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“Just stopped for a drink” 5 of 5 stars
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El Minaa El Nahry St., Qena, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Qena
El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt
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“Just stopped for a drink”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We were driving from the Red Sea coast to Qena to visit Dendera Temple for the day and in search of a place to relax near the River Nile for a drink afterwards. The Basma Hotel is perfect for this. Tables, chairs and sun umbrellas are located right next to the Nile with views across to the opposite bank and beautiful greenery and sandy mountains. There is a nice swimming pool and the service for our drinks was very good despite there being a power cut. Only a few other guests there. We would definately consider staying here on another trip to visit Abydos Temple.

Room Tip: We didn't stay overnight, just stopped for a relaxing drink.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the end of the hall away from the noise in the elevator and kitchen traffic. And a...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: El Minaa El Nahry St., Qena, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Qena Governorate > Qena
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Qena
Number of rooms: 36

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