inhabitants and its traffic noise reflects that, so bring earplugs!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2010

The rooms were large enough, not super clean but ok for a budget hotel. The staff for the most part were friendly, and Tiefa (spelling) went out of his way to help out with tips, directions, etc. What spoiled my one week stay there was the gruffness of checkout. A loud pounding on the door to literally kick me out of the room (this done by the corpulent Mohammed) although the hotel was half-empty and Mohammed could have given me some leeway on the check out. He remained very moody and unfriendly, but Tiefa saved the day in the evening with his friendliness and help in getting a taxi to the airport. Good location near Egyptian museum but rooms are loud no matter which side of the hotel.

Stayed: May 2010, travelled solo
2  Thank KincsZoltan
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Reviewed 15 October 2010

very good to stay, good and friendly staff, airo in each room, clean! 4the floor! high when the elevator is broken!

Stayed: September 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 August 2010

The Invitation hotel is definitely a diamond in the rough. And while the rooms are spacious, and there is free internet in the common area, what really makes Invitation stand out is the people running it. They are ready anytime to help their guests set up their next excursion out into - not only Cairo, but they've got contacts in Dahab and Luxor as well. They ask nothing in return for this assistance, and the prices for each excursion are very reasonable. At first I thought that there was a catch and they were "too friendly" so to speak, but that's just how they are, very friendly - not out to try to rip their guests off, they just want to see everyone have a good time and experience what Cairo has to offer.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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2  Thank Delici0us_Cake
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Reviewed 21 June 2010

The staff at Invitation is incredibly nice and welcoming and made our vacation to Egypt. They helped us book all our excursions with great guides for amazing prices. If you're travelling on a budget and want insider help on booking trips within the country, I totally recommend Invitation.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
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Address: 11 Ramsis Street | Abdelmonem Riyad Sq, Cairo 11511, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
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Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #104 of 139 Hotels in Cairo
Price Range: £12 - £20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Invitation Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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