The 5 Best Aswan Hostels

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The 5 Best Aswan Hostels

I think Aswan has to be my favourite spot in the whole of Egypt.

A wonderfully relaxed city set on the banks of the Nile in the south of the country, it’s an absolute must on your Egypt itinerary.

Actually it was my first stop in this country, after crossing overland from Sudan, and I really felt it was best welcome and first impression to this magical land.

Personally I was just delighted to find people who spoke good English and bathrooms that were clean in Aswan, but between the friendly Nubian population, the ancient Egyptian temples and the gorgeous islands that dot the world’s most famous river, Aswan ticks boxes for all.

And it’s cheap too – perfect for budget travellers – so if you’re travelling to this part of the world on a shoestring, here’s my list of the 5 best Aswan hostels to stay in while you’re here.

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#1 Eka Dolli Nubian Guesthouse

Coming in at number 1 is one of my favourite hostels in the whole of Egypt.

Eka Dolli is a gorgeous spot with a really friendly atmosphere and some of the best staff… ever.

The owner, Khaled, is a really lovely man – always around to help, he even drove me into town and gave me a guided tour of Elephantine Island during my first day!

This was super helpful because Eka Dolli is set a little out of the city of Aswan, but more than makes up for this given its peaceful setting alongside the Nile in a Nubian village.

And honestly, the city of Aswan really isn’t all that, so I’d much prefer to be out of town a little in a peaceful and relaxing spot.

This is even truer given that the main sites of Aswan largely aren’t situated in the town either, so no matter where you stay in this city you’ll have to catch a taxi and /or a boat to get to almost anything that you want to see.

But back to the Eka Dolli Guesthouse, this brightly painted and spotlessly clean place feels like a home way from home.

HUGE breakfasts are included in the room prices and the roof terraces (yes there’s more than 1!) where they are served offer incredible views.

There’s also free and fast wifi here, super hot water and lots of friendly cats.

An undisputed top spot Eka Dolli Guesthouse is definitely the best Aswan hostel in my opinion.

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#2 Keylany Hotel

If you do want to be in the centre of Aswan however, then the Keylany Hotel is right in the heart of the action.

Set on a street behind the souk here, this is a place that offers good connections to the train station and Nile cruises.

A little over-priced, rooms here are basic and a bit dark, but there’s free wifi and breakfast included. All rooms are ensuite too.

If you’re just in Aswan for a day or 2 this would be a good central option in terms of finding the right Aswan hostel for you.


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#3 Yaseen Hotel

While the ratings aren’t great on this hotel, it is SUPER cheap and is likely to be your pick of the Aswan hostels if you’re travelling very frugally.

Yaseen Hotel is located very near the train station, a little north of Aswan centre, but handy if you are arriving late at night.

This place also has a guest kitchen and all rooms are ensuite.



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#4 Menmon Hotel

Also another cheap option when it comes to finding an Aswan Hostel, Menmon Hotel is located in the city with single, double and triple rooms all available.

Staff were friendly when I called in, but do be warned this place can be hard to find and you may need to ask around or get the staff to give you solid directions in advance.

Like all the Aswan hostels on this list, staff can arrange trips to local attractions for you at some of the most competitive prices around.


#5 Nubian Lotus

Set on Elephantine Island, this gorgeous family-run spot is one of the most stunning Aswan hostels.

Owned by an Italian / Egyptian husband and wife team, the incredibly peaceful setting and welcoming feel to this place really make it stand out.

With varying rooms sizes from doubles to family apartments, the kitchen facilities here and the gorgeous roof terrace, as well as Nile views, make it very special.

You also have all the attractions of Elephantine Island, including the Nilometer and Museum, within walking distance and the main city is just a short and cheap boat ride away.

Book your room at the Nubian Lotus at the best rates here.




So that’s my list of the 5 best Aswan hostels.

I think my favourites are clear, but why not check one out for yourself and let me know about it in the comments below…


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