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“Pleasant atmosphere, it would have been perfect if it wasn't for the noise in corridor.” 4 of 5 stars
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Gezira El Bairat, Luxor, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #12 of 57 Hotels in Luxor
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“Pleasant atmosphere, it would have been perfect if it wasn't for the noise in corridor.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2010

My husband and I stayed one week at this hotel over the New Year. The location was great, a few minutes walking from the ferry landing, on the West Bank. The room was very spacious, no TV (a pleasant surprise), comfortable bed & pillows and a very good breakfast. The only issue was the noise coming from the other rooms as the corridor does not absorb any noise i.e. we were woken up by guests leaving their rooms every morning, which was quite annoying. The owner is aware of the issue and hopes to resolve it by adding carpet and rugs to the corridors... Nonetheless, we would definitely go back!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2010

I stayed here with my best friend for several nights and used this hotel as a base from which to explor Luxor. When I look back at my Egypt trip, I have many wonderful memories but this hotel was a definite stand out. We decided to stay on the west bank to avoid the hustle of the east and this hotel decision paid off. When we got off the train on the east bank, we made a bee line for the ferry stop, took the fairy with no problems and easily found this hotel down a quiet road. The room was spotless and large with a nice bathroom. The food provided by the hotel was excellent and served on an open deck overlooking some fields along the Nile. I believe breakfast was included and on two ocassions, completely exhausted from days of exploring, we took our evening meals at the hotel restaurant. The hotel's owner was always ready to answer our questions and pointed us in the direction of a bike renter, where we picked up some bikes for $2/day and explored the Valley of the Kings. I highly recommend that experience and this hotel. If your stay here is half as good as mine was, then it is money well spent. The best deal in Luxor and no strings cut!

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2010

It is a charming little hotel that offers a lot of value for your money.

Owners are very helpful and responsive to any request to help with touring the local scenes.

Can be a little hard to find and its location on the west bank means one has to take the ferry to get to Kranak and Luxor temples and market. However, it does offer a very peaceful and quiet environment to recruperate after a long day of touring.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2010

Situated on the west bank, el nakhil is only a short walk from the frequent public ferry.
i thought the location was good, and much preferred to stay on the west bank, close to the major tourist attractions. It was easy enough to duck over on the ferry for ATMs, Luxor sights, and Sofra restaurant!
The rooms with ensuites are large, beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. Only criticism was that the bedside lighting (while atmospheric) was poor for reading.
My room (and I think most of them did) had a little ground floor balcony where you could sit outside overlooking an internal courtyard /garden with a book or a drink.
The laundry service was reasonable cost and timely.
Prior email contact with Birgit was outstanding, she and her staff were all very friendly and helpful at all times. Breakfast was on the rooftop terrace (especially lovely in the morning) and included in the tariff.
A really relaxing stay (5 nights). I would definately stay again.
PS. The local internet cafe on west bank had woeful connections, always dropping out. On my last day a computer (with internet access) for guest use was installed in the foyer.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2010

We had actually initially checked into another place next door, but were not impressed as the rooms were filthy. We came here to check out the restaurant and were won over by the hotel owner attention, approach, overall staff service quality, friendliness and attention to detail. When we saw the spotless rooms, we immediately checked out of the other hotel (and willingly paid the penalty they imposed) and moved our stuff here. Probably service and cleanliness wise the best place we have stayed in Egypt yet... including 5-star hotels which usually have far worse service and are not nearly as clean. Food was excellent in the restaurant and the breakfast included is a great deal. They made our stay as easy as possible and salvaged our Luxor trip.

Only caveat is that the hotel is in a quiet area which is a bit tricky to get to if coming with kids and bags (we took a ferry across the river and a taxi to the door)... but next time will ask them to arrange a pick up. On the other hand the location offers a serene escape away from the hustle and bustle, and is a very peaceful calm place with plenty of greenery and a view of the Nile.

I live in Cairo and am already planning my next trip to Luxor, not to spend time sightseeing but just relaxing at Nakhil. Would definitely recommend to someone who has a few days and is looking to relax, hence ok with not being somewhere central.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

Our stay at El Nakhil, December 2009, was overall perfectly fine. The hotel was basic, clean and well located on the West Bank. The staff was very eager to please, even providing a simple meal when we arrived at 2AM. The downside was noise that disrupted sleep and a very limited breakfast menu. Overall, the location and value were good.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

The hotel is about 40-50 minutes from the airport. It is best to have the hotel arrange the pick up for you so that you dont have to hassle with the taxi service outside of the airport. It will also be cheaper to have the hotel pick you up. The hotel grounds are very clean. We found everything to be clean and comfortable. Not much hot water from the shower. Enough hot water for one person. We stayed in room #1. I would not recommend this room for people that want to sleep in or for people that sleep early. The room is butt-up against the reception, lobby, restaurant and chair storage area. You will hear everything that goes on from these areas not to mention the staff grabbing the chairs constantly from the storage area right above the room. It was annoying at times but we didnt go to bed early any of the days however it would of been nice to sleep in without all the noise.
So I wouldnt recommend Room #1 or #2. The restaurant food was very good. The prices were reasonable for a hotel restaurant. I ordered the curry every day I was there because it was so delicious.
About Luxor: This city is very different from Cairo. It's more relaxed and the people are so much nicer. You also dont get pestered as much by people except for the boat and camel workers. The air is much cleaner than Cairo. The city is dirty but not as much as Cairo but that could be because there are a lot more people in Cairo.
The hotel is on the West bank and close to the ferry. You just hop on the ferry to the other side and everything is within walking distance. You can pay to have someone ferry you over in a small boat and pay a lot or you can wait for the big ferry that all the locals use to go across and its much cheaper.

VALLEY OF THE KINGS: We went early to the valley of kings and there was not a lot of people at the time. No one ever mentioned this to us but they DO NOT allow cameras in the area. You are not allowed to even photograph the outside of the area. A new rule that they just established. At first we were not allowed in due to my camera being displayed right on my hip. Then a "nice guy" fought for us with the guard to let us in since our taxi had gone and we didnt know what to do. Of course, the "nice guy" came with a fee. Even though he asked for a tip(baksheesh) he was happy with what we gave him. On top of getting us in he gave us a lot of extra information about the place that in this case we were happy to pay for. You are only allowed to see 3 tombs with one general ticket. They stamp your ticket as you go in every tomb. There are over 30 tombs but not all of them are open. The spectacular ones are only open on certain days and for certain hours. The Ramses VI was an extra charge but well worth it. It seemed very well preserved. The charge to see King Tut is LE$100. We paid it because I dont think I will ever go back to Egypt and it was only open for a certain amount of time. It's not a big tomb like some of the others but its fascinating. All the tombs are close & within walking distance even though on maps and pictures they look far apart.
LUXOR TEMPLE & KARNAK
The temple is right across the west bank. You can see it while waiting for the ferry. Karnak is to the right of the temple. About .6 of a mile so its close enough to walk from the temple. If you walk along the side of the Nile River its much cooler and the sidewalk appears new.
Even though the hotel is far from the airport I would still recommend this hotel. Once you get to the hotel everything is nearby.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gezira El Bairat, Luxor, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Luxor
#14 Romantic Hotel in Luxor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel & Restaurant at the edge of the village Geziret el Bairat at the west bank of Luxor. 11 comfortable rooms partly with dome, with private bath room, balcony and air condition. German-Egyptian management. The restaurant offers delicious national and international dishes. Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks are available. From the roof terrace view above the fields around, to the Nile and Luxor Temple. A little botanic garden for relaxing. Accessible to Wheelchairs. ... more   less 
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