As most places in Egypt the standard is simple, but everything is clean, beds are comfy, and each double room has a private toilet and shower. Very inexpensive rooms, and if you want even cheaper beds, try out the Bedouin huts (with beds!). The people running the place is sooo nice and friendly!
Stayed for one week in this hotel/safari camp just outside on a slight elevation overlooking the town of Bawiti. Really cheap rooms, but then again if you go here it is not to stay in your room all day! Took a guided tour of Bawiti the first day. A small pitoresque place with lots of history. Then started the fun! Three days of exploring the desert OFF ROAD in 4WD. Many places here offer this type of trip, but here the cars are older and can handle the sand - something they won't tell you at the more expensive places were the trips are mainly on road rather than in sand. Magnificent BBQ at night, sleeping under the stars, bathing in hot springs in different oasis’s every day, meeting lots and lots of super-nice people.
What more can I say? GO THERE! Experience the desert with the best drivers and guides in Bawiti! (www.craweentours.com)
Best place when it is the hot season as it is on a "hill" were the wind blows. A small pool is under construction now for cooling baths. Great evening BBQ at the camp ground and live Bedouin music every night.
Due to a delay in Cairo, the tour company owner was late arriving. he sent his brother to meet me. I asked if he could recommend a nice local hotel, he wouldn't hear of it. He took me to his home, I met his family (wife and kids). Was taken to a local football match, a local bar (no alcohol, just sugar cane mmmmmmmmmmmm).
I spent the night under the stars on his flat roof. Slept like a baby once I had gotten tired of looking at the unobstructed night sky.
This was free, yet I would have happily paid $50 to stay here. Great roof, great family.
Eventually we opted for the El Beshmo Lodge... which would be quite a simple but nice hotel. It's relatively clean and some rooms even have private bathrooms. Unfortunately all of them have twin beds which are anchored on the floor - hence there's no way you can shift them and move them in a double bed.
The hotel has a hot water spring, but it's by the side of the road and it did not look too inviting. The rooms were quite correct, except for some very voracious mosquitoes: a strong repellent and maybe even a mosquito coil would be desirable.
It was a long journey from Siwa to Bawiti.
After an (at the last checkpoint telegraphic ordered) diner at Bayoumi's we arrived at Bir-al Ghaba for a bath in this hot spring in the moonlight at eleven.
The campsite near the spring was rather crowded and there was a party going on, so we -very tired of the long journey- decided to drive into the desert for 15 minutes to look for a tranquil place between the sanddunes.
A nice night in the thousands-star-hotel, I can recommend.
From this lodge you can easy walk in the palmeraie. To the main road in Bawiti is a small walk.
The inner yard of the hotel looks nice with warm orange colours and is rather cool.
The rooms of this newly opened lodge were extremely hot, but maybe they have fixed it now with the fans and airco.
There is a buffet breakfast included.
They can arrange a buffet dinner for 5 dollar.
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