Stayed at the Australian Hostel with a friend as part of a first visit to Egypt. The hostel is located in downtown Cairo about a 10 minute walk from Tahrir Square and the Egyptian museum.
The hostel is occupies the 3rd floor of a 19th century building. As with many buildings in Egypt elements could do with refurbishment, however the hostel itself has been refurbished to a high standard with, thick walls, high ceilings, interesting plasterwork and simple yet tasteful decoration.
We arrived in Cairo in the middle of the night, Ehab from the hostel kindly arranged a transfer by private driver for 60LE. Check-in was efficient and the reception area is clean and offers free wi-fi.
Our twin room had a view of a side street, there wasn’t a great deal to look at, but it was very quiet. The room itself as perfect for a short stay, clean, cool (with /ac) and quiet (for Eqypt).
The staff arranged a private driver for a tour of Saqqara (the Step pyramid), Dahshur (the Red pyramid) and Giza for 180LE per person, excluding entrance fees. The driver Muhammad was very knowledgeable, providing advice on fair amounts for tips and incidentals. He also brought us on the obligatory trip to a papyrus and perfume centre. To be fair both were interesting, but be aware one can purchase similar items at a local souq for slightly less (depending on your haggling skills!)
Breakfast at the hostel was basic and sufficient. There’s a small store opposite the hostel on Tharwat St which sells basics (water, bread etc) at fair prices. The hostel is also well situated for a McDonalds and the local takeout Gad. Like almost all smaller establishments in Egypt they don’t sell alcohol, however for those seeking ‘refreshments’ there’s a store called “Drinkies” a short walk away.
Would certainly recommend the hostel to any visitors to Egypt, it provides good value, with friendly staff (who aren’t at all pushy) and is a perfect base in central Cairo.
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