We stayed at the El Nakhil as it was recommended to us. Before we arrived I must have sent dozens of emails to Birgit, the owner, asking hundreds of questions but she answered every one of them with the utmost patience! Birgit and her husband Salah run the hotel and between them they can organise anything for you. They organised a very good driver (Mohammed) and minibus to transport 11 of us around the sights. The hotel itself is lovely, we had rooms 16 & 17 which are interconnected and open onto the beautiful gardens. All the staff are very friendly and helpful but I must mention smiley Bill (actually Mohammed Ali (yes!) but renamed by my husband) and George (Youssef) who work in the restaurant, really lovely guys. Anything you want, Salah can arrange for you - we also had a felucca ride - just ask. The rooms are clean and adequately furnished, there is no TV but we didn't miss it as we spent the evenings on the terrace and there was plenty of hot water and good air conditioning. You can see Luxor temple straight across the Nile from the terrace. There was a courtyard where the kids played and no-one minded them running around. It was one of my children's birthdays while we stayed at the El Nakhil and Salah arranged a cake and small gift for him which was a complete surprise and very much appreciated. We would definitely stay again if we were in Luxor.
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