"The Gezira Club" Wilayat al Jazirah Hotel Tip by mafi_moya
Wilayat al Jazirah Hotels: 2 reviews and 1 photos
As the name suggests, the Gezira Club is a very posh old colonial hotel where British district commissioners sipped pink gins, played tennis and watched the sun go down over the Nile. You can still watch the sun set but any other resemblance has long gone!
Unique Qualities: There's a skeleton staff but few services - in theory there's table tennis, TV, guided tours. In reality there's nothing but a room. The swimming pool remains but hasn't been cleaned for years. The rooms are very nice but you'll have to share with plenty of mosquitos and water is not always guaranteed.
But although it's lost its luxurious comfort it remains delightfully charming and its overgrown garden and deserted feel adds to this character. The rooms have balconies (some covered, the best ones open) which give an absolutely stunning view of the Nile, which more than makes up for any of the shortcomings.
Guest teachers at universities in the town are often housed here and you can meet some interesting people. But things have gone missing though so don't leave anything of value lying about. Can't remember how much it costs but it's not expensive, a couple of dollars or so.
Directions: It's known to local drivers, who'll meet you at the bus station. Alternatively walk along the Nile on the main road and you'll find it easily.
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