Al-Mashriq Hotel: Karachi: Al-Mashriq Hotel
It is very hard for a female solo traveler to get a budget room in Karachi, Saddar Bazaar. Almost all the hotel I went said they were fulled. I was a bit frustrated because if I cant get a cheap room, I will leave.
So I stood at the receptionist and call a local family that I newly knew, who stayed in Karachi. I called a few times but no one pick up the phone. And then the owner said: may be we can arrange a room for you. Can you pay 250Rp for a single? I said sure. And he said: do you have all documents with you, passports and a definite day you want to stay? I said of course. And he asked me to pay in advance. So I got the room.
It is very odd for them to have a single female staying in the hotel. I dont see another female during my stay there, and the other male guest always look at me suspiciously, luckily none of them come to me. I ended up stayed there for 3 nights, a budget and convenient place, located near the bazaars and the public bus stations.
The room has attached bathroom and TV!