We stayed at Brothers our first night and last two nights in Egypt. The free airport pickup made it worth the booking; Thalaat was there at the airport, holding a sign with my name on it, a welcome sight after 19 hours of traveling. Ehab was working the desk, and he gave us all kinds of helpful informaion: map of Cairo, kosheray restaurant a block away (for two tired, hungry budget travelers); location of train station (and advice that they would want cash American for our sleeper train tickets); where to buy mobile phone sim cards. He mentioned tours, but was not pushy. I had booked a double room, shared bath. He gave us a free "upgrade" to an ensuite room; private bath is nice, but the room had twin beds (c'mon!), tile floor (cold), fluorescent lighting, and no window (quiet, but no daylight). The second time around we got the double room with wood floor and balcony. Noisy (Cairo traffic is crazy, with constant horn honking), but worth it to me. Lobby rather than common room, with staff always watching the TV. Breakfast is simple: bread & jam, cheese, hard-boiled egg, cheese, tea. Our first morning the staff invited us to share their breakfast--falafel, ful, eggs, bread--which was delicious and a welcoming cultural experience! Staff arranged transport to the airport (70 LE), so we saw Thalaat again at 5:00 a.m. Great location, walking distance from Egyptian Museum, but far enough from Tahrir Square that protests do not affect it. Visit Egypt, and do not be afraid. The news reports stir up fear, so tourism suffers, as do the Egyptian people. Buy things when you can, tip generously if you're able, and promote this beautiful place to everyone you know!
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