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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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"In fact "Dangerous" - There is no 24 hour desk; a swarthy man come onto me, and I was afraid. Had paid for one week and stayed one night. At first the rooms look nice, and all -- but you are a prey." … "Excellent budget choice - Considering the location, the price of less than 10 English pounds per night for a double room is very good. The place is clean, the breakfast adequate, the staff extremely helpful and friendly, and the hotel...
"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 comfy mattress. Breakfast is the usual fare, two bread sticks with butter, jam, and cheese plus free tea and coffee all day. But dont book any tours or taxis through them, they are not trustworthy. Within the...
The Canadian Hostel
"Tour scam. - I was ripped off on a tour to the Giza Pyramids so I will not stay there ever again." … "… Airport ' one stay' ! We offer a FREE shuttle bus service to the pyramids at Giza and we will also provide you with all information you might need for your travel around Egypt in addition to a free map of Cairo. Our brand new rooms are well furnished and we also have an Arabian style communal area. Breakfast is...
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....
Sun Hotel Cairo
"Good - staff are very friendly, great location, and great view of tarir square. made my trip worth coming for." … "Charming and reasonably priced hotel in central Cairo - I enjoyed my 3 nights-stay in the Sun Hotel for several reasons. first, the staff was always extremely friendly and helpful (even beyond their duty, special thanks to 'William' for helping me with my flight issues!!); second, the atmosphere was warm and familial, with...
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...
"Great Place! - I really enjoyed my stay in Pension Vienna. The staff were friendly and helpful. The room we stayed in was a triple room. It was clean, with bedding included, a terrific shower and air conditioning, and free internet and Wi-Fi. Breakfast was included, but you need to let them know when you want it, and they will bring it to your room." … "Not Impressed - I definitely agree with great location part, and that the rooms are...
"… meters away from the Egyptian museum 300 meters away from the metro station 400 meters away from the Nile 4 min. walking from the best clubs,restaurants,shopping centers and art galleries The hotel has been warmly recommended by most major guidebooks, including Lonely Planet, Le Guide de Routard, le Petit Fut and more. WE OFFER * FREE AIRPORT PICKUP IF YOU STAY MORE THAN Two NIGHTS *Free breakfast *FREE Luggage...
"… if you will stay more than two nights (this option is not for groups more than 8 people) Please send your flight details if you are flying to Cairo. Airport pickup is one way one time. *Free 2 types of breakfast (Oriental, Continental ) *Free trip to the pyramids if u book for three nights or more with us *Free Luggage storage. *Free safety deposit box. *Information Desk. *Free kitchen facilities. *Free Cairo Maps *Internet 24h/...
The Australian Hostel
"Good location and friendly atmosphere - Close to "everything", decent rooms, helpful staff, hot water any time." … "… pick up from the airport.. Book 5 nights in the single room you will receive free airport 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 and books to borrow. We give you...
"… 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...
"… Several Egyptian and International restaurants (McDonalds - 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...
Wake Up! Cairo Hostel
"They stole money from me!! - This hostel was very nice but be careful. Everyone that works there a bunch of thrives. They told me to leave my backpack in the corner of the room so I can go out to see the pyramids and when I returned they had stolen 150 bucks from my bag and then tried to say it wasn't them. There was no one else staying at the hostel and then when I confronted then they said they have lockers but they failed to mention that...
"… multilingual staff are delighted to take exceptional care of you during your stay. They will provide you with all the information you need to make your stay in Cairo and Egypt one you will never forget. We also offer free breakfast and free wireless internet. There are many cafes, Egyptian and International restaurants nearby. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h advance notice Payment upon arrival by cash only...
Each Way Hostel
"… Downtown ), only a short walk from Talat Harb Square. It is a clean, economical place and close to Egyptian museum and several other main sights with several transport options available.Our international atmosphere and energetic, friendly English speaking staff help make us one of the most popular hostels in Cairo.We help our guests enjoy their stay in Cairo by providing necessary information on tours, maps and other tourist...
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...
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...
Cecilia Hotel Cairo
"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." … "… rooms with total of 42 beds, some are with private bathroom, some are sharing, 10 rooms are A/C and other 8 rooms with...
"Cheap Hostel for Backpackers, families, Students or Couples who like to spend nice time in Cairo. Newly opened in July 2009, Perfect Hostel is located in the pyramid street one of the biggest streets in Cairo, near the Pyramids, the sphinx and Sakara. We offer you : - Good and safe location - Free breakfast - wireless Internet and printer to use - Cable TV with Satellite - Free use of guest kitchen - Free long distance calls (only in Cairo...
Egyptian Night Hotel
"… by the staff to be able to enjoy his stay with the whole afforded facilities in the place so we were concerned of getting experienced and friendly staff are there for you 24 hours to make sure you are not just happy but delighted. - Free pick up from the airport upon request for minimum stay 3 nights in a private room or 5 nights at the dormitory. - Info desk is available 24 hours and via mail too. - Car rental is available. Our...
"… have Cable TV. To offer 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 WIFI. Extras Just For you at the Hola Cairo: Breakfast (Included) Airport Transfers Bicycle Hire Phone Cards...
