I took a short solo trip to Aswan in November 2013 & just wanted a place to lay my head that was cheap, clean and centrally placed. The El Salam was ideal on all counts. I took a side room near the front at UK£7 per night (best rooms at the front were available for £10). I had a little balcony with view north along the Nile, 2 comfy beds, small bathroom with excellent shower. AC worked, though I didn't need to use it. Location superb, staff attentive (and never tried a hard sell on trips), breakfast on rooftop basic but adequate. Apart from being noisy at night, I couldn't fault it.
I really felt for the Aswan people, so many of whom depend on tourism for a living. The streets were still pretty lively, and the souq behind the hotel was doing brisk business until after midnight - but at times I wondered if I was the only tourist in town. Despite this, there wasn't much hassle (this is Egypt!) and I felt very welcome. Particularly enjoyed an overnight trip on a felucca. I highly recommend the services of Captain Ashraf (recognise him by the "dreads"). You can find him on the far side of Elephantine Island, about opposite the public ferry landing. Take the ferry, walk up past the school, continue past the irrigation channels, then on the the other side where the felucca is moored between the rocks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Salam Hotel located in front of the wonderful Nile view, with a budget value, clean and comfortable rooms. Located in downtown so we are near from everything you need or like to see railway station, restaurants, and Bazaars. We have 70 rooms, single, double and triple, they all have private bathrooms, with a really hot water shower, they are air conditioned even we have few of them with fans. ... more less
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