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“Great location, take earplugs!”

Ismailia House Hotel
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Ismailia House Hotel
Ranked #84 of 138 Hotels in Cairo
Oxford, England
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“Great location, take earplugs!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2008

The hostel was hard to find, the entrance is behind a newspaper kiosk between 2 buildings. We obviously looked lost and were directed to the lift by a friendly neighbour. The lift has a dodgy feel about it, as does most of the building.

Once inside the hostel, you might see just how run down the budget rooms are on your way to the reception desk. Our bored man on reception was not budging on the price after our (possibly feeble!) attempts to drop it down to the one mentioned in a leading guide book.

We saw a few rooms and went for a renovated one without en-suite bathroom. However, we didn’t check the window and found that it wouldn’t close fully. Worse still we were on the street side, at a huge roundabout. One thing you will quickly realise about Cairo is that it’s roads are busy, all the time! Oh and don’t forget the early morning prayer call.

The hostel serves the standard Egyptian breakfast of a boiled egg, bread, butter and jam with tea or coffee.

The hostel is really for backpackers, you can’t fault the location, although it is noisy if it’s your first night in Cairo. Make sure you check a few rooms including windows and, if applicable, bathroom doors.

  • Liked — It's location to the museum and metro
  • Disliked — Rooms are rundown, and overpriced
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ismailia House Hotel
Address: 1 El Tahrir Sq. Downtown, Cairo, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
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Ranked #84 of 138 Hotels in Cairo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 29
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