There is no doubt that Egyptian Night Cairo Hostel has the best location in the city if you want to stay downtown. My stay here was very comfortable and I can’t wait to be back here sometime in the future.
It’s right across the Egyptian Museum. In fact, from my own, private balcony, I can see the traffic, the museum and Tahrir Square where the revolution happened in 2011. This location is convenient to fast-food restaurants (KFC, McDo, Pizza Hut, Hardee’s), shisha cafes, local restaurants, convenient stores and travel agencies. The nearest Metro (aka, the subway), Sadat /Tahrir Square, is just 5 minutes walk. At night, the Square is a rendezvous of friends, lovers and travelers.
I had a good wifi connection inside my room. There’s a TV and a small refrigerator. The big closet is clean and has clothes hangers. The bed, long pillow, and sheets are comfortably nice, too. The bathroom is spacious enough for one occupant but I do wish they have shower curtains to avoid getting the floor slippery wet. They also have a safety deposit box inside the closet.
Common spaces are littered with comfy sofas and chairs. They have two stationery bikes, too.
It’s clean enough for me. They employed two women to serve breakfast and do the cleaning. I didn’t find any dust at all in all surface inside my room. 😀
The hostel is on the 5th floor of an old building where there are no occupants from the 1st to the 3rd floor. It’s kind of eerie when you get inside the building where you’re not even sure if someone really lives there. Taking the ancient, noisy elevator is a good thing as it’s a pretty exhausting climb if you use the stairs, especially when you have a heavy backpack. Don’t be scared, it’s a functional and dependable lift that takes backpackers up and down seriously. This is a pretty safe area.
I’d say it’s worth what I paid for. The airport pick-up cost me EGP100, a very reasonable price. They don’t really have / organized, sightseeing group tours. They do have private / personalized tours which can be beyond your backpacking budget, especially if you’re traveling alone. You have to ask Ahmed if you want one.
However, if you go down the building and turn on your left, you’ll find Light Star Travel. I saw their day tour prices reasonably cheap. All tours and their prices are posted publicly outside their office, so you won’t have that feeling that you will be ripped off.
Unlike other hostels I’ve stayed before where everything is laid on the kitchen table, there are two women here who serve you breakfast. All you have to do is sit in one of the high chairs in the bar and tell them what you want. I had a boiled egg, milk, bread and jam because that’s all I wanted. Just ask whatever they have for that day.
Ahmed is delicious and cute. 😀 He’s very helpful and makes sure everyone is having a pleasant stay. If you wanna go somewhere, fire him questions for directions. He can even call a car to take you anywhere for a reasonable price, saving you a stressful haggling with taxi drivers.
Check-in was at noon but my room was ready by 10AM, so they let me in. I only had to wait for 30 minutes for the cleaning ladies to set up everything up in the room. Though they don’t speak any English at all, the ladies were very nice, too. When I asked for an extra rug for the bathroom, they got it for me in two minutes!