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Bedouin Hostel
4 Elwy St., Cairo 11750, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #69 of 133 Specialty Lodging in Cairo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Super!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Hey, guys,

earlier I wrote a review for a "Cairo Stars". I decided to write another review for their sister hotel/hostel, called "Bedouin". They are located within 5 min by walk from each other. I stayed with them for a couple of nights, simply due to the reason of "Cairo Stars" being booked thoroughly. Tell you the truth I weren't disappointed with my stay at the "Bedouin" either.

"Bedouin" is a much smaller hostel: they have only 5 rooms, each of them is shared, but as their sister hotel, all of the rooms are A/C'ed and have a Sat TV. Beds are made every day, their linen and towels are fresh, and they could provide you a "turndown" service at your request.

Naturally enough for us, Westerners, each room has a bathroom in room, and the Reception Desk staff provides you with a roll of a toilet paper.

"Bedouin" hostel staff is friendly, but they aren't incessant and they do respect your privacy.
Their staff, from a cleaning lady to the owner, Mr. Karim, are giving their personal attention to each of their guests. In my personal experience, they also do NOT "push" their tours on you. They just list all of the possibles and they leave you to your own devices. Their prices ARE, actually, as well as the "Cairo Stars"'s, MUCH cheaper than those advertised on the Net or offered by the travel agencies. They also do NOT subscribe to the ever present "Egyptian time", however, there might be a minor delay in serving breakfast. The latter is due to the small staff at the hostel/hotel. During your waiting, however, you could enjoy browsing net on the PC in the room, adjacent to their Reception area, and is decorated as a typical Bedouin tent, by the way, which is like totally cool. You do not have to go outside Cairo proper to see, what does the Bedouin tent look like. :) Would you not wanna use their PC, you could utilize your own laptop, netbook, tablet, or mobile to "surf" the Net. A propos, their Wi Fi is free, so you could spend 24/7 on the Net.

Noise level is doable, considering their location. There is a couple of your typical coffee joints right outside the hostel, and the coffee joints customers like to watch their football/soccer games, while expressing vocally their pleasure/displeasure... ;) Cairo is noisy anyways.

There is a kiosk right outside the entrance to the hotel (under the same awning), and it's opened 24 hrs. You could get all the bare necessities there, as well as midnight munchies, soda, and bottled water (Dasani 1.5L would run you 3.00EGP). Actually, truth to be told, you could request the Reception Desk personel to go and fetch whatever you need for you.

There is a "Prince" bistro - type of thing, where you could get your ta'miya (falafel), scawarma, and whatnot. Cheap as well, and the hostel staff would go and get it for you as well.

By the way, the hostel staff is not gonna hustle you for tip either. Also, you have to know, tip is NOT customary anywhere in Egypt, unless you wanna tip a valet or a parking lot attendant!

"Vodafone" shop is around the corner as well, in case you would need a local prepaid SIM or to recharge your "Vodafone" acct. Would you, although, like to try and buy a recharge card from any of the street kiosks, you would get charged extra .5EGP - 1EGP.

Although the hostel is located within 10 min walk from the infamously famous Tahrir Sq, there is no chance you would be stuck in the middle of the demonstration, and there is no chance you would be tear gassed either.

So, all in all, I deffo, would recommend staying at the "Bedouin".


Forgot to mention, they charge about US$20.00 per night ONLY! :)

Awesome, isn't it?

