The staff is what makes the Nefertiti Hotel really outstanding. I had the unfortunate displeasure of losing my credit card in Luxor; when I got back to the hotel, the woman working at the concierge desk let me use the hotel's computer to straighten out my account, despite being in the middle of doing work for the hotel. Plus, when we came back from a day out, the cleaning crew had fashioned a crocodile out of the fresh towels and a scarf that I'd left sitting out. Really exceptional people.
I stayed here in mid-March with my roommate and his cousin; the price between the three of us was more than affordable. The location is pretty good, being right in the market district. Although for some people this can be a real turn off (expect to be hassled if you walk through it by people who want you to buy their wares), this is not something you can avoid on a trip to a heavily touristy area, particularly one where the economy is in desperate need of rejuvenation. It's also right by the Temple of Luxor, and not too far from Karnak; I can't say anything about the taxi services they offer, since we never made use of them, but they did pick us up from the train station at no additional cost. Also, we were allowed to check out late and pay for a half-day when we were leaving; they're very willing to accommodate for travel plans.
The hotel is also joined with the neighboring restaurant, which serves up some pretty good food (try the camel, seriously) and offers an impressive rooftop view of sunset/the west bank. The air conditioning works really well, same with the television most of the time. Most of the programming is in Arabic, although there was at least one station in English, one in German, and a few in Italian. As far as languages go, the staff is confident in English, and when we stayed, they had an employee from the Netherlands as well who worked at the front desk.
The only complaint I can make is that the bathroom floors get really wet when using the shower, but this is such a minor annoyance that it's well worth overlooking. Just be careful not to slip. Overall, I can't think of a better hotel for the money in the Luxor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Nefertiti Hotel - your home away from home in Luxor! One of the first family owned, small hotels located in the historical city of Luxor, the Nefertiti Hotel is well known for its superior customer service, cleanliness and value for money. The hotel was fully refurbished in 2010 and all rooms are equipped with private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and mini fridge. Daily housekeeping services are provided as well as a complimentary buffet breakfast. Meet people from around the world while lazying on our roof terrace with spectacular views of the River Nile, Luxor Temple, the Avenue of Sphinx and the West Bank. It's a great place to watch the setting sun while enjoying a cup of Bedouin tea and a shisha (hookah pipe). Try our traditional Egyptian cuisine, as well as delicacies such as camel meat, in our restaurant or on the roof terrace. At the Nefertiti Hotel you will experience true Egyptian hospitality in authentic surroundings. To meet the needs of our guests we also provide tours and trips to all the ancient and historical sites in Luxor and throughout Egypt through Aladin Tours, another extension of our family business.Take a look at Lonely Planet and see why the Nefertiti Hotel is their top pick for 2011/2012! We look forward to welcoming you to the Nefertiti Hotel as you discover the beauty of Egypt. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nefertiti Hotel Luxor