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“Overpriced for what it offers”
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Beit Sabee Hotel
Ranked #4 of 32 Luxor B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 3, 2012

We stayed at Beit Sabee for six nights.and, while there are many positive things to say about it, we feel it is seriously over-priced for what it offers.
Our large room was reasonably comfortable and reminded us of something we saw in Kathmandu in the 1970's. Being on the ground floor, it was always dusty if you wanted to open the windows and get some fresh air.
The location is very quiet and far removed from the hassle and noise of Luxor City. It is located in beautiful agricultural land and a short walk to Medinat Habu temple. One problem we ran into is that many cab drivers can't find it. This was no longer a problem once we had been there for a little while as we told then to go to Medinat Habu and we guided them from there. But when we arrived at the train station, the driver became hopeless lost trying to find it. If you arriving by train or plane, it is best to have the guest house arrange transport for you.
The food had its ups and downs. The night we arrived they had a very nice vegetarian dinner for us topped off by omali, a delicious traditional Egyptian dessert. The subsequent vegetarian dinners we had were quite disappointing. Breakfast was OK though nothing special. They did serve the best coffee we had in our month in Egypt. Restaurant Memnon is about a ten minute cab ride away. They serve fantastic food in a very welcoming environment. Hussein is a very good driver who lives near Beit Sabee. He took us to Memnon for 20 Egyptian pounds round trip.
The rooftop is a nice place to relax and it offer great views of village life and Medinat Habu. It could stand better maintenance.
The staff was OK though we had to wake them at 8:00 in order to get breakfast. The place seems to be largely oriented to serving French visitors.
Again we would have been happy with our stay had we not paying European prices.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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NourElNil, Manager at Beit Sabee Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2012

To begin, thank you very much for your feedback--both the positive feedback and the constructive feedback. We always welcome both. I would like to take a moment to respond to a few of your comments, however, just to clarify for other viewers of this post:

Regarding the dust, unfortunately it is a natural part of the Egyptian landscape and is nearly impossible for us to prevent. We do our best to keep rooms clean and free of dust, but if the windows are open, it may blow in at times.

In response to the taxi problem, it is true that we are off the major roads, but this is what we view as one of the positive aspects of Beit Sabee--it adds to the peace and tranquility of the hotel. I am sorry you had trouble finding the Guesthouse, but I would like to point out that every guest (including you) who books at Beit Sabee receives a confirmation e-mail that says, and I quote, "If you choose to reserve your own taxi, tell your driver that you would like to go to Beit Sabee Guesthouse which is near Medinet Habou Temple. For more specific directions (in English/Arabic), your driver can call one of the following people" (phone numbers provided).

Thank you for your feedback on the food. For any guests reading this, we encourage you to specify which aspects of the meals you enjoy and which you don't so that the staff can cook a meal to your liking. We do state that we do NOT have a restaurant, but will prepare meals for guests who would like them. We have to work with whatever is fresh at the market that day.

I will certainly speak to the staff about tidying up the rooftop and being sure to awake prior to any guest wake-ups. I apologize for this.

Finally, we certainly cater to guests from all over the world and not simply French. I would be curious to understand why you thought this and would welcome an e-mail from you (or any other guest) with additional feedback.

Thank you again for staying at Beit Sabee and we will take your feedback seriously.

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Reviewed December 16, 2011

We stayed here for 4 nights before our dahabiyya down the Nile with the fabulous Nour el Nil who also run the guesthouse.

Staying on the west bank is a far cry from the hustle, bustle and hassle of central Luxor and we loved the peace and quiet this guesthouse offers.

The colourful,  clean, and comfortable rooms with attached bathroom are set around a shady central courtyard - sure they aren't 5 star and have a few rough edges - but the good by far outweighs the bad.

The roof terrace has fabulous views overlooking beautiful Habu temple towards the valley of the kings and was perfect for a beer at sundown or for a yummy home made Egyptian dinner!!

