Writing this review several months after the holiday, with the benefit of time to reflect, I feel this was an enjoyable place to stay. The hotel is ideally located away from the hurly-burly of Luxor itself, but within a short (and exceptionally inexpensive) taxi ride. The property itself is well-maintained and feels peaceful and safe; the experience of being in the hotel lends itself to quiet relaxation not least because there are plenty of places to sit either with your book or in company: the lobby, the lounges, the pool areas and the excellent gardens adjoining the Nile. We were not immediately struck by the quality of the main restaurant. In particular, our first two dinners were a little lack-lustre, of the disappointing buffet variety. However, the manager, Hasan, was superbly responsive to our feedback, took immediate action and ensured that for the remainder of our ten-night stay we were very well looked after indeed. Lunches by the pool, with excellent service from Nouby, and dinner in the a la carte restaurant were both memorable experiences, and generally the service from all the staff, whether restaurant or elsewhere, was impressive. The staff were key in making this a good stay. Otherwise, the pool is fantastic (with a proper deep end unlike so many hotels which offer nothing more than 4ft) and the facilities are decent with just a hint of shabby about them. While I would almost certainly stay at the Winter Palace if I visited Luxor again (a gorgeous colonial style hotel) the Karnak Sofitel can certainly be recommended as a peaceful spot offering good service, good bathing and an understated charm.
NB The Sofitel is served by a group of hotel-specific taxis. We were fortunate to meet Ahmed on Day 2 (he drives the sports car) who arranged everything for us for the remainder of the stay: hot-air balloon, Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Aswan, Abu Simbel, camel-riding... and collected us when we got lost in Luxor. He is a super driver, speaks excellent English and knows how to fix anything for your stay at a good price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the east bank of the majestic Nile in one of the most exciting & intriguing settings, Karnak Resort Luxor lets you experience the timeless & exotic beauty of Luxor, 6 km from the city center,18 km from the Luxor international airport, 3 km from the glorious Karnak Temple. Savor the wide selection of fine cuisines at our main restaurant or a-la-carte restaurant "O'Nile". Discover ancient history at your doorstep in any of our 347 rooms& suites or enjoy the vast leisure facilities the hotel offers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Karnak Luxor Hotel Luxor
- Accor Karnak Luxor
- Sofitel Luxor
- Luxor Sofitel