We booked three nights at this superb Nubian guesthouse on the west side of the Nile during the Easter period and we were absolutely delighted. We had a simple but spotlessly clean twin room with air-conditioning and sink and access to two shared bathrooms with great showers. There was a big room with ping-pong table for those who like to be active, but the highlights were really the garden, where the owner, Abdullah, and the local ever-so-friendly young men who worked in the hotel for him, were often to be found welcoming you after a long day of sightseeing.
As well as this, I thoroughly recommend paying for the dinners. A buffet-style choice of so many local Nubian traditional dishes was just irresistible. Vegetarians will have no problem here, but even the meat we did have was just super. At 10 euros for dinner, it's a little more than you might pay in a local (non-tourist) restaurant but it's well worth it for the company and chat with the hotel staff and other guests. One night they served us 'omali' for dessert and it was just amazing!
Breakfast was also super and is included in the price, along with a constant supply of bottled water and free soft drinks throughout your stay, within reason.
What we liked, too, was the fact that the money we paid was being directly invested into the local Nubian village community and we were fairly sure that leftover food from buffet mealtimes was distributed to needy local families, too, which we were happy about.
We also recommend taking a wander out of the guesthouse (turning left) and walking through the Nubian village to meet the people there. Chances are you'll be invited in for tea somewhere and although the family would probably appreciate a couple of Egyptian pounds as a thank-you, they're not looking for it.
One last thing - the public ferry from the main town of Aswan runs frequently but please note: the locals only pay 0.25 Egyptian pounds. You may be asked for up to 5 pounds the first time you travel on it. We confronted the boat operators about this and pointed out that we didn't want ripped off for three days and agreed to pay ONE pound each time (only 10p in the UK) but do not let them charge you 5 - just slap your 1 egyptian pound down and walk past on to the boat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only guesthouse in Aswan on the West bank. Top location near the Nile, the desert and the Nubian villages; beautiful view. Private chef services healthy meals. Peaceful atmosphere, friendly, hospitable staff. “Feels like staying with family”; “a home away from home”.2 floors, 8 double rooms, 1 family room, beautiful garden, roof garden with restaurant; marvellous view. The local ferry - within walking distance from the guesthouse - brings you in 10 min. in Aswan centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bet El Kerem Hotel Aswan