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Cairo is a true megacity. This gigantic metropolis can be daunting at times but is well worth all the stress; Cario has a bounty of historic and cultural treasures. The city is dynamic and consits of diverse neighborhoods despite mostly being known for its historic treasures like the Great Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum.
Hostels in Cairo are easy to come by. You're likely to be commandeered by persistent outgoing locals who want to take you to a hostel and earn a commission. Although there are astonishingly many open-hearted, polite, and down right friendly people in Cairo its best not to let strangers lead you to a hostel. Book beforehand and check out the place out before paying. If you get in at the airport, public transportation to the city center is a challenge, although the locals go way out of your way to help you. Otherwise if arriving by bus or train you may be able just to walk to your accommodation. The subway may come in handy as well.
As far as picking out which location to look for a suitable Cairo hostel in, do consider what area you'd like to stay in. The list of hostels isn't endless, so this should narrow things down to just a handful. If you want to be downtown close to the Nile there are good options—check out places claiming to be on the rooftop, as these are often very cheap (since rooftops are considered low-class in this part of the world) yet pleasant and offer stunning views. Or if arriving by train stay right in the neighborhood Midan Ramses where you arrive. Or get right to the heart of the city and stay directly on Tahrir Square. Keep in mind that many hostels here offer private rooms for just pennies more than shared ones.
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"You'd think Lialy was terrible. I whole-heartedly disagree. The owner has been nothing but courteous and very very helpful, same goes for the staff. Comfortable clean rooms and reliable showers make a stay here a rather pleasant one. Excellent location too. Highly recommended." … "Very clean in comparison with other hostels in Cairo - VERY secure, The employees are always available and I felt like I was home, NO curfew and the sheets...
"I stayed in the Meramees Hostel for three days. The staff are great. I had such fun; they made my visit to Cairo just fabulous. And the hostel is fairly clean and a good value for the money you pay." … "So so - The place is ok -- fairly clean, great location. But the staff is only superficially helpful and not trustworthy at all." … "Ok, the place was clean (shared bathroom too), hot showers, and our room was of a good size with...
Hotel Luna - Cairo
"We recently (March 2006) stayed at the Luna Hotel in Cairo. It is a true bargain. The location is right downtown (with easy access to the subway system, which is clean and very easy to use). The proprietor and staff were very nice and quite willing to help arrange day trips to Cairo’s sites or trips to other parts of Egypt -- all at fairly reasonable prices. The room price includes a continental breakfast (pretty dull -- coffee or tea...
The Canadian Hostel
"Tour scam. - I was ripped off on a tour to the Giza Pyramids so I will not stay there ever again." … "Clean, friendly atmosphere. Excellent location! Downtown, just steps from Metro. Plus a great bakery on the ground floor. Two shared washrooms with shower, common room with satellite TV and library, 3 computers (hi-speed) and public phone, laundry machines, kitchen. Hostel offers discounted group tours to various locations." …...
New Palace Hotel
"New Palace Hotel is not new and not a palace (except for the extremely high doors and ceilings on the 6th floor), but all the same, a good deal for money until you get sold on a tour. Highly recommend paying the price to get a bus to pick you up from the airport (organised by the hostel). No way a taxi can work with the street address. When you arrive at night (very common with flights for some reason), the hotel is on a rather dark street....
"Absolutely the best thing that may happen to a backpacker in Egypt is to visit Sun Hotel!!! It is located in Tahrir Square, two hundred meters only from the Egyptian Museum, and close to the bus and railway stations and every landmark in Cairo. It is clean, the beds are fairly comfortable, service is decent, and the prices more than reasonable. But what makes this hotel extraordinary is what Ramy, the tour operator of the hotel, can offer...
Venice Hosokawaya Hostel
"Cheapest hostel in Cairo -- not bad but what can be expected for $2 - This is literally the cheapest hostel in Cairo. At $2 a night, don't expect much. Beds were clean, rooms were clean but hot. A creaky fan and poor lighting was in my double, which was in a high floor above the seedy Souk Al-Tafiqua. Showers were in decrepit shape, if clean. Bring your own TP. Staff were friendly and very helpful. Free breakfast is served on a balcony...
"Loved it! - Stayed here back in April 2002. It was a great relief to find the place -- it was almost my accident (the hotel we'd planned to stay in had shut down). I was really impressed -- I remember this place fondly as having the cleanest toilets I'd seen in the entire country. The people were friendly and helpful and the room we had was lovely and large with a view to the street." … "Staff has been very friendly and helpful. I...