Room Tip: Would you, guys, try to have a quieter room, ask for 205 or 206 :)
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Athens, Attiki, Greece
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I stayed in this hostel with two of my friends for 5 nights, and it was an AWFUL experience. Literally the second we walked in, the owner sat us down and tried to sell us multiple tours of Cairo, the Pyramids, etc. We foolishly bought a Giza pyramids tour, after the owner of the hostel insisted that it is impossible to see the entire Giza site on foot (completely untrue). The tour guide (given to us by the hostel) the next day told us that he was our "eyes and ears" and would bring us to the "cheapest stables", and instead brought us to a stable that charged us over double the price we should have paid for a horseback tour of the pyramids. We found this out the next day after talking to some of our friends living in Cairo. In addition, he brought us to some obscure papyrus shop in which the shop owner followed us around for ten minutes trying to sell us paintings before we escaped. After spending three days of determinedly trying to get our money back, our hostel refunded us a quarter of the money we spent on the tour. But it was very clear that they were in cohorts with the stables that ripped us off, and deliberately supplied us with false information (that the Pyramids were too big and we would have to buy a horseback tour to enjoy ourselves, that the tour guide was trustworthy, that the stables were government certified and a good price, etc)

On top of all of this, the beds were absolutely filthy the first night we came. The sheets were covered in black substance (dirt? crumbs? soot? no idea) and hair, and we had to ask them to change our sheets. Also, all three of us left with bedbug bites (of my friend was covered in them).

All in all, a horrible experience. The staff told us they would treat us like family, and instead manipulated us and cheated us out of our money, despite the fact that we are clearly traveling students. Please do not waste your time and money here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I stayed at Bedouin with my daughter on a visa run to Cairo. We were welcomed with a nice hibiscus tea and the staff was very friendly. Our room was a good size and the AC worked wonderfully (which was important since it was Aug.) We were within walking distance to Egyptian Museum. I would recommend this hostel to anyone looking for an inexpensive, simple place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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38 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

The hostel was difficult to find. Our taxi driver drove us around for more than an hour asking pedestrians where it was. The first impression is shocking. Dirty and dingy. Very basic accommodation. The bathroom is not a proper one. Shower and toilet right beside each other with a drain which was blocked and filling up up the floor with dirty water (I had to buy flip flops to wear in the shower). Definitely of hostel quality. Breakfast is basic, tea, while rolls and a boiled egg. Be warned that almost everyone in Egypt smokes and this is not different in this hostel. The only saving grace was the kindness of the owner, Kareem. He and everyone else goes out of their way to make your stay a memorable one. They were supposed to pick us up at airport but forgot, make sure of your arrangements with them. Near to restaurants, etc.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Urdorf, Switzerland
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2011

Pro:
- Very good location, coffeehouses in front.
- Little car noise
- Ok value for money
- Good and working Free WiFi
- Very friendly Staff

Con:
- Not the cleanest
- We had to make VERY clear we didn't want a tour until they gave up on that.
- Doors do not shut properly, you hear every noise from the kitchen and the common area.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

We stayed here with a large group in August 2010. The rooms were very spacious and clean. The airconditioning was perfect. The staff were very friendly and extremely helpfull! The hostel is on a central location; there are a lot of restaurants outside which you can choose from. International restaurants (McDonald's etc.) were also within walking distance.
We had a wonderful experience in Egypt and we would definitely recommend travellers to stay at the Bedouin Hostel.

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

The hostel itself is average. The bathroom water pipe broke at 3am and showered the entire room (there’s just a half wall between the bathroom and our bed). All our clothes and luggage got wet. They cleaned the room by afternoon but the room still smells. Someone once commented they booked their excursions through Bedouin and got ripped off. Same thing here! Once we got into the hired car we were pressured to pay for whatever they asked for and forced to buy at their designated stores. We were driven to be cheated!! We were told that we can take our time at the pyramids if we pay around USD100 per person but ended up being rushed back less than 3 hours. The route wasn’t what they said it would be and we only get to touch one pyramid for 15 mins and didn’t even get a close look of the other two. The tour guide was actually a camel driver who barely speaks English. He even rode on the camel with my husband so he doesn’t have to walk all the distance (we later learned he's not suppose to do that). The whole camel ride experience was terrible and totally ruined the day.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4 Elwy St., Cairo 11750, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
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Ranked #69 of 133 Specialty Lodging in Cairo
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Number of rooms: 14
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