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Bed, Budget, and Beyond: The Best Hostel Stays in Downtown Cairo

Tried and tested by many, these are our picks for the best budget-friendly hostels in Downtown Cairo, and you won’t have to sleep with one eye open.

Ziyad El-Helbawy

Bed, Budget, and Beyond: The Best Hostel Stays in Downtown Cairo

Want that champagne lifestyle but stuck with a lemonade budget? Well, that’s just how it is sometimes. Often when travelling abroad, some brutal financial decisions – followed by reluctant concessions – have to be made. But when faced with the choice between a proper (and budget-friendly) Cairo experience that’ll undoubtedly etch itself into your memory, and an extra fluffy ostrich-feather pillow at any of the luxurious local hotels, the latter regularly pales in comparison to the former.

Visiting the capital city of one of the oldest civilizations in the world is a pretty exciting prospect, but finding appropriate and affordable accommodation can be a challenge. If you want to be in the midst of all the action, getting the real local Cairene experience alongside fellow travellers instead of being stuck in an opulent yet far-flung hotel in New Cairo or a high-rise suite with Nile views detached from the action-packed streets, then a hostel in Downtown is your best bet to get some bang for your buck.

However, going about finding a hostel can be pretty tricky business, especially if this is your first time in Cairo and you don’t have a guide divulging some much-needed privileged information. So, to spare you the tedious effort, we’ve done all the legwork for you.

Performing a difficult balancing act, these hostels in Egypt’s Downtown Cairo are glueing together affordability, comfort, and community.

Holy Sheet

Ideal for: couples and friend groups
Average Price: USD 10/bunk bed in a mixed dormitory

Before we get into the details, let me just break the fourth wall here for a second – when I tell you I literally laughed out loud when I heard of this place? Yeah, my unabashed chuckles at its colourful moniker immediately guaranteed it a spot on this list.

As high end as hostels can get, Holy Sheet is what we’ll coin a ‘LiteLuxury’ stay. Complete with all the amenities one might find in a regular hotel, Holy Sheet boasts a variety of accommodation options, with shared dormitories and private rooms for couples or small groups of friends.

Madina Hostel

Ideal for: solo travellers and friend groups
Average Price: USD 10/bed in a mixed dormitory

Located in Kasr El Nile street, Madina Hostel’s overall ambiance evokes a warm and welcoming feeling, reminiscent of being in the comfort of one’s home. With multiple shared spaces and a terrace on the property, Madina Hostel is ideal for solo travellers looking to socialise with other guests, or friend groups playing house for the week.

Cairo House Hostel

Ideal for: solo travellers looking to mingle
Average Price: USD 13/bed in a mixed dormitory

Clean, compact, and authentically Cairene, the Cairo House Hostel is ideal for the wanderlusting adventurer seeking comfort after spending the day exploring the city. Located in the middle of all the touristy action, the Cairo House Hostel’s cosy accommodations and shared living spaces make it ideal to meet fellow travellers.

Hathor House

Ideal for: honeymooners on a budget
Average Price: USD 30/private room

If you’re looking for a cosy and private stay with a dash of grandeur, Hathor House is your best bet. Named after the Egyptian Goddess of love and joy, it is no coincidence that Hathor House is ideal for honeymooners on a budget.

Dahab Hostel

Ideal for: the free-spirited solo traveller
Average Price: USD 10/bed in a mixed dormitory

If an incredible rooftop view of the city is a priority, this is where you’ll want to stay. Kooky, crafty, and colourful, Downtown Cairo’s Dahab Hostel takes all the charm of Egypt’s most popular coastal town of Dahab and places it right in the heart of the city. If you’re a social butterfly, you’ll soar there.

*The prices listed above are based on the average nightly rate in USD for the first week of August, and do not include taxes. The dollar rates used are accurate as of May 21st.