We booked a private room with ensuite in this hostel. I found the staff very helpful, they let me use their mobile phone for free and helped me arrange a private driver and tour guide for a day trip to the Pyramids on one day and a trip to Old Cairo, Islamic Cairo - including the Bazaar street and Eygptian museum on the second day. I didn't spend much time in the hostel but I could see the staff were very friendly young guys and were chilling out, chatting and lounging around with the travellers in the common area whenever I got back to the hostel.
The room itself was tidy, big and spacious with two double beds. Maybe the room was clean by cairo hostel standards, but I found it wasn't clean enough. There was some hair in the bed and in the bathroom the rubbish from the previous people had not been taken out and we had to request someone come and clean the toilet which looked like it had not been flushed and had some undesirable marks.
The breakfast which was included, was three bread rolls, one boiled egg, jam and butter and a cup of coffee served in the common area. We requested breakfast the night before at 8am as we had an early start, but at that time the next morning guys were still asleep in the common area, another person staying there told us we need to wake them up to prepare the breakfast, which we did, once he woke up he got someone to prepare it and it was ready around 35mins later..I don't know if it's like this everyday but just something to be aware of if you have an early start!
It's located in the downtown area of Cairo, which is about a 50EP taxi ride from Giza rail station, which is where the overnight train stops. You can also take the metro there from Giza for 1 EP. This is what we did, note when you buy your ticket check the change. We didnt' have small notes to pay for the tickets and used a big note and was short changed by 11 pounds, when we went back to the ticket window 30 seconds later the attendant just handed over the exact amount shortchanged without us even explaining how much we were shortchanged so it must have been deliberate!
The entrance of the hostel doesn't look nice but once you're on the floor of the hostel it is fine.
Overall it is good if you want a private room with bathroom quite cheaply in a comfortable place with friendly people. For me it was fine for just the one night. The free wifi is also a plus. I found it cost slightly less and included the breakfast if you book directly from their website rather than through hostelworld.
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