Best hotels and hostels in Western Desert

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Siwa Oasis

    Adrère Amellal

    Backed by the dramatic White Mountain (called Adrère Amellal in Siwan language), this impeccable retreat lies in its own oasis, 13km from Siwa Town, with stunning views over Birket Siwa salt lake and the Great Sand Sea's dunes. It offers the ultimate in spartan-chic. Elegantly simple suites showcase traditional architecture techniques using kershef.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Al Qasr

    Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary

    Taking the high end to unheard-of heights in Dakhla, Al Tarfa is flat-out desert-fabulous. The traditionally inspired decor is superbly tasteful and impeccably rendered, down to the smallest detail – from the embroidered bedspreads that look like museum-quality pieces to the mud-plastered walls that don’t show a single crack. Private transfers to the hotel's isolated site, north of Al Qasr, can be arranged.

  • Lodging in Siwa Oasis

    Taziry Ecolodge

    This peaceful hotel 12km west of Siwa Town was designed and built by an artist and an engineer from Alexandria. Large natural-material rooms are decorated with local crafts and Bedouin rugs. Tranquil and laid-back, with no electricity and a natural-spring pool overlooking the lake, it is a great place to unwind and experience Siwa’s magic. Families can choose their own adobe chalet.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Siwa Oasis

    Siwa Relax Retreat

    Far away from it all, this place is a dream in which to totally relax for a few days. Built on the edge of the lake, the simple but comfortable rooms are covered in bougainvillea and have floors made of salt crystals. Some have shared bathrooms, others are en suite. There is no electricity, just candles.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Siwa Oasis

    Shali Lodge

    This tiny, beautiful hotel, owned by environmentalist Mounir Neamatallah, is nestled in a lush palm grove about 100m from Siwa's main square. The large comfortable rooms have lots of curvaceous mud-brick goodness, exposed palm beams, rock-walled bathrooms and cushioned sitting nooks. Tasteful and quiet, this is how small hotels should be.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Al Qasr

    Sosal Center for Ethnic Arts and Crafts

    This lovely villa with five bedrooms is a delightful place to stay for a few days. The house has a kitchen, comfortable living room with a fireplace, and a garden for common use. Next door is a basketry-weaving workshop. The place is self-catering, but breakfast (LE25), lunch (LE85) and dinner (LE95) can be arranged by women from the village nearby.

  • Lodging in Al Kharga

    Kharga Oasis Hotel

    This homage to the 1960s' love of concrete blocks is your best bet for bedding down for the night in Al Kharga. The main building sports large rooms with decent beds and bathrooms, but opt for one of the traditionally styled domed bungalows out back, set around a tranquil and lush palm-filled garden (beware the mosquitoes) for a bit more style.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bahariya Oasis

    Eden Garden Camp

    Located 7km east of Bawiti, in the small, serene oasis of El Jaffara, Eden Garden is a superfriendly place with African-style huts, shaded lounge areas, fresh food and, best of all, two springs just outside its gates: one hot and one cold. Talaat, the owner who conceived the whole place, is a character.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Siwa Oasis

    Al Babinshal Heritage Hotel

    This gorgeous, curvy mud-brick hotel is seamlessly grafted onto, and part of, the Shali fortress with its labyrinthine architecture all built from kershef bricks. A maze of tunnels and stairways connects the spacious and cool rooms. Decor is distinctly desert style with date-palm furniture, local textiles and traditional wooden-shuttered windows used in abundance to add to the local vibe.

  • Lodging in Qasr Al Farafra

    Beit Ad Diyafa Al Asdiqa

    Badr Abdel Moghny, the man who created Badr's Museum, had another dream: to make a small guesthouse where creative people can find a peaceful home away from home. This mud-brick house has six cosy rooms set in a delightful garden with local fruit trees and cacti. There's also a large room with space to create.

  • Lodging in Bahariya Oasis

    Badr’s Sahara Camp

    A couple of kilometres from Bawiti, Badr’s Sahara Camp has a handful of bucolic, African-influenced huts, each with two beds and small patios out front, some with air-con or fans. Hot water and electricity can’t always be counted on, but cool desert breezes and knockout views of the oasis valley can. Pick-ups are available.

  • Lodging in Bahariya Oasis

    International Hot Spring Hotel

    About 3km outside Bawiti on the road to Cairo, this spa resort has 36 very comfortable rooms and eight chalets, built around a hot spring and set in a delightful garden. There’s also a rooftop lounge and a good restaurant, as well as Peter's Bar. The owner Peter Wirth is an old Western Desert hand and organises recommended trips in the area.

  • Lodging in Bahariya Oasis

    Nature Camp

    At the foot of Gebel Dist, 17km north of Bawiti, Nature Camp sets new standards for environmentally focused budget accommodation. The peaceful cluster of candlelit and intricately designed thatch huts looks out onto the expansive desert beside its own cold spring. The food is very good (meals LE50) and the owner, Ashraf Lotfe, is a skilled desert hand. The perfect place away from it all.

  • Lodging in Siwa Oasis

    Talist

    Talist, meaning 'lake' in the Amazig language, is a place to get away from it all. On offer in this family-owned ecolodge are simple but comfortable rooms, beauty and tranquillity. Natural materials like stone, cotton and kershef, a mixture of salt and rock, are used, and there is a great pool overlooking the lake.

  • Lodging in Siwa Oasis

    Nanshaal

    At the edge of Shali, Nanshaal is a tranquil haven, with a few rooms in a restored mud-brick house. Run by the laid-back Faris Hassanein, the rooms here are simple but authentically Siwan, using mostly natural materials. There is a great roof terrace where you can watch time pass.

  • Lodging in Siwa Oasis

    Maraki Camp

    The perfect place to relax for a few days, this small, simple and beautifully designed camp has 12 mud-brick rooms on the lake with bathrooms, mosquito net and solar-powered lights. The terrace is a dream, overlooking the lake where you can go swimming.

  • Lodging in Siwa Oasis

    Qasr Alzaytuna

    Perfect for those who want a restful getaway, Qasr Alzaytuna has neat-as-a-pin rooms (some with dinky balconies) and a tranquil date-palm garden complete with spring-fed swimming pool. The important things are done right, like nice mattresses and modern bathrooms, and your host, Sammia, is as welcoming as could be. A great choice for families, it lies 2km southeast of town.

  • Lodging in Siwa Oasis

    Return to the Source

    Camille Ainsley has lived in Siwa for 15 years, running health-based retreats from her family's farm. She offers delightful accommodation, in addition to acupuncture and naturopathy treatment sessions. On offer are three-, five- and 10-day retreats to improve your health and discover the oasis. If you call Camille ahead, she will prepare a healthy meal for lunch or dinner.

  • Lodging in Al Qasr

    Desert Lodge

    This thoughtfully designed, ecofriendly mud-brick fortress of a lodge crowns the hilltop at the eastern edge of Al Qasr, overlooking the old town. Rooms are decorated in minimalist desert style incorporating tranquil pastel blues, pinks and greens. The restaurant is adequate, and there is also a bar, a private hot spring and a painting studio on the desert’s edge.

  • Lodging in Bawiti

    New Oasis Hotel

    A study in curvaceous construction, this small, homey hotel has several teardrop-shaped rooms, some with balconies overlooking the expansive palm groves nearby. Inside, the rooms are in good shape, though someone seems to have been a little overzealous with the powder-blue paint. It’s one of the nicer budget options in town, located next to El Beshmo spring.