We stayed at the Lotus from 20th February to 20th March. We had a Junior Suite on the 4th floor on a B&B basis. Having been to Luxor on previous occasions and done a lot of sightseeing, this time we wanted a relaxing, poolside holiday with plenty of sunshine.
At Luxor airport arrivals there is a massive sign suspended from the ceiling which says that Visas cost 15 USDollars and having our 30 Dollars ready, went to one of the Bank kiosks and paid. At the Hotel we met people who had variously paid £10, £12 and £15.
We checked in and were taken to our suite and although it was rather dated we were very happy with it. A new fridge and flat screen TV were delivered while we were there. We had taken our own Tea and Coffee making facilities which we did not hide. We bought water, milk, beer and wine from shops on what we call the Restaurant Street. We brought these into the Hotel without problems but we did use our own eco bags.
Breakfast suited us fine. We had mixed omlettes, fresh fruit and toast. Every day we had a jug of hot water to make tea as and when we wanted it. I can understand people who would have liked a full English being disappointed. We didn't have any complaints with the way that the waiters looked after us at breakfast.
We were swimming in the heated pool every day and the weather was just as we wished. While some people were happy to lay in the sun most of the day we were happy to be in the shade of a parasol. We were delighted to find there was no music round the pool and very rarely children. We tried the Bar Snack Menu and were very happy with the quality and the price.
We had a couple of brief power cuts and fortunately we had phones with torches. For the first three weeks we had piping hot water throughout our stay but for the last week the hot water was tepid in the evening.
The balcony at night was to die for, with a floodlit view of the mountains across the Nile and we had room service dinner on a few evenings which was most enjoyable.
Most nights we ate out and although we tried several restaurants we always returned to Snobs for the ambience and the entire dining experience which surpassed all others.
Normally we cope quite well with the hassle outside the Hotel but this time there was an air of desperation among the traders and for the first time in Luxor we were reluctant to leave the Hotel. There are fewer and fewer tourists and to make matters worse Thomas Cook is discontinuing flights from Manchester to Luxor after April.
At the checkout at Luxor we were informed that we were 2 kilos over our allocated baggage allowance and were asked to pay £20. I am sure it was a scam. So we decided to open our cases and it eas easy to find 2 kilos which we put in our pockets. So no charge.
At the final security check we had a few 100ml bottles of wine and gin in a see through bag. This caused mayhem at the scanner and it was only after 15 minutes hassle and a demand to see the airport manager that we were allowed to proceed with our gin and wine intact.
All in all we had an excellent 4 weeks at the Lotus Hotel and we would certainly go again because it offered everything we wanted for a good value, relaxing, hassle free holiday. There were quite a few expats (ladies of a certain age!) who paid £5 a day to use the poolside facilities and they were a constant source of information on how best to enjoy Luxor.
- Also Known As:
- Lotus Hotel Luxor
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lotus Hotel is a new member in Hostelworld .Lotus Hotel has a unique location in the heart of Luxor. We have 58 rooms and suites all with balcony or terrace overlooking the Nile (40 double rooms, 10 royal suites, 8 triple). All rooms consist of a double bed, air-conditioning, telephone, cable TV, music channel, minibar, smoke alarm, private shower, bathtub and WC. In the hotel we have a restaurant where you can enjoy your breakfast and dinner. ... more less
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