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Bergama (former Pergamon Turkey

02.04.2001

Pension Athena

email: aydinathena@hotmail.com

6.30 $  per night

Bargained down from 10$ down because off  season

Double

Y

N

H

Everything is super!  The place has a great friendly atmosphere with a great staff.  Aydin  is the nicest guy we have met so far.  Really helpful and will show you everything on his home computer.  Great CD on Pergamon.

We ate  great pasta at the Pension Athena

Tasted great and we cooked together

Istanbul Turkey

04.04.2001

Hostel Ararat

(We have no address, but the manager will find you around the Blue Mosque)

10 $ per night

Bargained down from 12$ down because off  season but without breakfast

Double

Y

N

H

 The place was dirty and not too nice, but they had free coffee and tea.

 

 

Kusadasi Turkey

08.04.2001

Hotel Sezgin

Zafer Sokak 15 

Tel: 614-6489

10 $ per night without Breakfast

(off season price)

Double

Y

Y

H

Really nice place with a friendly staff that speak German and English

 

 

Goereme Turkey

10.04.2001

 Berlin Camping

on the right hand side on the road to the Open-Air Museum

 4 $

Camp

Y

N

N

Decent place, close to town 

 

 

 Hama Syria

12.04.2001

RIAD Hotel

Sharia al - Quwatli

tel: 239-512

7 $ 

 Dorm

N

N

H

Clean and really nice and helpful staff. 

 

 

Palmyra Syria

13.04.2001

New Afqa Hotel

Near the bus stop in town

Tel: 910-386

4$ per night

Slept on the Roof

Y

N

C

 Crazy but really nice manager.  

 

 

Damascus Syria

14.04.2001

 

Al-Haramein Hotel

Sharia Bahsa

Tel: 231-9489

 5.4 $ per night slept on the roof

Y

N

H

Clean and charming place with a helpful staff. Hot Showers 24 h Toilet really small.

2 chickens rice, salad and bread

ok not worth the 200 sp

Beirut Lebanon

18.04.2001

Pension Home Valery

Ein Mrisee - Phoenicia Str

Saab Bldg - 2nd Floor

Tel: 01-362-169

10 $ in double room w/o shower

Y

N

C

Clean,  on the second floor. Staff friendly, but did not know where a Internet Cafe was

Tripoli Lebanon

20.04.2001

Pension Haddad

Lebanon Tripoli

Tell Sq Near Fahim Cafe'

Tel: 00961 /3-507709 * 00961 /3-361349

Pensionhaddad@hotmail.com

http://pensionhaddad.8m.com

 

14 $ w/o Breakfast

Double

Y

N

H

The best place we have stayed in till now,  clean, friendly, and a warm hearted family. Just want to say thanks for a great two days. We hope to visit them again!! Hello Grandma Georgette !!

We were invited by the family for dinner,  great typical Lebanese meal

Thanks !!

Amman Jordan

23.04.2001

Basman Hotel

Basman Street, Amman Jordan

(across from the old Mosque)

 

4.30 $ w/o shower

Double

Clean simple place,  staff friendly, gave us a tea

We were bad and had western food!

6.50 $

Jerusalem Israel

24.04.2001

Faisal Youth Hostel

Hanivim St. No. 4 East Jerusalem

P.O. Box 51810

Tel: 026287502

faisalsam@hotmail.com

http://angelfire.com/vt/faisalhostel/

10 $ Dorm 

Y

N

H

Clean place that has free coffee and tea all day.  Friendly staff & helpful with all questions.  Also has kitchen to cook your own meals.  Very relaxing atmosphere.  

Maren cooked a rice meal with pineapples and onions. Tasted great.

