The main tourist cen­ters offer a wide range of accom­mo­da­tion for every taste and bud­get. In this arti­cle, I will tell you about the best accom­mo­da­tion options in Egypt avail­able to tourists. These are not only hotels in Egypt, but also many oth­er types of accom­mo­da­tion, includ­ing pen­sions, pri­vate hous­es and hos­tels. Trav­el­ing around this coun­try, you can save a lot on accom­mo­da­tion if you know the pecu­liar­i­ties of local res­i­dents and tourist infra­struc­ture. So, where is the best place to stay in Egypt?

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Egypt hotels

Egypt­ian hotels are cat­e­go­rized into star rat­ings rang­ing from one star to lux­u­ri­ous five star lev­els. There are upscale hotels in Egypt for for­eign tourists, but there are low­er class estab­lish­ments used main­ly by Egyp­tians.

Lux­u­ry hotels are almost exclu­sive­ly mod­ern and are owned by major chains (Sof­i­tel, Moven­pick, Hilton, etc.). They are equipped with numer­ous swim­ming pools, bars, restau­rants, air con­di­tion­ing and all the usu­al facil­i­ties. Four-star hotels can be just as classy, ​​includ­ing some big names like the Old Stream Hotel in Aswan and the Win­ter Palace in Lux­or. And even among three-star hotels, spe­cial gems are some­times found, although most of them are shab­by old build­ings of the 1970s style, not bur­dened with com­fort. High-qual­i­ty hotels from the top range will def­i­nite­ly cost less if booked through a trav­el agent or online.

Air con­di­tion­ing is unlike­ly to be found in two and one star hotels, although the best of them may fea­ture old-style archi­tec­ture with bal­conies, high ceil­ings and beau­ti­ful win­dows. They are designed to han­dle high tem­per­a­tures but can be cold in win­ter due to lack of heat­ing. Some of the cheap­er hotels are clas­si­fied as guest­hous­es, with min­i­mal ameni­ties but friend­ly hos­pitable hosts and sur­round­ings.

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Hotel Speculators

“Fish­ing” for tourists (as the Egyp­tians call it) is very com­mon in tourist cen­ters, air­ports and sta­tions in Egypt. A real hunt begins here for new­com­ers, and in the best case, the hunter will real­ly turn out to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a hotel. Most of them work for a com­mis­sion and will try to deceive tourists by telling tales that all the hotels are already full. But as a sal­va­tion, they will offer you “their” ver­sion, usu­al­ly very over­priced and of poor qual­i­ty. Even­tu­al­ly, an agen­t’s com­mis­sion will be added to your account, and the hotel itself will obses­sive­ly try to sell you unnec­es­sary excur­sions and gifts. Choose only ver­i­fied hotels in Egypt with reviews and book them in advance to avoid such tourist traps. Estab­lish­ments with a good rep­u­ta­tion nec­es­sar­i­ly pro­vide their tourists with a trans­fer from the air­port and back.

Egyp­t’s twelve offi­cial youth hos­tels are fair­ly inex­pen­sive, but have the dis­ad­van­tages of day­time breaks, night­time cur­fews, seg­re­ga­tion of men from women, and for­eign­ers from Egyp­tians (the last point is often not a dis­ad­van­tage, as large groups of Egyp­tians can be quite noisy). Most Egypt­ian hos­tels are locat­ed in Cairo, Sharm El Sheikh and Ismail­ia. For more infor­ma­tion about Egypt hos­tels con­tact the Egypt­ian Youth Hos­tel Asso­ci­a­tion in Cairo

Camping in Egypt

Most of the camp­sites are for Egypt­ian fam­i­lies vaca­tion­ing on the coast. Most often they are locat­ed in the open air, do not have any ameni­ties and are not rec­om­mend­ed for tourists. Instead, it is bet­ter to choose hotel-relat­ed camp­sites that offer tents with roll­aways, plus use of the hotel’s show­ers and toi­lets. As for the inde­pen­dent orga­ni­za­tion of camp­ing — you should always coor­di­nate it with the author­i­ties, or with the own­ers of pri­vate ter­ri­to­ries.

