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King Tut Hostel
Ranked #59 of 131 Specialty Lodging in Cairo
Reviewed January 10, 2012

In this review i am taking into consideration that the price is only EGP 150 a night, so i will not be too critical.

One important factor in this hotel is that the rooms are all different, and your experience may vary largely on which one you get. Some of the twin rooms in the back of the hotel are just tiny, while you can get a triple or even quadruple room at the front at the same price (when staying with 1 or 2 people, ofcourse) if you are in luck.

The location of this ho(s)tel is excellent, smack in the middle of downtown on talaat harb street close to midan orabi. The surrounding area offers plenty of shops, restaurants etc. within a few minutes walking distance. The downside is that you do get the traffic noise, even at the 8th floor height of this hotel.

Despite the rooms showing their age, facilities like aircon/heating and hot showers are functional. Cleanliness is a relative issue: i found the (bath)rooms not to be spotless, but not dirty compared to other egyptian budget places at all. Free wifi is provided throughout the hotel and works generally well, although it does drop out or slow down at some times for unknown reason.

The included breakfast is little to write home about: it features a few pieces of bread with cream cheese and jam, and only a cup of tea - no coffee, no juice. Considering the price and the availability of a fresh juice or coffee within 3 minutes walking distance this should not be a major issue.

The staff is very friendly and helpful. They do offer services like taxi/car rental and tours, but were not pushy about those at all to me. Free airport pickup is also included if you stay for a few nights, which is is a really nice extra if you are arriving in cairo after a long journey.

All in all, this place is no 3+ star hotel at all, but i felt like they sincerely do their best to make your stay as comfortable as possible, and its good value for money to those on a tight budget. I would stay here again if i needed an afforadable no-frills bed in downtown Cairo.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

Transerred to this hostel from a different hostel in Cairo. Booked online and walked down Talit Harb to check out hotel. We pleasantly surprised to see that I had been booked into a small but very clean, self-contained hotel like room with air conditioning and balcony.

Staff were only too keen to help and went errands for me for litereally minimal tips including getting food for me in the middle of the night, from local stalls/shops.

Would definately use this hostel again ... hotel standard for hostel price!

Room Tip: Like any Cairo hostel ... check room before agreeing to it!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

We arrived at King Tuts via a pick up from the train station after a long ride in a local bus through the Sinai Peninsular. The driver wanted to put our bags for eight of us on the roof without tying them on! Fortunately we had a piece of rope to tie them down. We were given time to settle into our rooms - very basic backpacker style but great location very central. We were then asked to meet for 'apple tea' in the guest lounge. my husband and I realised that we were probably going to get a speil about their tours. it is not easy to tour under ones own steam in Egypt and as this was the last stop of our eight week trip and we had eight of us My husband and I and six kids aged from 12 - 21 we were open to suggestions. We were aware to book an eight day trip down the Nile from New Zealand is about $3000 per person. The owner described the eight day trip he had planned and said it included overnight train, accommodation on a cruise ship, food,tips and a guide for 450 US per person (about $550 NZ). We said okay so because we didn't haggle he upgraded us to a 5 star cruise on the Nile and Included Abu Simbel. The trip was awesome, the guide fantastic and it included all he said it would. We were probably fortunate that we were a large enough family to constitute a group - we had a lovely doctor from England join us for the trip.
Amazing value for money. This trip was in January 2008.

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  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

I came to Cairo with 4 friends and from the moment we arrived the guys from the King Tut were nothing but helpful. Our plane was delayed and they still picked us up at a horrible time in the morning. Haytham, the top guy at King Tut, arranged, for a very good price, all our travel tickets and transport arrangements for us with incredible contacts in each city we wanted to visit which made our stay the best we could have hoped for and more. Throughly recommend listening to Haytham's advice and knowledge - he knows wot he is talking about!!!We all really had the most incredible time in Egypt.Haytham and the King Tut rocks!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 1, 2011

I don't understand how people claim that this hotel is clean, I prefer not to see where these people live...

The bathrooms are an absolute mess, they are only clean by the customers when they use them. When we return to King-tut after 10 days in egype, it was even worse: the bed-sheets were still full of hairs left by the previous travellers, combs included :-(. When I asked to have clean sheets, it took like 1/2 hour to get them, and I was supposed to make the beds myself for the 5 of us... (tried to get a bakshish for the service but it didn't work).

Also, just for information, the 5 % reservation you pay by credit card for the reservation are not included in the price of the rooms, but "paid extra" for the reservation agency...

The breakfast is just a joke, see by your self if you want !

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 16, 2011

Pros: We stayed here about a year ago (in 2010) and really appreciated the King Tut Hostel in Cairo. We booked based on past Trip Advisor reviews and weren't disappointed. The rooms are not great but good enough for your purpose of staying in Cairo. We were able to walk to the Egyptian Museum in about 10-12 minutes and khan al khalili about 25 minutes the other direction. They also organized a great pyramid day trip for us that included Dahshur, Saqqara and Giza and they assisted in giving us directions to the rail station where we booked our onward (overnight) train tickets. There was a McDonalds just downstairs, nice local Egyptian food in the area and pretty much everything we needed during this backpacking trip through Egypt.

Con: This is not a place for 3* upward travelers. This is a backpacker hostel so be realistic when considering King Tut Hostel.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2010

THIS IS A small hostel in downtown Cairo, a place that never sleeps. It is very modest but correct and well situated, and the owner can advise and propose different plans for continuing your trip throughout Egypt according to your wishes and budget. Afit is a genius of the travel agency. We had little time and money and made a wonderful trip visiting the main places to see thanks to his ideas. If you are not too concerned about comfort, we strongly recommend king tut

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Address: 37 Talat Harb | Down Town Cairo, Cairo 0202, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 131 Specialty Lodging in Cairo
Price Range: $17 - $30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — King Tut Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
King Tut hostel is a newly built hostel and located in the heart of down town Cairo, a 5 minutes walk to the Cairo museum. It offers you clean, comfortable and safe accommodation, hot water, clean bed linen, air conditioning and towels. Friendly, English speaking staff will help you with all your queries and are experts in providing information to our guests about tourist information plus train/ bus information. ... more   less 
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