Yes; it is one of the cheapest rooms in Cairo and yes it is in a very central location. Rooms were clean and the owner was welcoming at first. But then the sales pitch begins. Very pushy of low quality, over priced deals. I paid over the odds for a trip to the pyramids because I was told I would avoid the other touts and see more stuff. My driver was surly and uninterested. Predictably he started looking for his commissions immediately with trips to perfume shops, papyrus shops and crappy restaurants. To be expected I suppose - the worst part were the hours spent waiting in a stables in Giza for horse/camel rides. That done (to be fair, pretty amazing) we were supposed to see the sunset and light show but I was told this would be impossible and we would have to return to Cairo. I took them at their word but after waiting for several hours to see nothing was a little annoyed. As I had paid extra to stay later, once back in Cairo I asked Mustafa at the hostel to refund me the extra money I'd paid for a service he'd been unable to provide. He agreed that I was justified to ask but refused. I found the general atmosphere at the Lialy to be similar to this story; desperate to make the extra buck at the expense of any customer satisfaction. If you are looking for the cheapest night in a good location, fair enough, but be prepared to be unpleasantly hounded for your last cent. Welcome to Egypt!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lialy InnWe are located in downtown Cairo, just a short walk from Tahrir Square and the world famous Egyptian Museum. This central position gives you easy access to many shops and restaurants, including the major chains like McDonalds, KFC, Hardees, etc., allowing you freedom to enjoy the many different aspects of Cairo. Our balconies overlook Talaat Harb Square, which gives you an excellent opportunity to view the busy daytime traffic or the local nightlife.Whether it is single, double, triple, or dormitory rooms that you require we can happily supply them for you; and our dormitory rooms are suitable for male, female, or mixed groups. Almost all of our rooms have air conditioning (soon this will be all of our rooms), and those that do not are equipped with electric fans to help you stay cool.Our kitchen is your kitchen and so if you wish tea or coffee, or want to cook your own meal, you can do so: and for no extra charge. All we ask is that you supply your own tea and coffee. A washing machine is available for your laundry and prices are available on demand. Please note that we air dry your clothing and so it may take 24 hours for your laundry to be completed.Our lounge area is spacious and has a balcony overlooking Talaat Harb Square. Here you will find: a satellite television; many couches/sofas for those chillaxing moments; tables for eating at, or for your laptop; free Wi-Fi; and many power points: handy for when your electrical equipment needs recharged.The Lialy Inn has a non-smoking policy throughout our premises, but if you do wish to enjoy a smoke we do have areas that are set aside for you.Our 24 hour reception desk also doubles as our 24 hour bookings and enquiry desk and so you will never feel lost as our professional and friendly staff will always be on hand for you. We also cater for all types of holidays: budget tours to 5 star deluxe tours; short breaks to full Egypt excursions; pre-set packages to tailor made ones; day trips; airport/bus/train transfers; the list of what we offer is almost endless: please feel free to ask us for a quotation ... more less