The Australian Hostel
"… the heart of downtown, which is 5 minutes walking from the Egyptian museum, and 10 minutes from the railway station and bus station as well. Book 5 nights in any privet room you will receive a free pick up from the airport. We also have a lobby for relaxing after a long day visiting, where you can chat, listen to all kinds of music, dance, play cards and watching international TV. We give you a guarantee that you will enjoy every...
"… hotel very good located in the heart of dowtown Cairo. Just 5 minutes from the Egyptian Museum and the Nile. No car in the street but coffee shops to let the traveler enjoy the Egyptian life. The rooms are clean, comfortable and safe, with air conditioned, private bathroom, single or double bed. Share room is available. The owner is French and the friendly staff speak good English. Bedouin Hotel offers a lot of services : web...
"… - Hardies - KFC) & shopping markets. Also in the area you will find lots of local and international restaurants, cafes and shopping areas for all tastes and budgets! Special Offers: - For Single rooms (3 nights booking) FREE airport pick up from Airport to the hotel, one way only. - For the double and triple and 4 beds rooms (3 nights booking) free airport pick up one way only and one day car driving to visit the great pyramids...
Wake Up! Cairo Hostel
"Great view, good staff, but noisy - We paid for the private room, which was lovely except for it sharing a wall with the common room. We had annoying teenagers partying all night -- we had a 5am flight to get up for and asked nicely to keep it down, and the staff wouldn't lift a finger to help. But unlike most Egyptian hostels, they didn't push their tours on you. We got a free Giza tour for staying 3 nights and it was awesome. Location is...
Each Way Hostel
"This is a new place in Cairo designed for all budget travelers. Established on July 2008, located in a pleasant, quiet area, offering a nice view, in Talat Harb Street Downtown Cairo. Rooms are clean, air-conditioned with Wi-Fi for Free plus we have internet cafe and printer. Each Way is an economical place and close to Egyptian museum and several other main sights make us one of the most popular hostels in Cairo. Our international atmosphere...
Classic Plaza Hostel
"City Plaza Hostel is a good place to stay if on a budget. It is easy to access many of the major sites from the hostel's central location in downtown Cairo. The zebra-print chairs, sofas, and the Egyptian paint murals in the main entrance make this a welcoming environment. The Location It can be a bit difficult to locate as the street signs are not provided on the main street. The hostel is also not labeled on the outside of the...
"Alexander is a new hotel opened on April 2009 to meet all the variuos travelers needs , to valued for the money, well located, highly decorated, and provide services, informations, help as the guest need to make a leisure stay. the staf have perfect English,and have excellent exprience in treating with tourists in many hotels so they know what you need and how to make it for you before you ask about. we promise you, that you will come as a...
"… at home immediately. You can enjoy the quiet life in the village and the villagers hospitality. It is a ideal base for all the sightseeings in Cairo and the pyramids of Giza and Sakkara. We gladly organize your excursions with our private car. The available rooms are all clean, cozy, equipped with king size beds, fans and private bathroom. From the roof terrace you can over see the pyramids of Abusir and the steppyramid of Sakkara...
Cairo Stars Hotel
"Good, should be three star for the service and people who work here - Good, should be three star for the service and people who work here. I like about this place that the staff over here is very reassuring that there will be no surprises of what kind so ever. They are very kind, they even do some shopping for you as a guest when you do not feel like going out. They do not overcharge and ask reasonable and fair prices for tea, coffee, and...
"Cosy - I spent an enjoyable week at Cecilia in hectic Cairo. Cecilia is a cute hostel in a quiet street with a nice terrace, clean rooms, and a very friendly and helpful staff. They arrange good private tours (wherever you want to go) and the airport pickup in the middle of the night was very efficient." … "… arrange tours to discover Cairo , and the real Egyptian hospitality. Ask for Discounts for extend stay and for groups!...
"Aussie hostel is the ideal place for a homely adventurous stay while you are in Cairo. Brand new hostel designed as an Egyptian temple combined with the cozy spirit of the liberal travelers!! Aussie Hostel is a cozy homely atmosphere has 6 rooms/ 20 beds 3rooms with air-condition and other 3 with fans The hostel jas 2 common bathrooms and 1 common room Aussie hostel provide fully eauipped kitchen (Free of use" … "… hostel has...
Cairo Palace Hostel
"At Cairo Palace we offer you clean, comfortable and air conditioned rooms at very reasonable prices in a good location. We have Wireless internet access in the lobby and rooms and warm and friendly English and German speaking staff who will help you with all of your queries and are experts in providing information to our guests about tourist and transport information. We aim to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, so allow us to make...
