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“A special place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Sheherazade
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Gezira El Bairat | West Bank, Luxor, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #11 of 58 Hotels in Luxor
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“A special place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Do you want a really good experience of what a hotel in Egypt should be like? Then this is the place for you. It's not one of your Western-type hotels with swimming pool and fitness centre that could be anywhere in the world. It's a place that shows the best of Egypt in atmosphere and friendliness.
A great deal of thought has put into the interior design of the hotel. The public areas have got paintings, hanging carpets, vaulted ceilings and a magnificent dome. The roof is a haven of peace to sit and watch the sun go down. From it to the east you can see the Nile and the temple of Luxor; to the west are the desert mountains with the Valley of the Kings, The many plants in the gardens are well-tended so are a haven for birds.
My room had a very comfy bed with ceiling fan, air conditioner - but most important of all, an electric heater (yes - you really need a heater in the evenings in January in Luxor!). My bathroom was well tiled, had everything working well and constant hot water. The room was freshly painted white with niche-features in the walls of various shapes and sizes painted a contrasting deep peach. It was cleaned well every day. Oh and there were plenty of electricity sockets in the walls to plug in your laptop, mobile etc.
But the thing that really makes this place special is the staff, who do their utmost to make your place a pleasant one. When they smile they really mean it - not like in some hotels where you know a smile means 'give me some money'. Any problems are sorted out immediately.
The only thing that perhaps could be improved is the food. The breakfast was absolutely fine (including pancakes!) but the evening meals could be more inspired. But there are nearby options that are exceptionally good.
One thing - its location is down a side street. It can get muddy when it rains - and did it rain for a day this January!. But it means that when you walk to catch the ferry you pass by houses where the local people (very friendly) live.. You can see into their courtyards where the women still make the sun-bread the ancient Egyptians made. So if you really want to feel part what is best in Egypt ... stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 January 20, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights over New Years Eve whilst in Luxor and very much enjoyed everything about it and would happily return.

I spent a long time researching where to stay and with other positive reviews and deciding on the quieter west bank location decided on this one. We are very pleased we stayed on the west bank, it is much quieter, less hassle and closer to many of the sites than the east bank. Getting the ferry (public or private) proved cheap and very easy and we used it many times.

When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by warm and friendly staff and shown to our great room with a private balcony with a lovely sunset view. The rooms were very nice and the whole architecture and feel of the hotel was very authentic. We had a yummy meal in their garden that evening and with cooler evenings they put a private fire next to our table which i though was a really nice touch. Mohamed was very good to book a balloon ride for us very last minute and found that all staff were very chatty, friendly and could not do enough for you.

The breakfasts were great, plenty of food, pancakes and eggs cooked however we wanted them. They even let us have breakfast half an hour early so we could sit down and eat before our early flight.

I could not help but notice the negative and somewhat unfair review (i felt anyway) from sportchic below. From the sounds of it we were there together as we were also there for the New Years Eve party. The party was very Egyptian which quite frankly is what you want when in Egypt, there was dancing plenty of very tasty food, music, singing and a very nice atmosphere.

I also noticed the problem with the water (we did not have any flooding) shortage but when i spoke to the staff they explained the issue and when i told them i was going to shower they made sure we had plenty of hot water. Perhaps not ideal but it sounds like this was a bigger problem for the area not just the hotel. It annoys me when people complain about things but say or do nothing at the time and just paint a gloomy picture on a review afterwards. I am 100% certain if the SportChic reported some of their issues they would have been rectified. As i say all staff were very helpful and would bend over backwards to give you a good stay.

I think the price was fair, there are cheaper hotels around but also much more expensive ones. I feel they have the right balance.

Hope to return again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights and was really really disappointed with the place given the earlier reviews on trip advisor and will try my best to articulate it. We had no water and no hot water when we arrived after a long trip and my friend had to take a cold shower after the water was restored. Toilet drainage was so slow and it would often flood over, coupled with a crawly shower curtain, be prepared to have a flood in the toilet and slip. Towels from the hotel were always damp and smelly. You wont get wifi in the room and will have to attempt to get a spotty connection whilst standing in the middle of the courtyard. Breakfast was really pathetic. They serve instant coffee, give you 1 banana, 1 cold crepe, unlimited rolls but with 1 cheese, 1 butter, 1 honey and 1 jam. Oh an a plain yogurt. Given that I was paying 60 USD for a twin room which was pretty high for a Luxor hotel on the West Bank. Apart from the toilet floods and slip hazards and damp stale towels, we also stayed for the New Year's Eve party where we paid 150 Egyptian pounds for a "egyptian buffet which served the same breakfast rolls" and didn't even include water. They promised a good party and show with entertainers. We just had a old guy singing and one dude whirling around. There were quite a number of local people who seemed to know the owner well and we felt very made used of as we were probably paying for these folks dinner. No desert was left and I had to eat slices of oranges which proved a crappy end to a boring, super over priced dinner on New Year's Eve. Seriously, I would not recommend this hotel to anyone unless you're alright with poor toilets, expensive rooms with no wi fi and worse motel breakfast I have ever been served in my life. Oh and to get to the airport, use get a cab off the streets...hotel will quote you 150 and tell you safety is an issue but you can get a cab off the streets for 90 Egyptian pounds.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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hatusu, Manager at Hotel Sheherazade, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
I will answer each of the guest’s complaints one by one.
1. The problem with the water and electricity was a problem throughout the whole area when the guests arrived. It would have been the same in any hotel they went to on the West Bank, and unfortunately , this is now a widespread problem for the whole of Egypt. Likewise the intermittent wifi – this is not a hotel problem specifically, but an area problem.
2. If the guests had brought to our attention either of the problems with the towels or the toilet it would have been dealt with immediately – nothing was said to any member of staff. Problems occur in any household, not just hotels, but once known they are always dealt with
3. The New Years Eve buffet started at 8pm. The guests were informed of this. They didn’t arrive back at the hotel till after 10pm however, having gone to the Karnak Sound and Light Show starting at 8pm. Of course there was very little food left after all that time! By this time they had also missed much of the entertainment – a singer called Mahmoud Jumas, a well known entertainer not only in Luxor, but in the whole of Egypt, having made 2 records and appearing on TVseveral times. He brought with him a group of 6 musicians. The singer after Mahmoud Jumas, (“the old guy singing”) was a well known “folk” singer in Upper Egypt, Mr El Rabiah from Aswan. These famous singers were one of the reasons there were so many locals at the party, every one of which had paid for the privilege, and who were delighted to be able to see these famous personalities. The music may not have been to the taste of these particular guests, but the party was advertised as an Egyptian Party . The “one dude whirling round” was a Danoora, commonly known as a Whirling Dervish. They are from the Sufi religion, members of which religion are numerous on the West Bank of Luxor and we like to think that our guests might like to learn a little of the local culture.
4. Regarding the breakfasts –I would hardly describe as “pathetic” the guests own listing. And they only have to ask if they require extra portions of absolutely anything.
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

