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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." … "We stayed at this hostel for a total of 4 nights. We found the place really good, with very friendly, helpful staff. The place is a bit noisy, but I think...
"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....
"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...
Sun Hotel Cairo
"My three-week stay at Sun Hotel was a really great experience! What I enjoyed most was the staff. The men who worked there were so friendly, and Mr. Ehab made the best Arabic coffee around. I still keep in contact with them and would highly recommend this hotel." … "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...
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...
"… 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...
"… 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/ 7days. + High...
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...
"… Egyptian main railway station 30 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: -...
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...
"… stay in Cairo and Egypt one you will never forget. My Hotel Cairo is pleased to offer free airport pick up with a 3 night stay in a room with a private bathroom or twin or triple room with a shared bathroom 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...
Each Way Hostel
"… o s t e l-N e a r-B y ------------------------------------------------------- - Main train station ( 10 min walk ) - Pyramids ( 30 min by car ) - Egyptian museum ( 10 min walk ) - Cairo Airport ( 30 min by car ) - several shoping market, international resturants ( macdonalds - KFC - Hardies ) - Gamal Abdelnaser Metro Station ( 3 min walk ) -------------------------------------------- S p e c i a l-O f f e r s...
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." … "… stay at our hotel , and we arrange tours to discover Cairo , and the real Egyptian hospitality. Ask for Discounts for...
"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
"… Also hot water afforded 24 hours, TV and hair dryer. For sure one of the most important thing to any guest is to be well served 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...
"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." …...
"… rooms. Guests 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...
"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." … "… Car and...
Maddi Guest House
"… Guesthouse is located 14 miles from Cairo Airport. Hotel Rooms: 10 24-Hour Front Desk, Non-Smoking Rooms, Express Check-In/Check-Out, Air Conditioning. Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and costs USD 2 per hour. Free! Free public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed). Services Room Service, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Breakfast in the Room, Ironing Service, Car Hire, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying....
Travelers House Cairo
"Offering free Wi-Fi and unbeatable budget accommodation, the Traveler's House Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Cairo. It is ideally surrounded by excellent public transport links. All rooms are spacious and feature high ceilings and large windows with views of the area. Both shared and private bathrooms are available. Guests can enjoying mixing with other guests in the common living room, which is equipped with a balcony and...
Garden View Hotel
"… 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 free information. - A huge...
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 Relation To The Best Available Room Rate's Based On This And On Feedback Received From Previous Guest. The best feature of this hostel is the helpful and friendly and professional staff. Regardless of what your interests are, the staffs at Milano Hostel is always ready to help you in any time and assist you to know the local attraction in Cairo and the Sightseeing in whole Egypt !!! We Offer New Deal On Airport Pick Up!!!...
"Welcome to Allegiance Hotel at the center of vibrant Downtown Cairo! Experience all that Cairo has to offer just a short distance from the hotel. Newly opened in June 2011! We designed the hotel with your comfort and relaxation in mind. 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...
"A clean fun and friendly budget backpackers hostel - After spending more than a week in Egypt (Sinai and Cairo) staying in a mixed-bag of budget friendly hostels, I wasn't sure what to expect from the Freedom Hostel. However upon arrival it became very clear that this one was a little bit special. Whether it was the friendly owner (who didn't once try to sell a tour/excursion -- although they are available if you ask) or the spotless rooms...
Tiba Midtown Hostel
"… to the bed so now we can ensure easy arrival to the property as our gate is in a main known Street in Cairo, Huge well decorated Entrance with security and watching Camera for Safety, Automatic system at the property from check in, getting promised services for no extra charges, real welcoming and hospitality during the stay , and smiley people leave good remembrance on check out to come back home any time you come back to Cairo....
Friends Hostel Cairo
"… facilities/markets. There is free wifi and a free breakfast to start your day with. The staff are very experienced regarding tours around Egypt and are willing to provide you with information so you enjoy your stay, with us at the hostel and all of Egypt. Some of our staff speak english, spanish, arabic and french. We also offer a pick up from the airport, and have different styles of rooms to suit all travelers. Friends hostel is...
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
"… of shows, plays, parties performed 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...
Cairo Downtown Hostel
"… 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 travel agency, tour of Egypt can be achieved on a budget. Please contact us for more information. We are more than happy to provide you with a...
"2 mins walk to cairo national museum , main metro station, free airport pick, in the main central square in cairo, airconditioned" … "Located right in the heart of historical Cairo, Tulip Hotel offers large rooms, beautiful iron balconies, and comfortable beds. Our rates are affordable!! The hotel is close to the shopping centers and popular restaurants." … "… a long day you can spend an amazing evening at our bar....
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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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