Egyptian Night Hotel
"… and ensure that your stay in Cairo is everything you could have hoped for. A continental breakfast, including drip coffee is served at any time of day. For the comfort of our guests we also provide a non-smoking area. We also offer free high speed wireless internet. Our careful attention to details is perfectly designed to provide you with a wonderful experience in Cairo that you won't forget. Our 14 bright and comfortable...
"Security is a big problem! - My passport and purse went missing from my locker (which is in the corridor not the dorm I was in). The owner Dina initially claimed not to have a spare key for it only to change her story two days later. She insisted staff could not have stolen it but practically all the staff have left since. The staff were always pressuring guests to put up good reviews especially after they had some negative ones online. They...
"Our Well designed and furnished rooms with the private bathroom and the comfortable beds plus the view from the common room will make you enjoy your stay. In occasion of opening we offer the best challengeable rates for private rooms in down town which offer the same type of accommodation. The facilities include 24 hour reception, travel desk, air conditioning, car parking, internet access and a currency exchange service." …...
"… a safe environment we have a 24hr reception with security lockers, also clean bed linen and free fresh towels. In the hostel you can feel at home in our common rooms (1 with balcony) and guest kitchen. For your entertainment we have a library, games to play, internet and free wi-fi. Come and join us here at Hola Cairo Hotel for an unforgettable experience. Extras just for you at the Hola Cairo: Breakfast (included) Airport...
"… have rooms with & without bathrooms. All the rooms come with air conditioning and a TV. Services: Free breakfast Free luggage room Free safe boxes Free car and bike parking Free wi-fi connection and pc for use the internet Free security lockers Free unlimited coffee and tea in the breakfast Free 24 hour heating and hot water Free clean and fresh sheets, pillow, blanket and towel Free city map and travel information Free local...
"… distance to all major attractions, and interesting spots of Cairo, with a super transport network at your door. Travelers House has large spotlessly clean rooms with high ceilings and high quality furniture. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning to make your stay pleasant and comfortableThe friendly English speaking staff are ready to provide all travelers with information and tips about Egypt and Cairo. Don't miss making...
Mesho Inn Hostel
"MESHO INN HOSTEL Cheap hostel in Cairo for Backpackers, families, Students and Couples . Newly opened located in the Center of down town Cairo All rooms are clean and comfortable with '' Balcony - cupboard - with bathroom - WI Fi ( wireless internet ) . We also have a kitchen, a common room with T.V and free internet cafe and PlayStation 3..." … "… . - wireless Internet and printer to use - Cable TV with Satellite -...
Miami Cairo Hostel
"More than a hostel - I booked this hostel online because of it's cheap rates and central locations and was so pleased I chose it. This isn't a typical backpackers hostel. It's more of a friendly guest house where the owners go out of their way to make you feel at home. Mustafa, Khaled and Mohammed were truly welcoming, taking a genuine interest in my plans and helping me acclimatise to the city and find my way around. Cairo was fantastic and...
"… You In Amazing Time And Assist You To Know The Local Attraction In Cairo And The Sightseeing In all Egypt. Extras just for you at Milano Hostel Breakfast included Late Check Out Computer for Free Use 24/h Hot Water Free Wi-Fi internet access Free City Tour Bus Ticket's Airport pickup Tour services Luggage storage Laundry service Train Ticket's 24 hour reception All taxes included tours desk/free information Parking (on street...
"Excellent place to stay - Excellent place to stay. Had previously stayed at another hostel where the owner was rude and unprofessional and my passport and purse went missing from my locker inexplicably. Then I moved to Freedom Hostel which was a real relief. The owner of Freedom Hostel was particularly helpful and assuring at a very stressful time and it made my stay in Cairo while I dealt with the difficulties of replacing my passport and...
Tiba Midtown Hostel
"Tiba Midtown rooms are well designed, decorated and furnished to meet all the guests needs, fresh linen and towels (Egyptian Cotton) provided daily included in the room cost, continental breakfast and drink are served daily included in the room cost. Always clean bathrooms and High speed free WIFI in the entire hostel Free for Guests." … "… Story: Tiba Midtown is the result of 5 years experience in establishment of properties...
"This place is wonderful!! Totally laid-back atmosphere, chilled out and cozy. The staff are super friendly. A perfect place to meet people is the garden area in the evening. The room was very clean (en suite). Excellent location. We had a lot of fun there !" … "It's like an oasis in that huge crowded strange city of Cairo!" … "Swell -- It's Egyptian - I think that Dahab is a decent place. It is far from perfect -- not 100% clean...
