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! :)
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