We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Up-date” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Saint Joseph Hotel

Save Saved
You added Saint Joseph Hotel to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Saint Joseph Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Khaled Ibn el Walid Street, Luxor, Egypt   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #24 of 56 hotels in Luxor
London, England
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Up-date”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2010

I gave the St Joseph Hotel a short review in October 2009 (“Another great review”) and stayed there again for about a month last June/July. Moreover, I regularly used its restaurants and bar on two trips in between. My last comments were brief because most other reviewers also like the place and there was little to add. However, now it looks like a few things need detail.
The St Joseph is one of three ‘budget’ hotels in Luxor’s main tourist district. The other two are the New Pola and the Gaddis where I have also stayed. All are supposedly 3-star but some of their furniture may have seen better days, Cleanliness in all three, however, is of an excellent standard and their staffs are helpful and attentive. Considering the ill-mannered behaviour of the odd tourist or two, this itself warrants a commendation but the St Joseph’s tops the list because most of the people who work there seem genuinely hospitable and, if and when necessary, willing to “go the extra mile”.
As far as food goes, the St Joseph’s is the clear winner. Breakfast anywhere can be mundane but the New Pola and the Gaddis have reduced this to a science. Breakfast at the St Joseph’s has a variety only exceeded by the more expensive hotels and a taste that can be as good or sometimes even better. The same is true for its restaurants. The St Joseph’s snack bar is beside a nice rooftop swimming pool and has a lovely Nile view. It serves good local and western dishes at fair prices. You can find many of the same things cheaper but, for the same quality, you have to leave the main tourist area and lose the view.
As for the main (ground floor) restaurant, if you peruse the menu carefully for the right local or western dishes, it’s as good as or better than many of the tourist-oriented places nearby. It can also be cheaper. As a tip; the steak here and elsewhere in Luxor is very good but (assuming you are not partial to flour-based sludge) avoid the choice of an accompanying sauce unless you are sure what you are going to get.
Air conditioning can be important and all three hotels are OK but I’ve stayed at the St Joseph’s in high summer when the temperature can reach 50° or more. The room was nicely conditioned but, if you want cool air everywhere in the building, stay across the road at the Sonesta which (for a higher room rate) can sometimes be like walking into a refrigerator.
As for the bar, the St Joseph’s tries (not altogether unsuccessfully) to duplicate an old-fashioned British pub. The music is not always to my taste and sometimes the bar is populated with “drunken tourists” who take advantage of its twice-nightly Happy Hours. (On occasion, I may have been one of them.) It is, however, in a tourist hotel and there aren’t that many other customer bases available in a country where alcohol is generally proscribed. Like any bar anywhere, I have had good times and sometimes been bored to tears. Often it’s a quiet family-type bar and occasionally I have been its only customer. In short, drunken behaviour is the exception, not the rule. Most importantly, I have never seen anything like a violent incident or the sort of ugly/unruly behaviour that can be all too typical of pubs/bars in the US/UK today.
For the record, I have stayed at higher rated Luxor hotels and eaten in some of its better ranked restaurants. Some differences from the St Joseph are apparent but many of the important ones are not always easy to tell. If finance is not a problem, pick any hotel you like but do try a drink on the St Joseph’s rooftop or visit its bar. If, however, you are on a budget and want a decent, well-managed and centrally located hotel, then it would be hard to do better than the St Joseph.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

250 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    109
    81
    34
    17
    9
See reviews for
39
99
31
1
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (33)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

I could not believe the state of this place. It began with a dirty room - dirty blanket and sheets with holes in and on inspecting the mattress, it was stained with blood and probably urine not to mention whatever else. The food in the restaurant was mediocre, bland and never hot. My wife would not eat it. The bar was dingy and depressing full of drunken tourists. She also cut her leg on a sunbed.
We did not expect a lot for the price but it was poor at best.
We were never given messages left for us in reception (the staff never had a smile or a nice word) and we were not even told when we had phone calls! Only finding out later!
My wife really got angry when she went to our room to find the cleaner sitting on the bed watching tv!
When we tried to complain we didn't see the management, although we were promised. All in all, the worst weeks holiday ever. As it was our first time in Egypt we did not know what to expect, but on visiting other hotels (Sonesta and Lotus) for food we could not believe the difference, for a couple of pounds more.
Take our advice and NEVER stay there.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Toronto
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2010