HI - Cairo Hostel
"… Cairo is a dynamic city, proud of its warm and friendly people who are well known for their traditional hospitality. On the western Bank of the Nile and on top of the Giza plateau rise the colossal Pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx - two of the most glorious contributions of Pharaonic heritage. In the heart of Cairo, the eternal River Nile flows gently from south to north. A Cairo visitor cannot miss sailing in a Nile felucca at...
Ain Shams Obelisk Hostel
"This is quirky little gem of a place to stay -- quirky because it is off the beaten tourist track, in a working class residential area in northern Cairo, but a gem, in my opinion, for the same reason. If you want to get a feel for what Egypt is really like then stay here. The rooms are basic but big, the bathrooms are clean, and you and your belongings are completely safe. The hostel is two minutes from a metro station which will get you to...
Desert Safari Hostel
"Even though we were only here for 4 days, the guys at desert safari helped our trip be so exciting and memorable -- this is a really great place to stay, lovely people, and the staff are amazingly helpful! They have all the contacts and can organise anything you want to do, they set us up with a full day of camel and horse riding around the pyramids, and we watched the sunset over the pyramids -- amazing! The rooms were really clean and very...
Unter den Linden Hostel
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Nile Paradise Hostel
"… provide you with clean rooms, privates and dormitories; We how you are important to us, so we know how provide service to you. All rooms are provided with Air Condition and Balconie Free welcome drink. Free breakfast. Free wireless Internet and WiFi in room and access in lobby. TV Cable with Satellite. Free use of guest kitchen. 24 hour concierge ready to handle any thing you need. 24 Hour Reception. Washing Machine/Dryer....
Hostel Cairo International Scout Center
"… is one of the HI network of hostels in Egypt and one of two hostels in Cairo. The hostel is located 11km from the city center with good transport links. Enjoy your stay in luxurious rooms with great facilities at a fraction of the price of a hotel. Our hostel rooms are well equipped and well furnished. Check your e-mails and surf the web using our internet room. You can choose to stay in a Single or Double rooms or to stay in a...
Walid Emam Apartment
"Apartment is new opened 2013. Its located in Ramses St is near from Egyptian museum, and all rooms have air conditioning, all rooms with Nile view, room also have wi fi, American kitchen, all with balcony, hot water. If you booked 30 nights you have 5 % discount, free pick up for 15 nights. The apartment have 3 rooms one of room single .the seconds double large bed ,the third one two beds .." … "… Abdel Naser station, El Marg...
Monte Cairo Suites
"… gymnasium. With free parking, the apartments are located a 10-minute drive from the citadel and Khan El Khalili. The 24-hour reception staff can arrange car rentals and airport shuttles to Cairo International Airport, a 20-minute drive away. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h advance notice Late cancellation or noshow – one night charge Payment upon arrival by cash or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard) Check in from 14.00...
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Cairo Travel Tips & Suggestions
I am an American who lived in Cairo for twenty-seven years. The city is friendly and people will go out of their way to help foreigners. There are hustlers who will try to push their wares on you at the tourist sites. As far as safety goes, it is much safer than a large American city. You will have a great time! Please try to learn a few words in Arabic, it really helps!
Cairo is the best place in Africa.
I have just returned from Cairo alone and am a young woman. I had no problems -- it's a lovely place. Just dress conservative. Yes, you are stared at and hassled a bit, but just say you're married and your husband is working and always say you're busy and goodbye. This worked for me. Garden City is a safe and quiet area for ladies alone. Go for it -- I did and it won't be my last time.
Cairo is the paradise of backpackers.
As a woman on my own, I was very scared when I came to Egypt. But Egypt is not really very bad -- it's like everywhere and has good and bad people.
Welcome to a very hot adventure if you arrive around June! Yes, you will be hassled, but a firm "No thanks" works a lot. Think wisely and carefully about what you really want to do before signing up on a tour. And remember, tips are almost always expected, but can be avoided. As a single woman I appeal to other women to try, despite the heat, to respect the culture and stay covered. It will also stop sunburn. And from those in the know, Immodium makes it worse, it just backs up the problem. Also, look out for rehydrating tablets, worth their weight.
Mohandeseen in Cairo is considered a upperclass neighborhood, which I found to be safe and friendly. This area of the city is provides a central starting point for tourist and business people alike, and is within walking distance of great shopping, banks, and dining.
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