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Hotel Sheherazade
Gezira El Bairat | West Bank, Luxor, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #10 of 57 hotels in Luxor
London, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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“Brilliant, amazing, authentic Egypt”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

I chose the West bank as a conference centre and base away from the dull five star hotels that you can access anywhere in the world. This hotel and wonderful centre with roof top sings of Egyptian life and culture. The West Bank is the best for true Egypt and the Sheherazade delivers on all levels- design, service, staff- in fact whatever we needed was not a problem for the staff. With a group of 16 everyone loved staying here. What can I say- perfect in every way and the stars amazing. With Habu Temple and Carter's House 2km away you can walk in the desert or catch a ferry boat to beautiful Luxor temple. 2012 and 2013 will be booked too.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

This wonderful hotel gave us the best of both worlds - situated on the west bank, it is a peaceful sanctuary, and yet a stones throw from the ferry and the east bank of Luxor town.
The hotel is built in traditional style and has an easy spacious feel which extends to the interiors of rooms which are domed. The gardens and foliage all around are beautiful, and the roof garden looks out across the Nile to Luxor Temple which is lit up at night. The room rates and cost of food from the kitchen are very reasonable, and the food is delicious.
However, as we all know, the above would mean nothing were it not for the management and staff, and that's where this hotel scores top marks in my book.
It is run by a lovely English Lady, Christine, who is married to Mohammed, one of the owners. They couldn't do enough for us, and that goes for all the staff working there. They were all superlative and very welcoming.
The cleaning staff were amazing and left our room spotless with fresh towels every day, which were fashioned into a different 'sculpture' every day on our bed - I have only seen this before in 5 star hotels.
Thank you Christine, Mohammed, and all the management and staff for making our trip to Luxor.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

The Sheherazade Hotel is the ideal place to enjoy the genuine and authentic atmosphere of the West Bank and to visit the Valley of the Kings and many temples.
In the Hotel, the food is fresh and tasty (and there is the best falafel ever), the staff friendly, the rooms clean. From the roof terrace the view is stunning and the sunsets breathtaking.
Every morning, funny sculptures-real pieces of art- are created in the rooms with towels and blankets. Last but not least, it is possible to arrange an evening with traditional music and dance and to have a great time and to ask the staff to help organize excursions (absolutely fabulous the air balloon ride).
Highly recommended to travellers who want to stay far from crows and commercial locations and still have the comfort to move easily (it is possible to cross the Nile in 10 minutes), who want to support local business and connect to local people. It is the real thing.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

The doubts I had about staying on the West bank disappeared and were replaced by delight: the minutes crossing the Nile each morning and evening in the river taxi's were a joy. I stayed in an East bank hotel last Spring and Hotel Sheherazade was an oasis of calm and a sample of real Egyptian life by comparison. Throughout my week I felt I was with family, the staff were so welcoming and friendly. My room was a delight with its own domed ceiling and views of waving palm trees and the Nile in the distance. The roof top terrace gave amazing views and heavenly breezes. I felt ill throughout my week last year.This year I had no concerns about food. The hotel food was excellent; I had all my meals there.I am already looking forward to going back.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

This is a beautiful, peaceful hotel on the West Bank - the perfect place to relax after the hustle of the East bank. It has a large roof terrace from which you can see the desert mountains in one direction and the Nile in the other and there are beautiful gardens, with sun loungers, chairs and tables and a domed seating area to relax and eat away from the heat of the sun. There are also plans to build a swimming pool which would be amazing in that location.

All the staff are really helpful. Food very good. I could have happily stayed for much, much longer and plan to return.

In the run up to my trip Christine one of the hotel manager's was so incredibly helpful with all the various questions I had relating not only to Luxor but travelling beyond - she really went out of her way to provide me with all the information I needed not only relating to Luxor but elsewhere. Nubi and Mohamed, the hotel owners were also really great, arranging lifts, getting us good prices and making sure we had everything we needed. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this oasis in Luxor. Enjoy!

Also, great stable nearby for horse-riding - Christine will provide details. Horses well kept and Ashraf is an excellent guide. I want to go back!

