Like many others, I stayed here before and after my unforgettable cruise - the hotel is run by the same folks as those who do the Nour El Nil cruises. The hotel is exceptionally clean, well-run, and stress-free. The best way I can summarize this is that it feels like home instantly. Here are the highlights:
-- The location --
On the less hectic West Bank, right beside Medinet Habu temple, Valley of the Kings, and other classic Luxor sights. Super convenient getting around. The staff will happily organize a car and guide for you at a great value so it's worry free.
-- The staff --
I really enjoy talking to local people when I travel and the staff here are an incredible way to do that during your stay. Everyone was was kind, respectful, and attentive -- and had great senses of humor to boot. And I learned so much from talking to them that it only served to enhance my experience in Egypt. Need local recommendations? Eleanor and Memdhu, the owners, will tell you everything you need to know.
-- The food --
The food. Oh god the food. First off, you only need to think about what allergies or food items you don't eat. The rest will be taken care of by the staff and prepare for a treat. Everything is local, fresh, and unbelievably flavorful. I have since tried to create some of these dishes at home because the food was remembered so fondly. It's hard.
I was completely blown away by my experience. In combination with the cruise, this easily ranks among the best trips I have ever taken in my life and I travel a lot. The best way I can put it is this way: you the comforts of feeling like home in this guest house (and on the boat) -- everything is taken care of for you (where to go, what to do, how to get there/logistics), but you get to do things that you wouldn't find in a guide book. Having local advice that's trustworthy, friendly, and affordable makes this a choice I'll look forward to revisiting again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beit Sabee is built in the traditional Egyptian style - sun dried mud bricks - adobe. It is located in Luxor West Bank with a marvelous view of Medinet Habou and the Theban mountain that houses: the Kings Valley, Queens Valley, Deir el-Medinet, and Hatchepsout, etc. If you are relaxed, open and looking for a uniquely different place, you will enjoy her. Beit Sabee is a comfortable, beautifully simple rural lodging. Beit Sabee (maison d’hôtes) appeared in the September 2008 issue of Elle Decoration. ... more less