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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." … "I've been here twice. One time was a little bad because the beds are really hard and have old mattresses. The other year the prices went up to 35 pounds per...
"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...
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....
"Swell -- It's Egyptian - I think that Dahab is a decent place. It is far from perfect -- not 100% clean or modern or whatever. The location is amazing as is the rooftop. I could stay there forever." … "It's like an oasis in that huge crowded strange city of Cairo!" … "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...
Sun Hotel Cairo
"Excellent - Sun Hotel is excellent because his staff is very kind and ready to help you when you need! The hotel is clean. We will come back in Sun Hotel sure!" … "This is the best place to stay in Cairo! But what do I know since it's the only place I've stayed at? But this place is cheap, and the people who work here are really humble and friendly. And they make a good breakfast. I was here in 1997 and 2003." … "Absolutely the...
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...
"Staff has been very friendly and helpful. I recommend this hostel for backpackers to stay in Cairo. Air conditioned rooms are big, clean and comfortable. Bathrooms are also well maintained with hot water. They also have good knowledge of tourist info of Egypt. They helped me with an awesome camping trip to the western desert. They have a free airport pickup service available." … "Loved it! - Stayed here back in April 2002. It was a...
"… knowledgeable staff are ready to answer all of your question and ensure that your stay in Egypt is everything you could have hoped for. We offer: * Free airport pickup if you will stay more than 2 nights in a single ,double , triple or quad room. (This option is not for groups more than 4 people.) Please send your flight details if you are flying to Cairo. Airport pickup is one way one time. *Free 3 types of breakfast (Oriental,...
"Invitation hotel offers luxury at a budget price with unlimited fun!! We welcome all travelers, backpackers, couples, and families .We are located in the heart of Cairo, with amazing panoramic view of the Nile and world famous Cairo museum! We offer comfortable accommodation with private bathroom that includes shower, air conditioning and Internet Access. Breakfast is served for free at our restaurant ." … "… T.V . our...
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...
"… minutes from pyramids 30minutes from air port Nubian Hostel near by Bus station (5 minutes), egyptian musuem (5 minutes), main railway station (10 minutes). 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...
Wake Up! Cairo Hostel
"Just Great - It is the perfect location at the museum two bus stations and close to the train station. The staff helped us get everything we needed. It was quit and very clean. The breakfast was great and enough to hold us until lunch. Kudos to the staff especially the lady that makes breakfast and mint tea. The owner even came by to make sure we had everything we needed. I intend to stay at the Wake up before we depart Egypt. The perfect...
"… fresh breezes. The hotel faces away from the street so that you can enjoy the luxury of peace and quiet in the middle of Downtown Cairo. The rooms have wood floors, high ceilings, and wardrobes to make you feel at home. Our friendly multilingual staff is 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....
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...
"… feel 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...
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." … "… Hotel and receive as our gift to you a free airport pick up; -Book 4 nights or more and receive free transportation by...
"… Our staff are renowned for going out of their way to make the Hostel experience one that thousands of people each year remember as being a highlight of their travels. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Cheap Hostel for Backpackers, families, Students or Couples who like to spend nice time in Cairo. . We offer you : - Good and safe location - Free breakfast - wireless Internet and printer to use -...
Egyptian Night Hotel
"… a fridge and wireless internet along with other extras are designed to make your stay in Cairo everything you imagined. We are located directly across from the Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo. Only a couple of minutes walk from the Nile. And a 2 minute walk to the nearest metro station. Our friendly professional staff look forward to making sure your holiday in Cairo is everything you ever dreamed. We offer free breakfast...
"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." …...
"… can choose to stay in an ensuite room or a room with a shared Bathroom, some rooms even 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...
"Forget the others and don't look any further! Enjoy your stay at the amazing newly opened JAMAICA HOSTEL located in the heart of downtown Cairo and 5 minutes from Egyptian museum, designed for all budget travelers .All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, TV, WiFi and heating. Free Breakfast is served every morning with Coffee and Tea to freshly start your day! We offer discount for groups and extend stay." … "… wi-fi...
Maddi Guest House
"… and safe accommodation with high quality furniture, clean bed linen and fresh towels. All the rooms have air conditioning. The staff at Maadi Guesthouse is fluent in English, will be happy to assist with any enquiries customers have. They are also experts in giving information on tourism and transport in Cairo and Egypt. Maadi Guesthouse has a shuttle bus service to the pyramids in Giza, and will provide you with information of...
Travelers House Cairo
"… 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 Well...Dream Big...Traveler...
Garden View Hotel
"Newly opened in October 2010, modern design with eastern flavor, ideal location ,great view on gardens and Cairo Tower, gym room for fitness , Christmas hot deals, peaceful hotel, spacious rooms. What else you need? Garden view is the newest hotel in Cairo which was designed to accommodate all kinds of travelers (students, backpackers, groups, business men and families) ALL OF Our rooms are big, clean and spacious with balcony having...
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
"… 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 Tour Bus Ticket's Airport pickup Tour services Luggage storage Laundry service Train Ticket's 24 hour reception All taxes...
"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."...
"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." … "… Midtown is the result of 5 years experience in establishment of properties in Down Town,...
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
"… city tours, city walking tours. There’s no curfew or lock-out! We provide Private, single, double, triple and quad rooms as well as small and big dormitories. All private Ensuite rooms come with bathroom and shower, satellite TV,balconies, direct wireless network and a hairdryer. You can discover Egypt through our professional Travel Desk Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late...
Horus Eye Hostel
"… by local & international 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...
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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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