Can't imagine a better place to stay in the Luxor area. The garden alone makes it the ideal retreat from the demands of site-seeing. Within walking distance are some of the best Luxor has to offer: Medinat Habou temple, the Ramasseum, and Deir El Medinah, where the workers who built the Pharaonic tombs and temples lived and where you can visit the small tombs they decorated for themselves, modest in scale but as richly painted as the royal tombs in the nearby Valley of the Kings. To visit the temples in Luxor itself, you take a 10 minute taxi ride (hotel can sort this out at pretty short notice) to the public ferry at Gezira, which runs regularly back and forth across the Nile. The family who run (and live in) the hotel are hugely helpful and welcoming and play an admirable role in the local community. Meals are simple but always tasty and generous: they make good use of fresh vegetables and local bread, cheese, chicken and duck. Architecture is also simple and typical: mud-brick walls, palm frond ceilings with wood balconies and small modern bathrooms. Hot water was sometimes intermittent but so what? Can't imagine being more comfortable than we were, in all respects, at Nur el Gurna.
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- Nur El Gurna Hotel