Cairo, Egypt: Arabian Nights Hotel

CAIRO: Arabian Nights Hotel

This is a modest hotel for the budget traveller, but has a few comforts like free internet, a simple breakfast which is included in the room rate.
The hotel is located in a quiet, neighbourhood in a Cairo backstreet not far from famous "Khan el khalili". 

Arabian Nights Hotel is family owned and the wife can be seen cleaning the hotel and changing the rooms with (her daughter??) and they are kind and helpful. The husband is the manager and also is seen in the lobby. The hotel is very clean and fresh feeling, but the rooms are very spartan and small.

I enjoyed just leaning out my bedroom window and watching all the neighbourhood life going on below. There is a place up on the rooftop, but it seemed closed  and uninviting, and I was not interested in sitting there.

The lobby is quaint with Arabesque furnishing, inlaid tables, and a friendly front office guard. I had jetlag, so The guard and I entertained each other in the wee hours before Cairo woke up, and the breeze was cool and fresh.

Just a wander down the streets and one can stumble into old areas of the city, old mosques, convenient places for a quick bite of local Egyptian fast food ( falafel sandwiches and the like ),  narrow winding streets where I was invited by some guys sitting in their open area for some tea and small conversation. I felt very welcomed! That time I really fell in love with Cairo!


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