The hotel was very good although very quiet. We had a nice room on the 4th floor with a Nile view (which is usually extra but we didn't pay) We had a view of the West Bank, the Valley of the Kings and the Hills of Thebes which were illuminated at night. The swimming pool was on a barge on the Nile which was different. We had to walk through the gardens and across a little bridge.
The food was good and the staff very polite and attentive. I would reccommend lunch at the pool which we found better at the restaurant.
As I said, it was very quiet.We were told that there was only 40% occupancy but we think that it was a lot less than that. There were usually about 12 people at the pool and in the bar at night there was more staff than guests!
We did all the antiquities which are awesome. Luxor temple, Karnak temple, Luxor museum. The sheer age just blows your mind. The Valley of the Kings is a must. We went with the hotel boat man known as Craig David, which cost a bit less than with the tour operator. We didn't leave the hotel until 8am and were taken across the Nile by boat and we were in the VOK by 8.30am well ahead of the coaches which leave the hotel at 6.30am. We were allowed into 3 tombs of Rameses which had nothing in them other that the decorated walls and hieroglyphics. We paid extra to go into Tutenkahmens tomb which had the sarcophagus with the solid gold burial mask, and also King Tut's corpse/mummy sealed in a glass case.Just the head and feet were visible.
As for Luxor, never again. The Corniche area is very nice and smart but other areas are scruffy and smelly. They have a lot of the horses and carts for the tourists so the place stinks.
The locals are horrendous. The hassling is more like harrasment.Within 5 seconds of leaving the hotel we were bombarded with guys, taxis, horse and cart, cigs, newspapers, tissues, you name it. I know that they have to earn a living, I get that, but they really do invade your personel space and won't take no for an answer.
They don't seem to realise that if they left people alone they would do more business. Guests who had been to Luxor before say that they are much more aggresive and intimidating now.We tended to do our sightseeing in the morning and holed up in the hotel in the afternoon, couldn't face going out again which isn't like us,we are very intrepid seniors and we have travelled the world,but this place had us beaten
Also, beware of pickpockets on scooters. We had a nasty experience near the hotel. A scooter pulled up near us with 4 (yes 4) people on it. One scruffy guy got off, took off his scarf and pretended he wanted to sell it to me whilst trying to pick my husbands pocket. he wasn't successful, there was nothing in his pocket anyway and they shot off.
The rep warned us about the possibilty of getting 'the runs' and one of the main problems is the money would you believe. We used hand gel all the time. Some of the notes have to be seen to be believed.
I'm glad we did Luxor. We did Cairo in 1974, and Luxor has always been on our 'to do' list. I would reccommend the Iberotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Iberotel Luxor has an excellent location direclty overlooking the banks of the Nile & is ideal for romantic getaways, honeymoons or those fascinated by the marvels and mysteries of ancient Egypt. Centrally located in Luxor, it's just ten minutes walking from the Temple of Luxor. This four-star property offers spectacular views of the river, the west bank & the distant hills of Thebes from its rooms & from the verdant garden terrace. Near the hotel, the ferry crossing to the west bank will allow you to visit the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Hatshepsut Temple and the Memnon Colossus while the Temple of Karnak is just three km away. The hotel is the winner of Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012 & 2011, the winner of E-cristal certificate for 2012,Iso -14001 for 2012, Travelife Gold Award winner for 2011 & 2010 & the Cristal Certificate of Excellence 2010. ... more less
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- Iberotel Hotel Luxor
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