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“Centre of Cairo, Comfortable and Very Nice and Helpful People...:D” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canadian Hostel
Ranked #45 of 126 Speciality Lodging in Cairo
Mauritius
1 review
“Centre of Cairo, Comfortable and Very Nice and Helpful People...:D”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

I came across the canadian hostel as i was planning my trip to cairo. So i decided to book the hostel online as i was having a place to stay in the centre of Cairo. When reaching cairo, i was not disappointed at all. The people there was sooooo helpful and kind. They made me feel comfortable and at home. There was always someone to help me. I met different people from around the world there and it was always cool to talk and share with them. Also the hostel is very clean. Finally the hostel also organised my trip to Abu Simbel Temple through Aswan and Luxor. we had a sleeping train and there was always someone who was at the train stations to pick me and my cousin. it is now 14 months since i left egypt and i am still in touch with the people from the hostel. i will definitely go back there again...

Hope it helped you guys you are trying to find a place to stay so that your adventure in the land of pharaohs may start.

Sina

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sina I
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Aarhus, Arhus, Denmark
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

I was brought to the Canadian Hostel by an Egyptian friend. The place is very central, and the people running it are kind and helpful. The price is good, it is quiet, and clean. The best part though is the fact you meet so many people from all around the world, and it is easy to make friends!
Definitely a place I'd suggest to other fellow backpackers.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stefano C
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

I came across this hostel through a friend in Cairo. I took the opportunity to visit the country shortly after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, a time not usually seen as auspicious for tourism. Fair disclosure: I was in the country as a working journalist.

Amid the slump in the tourism industry as a result of the internal conflict, Cairo had gotten a bad rap as a dangerous and lawless place. Even though the revolution was still at odds with the Military government, the dangers were overstated. At the beginning of March 2011, the city was attempting to regain some semblance of normalcy after the clashes which made headlines earlier in January. People were finally walking up and down Talaat Harb street shopping, socializing, and engaging in political discourse at public venues. Friday afternoons in Tahrir Square (20 metres away from the Hostel) were still attended by hundreds of thousands of people, an exciting happening to attend.

The Canadian Hostel was probably the best-located place to base myself throughout my time in Cairo. There are ample watering holes in and around, tamiyya, kebda and koshary places are around the corner, and the metro entrance at Sadat station is right across Talaat Harb. I was able to get accommodations for a reasonable price, and the room was clean, well-appointed and secure.

The best part of the Hostel are the people who work there. Every morning the breakfast and laundry were taken care of by a pair of older Cairene ladies who spoke no english, but were happy to let me practice speaking Arabic with them. As well, the staff (Meedo, Shawky, Abotaleb, Soliman and Ahmed) were well-informed, english-speaking, jovial and incredibly helpful in all aspects of my visit. Whether it was improving my Arabic, learning about different neighbourhoods in Cairo, or figuring out places expats and locals congregated at, the staff at the Canadian Hostel were able to give me a hand. I still count them all as friends whom I'll never forget and continue to stay in contact with.

The views from the balconies isn't much, as most of the windows look out into dusty courtyards surrounded by offices and apartments. With that said, there are only a couple of places to stay around the square at this price point, and the Canadian Hostel's young, vivacious staff are what really make this place stand out above the others.

Room Tip: Most of the rooms on the side of the front desk are similar: two beds, two nightstands. The other si...
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gi00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

Clean, helpful, great location, and reasonable price, these are the standards for any backpacker. The Canadian Hostel and it's staff don't just meet these standards they exceed them. The rooms and bathrooms are exceptionally clean, the staff are very helpful and will give you the best advice for navigating Cairo. The location can't be beat, the museum is a 5 minute walk and the metro is across the street. Not to mention a delicious bakery along with shopping and cafes just outside your door. The prices for the rooms and all your other needs are very reasonable for those traveling on a budget. I highly recommend this hostel to make your stay in Cairo a 5 star experience.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lyle P
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Banff, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

This was a great choice as a hostel for me nearby the Nile, the Egyptian Museum and wonderful coffee bars and even a place to have a nice cold Stella beer. Here is a place that offers clean rooms, a nice breakfast and exceptionally friendly service. I spent my nights chatting with the young and friendly Egyptian staff who were very friendly and helpful!!! I met lots of other travellers and the internet was even pretty fast. Good choice and very economical!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paul A
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Additional Information about Canadian Hostel

Property: Canadian Hostel
Address: 5 Talaat Harb Street 1st florr | Tahrir Squire- Down Town - Cairo, Cairo 11511, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Cairo Governorate > Cairo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 126 Speciality Lodging in Cairo
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"The Canadian Hostel is the Best Hostel in Cairo, Egypt, and perhaps the best in Africa!" We are located right in the centre of downtown Cairo, across the street from the subway and with a 5 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum it makes us hard to beat as the best place to stay.Please enjoy our friendly atmosphere, great service and hospitality. Breakfast is included (Egyptian & Continental) and our staff will exert each and every effort to make your stay a comfortable one.Almost all our rooms have air conditioning, including our dorm room. ... more   less 
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