Isabel, London.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

I'm the kind which normally researches into the smallest of detailes, and therefore I have a good sense of what I'm in for.
This time I had nothing to do with booking or reviewing, and did no research beforehand.
That's why the best singleworded description for Hotel Sheherazade, on my part, is; serendipity.

Driving through the narrow alleys leading up to the hotel, Egypt was revealing itself bit by bit. And there, where two streets
angle at 90degrees, Sheherazade stands with a welcoming entrance in the corner.

As the hotel is named after storytelling queen of "One thousand and one nights", you'll immediately notice the hotels decorations picked up from same stories.

I don't have a single bad word to give the staff. They are as talented as they claim to be on their webpage. They are hands on (their tasks, mind, not the guests),
experienced and serviceminded in the real sense of the term; out to give you that little more than you expect.
Make sure you keep your standards as confident as you do. Rest assured, you're doing it right, Sheherazade. No need to tippytoe nervously, you'll start cluttering it.

The rooms are what they need to be. A place to withdraw, wash up and sleep. No, there aren't minibars or flatscreens. You're not
in Luxor in transit or to slumber infront of BBC, DR1 or such. Hopefully, you're visiting Luxor to see the sights. Monuments,
temples, tombs. After a day in the Egyptian sun hydrating between a lunch and the evening dinner at Sheherazade, you'll be at
ease and in a slumber before you go to your room to sleep. We were served an extra blanket the second night, even without asking as I didn't freeze up the first night.
Gezira surrounding the hotel includes locals with their pets and a minaret. Mind, you are visiting an islamic country. You will get the prayers. And also roosters,
donkey, dogs and such. We got even a wedding celebration in the streets infront. I slept like an infant with ears open. You might want to buy earplugs anyway, they
might come handy. Especially on a plane full of Europeans.

And I mentioned food. There's plenty of it. The included breakfast is just the thing you want to get going in the morning. Their sandwiches for lunch will keep you full
long in the afternoon. And dinner is a chapter for it self.
Recommended; beef burger sandwich, mixed grill dinner, Om Ali for desert. The Omar Khayyam red wine is also worth a try if you don't have the feel for another evening
of Stella.

The hotel management also got a good network any tourist will benefit from; setting you up with transportation and drivers knowledgeable of more than Egyptian traffic,
balloon rides and more. I also look forward to see what Sheherazade makes out of the pool plan, construction's begun when we visited and it got a promising look.

You get what you bargain for. Sheherazade gives you what you see, and a bit to add. Just like dinner. We'll certainly go back. Hope to see you there too!

Prices 5/5. Overall total; 4/5, just because perfection isn't worth striving for when it is this good already.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

I moved here after one night on the East bank. Too crazy over there for me. This hotel is great. Beautiful gardens, wonderful staff, very helpful owner. It's a 5 minute walk to the ferry if you want to head to the East bank. But I saw the East bank sites in a day, so have been spending my time on all the sights over here. Which are fantastic.

The hotel has a good, but basic breakfast. I've had dinner here several times and the food is very good and well priced. It's wonderful coming back after a long day of being a tourist and relaxing out in the garden with a cold Stella while enjoying their free wifi.

Rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are big! Not like many hotels I've been in recently. I highly recommend this hotel. I've been here for 3 nights and will stay for another 2 or so.

They are working on a new addition which will include a swimming pool. The owner is very knowledgeable about the area and can setup pretty much any activity or trip that interests you. Including custom trips into the Western desert.

A great value hotel and a great stay..

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gezira El Bairat | West Bank, Luxor, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Luxor
#5 Best Value Hotel in Luxor
#15 Romantic Hotel in Luxor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Sheherazade is ideally located far from crowds & noise, an oasis of calm in a green & shady garden. The building, in the style of Hassan Fathy, reflects the designs evoked in The Book of a Thousand and One Nights, Sheherazade being the name of the beautiful storyteller. As well as local tours, the hotel is pleased to offer desert safaris and Nile cruises on its own sailing boat, Sindbad. ... more   less 
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