Some months ago, when I wrote a positive review of Bella Luna, Luna's slightly upscale counterpart two floors down, I wrote that I'd probably be happy staying at Luna as well.
This time I did stay at Luna, and I did have a pleasant stay.
I stayed alone in a back-side room with a balcony and a private bath. The room was quiet, clean, spacious, and comfortable.
Because some onward travel plans fell through, I stayed here longer than planned: ten days. I had a writing project to work on, and my room at Luna provided a good quiet place to work on it.
What I wrote of Bella Luna applies to Luna as well: "The staff were always friendly and helpful, the fellow guests pleasant."
Many thanks to Hany, Samy, Nesren, Omar, and Ahmed. They were always helpful and congenial.
One extraordinary feature of Luna: The whole time I was there, I never saw anyone from the staff smoking on the job. I meant to ask whether no smoking for the staff is a policy. In any case, the absence of smoke was very welcome. (Smoking is a prevalent habit in Egypt, and you can stay at hostels in Cairo where the staff smoke nonstop.)
Another Luna touch: In the lobby they keep the radio softly playing, and the music is -- my goodness! -- Western classical.
I don't eat hotel food, so I can't comment on the breakfast.
The location is central and convenient. The hot water worked fine. So too the elevator. And Luna always felt safe and secure.
Regarding the internet: At Bella Luna all the rooms have wifi. At Luna, not so. There's a public wifi space where you can log in. The connection is good and reasonably fast. In your room you may also pick up the Bella Luna connection or a connection that's not locked. But the signal won't be as strong, and you can't steadily depend on it.
I am happy to recommend Luna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel & Hostel Luna are small hotels located on Talaat Harb St, one of downtown Cairo’s most lively streets. From Luna, you are only a short walk away from the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, within easy access to all means of public transport (metro stations "Sadat and Nasser" ) city buses, Ramses Train station and Turgoman Bus Station (to go anywhere in Egypt), and you are literally surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafes. You will find Four ATM machines right in front of the Hotel, as well as Banks, Exchange offices, Thomas Cook and American Express counters nearby.Luna offers spacious rooms, With high ceilings and original parquet. You can choose the type of room that suitsyour needs and your budget.Room with private bathroom and A/C, Room with A/C and Sharing bathroom, Room looking on the street or away from it (on the back side),Single, Double, Triple, Quadruple.Bed linen and Fresh towels are provided and changed daily.Enjoy 25% discount + the FREE pick up From OR to airport! ... more less
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