It' s hard to judge a hotel when you are the only guest there for the greater part of the week. The tourist trade has died almost completely and this has affected all the hotels here. There is no money to effect repairs and maintenance. This hotel needs a repaint as the corridors are dingy, but, on the other hand, the hotel has some very good points and I will definitely go back as long as I can get it at a budget/low price. If I had paid full price for my holiday I would have been dissatisfied. I got a good discount and I think that I got good value for what I paid. The standards of the hotel were acceptable and the location is quite good. See last paragraph about getting about.
There is no evidence of the hotel being half-built or curtains hanging off although an empty room that I saw did have a crack in the wall. All areas of the hotel were clean and the room service was excellent every day. Yes, the rooms were basic but the bed was very comfortable and was beautifully changed each day. The bathroom and bedroom were cleaned well daily. The pool terrace was bright and well maintained and the pool was clean. I would have swum had it been a couple of degrees warmer (January). I had a couple of fantastic sunbathing sessions up there with views towards the South side of the Valley of the Kings, (towards Queen Hatshepsut's Temple ) and over the Nile which is well visible.
My only complaint was that there was a problem with the hot water pump while I was there. This seems to be recurrent but, even so, I managed to draw hot water through by running the taps for fifteen minutes before using the shower.
The staff were exceptionally pleasant and couldn't do enough to help. The breakfasts and the evening meals were good and the portions were generous. As I was the only person there for five days of my week I had personal service for breakfast and dinner. Very Merchant Ivory. I was living like an Edwardian on the Grand Tour! NB. Small tip of about 10 or 20 LE is expected for service per meal.
The location is quite good and is much less noisy than the centre of Luxor. The calèche drivers are now based outside and so you can easily get into Luxor or elsewhere but, a word of warning, agree your price firmly before you travel as they will vary prices according to what they think they can get. I agreed 30 LE (Egyptian pounds - livres ègyptiennes) on my first trip into Luxor with one driver, he charged 40 LE for the second trip ( I didn't mind. £1.00 difference is nothing to me but means a lot to them) and then one day, when he had no business he tried to charge me 120 LE which I refused until he came down to 35 LE. I gave him 40 as I think that is a fair fare and I don't mind supporting people in whose country I am being made welcome when times are tough for them.
A lot of hawkers are trying to make up for their lost trade by charging ridiculous prices to the few tourists whom they can catch. That's just not on. Don't encourage it. (I usually managed to negotiate prices of jewellery and gifts down to 20 per cent of what was ourageously asked initially and I susoect that I could have gone lower.) They will harass the life out of you at present. Just respond with a firm "La, shukran ( no, thank you) " walk on and don't engage in any after conversation or eye contact unless you want a service, in which case agree your firm price beforehand or do not accept. It's not being rude - it's maintaining control of the situation otherwise you will be scammed. And don't accept.."ahh, whatever you want you pay!" - it's rarely enough!
And if anyone says " Hi, I know you , I work in your hotel," the chances are that they don't! Ask them which hotel that is and they will turn tail.
If you want to avoid being harassed on the Corniche as you walk towards Luxor, instead of turning left out of the hotel entrance, turn right, go to the end of the road and then turn left. down to a typical Egyptian trading street. Turn left. You will find this street fascinating. Carry on until you reach the end of the street after it narrows and at the main road turn left, walk along a little to the large open corner and turn left again and walk on until you reach the Corniche - then turn right. No hassle this way and you see the real Luxor.
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