La Maison de Pythagore
What a wonderful place to stay! My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our two nights at La Maison de Pythagore and wished it could have been much longer. We had a very tight schedule and needed to pack in as many of the sights in Luxor as possible, it meant for tiring days, yet this hotel provided a wonderful venue to relax and unwind.
There will be some who might be put off the hotel because of its location, it is difficult to find, in the lanes of a village that has become absorbed by the growth of the city, but it is worthwhile. Arranging a pick up from the airport or train station is probably essential on arrival, otherwise you might not find it.
Do not be disappointed by the bland exterior either, it is once the front door is opened that the La Maison de Pythagore reveals its true character; you are a world away from the Hilton or the Sheraton, this is so much more satisfying. It is an old family house that has been converted to what one could describe as a boutique hotel, although I tend to think boutique hotels are overpriced, and La Maison is not, it is good value for money. There is a wonderful garden, with climbing plants and flowers, where we ate breakfast and our dinners. The food was to a good standard and plentiful. In colder weather one could eat inside in the dining area, which could also be used as a lounge. The bedroom we occupied was large, clean, had a comfortable bed and a good size bathroom area. The hotel is decorated with items that fit perfectly and the overall impression is very satisfying.
Marcel, who handles the day to day running of the place, is extremely helpful, informative and is happy to engage in discussions on practically any subject. We were impressed by the way the hotel was run by him, his wife (who we hardly saw) and a guy who came to tend the garden; they were all very pleasant. Muhammad, who manages the wider operation, which includes arranging tours and suchlike, in addition to overseeing the hotel, did a great job, as did Thomas, the owner and my first contact, who is based in Europe.
We had arranged for a guide, car and driver for our time there and the guide, Khaled Al Howary proved to be exceptional, steering us around many of the major sights and adjusting our schedule late on when our flight into Luxor was late. La Maison de Pythagore handled all our arrangements in Luxor and, although we could probably have found them cheaper, we were very happy with the price and the hassle free service provided.
I would recommend La Maison de Pythagore to anyone wanting something a bit more interesting than a big bland hotel. I would not recommend it for anyone who is infirm or in a wheelchair as street access might prove difficult. I would strongly recommend the services of Khaled as a guide; he is a very knowledgeable, interesting and pleasant gentleman.
If we return to Luxor, which I hope we will, La Maison de Pythagore would be our first choice.