The best thing about this hotel is its beautiful traditional architecture, it has fantastic paintings all over the stairs and sitting area, they depict illustrations from the stories of Arabian Nights.

[*] They can arrange local tours on cab. It's really close from Colossi of Memnon, Ramasseum.
[*] We liked the restaurant a lot - it was in the open garden, friendly staff, food was also good. You will enjoy the breakfast and lunch in that beautiful garden.
[*] Clean rooms and bathroom, friendly hotel staff.

The internet (wifi) is accessible only at few location - the sitting area, and too weak everywhere else. But you'll agree that the premise is huge and it doesn't make sense it waste money in making that entire area wifi-ready.

[*] It's quite far from railway station, the transfer from station to the hotel itself took us 150EGP (which is high for local standard, day-tours generally take 200-350EGP) I won't recommend for short stay. But can be ideal for long if you seek days-long escape into the serene west bank of Luxor.
[*] Their triple room are not spacious enough, three beds crammed into an room good for 2 beds.

Room Tip: tripe room not recommended, we booked Triple-room, it was like 3 beds crammed into double-room. If p...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Ideal hotel a 7 min walk from the docks and on the right side of the river for the Valley of the Kings, Camel rides, boat tri[ps and tour guides. A releif to be away from the constant hanggling and honking of horns of the East side of Luxor. For those who don't know - Luxor is dicested by the Nile crossed only by water taxi's which cost £1 a passage. The restuarant at Hotel Sheherazade is good, the tented restaurant has the feeling of being in a Bedewin tent. Very authentic. The rooms are quiet, basic and clean. The rooms are small, not alot of rooms to swing a cat but why would you want to hang out in your bedroom anyway. Its a hotel more for very casual ware for £27.00 a night. Staff are freindly and will bend over backwards to help.

Room Tip: Bring your own shower / shampoo. Non supplied. Suite ( if you can call it that ) on roof the best an...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

We had a great stay at Hotel Sheherazade on Luxor's West Bank. The staff were very friendly from check-in to check-out, and helped us organise a car for the day to visit the Valley of the Kings etc for a reasonable price. The food was also good and they have a lovely garden to dine in. The owner, Mohammed, was very helpful & even looked up where our next hotel was in Aswan so that we could plan our time there! Brilliant. In particular the meat Moussaka was a highlight for dinner!

In other areas: wifi was good & fast enough for our needs, breakfast was fine, and the location is nice and close (easy walking distance) to the public ferry from the East Bank. We had a ground floor room, and it was perfectly adequate for our needs, with good hot water and a large double bed.

One tip we would give is to take up the hotel's offer of an airport pickup for LE150. We didn't and it took us significant bargaining to get a driver down to a price below that - and then is was a long way from the airport, so we probably bargained a little too hard in hindsight. Also bear in mind that this hotel only accepts cash, and at the time of our stay there were no ATMs on the West Bank.

Overall we would strongly recommend a stay at Hotel Sheherezade; it is great value for what you pay, and nice to escape from the hubbub & sometime hassle of Luxor's East Bank.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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 December 3, 2012

My time in Egypt was very special indeed and I felt most welcome during my stay at Hotel Sheherazade. All the staff were great! Extremely helpful and accommodating, they provided a very personal service and were on hand at all times, day or night. The hotel surroundings were spacious, airy and light. I treasured sitting up on the roof terrace and taking in the beauty of the landscape. Also, spending quiet time relaxing in the lush garden. The meals I had were very tasty and authentic. Being right by the stunning nile was an added bonus too. I would highly recommend Hotel Sheherazade to anyone and will definitely be returning!

  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gezira El Bairat | West Bank, Luxor, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
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Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Luxor
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sheherazade 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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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