Horror-horror or horror, but it will do: what a room looks like in an Egyptian “kopeck piece”

A rare tourist, having taken up the study of reviews of budget Egyptian “three rubles” (and there are enough of them) will endure more than an hour: too many heartbreaking details will fall out on him, from the view of the wall from the window and the unwashed pool to nasty local alcohol and inedible dinners. What, it would seem, to talk about “kopeck pieces”? Unbelievable, but true: there are still suitable (read – suitable for relaxation if there are no high expectations and certain communication skills) two-star hotels in Egypt. You just need to sift through tons of trash from the curses and swearing in the reviews to find these conditional hidden gems. What the patient “Subtleties” did, picking up 4 examples. Here are the conditions and problems that will await you in, let's say, not the worst “kopeck piece” in Egyptian:

1. Naama Inn Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh

The city center is a kilometer away, and the airport is 10 km away. 10 of the 39 rooms have a view of Naama Bay. True, the beach in the bay is considered not the cleanest.

In the room Naama Inn: air conditioning, safe, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, mini-bar and wardrobe, shower, work desk. Some rooms have a seating area with a sofa.

Prices: Standard double room – 34 USD excluding taxes and fees.

Services: 24-hour service, daily cleaning, laundry, non-smoking rooms.

The main disadvantage is the old fund: From time to time, something can fail.

Possible problems:

  • Does not catch Wi-Fi – you need to ask and they will move you, the staff is quite friendly.
  • may skip cleaning. But the problem is immediately solved, repaired, brought what you ask.
  • There are interruptions in hot water.
  • It is cold at night, and the air conditioner does not work for heat. Ask for an extra blanket.

Another downside is the noise. In 2 * hotels, there is practically no soundproofing in the rooms. If the hotel is in the city center or there is an active nightlife in the adjoining bar, everything will be perfectly audible. Specifically, the noise from Naama and the sounds of aircraft can be heard in the rooms of the Naama Inn Hotel. Take earplugs with you; and if you are traveling with children, it is better to find another hotel. 1/1

2. Paradise Boutique Hotel, Cairo

Near shops, 10 minutes walk to Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum, to the airport – 16 km. The staff is declared as multilingual, but you should not count on the ability to express yourself in Russian.

In-room Paradise Boutique Hotel: Wi-Fi, air conditioning, shower, shampoo and soap, flat-screen TV with premium channels, wardrobe, some rooms have a seating area.

Prices: Economy double room — 27 USD.

Services: free breakfast, dry cleaning/laundry, safe at reception, 24-hour room service, daily housekeeping.

Cons: The building is old, the rooms need renovation. Other guests may smoke on site. There are a lot of mosquitoes, so take a fumigator with you. Traditionally poor soundproofing: very noisy at night.1/1

3. Amigo Hotel Dahab, Dahab

Located on a private beach in the Gulf of Aqaba. The airport is 1.5 hours away.

In the roomAmigo Hotel Dahab: air conditioning and balcony, cable TV and minibar, bathroom, Wi-Fi.

Prices: standard double room – 28 USD.

Services: outdoor pool with sun loungers, playground for children, night club, beach and pool bars, diving center.

Possible problems:

  • The beach is not the cleanest and most comfortable. The sea water in the pool quickly turns green.
  • The staff is not multilingual, although friendly: only the manager speaks English.
  • Old foundation, rooms in need of renovation.
  • Wi-Fi available only at the reception.
  • Sound of cars from the street.1/1

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4. Ciao Hotel, Nuweiba

Located 1.4 km from Nuweiba. Near a beautiful reef – you can see fish and turtles.

In the room Ciao Hotel: bathroom, wardrobe, cable TV, air conditioning. Comfortable pillows and mattresses (as a rule, in Egypt they are hard).

Prices: double room — 70 USD.

Services: breakfasts, bar and restaurant, cafe with hookahs, swimming pool, tennis, volleyball, excursions to the mountains and the desert, Wi-Fi in public areas.


  • The staff is polite, but speaks little English.
  • The rooms need renovation.
  • The cleaning is not always done – you need to ask to change towels and bed linen. You can ask for extra chairs or a table.
  • It is difficult to find a quiet place on site.
  • The rooms have poor soundproofing.
  • Internet interruptions.1/1


In 2 * hotels in Egypt, a lot depends on the staff – if it is normal, then it will be possible solve most of the problems. Take a mosquito repellent and earplugs with you; and if the silence in the room is important for you, immediately accept the fact that Egyptian 2 * hotels are not for you (as, indeed, many “three rubles”).

Do not hesitate to ask to change the linen, give you a kettle, a hairdryer, an extra chair, etc. – managers usually go forward and try to compensate for the shortcomings of the old room stock with good service. You should not count on the knowledge of Russian by someone in the hotel, but in basic English you will definitely be able to convey your problems and aspirations to the manager.

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