Tel Aviv Israel

27.04.2001

Hayarkon 48 Hostel

Hayarkon 48 Street

Tel Aviv Israel

Tel: 03-5168989

info@hayarkon48.com

www.hayarkon48.com

21 $ in  dorm room. Including  light breakfast and free coffee all day

Y

N

H

The place in very clean, fully equipped kitchen and nice showers. Internet also available.  Helpful Staff.  However very expensive.  Tel Aviv generally really  expensive.  Not like in the rest on the middle east.

2 x Falafel

 4 $

Akko Israel

28.04.2001

Paul's Hostel

Old Akko

Tel: 991-2857

10 $ slept in a 20 bed dorm.

Y

N

H

We slept in a 20 bed dorm all alone.  Not a single other person here.  Weird, but it was ok.

2 x Beer and Potato Chips at night over looking the sea.

4 $

Tiberias Israel

29.04.2001

Aviv Hotel

Hagalil St.

Tiberias

Tel: 06-6720007

 

15 $ for dorm room.  Almost like a real hotel room

Y

Y

Y

Really nice hotel,  Actually too nice for us.  The dorm rooms were like  hotel rooms in a three star hotel.

Wadi Mousa - Petra Jordan

01.05.2001

 

Valentine Inn

P.O. Box 205 Wadi Mousa - Petra

Tel: 079518337

email: valentineinn@hotmail.com

5.70 $ Dorm

Y

N

Y

We would not recommend this place.  We have heard awful stories about this place.  It was a weird place to stay.

Wadi Rum (Bedouin Tent + Tour of Desert)

03.05.2001 

Mohammed Sabah Al-Zalabeh 
Sunset Camp

mohammed_rum@yahoo.com

http://mohammedwadirum.8m.com

 

43 $ + Tour of Desert

N (only in Moh-

priv.

N

Can not recommend him more.  We had a time of our life.  See our diary for more.  May 04, 2001

Bedouin Meal 

(1st night Rice and chicken)

(2nd night: Chicken, Potatoes &Onions

 Great meal both times.  The second night they cooked in an under ground hole

Dahab Egypt

05.05.2001

 

Venus Camp

Mashraba 

3.90 $

Double

Y

N

H

We stayed in a bungalow.  It was half way clean.  Simple but had a fan.  Friendly staff that will organize a trip to Mt. Sinai

Sharks Restaurant

Huge Portions,  Great Value but no alcohol License.  Taste great.

Cairo Egypt

11.05.2001

Sultan Hotel

4, Suk El Tewfikia St., Ezbekia -Cairo

Tel: 57772258 -5771925

6.50 $

Double

Y

N

H

It is not the cleanest place,  but one of the cheapest places to stay in Cairo.  The staff seems to be friendly.

Koshari Everyday (Noodles, Rice, fried onion, chic peas, lentils mixed together) Real Cheap

Aswan Egypt

17.05.2001

Noorhan Hotel

(on a left side street as you come into town from the train station)

3.12 $

Double

Y

N

H

Descent place,  clean for the most part.  Best deal we could find in town.

Koshari (Still the best deal for your money.  For a 1.5 two people have a meal.

Nile Felucca Trip

19.05.2001

Captain Mohammed Qibly

Saad Zaglol Street

Aswan Egypt

Tel: 316069

21 $

 

N

N

Incl.  Boat Trip,  Food, Water, and sleeping. We do not recommend this trip. They wash the dishes in Nile and the food is not what you paid for.  Also the captain did not do much at all. Provided no real service.  Also two guys on the boat believed they were missing money from their bags in the morning. We became really afterwards.

Luxor Egypt

20.05.01

Nerfertiti Hotel

(100 meters north of the Bus Station )

3 $ w/o AC and own bathroom

6.50 with AC and own Bathroom

Double

Y

Y

Y

Ok place,  some of the staff is really nice.  We changed to the more expensive room when we got sick.  Warm showers are really short.

Suez Egypt

26.05.01

El Mediane Hotel

Sharia Talaart Harb

5.70 $

Double

Y

N

Y

Bargained down from 25 LE,  Normal accommodation, nothing special

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