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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sheherazade Hotel Luxor