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Mara House

Salah Al Din Al Ayoubi, Luxor Egypt
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#4 of 68 hotels in Luxor
2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Mara House is an Irish owned, unique, private hotel catering to the tastes of discerning travelers who want to be sure they experience the best of Egypt. I help my guests with itinerary planning for all of Egypt, will steer you clear of tourist traps and ensure you have a relaxing stay. I know the importance of holidays with family and friends. The number 1 priority of everyone who works with me is that you have the best possible Egyptian experience. - Mara
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900ali83 wrote a review Oct 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8 contributions1 helpful vote
Yes; believe the negative reviews - she is quite rude and indecent in her communication. I thought maybe, just maybe I made a mistake but looking here I realize I was right. She lacks any decency or respect in responding. It’s like she takes it upon herself to be ruder each time. Please understand that my inquiries where because she didn’t update her website - not that I wasted her precious time. And my English was good, question was short — but I guess anything is considered a waste of time for this person with white savior complex. Looking at the reviews here validated my experience. I now know 100% something is absolutely off with her manners. You’d think someone who lived in an Arabic country such as Egypt would have respect, hospitality, and manners rubbed off on them but no - her tactlessness is rooted. Please believe the rest of the negative reviews; and notice how her replies are absurd and answers nothing actually : everyone is anonymous everyone must be lairs. If you can stomach ill manners and rudeness then go ahead and contact her.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Val S wrote a review Jun 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Words cannot describe how awesome Mara is. I am a seasoned solo traveler and never hired a guided tour, it's not my thing. Until I found Mara. I carefully plan my trips and I have never had major issues, but when I started researching the Egypt leg of my Middle East and Africa trip, I realized I may need to cave in and go on some sort of tour. Some sort... I didn't want to go on these inflexible tours that did not leave me any time to wander by myself. I started asking around, a friend of mine recommended me a tour guide that she said was "fantastic". I asked him for quotes, he was promising me a great hotel but doing further research I was told that the hotel was in an area not up to North American standards (this is not exactly what the Egyptian person I consulted said but let's leave it at that). In addition every service you think you are entitled to, as spelled out in your country's Constitution or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in my case, is extra and this includes the use of toilet paper. I then decided to ditch the guided tour and do it by myself, that is when I came across Mara's web page. Her blogs helped me realize that I really needed help if I didn't want to end up getting into a brawl over money in a foreign country. Her level of detail is second to none, for instance, when I got to the Cairo hotel, a suitcase lock and a box of antibiotics for gut bacteria were waiting for me. Her guides are deeply knowledgeable, respectful people and you are treated like a human being, not like cattle going in and out of a bus. Mara was extremely flexible with the schedule of tours, activities, time off to myself, arrival and departure times, etc... so many things to mention! Her house in Luxor is so beautiful and Amr's cooking so incredible that I regret not having eaten enough, it was ridiculously hot in July after all. One day I will go back just for the cooking. I could probably go on and on about Mara but at this point I am probably losing you, so I am getting to the deal maker for me. Mara's service includes EVERYTHING, except for tips, and this should not come as a surprise if you read her blog about tips, which regretfully I did not, and it is on me. She goes above and beyond by paying extra to her tour guides so they do not make you waste an afternoon shopping at a bazaar in exchange for commissions, something that every tour guide does and would have bothered me. You can go to the bazaar by yourself if you want to, Mara's tours leave a fair bit of time for you to do as you please if that is your preference. Don't get me wrong, it is not the cheapest way to go but definitely the most money-wise one. Sorry folks, getting to the end now. If you truly want to live the Egyptian experience within North American standards, Mara is your person. Her house is located in a Luxor neighbourhood, not in the five star hotels strip, and that is what I loved about it. The house has all the comforts: very spacious suites, comfortable beds, A/C, extremely clean and beautifully decorated. The cooking is sublime, I still dream about the food I could not eat because it was 46 degrees in the shade. One last observation: if you suffer the hot weather avoid Egypt in July - August at all costs, unless you want to have the temples and tour guides all to yourself. Sometimes tolerating a bit of heat has its rewards. Best of luck on your trip to Egypt and I hope you have as much of a blast as I did! If you don't, there is an "I told you so" with your name on it. :)
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Date of stay: July 2019
