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“Tranquility itself!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Marsam Hotel

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Marsam Hotel
Ranked #1 of 29 Luxor B&B and Inns
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“Tranquility itself!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

What this hotel lacks in 5 star luxury it gains in 5 star service. The staff look after you from start to finish and can not do enough to help. Meals are very good and rooms very clean. Natasha is a brilliant lady who runs the hotel, I really enjoyed my stay and would fully recommend it to people who want to experience peace and quiet in Egypt.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2011

This hotel is as much a part of historical Luxor as the tombs, temples and hieroglyphs. It was built while Tutankhamen's tomb was being excavated and was the original Chicago House. Later it became a centre for artists.
Today it attracts Egyptologists, international writers and artists of all kinds.
It is of mudbrick construction so anyone with an interest in Hassan Fathi's architecture will love it..
If you're looking for a chi chi boutique hotel with state of the art fixtures and fittings then it is definitely NOT for you. Its best friends, and there are many of them, would never describe it as luxurious. BUT if atmosphere, history and a warm welcome appeal, then give it a try. The only problem is that it's so popular with its regular clients that you might not get in.
I spent my winters at The Marsam for several years and still visit and eat there regularly. The food is largely vegetarian based and tastes marvellous.The garden is an oasis of tranquilty which is perfect for writing, reading or simply making friends.
The original owner, Sheikh Ali, is no longer with us but his son is the present proprietor. It is managed brilliantly by Madame Natasha Baron, a Czech lady, who has lived for many years in Australia. She is a charming woman who is keen to make her guests welcome.

Room Tip: Try to book early and be flexible. Don't expect luxury.
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

This hotel is brilliant. The staff are amazingly friendly and helpful. The history of the hotel is so special. The grandson of the founder was working there and the archaeological history associated with the hotel and family are very special. There has even been a film made!

The have 30 rooms, 8 of which have air con. Not all have bathrooms. The are quite basic with straw roofs but this just adds to the character. They are spotlessly clean.

The final bonus of this hotel has to be its location. It is far away from the touristy hell hole of Luxor and ridiculously close to everything worth seeing when it comes to temples and tombs. It is within 10m walk of one temple! It is so close to the others that it means you can nip back for a sprite in the cool garden before moving onto the next temple or tomb.

The final bonus of this place has the be the great price.

The place was actually recommended by a friend from Cairo who works for UNESCO.

There is also free wireless or you can borrow their laptop for free.

They have a set menu meal and the food is great home cooking.

The best hotel I have ever stayed. Even if you ignore my advice for all other hotels I have reviewed around the world it is worth staying here!

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2010

Egypt is a wonderful place to travel to, so many amazing things to see and do. But I have to admit to sensory overload at times. The Marsam was such a lovely place of quiet to rest, relax and recharge. This is certainly no 5 star hotel, but it reminded me of my stays in B&Bs around Australia. Clean, pleasant and absolutely charming. After some days of incredible sight seeing I spent a day sitting in the sunny, tree filled courtyard, writing postcards, updating my journal, reading, on the internet and simply enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. The staff were polite,friendly and outgoing, although sometimes they were a little confused in what they were doing and who they were serving. This was more than made up for by manager, who is a lovely european lady, who speaks fluent english. I was told she has lived and worked there for many years and she certainly was a wealth of information. Trips were organised to places I hadnt even considered; to temples, tombs, the ancient artisans village, local food markets and a trip down the nile on a beautiful old boat/yacht called a dongala (think that is the correct spelling). The prices for these were very reasonable and the guides were very nice.
I met some remarkable people staying here, artists and archaeologists from all over europe, many of them coming to Egypt regularly, who told me they stay at the Marsam if they possibly can - it seems the hotel can get a little busy over the holidays and cant always accommodate groups of people. I guess it is a good idea to pre-book.
My experience of Egypt was certainly enhanced by my stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2009

I stayed at the Marsam in February of this year for about 3 weeks. It wasn’t long enough!

It’s in an amazing location, literally just around the corner from the Colossi of Memnon. It’s only a 10 minute cab ride up the road to the Valley of the Kings, and a 10 minute drive in the other direction to the Ferry. Service cars pass right by the hotel, and it’s usually only about 1 le to get down to the Ferry across to town. There’s an incredible view of Qurna across the street. The people in the village are very friendly, and the shops there will cater for most needs. Also, if you get up early enough you can see the hot air balloons taking off down the road. I was lucky enough to ride in one when I was there, and I’d definitely recommend trying it if you can.

The hotel itself is open plan, with a few separate buildings. All of the walls are mud brick, which is great if you want a real “Egyptian” hotel experience. Most of the meals are served in the outdoor forecourt. A lot of the guests are Egyptologists, because it’s in a good location for most of their digs. The regulars are very nice, so it’s worthwhile getting to know them if you’re interested in the history of the area.

I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’s on a budget, because in terms of value for money it outclasses a lot of the bigger hotels in the area. It’s slightly further away from the Nile than hotels like the Hilton, but as I say, getting to the Nile is no problem at all. It’s definitely a more authentic experience, because you’re more removed from “tourist world”. If you have the time, it’s a great place to just go for a walk around.

I really would recommend the Marsam to anyone visiting Luxor. I really enjoyed my time there, and I’m looking forward to going again.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Marsam Hotel
Address: Qurna | West Bank, Luxor, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Luxor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Marsam Hotel, also known as Sheik Ali Hotel, lies on the west bank of Luxor and is the oldest hotel on the west bank. Established in 1940s by Sheik Ali, of the infamous Abdel Rasoul family. The hotel has 30 traditional built mud brick rooms in three separate buildings surrounding a beautiful Egyptian garden courtyard. Restaurant serving traditional Egyptian lunches and international dinners. Drop by for chi on your way to Valley of the Kings and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and view of the green Egyptian fields to the east and dramatic rocky mountains and colorful Qurna to the west. ... more   less 

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