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El Badawiya Hotel
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Reviewed 11 November 2009

After the 500 km auto trip from Cairo, throught the desert, the Badawija hotel is a real oasis in the Farafra oasis. The traditional set-up with the light colored buildings, courtyards, sitting areas and swimming pools are very attractive. The palm trees and colorful flowers (bougainville) enhance the exotic atmosphere for the European traveler.
My room (suite) was large and comfortable with mosquito net and AC.
The staff are friendly.
Although the menu does not offer a wide variety of foods (definitely not if you stay there for more than a week), the food is fresh and prepared in an hygienic way, so you can eat the salads, etc, without a fear for stomach problems.
You can book interesting tours to the White Desert, hot springs, sand dunes, etc. directly at the hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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2  Thank flyer048
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Reviewed 11 July 2009

I have camped in the desert twice before but I didn't know what to expect from an oasis hotel. Much like my experience with El Beshmo Lodge in Bawiti, I was pleasantly surprised with El Badawiya as well. They checked us in fairly quickly. The rooms are rather interesting - a base floor and then a loft-type area above. They're not huge but they're fine. Our room had floor pillows on the base floor as a couch. The bathroom was fairly clean, but there was an odd slant to the ceiling as you approached it and my tall husband had to duck a bit. Our bed (matress on the floor) was in the loft. The staircase up was a bit scary - very narrow stairs, but it was fine. There was a mosquito net over the matress.
My parents' room was similar except they had 2 single beds - one in the loft and one on the ground floor. Watch out for spiders, though - my mom's mosquito net had a hole in it and a spider as big as her palm found it's way and hung out in the top - needless to say, this resulted in lots of laughs. So check your net for holes I guess!
The food was okay - I personally preferred the food at our other hotel. Here it was buffet-style, with bread, rice, veggie and meat dishes. A small choice but decent food.
There was a small pool but it looked as though it hadn't been cleaned in a while. There is a cool Beduin hang-out area in the hotel where you can sit for some tea - comfortable pillows on the ground to sit upon.
There's not much to see around the hotel at all - it's best just to stay inside and get some rest.
Overall, I prefer sleeping in the desert, but this place wasn't too bad.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank MelissaBa
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

Nice hotel considering it is in a remote oasis in the desert. Do not expect great luxury, but room was spacious and clean with everything you expect. No airco but a ceiling fan. Stayed 1 night while on a tour in Egypt. Rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious and staff was polite. Food was good, but do not expect exquisite cuisine.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank francois d
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Reviewed 5 September 2007

Entering that traditional mud-brick hotel was a very fascinating part of my trip. I was on a desert safari for a week, and came to rest at the hotel. It was very accomodating to my needs, as after a week in the desert, it's very hard sometimes to be faced with the technology and luxury of the city. It was a great break through back to life. It's built in the traditional way of the Bedouin houses, therefore it didn't seem out of place, as it blends in with the surroundings. The rooms are very cousy, with a nice homy feeling, most of them especially the ones of the old wing, which have traditional drawings on the wall, which you will find everywhere around you in the city, as this is how the Bedouins in the area decorate their houses.
The food was just unbelievalble, as it's all organic food fresh from the farm.
All in all it was a very healthy experience, and I would definitly advice all passersby to experience at least one night there

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled with friends
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  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled solo
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