It is a lovely hotel situated on the edge of Luxor and on the bank of the Nile.
Location - We really liked the nice green leafy feel of the hotel (not too much concrete like some of the hotels). Being on the edge of town was quite nice, in that it is quieter and you can see a bit more of normal Egypt life. The hotel lay on a free shuttle bus and boat into town, we used both and found them to be very good, though because they only go a few times a day we had to get a couple of taxis to and from town as well. The beautiful view of the Valley of the Kings was somewhat obscured by big electricity pylons on the opposite bank, which was a bit of a shame.
Facilities - Really liked the free form swimming pool and the hotel gardens, made it feel like a little desert oasis. We used the gym a couple of time which was ok, only one running machine but we were pretty much the only people there so it was fine. We also used the squash courts which were good. They also have tennis courts. We also enjoyed the sauna and jacuzzi. There is wifi available, but only in the hotel lobby, and it was very slow! It would have been good to have access in the rooms.
Food - We felt this was a little disappointing, it was largely western/European food. They have a buffet with different themes each night (i.e. Italian/French). The food was ok quality but nothing to get excited about, the salads etc weren't that great. They also have two other restaurants, a steak house and a Nubian restaurant, which you can use once during your stay. Both were fairly good and made a good change from the buffet, though there were not many people there - we had the Nubian to ourselves. Breakfast was the same every morning, but with quite a lot of choices; continental, cereal, eggs, omelettes, waffles, meats and cheeses.
Rooms - we were pleasantly surprised by the rooms, quite spacious and nice, though don't expect 5 star luxury. We had a 1st floor room in Tutankhamun block, which was good, not too far from anything and fairly quiet. We still heard the mosque call to prayer some mornings, but it is fine if you have the air con on.
Trips - There is loads to do in and around Luxor if you are into looking at Egyptian temples/tombs. Everything is within a fairly short distance, though it is a bit of a mission to get to the West Bank from the hotel as it is the opposite end of town to the bridge. There is a government ferry but you still have to organise taxis on the other side and you get quite a lot of hassle. We didn't do trips outside of Luxor as we found plenty to do, but we were a bit surprised the hotel didn't really push or offer more trips out.
Security - Luxor and the hotel itself felt very safe and secure. Security at the hotel seemed pretty good. Luxor is very quiet at the moment and is still suffering from a much reduced number of tourists (despite the fact there doesn't seem to have been any unrest in Luxor), which is clearly difficult for the locals who seemed to be getting a bit desperate for any business, as a result you do get quite a lot of hassle from various people selling things or trips in the town. However from our point of view it was great to have some amazing Egyptian temples practically to ourselves!
Staff - were all friendly and welcoming. We didn't have any problems, all were willing to help when needed.
Overall we found this was an amazing value holiday, with a really nice hotel and guaranteed sunshine (we found it a little too hot at times, though it is the end of the main season). We would recommend the hotel for a great value winter sun getaway. The hotel has a nice laid back feel (not at all snobby) and made for a relaxing break. A couple of extra touches could have pushed the rating to the maximum (i.e. a welcome drink would have been nice, and better wifi). However these are fairly small things really and shouldn't put you off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the east bank of the majestic Nile in one of the most exciting & intriguing settings, Karnak Resort Luxor lets you experience the timeless & exotic beauty of Luxor, 6 km from the city center,18 km from the Luxor international airport, 3 km from the glorious Karnak Temple. Savor the wide selection of fine cuisines at our main restaurant or a-la-carte restaurant "O'Nile". Discover ancient history at your doorstep in any of our 347 rooms& suites or enjoy the vast leisure facilities the hotel offers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Karnak Luxor Hotel Luxor
- Accor Karnak Luxor
- Sofitel Luxor
- Luxor Sofitel