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Where is the best place to stay?

The vari­ety of accom­mo­da­tion in Egypt includes beau­ti­ful lux­u­ry hotels, huge resorts in land­scaped gar­dens, his­toric hotels, eco lodges and val­ue for mon­ey desert camps. Egypt has attract­ed major invest­ment in its hous­ing sec­tor in recent years, with the intro­duc­tion of a sys­tem of con­trol and cat­e­go­riza­tion of each estab­lish­ment. Hotels are clas­si­fied on a 1–5 star sys­tem, although the stan­dards in each cat­e­go­ry may dif­fer from those set in Europe and the Unit­ed States. Ser­vice stan­dards vary con­sid­er­ably from hotel to hotel (regard­less of the num­ber of stars). Accord­ing to Egypt­ian law, all cat­e­gories of hotel must have facil­i­ties for the dis­abled, along with the avail­abil­i­ty of med­ical ser­vices. Most often, hotels are lim­it­ed to a doc­tor on duty at the hotel.

All the best resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurgha­da and Lux­or offer great accom­mo­da­tion at the best prices. This ratio of qual­i­ty and cost is ensured by high com­pe­ti­tion in these regions. Many hotels in Egypt include inter­na­tion­al restau­rants, spas, infin­i­ty pools and golf cours­es. Every evening, var­i­ous per­for­mances are held here, includ­ing the famous bel­ly dance, or oth­er cul­tur­al enter­tain­ment espe­cial­ly for tourists. Most resorts on the Red Sea coast have div­ing cen­ters and arrange under­wa­ter excur­sions, as well as desert tours (on camels, hors­es, or quad bikes), or excur­sions to archae­o­log­i­cal sites.

Top hotels in Egypt eas­i­ly afford to cut prices while main­tain­ing high qual­i­ty stan­dards. Cairo has some excit­ing five-star hotels run by inter­na­tion­al chains, many of which are locat­ed right on the banks of the Nile. In Alexan­dria and Lux­or, old colo­nial-style hotels are also locat­ed right on the coast, offer­ing their guests won­der­ful views. A good selec­tion of mid-range hotels with com­fort­able accom­mo­da­tion is also avail­able in all cities. Their ser­vices are most often used by busi­ness peo­ple and busi­ness­men. Most require reser­va­tions sev­er­al months in advance, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the win­ter months and dur­ing major Islam­ic hol­i­days. It pro­vides a room with break­fast.

Cheap hous­ing is most often fam­i­ly-run guest­hous­es. Here you will live side by side with the Egyp­tians, which will allow you to study their tra­di­tions and lifestyle well. Stan­dards vary con­sid­er­ably, from sim­ple but clean to very basic but not very clean accom­mo­da­tion. Most guest­hous­es offer tours and help with trans­port, although they do not always quote an ade­quate price for their ser­vices. It is bet­ter to com­pare prices with oth­er options before­hand. In Cairo, afford­able hous­ing is con­cen­trat­ed in the cen­ter and in Islam­ic Cairo (the cheap­est hous­ing). In sum­mer, such dwellings are unbear­ably hot, since there is no air con­di­tion­ing.

Desert camp­ing is also very pop­u­lar and there are sev­er­al places in the coun­try where you can camp overnight. This is espe­cial­ly true of bud­get resorts along the Sinai coast and orga­nized trips to the West­ern Desert. Egypt is not the best place for camp­ing and back­pack­ing as there are many secu­ri­ty restric­tions in place to pro­tect the coun­try’s tourism busi­ness. Among the unusu­al accom­mo­da­tion options in Egypt, one can note accom­mo­da­tion on board a boat ply­ing the Nile. Any of these options can be booked in advance using a spe­cial ser­vice, or by con­tact­ing a trav­el agent in Egypt.

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