Some travelers might be put off immediately - there are much better accomadations elsewhere in Cairo (and much worse) - but, for the adventurous traveler, I say give it a try. Things that might initially turn you off: The colonial-era building has seen better days, the elevator sits decrepit at the ground floor around the corner from the closet somebody lives in. The staff will try and sell you their "excursions" but so will the staff at almost any hostel in Egypt (just make up a story, they'll eventually give up). Also, and perhaps most importantly for some travelers, the bed linens are not washed for your arrival. All of the sheets (I stayed here for over a month so I witnessed this) are washed about once a week. The beds are not particularly comfortable either. However, with all of the above said, I still recommend this hostel. First and foremost, the price is nearly unbeatable. When I stayed here in '07 the price of a dorm room was 15 Egyptian Pounds - less than 3 USD a day. On top of that, a meager breakfast was usually included. I say usually because they had a weird system of breakfast hours that seemed to change every day and which some times left you searching for your own breakfast...which brings me to the next perk: There is a market (souk) directly downstairs from the building. Here there is a bakery, all manner of fruits and vegetables, snack/drink stores, cheese, eggs, etc. Be aware, the hostel might try to charge you 2 Egyptian Pounds to use their kitchen. You can perhaps try to work out a long term arrangement with them to cut down that cost but, in the end, 2 Egyptian pounds is not much for your average, perhaps "western," traveler. To bring this review to a close, I'll mention one more perk and one more drawback. The perk: the balcony. Great place to meet other travelers and soak in the sounds of Cairo. A potential drawback: There is a speaker system for a mosque directly above the balcony and the call to prayer will issue forth from it quite loudly five times a day (including dawn, it might wake you up too...). It is what it is. It's part of the culture, if you are that put off by it, you might want to question why you are in Egypt in the first place. Good luck!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are the exclusive Japanese Hostel in all of Cairo and Egypt. Our standards of excellence in service and cleanliness are unsurpassed by competitively priced accommodation here in Cairo. We are the only hostel that is run by an independent joint Japanese/Egyptian venture. Our resident managers are all fluent in Japanese, Arabic and English and will be happy to give you any information that you need during and after your stay in Cairo and Egypt. High Speed Wi-Fi internet access is available free of charge. We do free airport pick up or transfer if you stay more than 3 nights with us in single or double room. Along with our excellent staff and services we offer hotel reservation. Domestic & International airfare reservation. 1st class seating train ticket reservation. Sleeper Car train ticket reservation. Tour packages with your choice of 25 different and exciting itineraries. Arrangement for Arabic lessons and classes as individual or in groups. We are only a short fifteen minute's walk from the famous Egyptian museum and Ramses railway station. Get captured by the Venice Hosokawaya hostel ... !!!!!!!!Travelers should note:@ Our hostel doesn't allow non-married males and females to stay together in the same room, however, male and female dorm rooms are available.@ Drinking of alcohol is not permitted anywhere on the hostel premises. ... more less
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