I stayed at the hotel last year with a group of 12 friends after 5 days camping in the amazingly beautiful White Desert. The hotel was very welcome with it's cool calm ambience and after checking in, with no fuss, I was soon by the pool relaxing in the dappled shade of a tree.
I shared a basic room for three, although only two of us ended up staying in it as it only had one double bed, on a kind of mezzanine, and one single. I will be happy to stay in the same room again.
Meals were basic traditional food, which is what I wanted so all good there.
The hotel in built in a traditional style which I found very appealing and relaxing. It was also very quiet and peaceful.
The hot spring we went to is admittedly less inspiring even in the moonlight, being a concrete basin, but regardless it was still an interesting experience and I'm glad I went. It's authentic though, not prettied up for tourists.
The staff and management could not do enough for our group and made us feel very welcome.
I'm going again in a few months, with mostly the same group of people so I think that says it all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Badawiya Hotel is a traditional mud brick building with all the modern comforts, situated at the entry to the Farafra Oasis, featuring stunning rooms in a variety of styles, complete with fireplace, private outside seating areas, refreshing pool, and an elegant vaulted restaurant, serving a variety of dishes with fresh organic vegetables from the hotel's own farm. ... more less
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