"… 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 phone call Free safe-box deposits Free adaptor - charger - converter Free hairdryer for hire Free wake up service...
Travelers House Cairo
"… information and tips about Egypt and Cairo. Our large common room, equipped with a balcony and Satellite TV, is the perfect place to make new friends and share travel experience with visitors from all over the world. Travelers House is characterized by providing all facilities and special offers to suit all different travelers and their budget with safe stay Don't miss making Travelers House part of your Egyptian memories Sleep...
Garden View Hotel
"… drink. - Color TV with satellite, air conditioning in each room, and telephone. - Hairdryer for free. - MINI BAR in each room and reading light. - Restaurant, café, and storage. - FREE WIFI in rooms, lobby and internet connections with high speed . - 24 Hours reception Friendly, multi lingual staff ( English , French , German , and Spanish) who are on hand to answer your queries 24 hours . - Free City Tours, Travel deck and...
Mesho Inn Hostel
"… a wide selection of books. Mesho Inn Hostel has a 24-hour reception desk that also functions as a tour desk. The staff offers room service and can also arrange an airport shuttle or a car rental. Hostel Mesho Inn is a 10-minute walk from the Egyptian Museum and 30 minutes’ drive from Cairo International Airport. It offers free parking near to the hotel. Important information Some nationalities can get an entry permit stamped in...
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...
Milano Hostel Cairo
"… Helpful And Friendly And Professional Staff. Regardless Of What Your Interests Are, The Staffs At Milan Hostel Is Fluent In English And Always There With Smile And Ready To Help 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...
"AMENITIES Internet Access – WiFi in Lobby – 24 Hour Reception – Luggage Storage – Tours Desk – Elevator - tv satellite - airport pick up - towels -breakfast included -laundry service The rooms feature Air Conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, high ceilings, carefully crafted decor, a wardrobe, a desk and large windows with plenty of light. Some rooms offer large balconies to relax on at night and watch the city."...
"Functional but not great - Positive -- Airport pickup was fine, the 24-hour reception was useful, the place is pretty clean, the water is hot, the location is good, and the staff were helpful with things like restaurant recommendations and directions to the train station. The women who work in the morning were particularly nice. Breakfast was fine, and the common room is a good place to hang out. Negative -- I can't speak for the private...
Friends Hostel Cairo
"… the airport, and have different styles of rooms to suit all travelers. Friends hostel is located in the heart of Cairo on Tallat Harb Street, in the middle of 2 famous metro stations - Sadat and Nasser Stations. Tallat Harb street is famous for shopping and many different restaurants and bars. All rooms feature air conditioning. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h advance notice. Late cancellation or no show – one...
One Season Hostel
"… the city at the main center of Downtown. We offer a free Pick up from Cairo Airport to our Hostel in case of booking 3 nights in a private room with private bathroom. Complimentary welcome drink and free map of Cairo on arrival! We provide single, double, triple and quad rooms as well as small and big dormitories we also have double and triple rooms with private bathrooms. All rooms come with satellite TV, direct wireless network...
Horus Eye Hostel
"… bands at the Opera house or local culture centers, beside that you will have the chance to attend workshops taking place In our hostel or other places workshops about Origami, art drawing learning music…etc., you will receive also promotions will help you organizing your tour & for sure you will receive mails from other guests so don’t miss it. Remember we started it to help you finding your comfort zone in Cairo so feel free to...
Cairo International Hostel
"… locale is impelling to timeless and historic venues, all within strolling distance. The Egyptian Museum, internationally revered treasures & Iconic symbolism, part of a legion of enlightenments. Walk a leisurely stroll beside the Nile. Abundant with cafes, shops& restaurants, traditional & Egypts' global tastes. Cairo International Hostel has spacious rooms, private, double, triple, quad and dorm. New comfortable...
"… Cairo, which are all easily accessible with the efficient transport network. In the nearby surroundings of the hotel, guests will find various Egyptian and International banks etc. We offer you: Free travel information, Tour desk, Free wireless in lobby and rooms, Free luggage storage / safe, Guest Kitchen, Bed Linen Included, Towels Included, Open 24 hours, Airport Transfers, Air conditioned lounge area, Clean house / Clean...
27 Talaat Harb Street, In front of Talaat Harb Mal
Cairo Downtown Hostel
"… any of the following options: If you would like to see the Pyramids and Sphinx, diving in the Red Sea, the Great Temple of Abu Simbel, or even to swim Mediterranean Sea! We want to provide you with the best services and options Egypt. If you have any suggestions we are more than happy to make sure you will have a comfortable and safe time in Egypt. Egypt is a popular travel and tour destination instead of booking with a larger...
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
"Great hosts! - This hostel was great, and they had free airport pickup. Amir, Ahmed, and everyone else on staff are fun and friendly people who will gladly help with your Arabic, finding things in the city, and setting up the rest of your travels. Highly recommended!" … "The best hostel in cairo - Excellent hostel -- no complaints at all, would gladly stay there again. Staff were friendly and helpful and the location is right in the...
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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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