I flew into Luxor for a day of meetings and since I was early, I asked the driver to drop me off at the Sheraton and come back later to pick me up. Since I had an early start, I decided to have breakfast. And I was disappointed - but not entirely surprised - at the lack of guests. Egypt has really taken a beating by the western press and its tourism industry is the victim of that. And, of course, so is the Sheraton.
I was last here in December 2013. The breakfast choices were considerably larger with two different themes to choose from - western and oriental. Now the choice is western with a mix of Arabic. So you have the usual choices of sausages, scrambled or boiled eggs, beans, grilled tomatoes, etc., or omelettes and crepes, plus sweet rolls, salads (the Arabic breakfast of olives, cukes, tomatoes, pickled vegetables, etc.) and hummus and pita bread. So you still won't go away hungry.
Service is impeccable. Right there, offering coffee or tea or juice. Professional, quick and friendly. Breakfast was exactly LE100. That's exactly $14.37 at the official exchange rate at the bank. Or $13.59 at the street exchange. Not many places can offer you a buffet breakfast at that price.
I was going back to Cairo that evening so I didn't need a room. But my lodging experience at the Sheraton last December left nothing to be desired.
So it breaks my heart that here we are in the high season - 9 April - and it's a ghost town. For no reason except media drama and poor reporting.
Now is the time to visit Luxor - home of a third of the world's monuments. And it will never be cheaper and you certainly won't have to stand in line. If you want, dial through Cairo and focus on Upper Egypt, but come on! Give these people some business!
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