We stayed here recently and had a very good time due to the relaxed atmosphere of the place. Our room was spacious and reasonably clean, and it's very quiet at night. The big plus is the central location--close to the Egyptian museum, the metro, and close enough to walk to Islamic Cairo. We had free WIFI, and while breakfast was mediocre with bread, jam, cheese and a boiled egg, it was made up for by the generous amounts of coffee. Staff is friendly and informative about how to get to places / sights. Fyi, we had free transport to and fro the Giza pyramids as we stayed for 4 nights, and it was a good experience on the whole; we weren't hassled much, and didn't have to go through the horrendous experiences that many tourists complained about. A note though about the driver--he will try and ask if you want camel rides, etc. and you should make it clear from the outset that you don't want any of these things and that he should bring you directly to the entrance. The driver wasn't very pleased and did try with his camel ride act, etc, but we stayed firm, and in the end he did as we asked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Cairo city centre, this budget hostel is a 10-minute walk from the Egyptian Museum. It has a 24-hour front desk, communal room and free Wi-Fi. Rooms at The Australian Hostel have air conditioning, a tea/coffee maker and a private or shared bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony. Guests can enjoy an Egyptian or continental breakfast in the mornings. The Australian's communal kitchen allows guests to cook their own meals. The oriental-style communal room equipped with comfortable couches and a coffee table is a nice place to meet other travelers. The Australian Hostel's staff can help arrange tours of Cairo city centre, local museums and the Pyramids. They also provide maps and sightseeing brochures. The Australian is a 15-minute walk from the Railway Station. ... more less
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