Freedom Hostel




The Review

Freedom Hostel is on a floor in a fairly sketchy-looking building, but the vast majority of buildings in Cairo would be characterized as "sketchy." Breakfast is tea or coffee, bread, soft cheese, and fig jam. The hostel staff can arrange for a driver for the day to go out to some of the mosques and mountain areas that are further away.

The Location

Centrally located, this hostel is about a ten-minute walk to the Cairo Museum. It is off a busy shopping street just on a side street, so the sound of traffic is minimized. It is on the fifth floor of a sketchy building, but the interior of the hostel is decent. You can get delivery or walk five minutes to Kazaz or Felfella for cheap falafel or shwarma, so food is close by. There are tons of convenience stores to get cheap drinks and snacks or fruit stands in the street right out front. The hostel does sell some drinks if you need, but they are double what it is at any corner market.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are large with high ceilings. Each room has an old skeleton key, which works fine. The beds are comfortable enough and the rooms are pretty clean with large-plank wood floors. There is a room safe but no personal lockers. The bathrooms are small, and besides the shower -- which has mold issues -- is clean. The air conditioner is excellent and the Wi-Fi works very well. There are hooks in the washroom but not much else to put anything on.

Common Spaces

There really is just the traditional lounge/breakfast seating in front of the reception, so seating outside of your room is limited. The staff are very kind and friendly and love to talk about their country, so sitting in the traditional benches in the reception and having tea is a nice way to end the day amidst the chaos that Cairo can be. There is an open computer desk in the hallway free for guests to use. There is a very small alley kitchen that you can ask to use and laundry service is available for a cost. There is no dryer, so all items are hung in the standard way here, on clothelines strung between windows. It is a social hostel in the sense that the guys from reception love to chat over tea, but there aren't any organized events or anything.


It is a decent place to stay. It is safe, clean, and the staff are helpful. Its location is perfect for walking and exploring Cairo.
by J Hintze Staff Reviewer
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Building front entry door.
The interior stairwell. Freedom is the top floor.
The top floor entry.
Ring the bell to unlock front door
Reception desk and lounge/breakfast area
Hallway just outside lounge
Hallway with guest computer desk
Dorm 3 bed room


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Freedom Hostel" at 6, Bank Misr St., off Sherif St., Front of Egyptian Central Bank.)


6, Bank Misr St., off Sherif St., Front of Egyptian Central Bank, Cairo, Egypt
30.048398, 31.243350 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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94% Guest Reviews

Nice people in a nice place!
Going up the hostel is actually an adventure itself. If you have big luggage then you would have a hard time. Besides that, everything was great! They have airport pick up service! They have tours, which are affordable! They have Ismail who helped me/us sort all our needs during the stay. All I can say is we enjoyed even if there was not much of backpackers when we stayed. Egypt is fun! You guys should really see and experience yourself!
Age 28, Philippines
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 rooms, but the dorm room was an unpleasant place. The air conditioner smells like mildew, but it's a necessary evil. The staff regularly spray the whole room (mattresses, bed frames) with RAID insecticide to keep bedbugs at bay, making the air practically unbreathable for days at a time. The main staff person, Peter, is helpful but in a very condescending sort of way, and he doesn't listen well. Overall, I would not return here, I don't recommend other travelers stay there, and I don't understand why the hostel has such high reviews. There are much better options for the same price.
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 and common area, the Freedom Hostel definitely stood out from the rest. The hostel is up to and above the standards of many western hostels (i've stayed in almost 100) and the atmosphere is sociable and friendly yet chilled at the same time. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, the showers were always piping and even the breakfast wasn't bad (an unusual feat). A top hostel in a top city -- Egypt is awesome.
Conor Sheils
Age 24, Ireland
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 bank cards a lot easier. The hostel itself is very clean and it has shower cubicles (which is rare in Cairo).

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