I like Qena! Somewhere in the course of human events, the citizens of Qena learned the responsibilities of a civil society - namely how to obey the rules of the road and how to pick up your trash after yourself. Located on the east bank of the Nile, as you approach the city from Luxor you enter under an archway of trees. And that is your greeting to a most unusual city in Egypt - the streets are spotless. The people are uber friendly and there are sites to see in the area: a number of Coptic monasteries and pharaonic and Roman temples.
And surprisingly, some enterprising individual mustered up enough to invest in a perfectly good 3 star hotel on a quiet cul de sac right on the bank of the Nile. So if you do not want to take the time to head back to Luxor, which is taking longer and longer given the state of security, I recommend you bunk at the Basma.
The rooms are more than adequate - actually fairly large. Furniture is adequate but chairs are typical "Louie Farouk," the expat description of the gaudy, uncomfortable combination of Louis XIV and King Farouk design. But at least you have lots of room to spread out. Beds are nice and firm. Pillows need an upgrade - pretty wimpy. The room had not been cleaned when I entered but that really brought the troops in a hurry! But the view is to die for! And there is a lovely patio area with parasols right on the river.
Breakfast could be improved. I didn't recognize the scrambled eggs and I have no idea what they were calling juice - too sweet for my tastes.
Downsides: the elevator was not working when I was there; the hall acoustics are NOT good, so stay away from the main areas and particularly from the kitchen traffic delivering room service.