Booked the St Joseph for 1 night after a nile cruise. Since we were only staying 1 night, we wanted something clean and reasonable and this hotel did not dissapoint. The location was a bit out of the town, but we walked downtown in about 15-20 minutes. We had booked a king bed room with a balcony. On arrival, we were taken to a room with 2 single beds, and were told that someone would come up to push the beds together (common in Egypt), We were fine with this, but 5 minutes later the manager called to tell us they had a better room for us so we were moved. The 2nd room was great - roomy, a king bed and a balcony with a view over the Nile. The room and the bathroom were clean and spacious and the bed was comfortable. Breakfast was basic but ok. Overall, this is a great value hotel in a quiet part of town. Would recommend it if you are looking for something in this price category.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Stoke On Trent
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2010

We had been in Egypt doing a Nile cruise, 3 days in cairo and then 5 days in Hurghada when we found out we wouldn't be going home because of the volcano.
We made our way to Luxor Airport and ended up being taken to St Josephs.
I'll admit that when I saw it my heart sank and when I got in the room I cried a little but the wife said 'Look you can eat your food off the floor'.
We made our way up to the roof terrace where I instantly fell in love - swimming pool, Premier Football on the TV, overlooking the Nile, burger, chips, bread & butter for £1.50 and beer for £1.60 - heaven.
You could also have a 4 course meal in the restaurant for £5.
Our 7 days cost around £220 for 2 of us and that included all our meals and drinks.
The staff were great and the people of Luxor were great (yes they can hassle but never malicious).
Within yards were other streets with restaurants.
WiFi was excellent.
I can't recommend St Josephs high enough and hope to go back one day.

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2010

I've stayed in this hotel for 1 night as part of my tour. I have to tell you from the beginning not to expect luxury at the hotel. It's actually quite basic and a bit dated.
The rooms however are quite clean and comfortable. There's air conditioning and other basic facilities in the rooms such as a TV, telephone, fridge (the fridge actually froze things rather than cooled them down - i put a bottle of water in there and it was frozen when i got it out the next day, but i didn't mind as it was good for a hot day) and towels, soap, etc. I think it was more than sufficient.

One thing i really did like is the roof. There is a small pool there to cool off and some sun chairs but there is also a cafe type of thing and tables to order meals/drinks. The view is just amazing from the roof, you can see the city and the Nile!
The staff were quite friendly and are happy to assist when asked.

On the ground floor, apart from the lobby/reception there is a restaurant. Breakfast was included in our price and it was quite good. It had good variety such as eggs, sausages, cereals, pastries and some egyptian cuisine. We did also have a three course dinner at that restaurant, it was cheap from memory, i think it worked out about $20 Australian. There was a large variety of things you can order from the menu both western food and egyptian food. The portions were quite big and the food was delicious. There is also a bar - i haven't been there though but i saw signs for happy hour.

There is also free wireless internet. Which is a plus :)

Location of the hotel was quite good. Close to the Nile and there were a convenience shop, pharmacy, shops and restaurants/cafes just down the road. It is also a short walk to Luxor temple.

Overall, it was a good value.

The only things i can really fault is that the hotel needs refurbishment as it is a bit outdated and the lifts were quite slow..

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
billericay
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2010

Opon arrival we were a little worried about the apearance of the hotel but once checked in and shown the room we were impressed by the spacious room overlooking the Nile. The staff are very good as well as the bar on the roof and heated pool.

Ask for a room high up to avoid traffic noise and room facing Nile.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
theleveller
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2010

My wife and i have been visiting Luxor for ten years sometimes twice a year because simply we both have a interest in Egyptology , We have stayed at the WInter Palace , the Sonesta and now the St Josephs. The reason we now stay at the St Jo,s is its a friendly family run hotel which gives us everything we need for a really good price . Roomservice is efficiant and very friendly , Our view was looikng over the Nile and down over Nile Street (the main road) Why do we like the view overlooking the main road is because we can see normal Egyption life going on a daily basis . We aint nosey but there is always something happening ! Sat outside on the balcony in the late evening with a Gin and Tonic watching life go by underneath is very very relaxing and thats a part of my holiday!
Upstairs on the roof bar , sipping a Stella watching the sunset after a weary day on the West Bank brilliant !
Recommend the St Josephs , yes !

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Saint Joseph Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Saint Joseph Hotel

Address: Khaled Ibn el Walid Street, Luxor, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 56 hotels in Luxor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Saint Joseph Hotel 3*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Booking.com, Priceline, Tingo, Travelocity, BookingOdigeoWL, HostelBookers, Expedia, Despegar.com, Venere and Otel so you can book your Saint Joseph Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Saint Joseph Luxor
Hotel Saint Joseph
St Joseph Hotel Luxor

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Saint Joseph Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.