The Luna hostel is your basic backpacker affair. I had a mixed stay while staying here so let me break it down into pros and cons.
-Rooms are spacious, clean and good AC.
-Bathrooms are clean.
-The morning manager (older man) was informative as to the scams operating at the Egyptian museum.
-Basic breakfast (flat bread, tea, cheese, fig jam)
-The sliding lock on our door was not working, so at night we put a bag against the door, just to be safe.
-Overpriced tours and transport
This was one issue which really annoyed me. To begin with they offered a taxi service to and from the pyramids of Giza for 150EP. We made our own way out there (and at the same time got a feel for the city) for 25% of that price.
Before explaining the next part of how they try and rip you off, let me just give you some comparisons (which I also pointed out to the younger, evening manager).
The trip from Luna to Cairo International costs 75EP @ 50-55mins, 26Km
The trip from Luna to Ramses station costs 35EP@10-15mins, 3.4Km
I pointed this out, for a fifth of the time duration they were looking for approx half the price. I said how can you justify this price to which he replied it's 'fixed price'.
For anyone who's ever been to Egypt they will tell you fixed price doesn't exit for tourists. Now this hotel will often quote on their trip advisor reviews, 'take it or leave it'. Normally I would leave it if I feel I'm being blatantly ripped off, but at this time I didn't really have a choice due to the shootings at the Nile River Hotel that day (I wasn't sure whether it was a terrorist attack or general unrest and thus how safe it would be on the streets of Cairo). The manager explained 'we provide you with good car and safe driver', hence the cost...
What we got was a 1999/2000 car, driven by a young boy racer who nearly had the car sandwiched in the Cairo traffic. Ironic in that the manager said the alternative street taxis were of a similar description!
-The hotel was devoid of any atmosphere
To sum up, I'd advise avoiding here as there are other hotels in the same location who aren't looking to rip you off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel & Hostel Luna are small hotels located on Talaat Harb St, one of downtown Cairo’s most lively streets. From Luna, you are only a short walk away from the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, within easy access to all means of public transport (metro stations "Sadat and Nasser" ) city buses, Ramses Train station and Turgoman Bus Station (to go anywhere in Egypt), and you are literally surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafes. You will find Four ATM machines right in front of the Hotel, as well as Banks, Exchange offices, Thomas Cook and American Express counters nearby.Luna offers spacious rooms, With high ceilings and original parquet. You can choose the type of room that suitsyour needs and your budget.Room with private bathroom and A/C, Room with A/C and Sharing bathroom, Room looking on the street or away from it (on the back side),Single, Double, Triple, Quadruple.Bed linen and Fresh towels are provided and changed daily.Enjoy 25% discount + the FREE pick up From OR to airport! ... more less
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