When we travelled this hotel was full of mostly western older people, and I can understand why. I stayed in a Junior suite (room 416 I think). It was on the 4th floor, had two balconies and a very nice bath and bathroom. The view was good, the furnishing and the hotel in general was ageing and this is its main negative, but the rooms were large. The bed was large although maybe a tad hard. Restaurants and room service seemed overpriced, although we never ate there to judge properly, better prices were found in town. The breakfast was unappealing to me, it was a continental style buffet with a few (very oily) things they could cook like omelette. The tour services offered inside the hotel always charged a bit of a premium. Fellah tent trip for example only costed him 200 EP. Directly bought from Movenpick would cost 245 EP and he offered us, 280 EP down from 300 EP. Internet was much cheaper 1 minute walk out the hotel door. The two pools were very nice and the service was good. Laundry service seemed decent. Rooms always cleaned, etc. I wouldn't call it a plush 5* as it claims to be, but rather a good value 4* or good 3* hotel ideal for people wanting a short time in Luxor, relaxing by the pool and doing the occasion temple tourist trip.
The city, by no fault of the hotel, was crap though in my opinion, it made me all the more thankful the hotel was not. Egypt is filthy and the people don't seem genuinely welcoming but rather Luxor being long established with tourism as its lifeblood just survives on the foreign people it sees as walking wallets. I like to walk and explore a city. If you try to walk to and down the corniche you will be harassed by horse carriages and taxis maybe twenty times. This gets tiring after many days, I'm allergic to horses, regardless these people will follow you and persist not taking no for an answer, they want you to pay for the hassle to stop. You end up having to be rude to people simple asking how you are as you cynically assume the ensuing hassle that will be encountered if you reply kindly. Supply outstrips supply so much you can negotiate any price really. I paid a cab 1 EP for a trip he accepted from the outset but tried to milk more from me at the end, I could not care less...don't take the offer if it's not acceptable. This illustrates the desperation though that ends up afflicting your visit. The Gov't seems to promote this foreigner milking attitude, something that annoyed my partner but I could understand was most tickets would be 100 EP for foreigner and 2 EP for an Arab or something like these ratios.
This is my least favourite city I've visited in a long time. Travel here for the plentiful and appealing historical sites, the relaxing feluca trips and cruises, the relaxing hotels and Nile views. Avoid the city and travelling on foot unless you've got a thick skin and enjoy being hassled.
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- The biggest 5 star hotel directly on the Nile in the heart of Luxor. Most of the large 350 rooms and 100 family suites enjoy panoramic views of the Nile, gardens and 2 large swimming pools. In addition to a heated swimming-pool, resort facilities include Italian, Chinese and oriental restaurants, bar, lounge, children playground and a gym. ... more less
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