The second time around we got the double room with wood floor and balcony. Noisy (Cairo traffic is crazy, with constant horn honking), but worth it to me. Lobby rather than common room, with staff always watching the TV. Breakfast is simple: bread & jam, cheese, hard-boiled egg, cheese, tea. Staff arranged transport to the airport (70 LE), so we saw Thalaat again at 5:00 a.m. Great location, walking distance from Egyptian Museum, but far enough from Tahrir Square that protests do not affect it.
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Best deal I've ever found on Hostelworld. Boutique house right in town, with an owner the townspeople love. The rooftop, complete with fire pit, is a serene place to hang out & hear donkeys, roosters, cats, dogs, and call to prayer. Fully stocked kitchen with fresh bread and vegetables each day. We had the house to ourselves; there is the potential to be sharing the house with strangers. Trust that adventurous budget travelers tend toward honesty, and go for it. Visit Siwa!
Great place. The location of Boomerang is tops--just three minutes from the train station, and less than a mile from the Luxor Temple, in an authentic neighborhood, free of hawkers. Mohammed and Omar are wonderful--welcoming, low key, and helpful. We stayed one night before a cruise, but went back twice to hang out and use the internet. We booked a private tour with guide to the west bank for 250LE--a fraction of what it cost through the cruise ship. Breakfast good, 15LE; internet cheap, 5LE/hr.
Excellent staff and free airport pickup made our first day in Cairo go smoothly. Simple breakfast is included, but staff invited us to share their authentic Egyptian breakfast! Near metro and Egyptian Museum; 15 minute walk to train station. Building is rough. Booked double room, shared bath. "Upgraded" to ensuite room, but w twin beds and tile floor. Reasonably quiet at night. Egyptian showers don't have shower curtains, so bathrooms get wet and slippery! We'll be back at the end of our trip.
Spend a week in this wonderful hostel in the most beautiful part of China! Staff were welcoming and helpful with booking activities and transportation. You\'ll walk past farmers in their gardens and rice fields as you walk down to the river for a swim. Be sure to take a bamboo raft ride in this picturesque area. Doors don\'t latch--they bolt from the inside & padlock from the outside. Difficult for one person to take a nap while the other is out. Locks needed! Store valuables at reception.
The most welcoming guesthouse in China! A peaceful oasis in a big city. Great decks; unfortunately the best one is reserved for smokers! Food is good and reasonably priced, free DVDs, internet is free for 10 minutes and cheap after that. Staff are incredibly helpful with booking activities, transportation, and massage (3 blocks away, only 25 yuan/hour). The Panda Tour is well worth it--easy transportation & a great guide. This was a great place for meeting other travelers. We loved Sims!
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This is a boutique hotel in the hutong, 2km from the Forbidden City. The excellent staff have day-trip itineraries made up, complete with bus routes and metro stops, to maximize the time and resources of the thrifty traveler. The trip to the Great Wall was worth it; the far location (140 km) is the most scenic but very strenuous--32 towers & lots of up & down. Eat beforehand & bring food; the \"breakfast\" is a sorry sandwich with cucumber, lettuce, egg, & ham. Very sorry for vegetarians!
Great location in Old Town, with the best restaurant in town across the street! The decor was very nice, but there is a shocking love of pink paint in China! Also, Chinese beds are very hard; bring a 1\" memory foam sleeping pad with you. We missed the mountain because we did not get up early enough to catch the cable car. Best plan would be one day to go up, one night on the mountain, one day to go down. Great town, with many fancy lions in doorways & public spaces.