The Hotel is in a good location to access the West Bank Tombs and other attractions via boat taxi. Having booked "with Nile view" our room was located only 30 meters away from the waters edge of the Nile. We found that many large cruise ships were mored up to the bank mostly blocking the view of the Nile and with their engines running continuously, generating power for those on board, combined with a busy and noisy main road along side the Hotel this lead to high levels of pollution allowing fumes to seep into our room 24 hours a day.
Room was ok, tired and grubby in places, yet bedding great, mattresses good and firm with large Duvet. Bath good, plenty of hot water. Concern about the Room Safe not being fixed down, so easy to walk off with? The Swimming Pool was in very good condition and very clean, the changing rooms were immaculate! Food served by the Pool was pricy.
Hotel food restaurants mostly good, however no selection of fruit at breakfast just pre sliced orange or dates. Buffet dinner was large and varied in selection and tastes, very good, great value. International guests used to smoking being prohibited in public places sadly sit in amazement as people lite up cigarettes at meal times! The odd token no smoking sign around yet ashtrays on tables? Bedroom also had slight smell of previous guests smoke! Big plus - great to have a good kettle and large mugs yet nothing provided to use!
Although signs and stickers were present around the ground floor and front door, the reception staff had not heard of Trip Adviser. Wifi was not available until my last day, I was advised its broken, yet staff although asked to google for restaurant address and details from Trip Advisor declined to help. Didn't see any publicity materials to help plan the stay either other than tour operators self publicity literature.
Getting out of the Hotel to explore was to begin with rather fractious, the Taxi and Horse Carriage drivers are relentless in their attempt to secure a booking!, following you 20 meters or so along the road badgering you to get in! Several answers of "No thanks" more often than not didn't work! A few times Profanity was thrown at you for not securing their services! Tourist Police are stationed everywhere with guns!
Money - Coins are very rare, notes are very similar in colour and size, so looking quick to give a tip takes time to sort! Always barter down prices, normally only pay just under half what is asked for.
Top tips- take disinfectant hand wipes with you, a bottle of booze from the airport for your room, book a car to collect you from the airport, keep small change for tipping separate in your pocket, children will with an abundance of confidence ask you for either money or to purchase something from them therefore take a bundle of Pens to hand out periodically as gifts, take good walking shoes, take ear plugs, take a fragrant room smelly,
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