I stayed at Dina's Hostel for 3 nights in February 2013. I had written to several hostels in advance of the trip, where I selected Dina's from the prompt and clear email communications and positive reviews by others.
Overall Value -- I stayed in an 8-bed mixed dormitory. I was interested in the single bedroom but they did not have availability for all of my nights. The dormitory bed was only 50 EGP (about US$7.50) per night, and was clean, safe, and allowed interaction with the other guests. The rate included a healthy breakfast every morning. There is a large communal area where you can surf internet, read, or chat with other guests. There is a shared kitchen where you could store and prepare food, and there is an honor system for beverages.
Location -- The location is excellent in downtown Cairo, in walking distance to Tahrir Square and Egyptian Museum, and about 5 EGP (about US$0.75) taxi ride (make sure on the meter!) to the traditional Islamic areas of Cairo (Bein al-Qasreem, Darb Al-Ahmar).
Cleanliness -- The beds, bathrooms, and common areas were kept clean by the service staff.
Internet -- Strong and fast wireless internet through the common areas and bedrooms. No issues.
Service -- As mentioned earlier, email communications were clear and prompt. The reception staff gave good recommendations for the many restaurants and sights around Cairo, and would write names of places in Arabic for me to show to others on the street when lost. Dina's Hostel offers good value tours with driver and/or guides to popular itineraries outside of Cairo -- I used their service for the Pyramids day tour.
It's only been a handful of times that I have stayed at hostels where there was a good feeling from the facilities, owners, and other guests. I think that Dina's hostel has something special going, where it's great to know that the hostel concept is still alive in some cities.
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