Breakfast was also served on the terrace and was a simple but yummy affair.

The extremely friendly staff were also able to arrange transport to see local attractions and book taxi drivers when needed.  They also arranged to pick us up from the train station and it was great to have someone waiting for us amidst all the touts after the long overnight train from Cairo.

If you want to stay in Luxor and experience something a bit different away from the crowds and big hotels of the east bank then this may well be the place for you.

And if you are looking for a dahabiyya Nour el Nil is the best and Enrique is the perfect host for a magical exploration down the Nike in a little bit of luxury - but I guarantee you won't want to get off!!!

Enjoy!

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

We stayed here for five nights at the beginning of October. It was a lovely relaxing place to stay especially after the mayhem of Cairo. The room was a delight and the view of the walls of medinat habu in the morning were wonderful. We hired bikes which made getting about between the tombs and the east bank a breeze. The food was good though a bit of variety in the breakfast and some fruit would have made it excellent. Sadly we were the only people there for the whole stay so please go there! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

I stayed at Beit Sabee for once, and the excellence of the place and the service was the main reason why Beit Sabee is the only place I refer clients to. As a tour guide in Cairo, most of my clients are high-end and business people, and I always ask for a feedback, and the most comment I get regarding Beit Sabee is "Just perfect!"
I really love and trust these guys work.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

I have stayed at Beit Sabee Hotel on 2 separate trips, and don't want to go anywhere else. The rooms are incredibly comfortable, spacious and eloquently designed. The food is outstanding, complete with home-made moussaka, guava jam, and loads of freshly baked Egyptian bread. Aside from the awe-inspiring view of the desert, what makes Beit Sabee unique in my eyes are the interesting people from all over the world you get to trade stories with, whether is be in the salon or during breakfast on the adorable roof. You really get the sense that you are traveling on a great adventure, while having the serenity of a gorgeous little bed and breakfast. If anyone finds themselves in Luxor, I strongly suggest a stay at Beit Sabee. You won't regret it.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 5, 2011

Having lived for sometime in Southern Egypt 10 years ago, I was more than eager to go back, and experience the splendors of the West Bank of the Nile once again. For the traveler that wants a magical and special Egyptian experience, away from the other tourists and big hotels, there is no better than Beit Sabee. The West Bank of the Nile, where many of the best tombs and temples are to be found, is the quiet and romantic side of Egypt. Having spent time in both worlds, there is no question that I will only stay at Beit
Sabee from now on.

The food is great, the people are very kind, and yes, it is in the desert, so expect heat and sand, but isn't that why we go?

I highly recommend Beit Sabee and think anyone that values making their visit to Souther Egypt special will be more than happy they stayed here.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 23, 2011

Beit Sabee is a charming guest house with several delightfully decorated rooms arranged around a central courtyard. All have private baths and views of the the courtyard or the date palms and fields of the surrounding village. From the roof deck you can see Medinate Habu, the Valley of the Kings and watch the balloons soar overhead at dawn. On the West Bank, adjacent to the superb Medinat Habu temple, it's quiet, atmospheric and far away from the noise and bustle of the East Bank. Breakfasts are delicious. The charming staff can provide other meals as well. If you want quiet, a place to experience the pace of village life and great style, stay at Eeir Sabee

Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Beit Sabee Hotel

Address: West Bank | (Near Medinet Habou Temple), Luxor, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Luxor
Price Range: $44 - $49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Beit Sabee Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beit Sabee is built in the traditional Egyptian style - sun dried mud bricks - adobe. It is located in Luxor West Bank with a marvelous view of Medinet Habou and the Theban mountain that houses: the Kings Valley, Queens Valley, Deir el-Medinet, and Hatchepsout, etc. If you are relaxed, open and looking for a uniquely different place, you will enjoy her. Beit Sabee is a comfortable, beautifully simple rural lodging. Beit Sabee (maison d’hôtes) appeared in the September 2008 issue of Elle Decoration. ... more   less 
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