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sly1028 wrote a review May 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We were taken care of from the moment we arrived at the airport through our departure after 10 days in Egypt. I can't say enough about the accommodation, food, tour guides, tour managers and the quality of our itinerary. We saw the best of the best and the timing was designed to minimize waits. Just one example was arriving at the great pyramids in Giza before the tour busses arrived so that we were actually the only ones in the great pyramid at the time. Mara usually has more guests but as it turned out we were the only ones on our tour. I am willing to bet that any other tour company would have cancelled us. Because every guide, driver, tour coordinator we had was Egyptian, we feel we had a more authentic experience than we would have with a North American Company. Egypt itself was awesome, and even better with Mara and her fabulous local staff.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Marshall Weigand wrote a review Mar 2020
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I typically like to book events on my own for my trips. I was researching Egypt and realized that trying to get myself around was not going to be easy. As I searched online, I found Mara. I worked with her for several weeks to setup a 10 day visit to Cairo and Luxor. After many e-mails we basically came up with here standard tour....lol. Mara and her setup guy / fixer in Cairo, Ahmed, made the entire time go very smoothly. Every day for the 5 days we were in Cairo, Ahmed met us at our hotel with the guide for the day and made sure everything was going well. The 5th day he gave us the Medieval Cairo tour himself. That was the day it rained and Cairo was totally flooded. In addition, we were to fly to Luxor that afternoon but no flights flew that day due to a sandstorm in Luxor. Ahmed helped us thru the whole ordeal including booking an extra hotel in Cairo for that night. Because of this problem our itinerary was messed up. Mara stepped in and made changes so that we still could do all the temples, etc. we had planned to do. Also, this was during the corona virus scare. All of our flights inside and outside of Egypt were cancelled and changed. Ahmed helped to identify a direct flight to the US that got us home before any closure happened from Egypt. Even will all the tenseness, we had a great visit. I would recommend, if you are doing your bucket list Egypt trip, give Mara a shout. I'm sure you will be happy you did.
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Date of stay: March 2020
helenvp wrote a review Mar 2020
Lichfield, United Kingdom260 contributions57 helpful votes
Wow what a lovely place Mara house is. Very easy to communicate with Mara who offered loads of advice to get the best from our stay. We had already booked all tours for our trip around Egypt so we didn’t use her travel services but I’m sure they would be great if the organisation and professionalism of her staff is any indication. When we arrived, Amr noticed I used a walking stick and immediately offered us a lower floor room ( had booked room 8 on the top floor), which I thought was a very insightful gesture. As I have no problems with stairs we stuck with the original which was lovely. Sitting room, huge bedroom, wet room ( common in Egypt) and balcony. Amr is super helpful and showed us round the neighbourhood including how to get to the souk. Luxor is easy to navigate and Mara house is very well located, about 10 mins from the station and 15 from the souk. We loved the neighbourhood. If you want to see real Luxor and not some carbon copy hotel on the tourist strip, then stay here. It’s real life - kids playing in the street and women making bread on their doorstep. The locals are friendly and when they greet you with a ‘welcome’ you know that they are being genuine and not trying to sell you something. It’s so refreshing in Egypt to not be hassled for a taxi/horse carriage/boat trip every time you step out of the door! We ate in the hotel each night because after walking around Luxor all day we were simply too tired to go out again. And why would you when Amr prepares the most delicious meals for such a reasonable price. There is also beer and wine available to complement your meal. Totally recommend Mara house. We certainly wouldn’t stay anywhere else if we come back to Luxor.
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Date of stay: March 2020
$89 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mara House
Which popular attractions are close to Mara House?
Nearby attractions include Luxor Market (0.7 miles), Lotus Papyrus (0.7 miles), and Voyage sur Le Nil (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mara House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Mara House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Mara House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mara House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sofra Restaurant & Cafe, Tutti Frutti Restaurant, and Quick Pizza Luxor.
Does Mara House have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Mara House offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Mara House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Luxor.
Are there any historical sites close to Mara House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Temple of Karnak (1.8 miles), Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina) (3.9 miles), and Howard Carter House (4.5 miles).