My wife and I enjoyed the stay so much that, upon leaving, were a bit sad. It's unfortunate that tourism is hurting as badly as it is when these wonderful accommodations exist.
A described and what we needed for a relaxing escape. Kept very clean and had water/electricity the entire time. Even if we did find a problem, the staff would've handled it immediately. We wanted both exploration (temples and tombs) and relaxation. The table and chairs outside the room let us relax in the garden ambience when we wanted downtime.
A garden with seating and a rotunda is the main restaurant area and a meal at sunset was a great experience. The small, open-air breakfast area is also very nice and well decorated. There is also a rooftop terrace with a great view of the Nile which is worth some downtime. Plenty of flowers and paintings that make the place look very nice.
This, to me, is what makes the hotel a gem. The staff was very attentive to all our needs and the owner was always there if we needed to bother him about something. He was able to find us reasonably priced whatever we needed.
The quote I heard is "the west is the best" and I completely buy it. If you're looking for relaxation when the sun goes down, this is the place to be. The hustle of the east bank is barely audible. The street vendors and markets in the area are also very reasonably priced compared to other locations. Finally, this area is a pretty tight knit community. Everyone seems to know each other and is very welcoming.
We enjoyed trying the different foods offered by the hotel. They are certainly tasty and seem authentic. Try the mixed grill if you want to get a taste of everything. The breakfast offered is not huge, but is enough to get you moving. You'll get a crepe, some fruit, bread, and jam, honey, and cheese spread. Of course, you get tea and coffee if wanted.
We ended up being privy to an Egyptian birthday party one of the nights there. This was a fantastic culture experience and was as good as seeing some of the temples. We listened to traditional music, watched traditional dancers including a belly-dancer. Again, we were accepted like we've lived our entire lives there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sheherazade is ideally located far from crowds & noise, an oasis of calm in a green & shady garden. The building, in the style of Hassan Fathy, reflects the designs evoked in The Book of a Thousand and One Nights, Sheherazade being the name of the beautiful storyteller. As well as local tours, the hotel is pleased to offer desert safaris and Nile cruises on its own sailing boat, Sindbad. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheherazade Hotel Luxor