Where to stay

Hurghada has the right kind of accommodation for every budget. It is the major tourism hub on Egypt's Red Sea coast, offering everything from international five star hotels to cheap backpacker hostels. Dahar and Sigaala are where most budget options are located. Booking ahead is not usually necessary for these hostels. It's normally possible to find a room on the spot. If it isn't, you'll find other places nearby. Hurghada's budget hostels are simple but comfortable, with friendly staff and are the best option for hikers looking for single nights at the begininng and end of a trip. As a bonus, they are near shops, cafes and bus stations, putting everything you need as a traveller close by. 

Sleeping in Sigaala

GOLF HOTEL - simple rooms with a/c, en-suite bathrooms, balconies overlooking Sharia Sheraton. Good location opposite Hurghada's Marina but noisy all night. Single rooms LE170, doubles LE250. Tel: 065-344-2828 / golfreservation1@gmail.com

BAHGA PALACE - comfortable apartments for rent, on outskirts of town. Kitchenette, en-suite, a/c, TV, roof terrace with superb mountain view. Cafes, bars nearby. LE350-400/ night. Must call in advance to book: 0109-999-2006 (Hani)

WHITE ALBATROSS - simple rooms with a/c/ en-suite, baclonies overlooking Sharia Sheraton. Well located for cafes, bars & restaurants but also noisy through the night. Single rooms LE250, doubles LE300. Tel:065-344-2519 / walbatross53@hotmail.com

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Sleeping in Dahar

LUXOR HOTEL - simple, clean rooms, with a/c & bathrooms, good location near bars & cafes. WIFI. Single rooms LE275, doubles LE425/ night. Tel: 0115-960-0098 / www.luxorhotel-eg.com  

CINDERELLA HOTEL - a/c, en-suite bathrooms & balconies looking out to the sea. Access to nearby beach. Single rooms LE170, doubles LE230/ night. Tel: 065-355-6571 / email: almazhor2@yahoo.com

SEA VIEW HOTEL - clean rooms with a/c, en-suite bathroom & sea view balconies. Indoor pool & helpful staff. Single rooms LE250, doubles LE350/ night. Tel: 0128-166-2332 / www.seaviewhotel.com.eg 

GEISUM VILLAGE - clean rooms, a/c, en-suite bathrooms, balconies. Swimming pool, private beach. Single rooms LE350, doubles LE650/ night. Tel - 0122-286-3558 / www.geisum.com.eg

AROSA HOTEL - a/c, en-suite bathrooms, indoor pool, access to nearby beach. Good location, near bars & cafes. Single rooms LE170, doubles LE230/ night. Tel 0128-798-2655 or 0122-691-8444

FOUR SEASONS HOSTEL - simple rooms, friendly backpacker-type hostel with WIFI in rooms. Single rooms LE150, doubles LE200. Tel: 0122-714-3917 / forseasonshurghada@hotmail.com

SNAFER HOTEL - simple rooms, en-suite bathrooms. WIFI in reception. Good location, near cafes & bars. Hurghada's cheapest option. Single rooms LE120, doubles LE200. Tel: 065-354-0260.

ZOHOUR HOTEL - located outside the Upper Egypt Bus station, noisy location but convenient for late night transport. En-suite bathrooms. Singles LE140, doubles LE210/ night. Tel: 0101-994-1459.