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.
- 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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