We have just returned from a full week at the Luxor Hilton. Having travelled the world, including previous trips to Cairo, Red Sea and Nile destinations in Egypt, we put the Hilton in a class of its own. Superb accommodation in a superb setting with service to match. We stayed half board, an experience which has delivered mixed results in the past. This time, the meals at breakfast and dinner were almost as good as a la carte. The usp for this hotel is small individual tasting dishes - yoghurt, fruit, smoked salmon, egg dishes at breakfast - which obviate the large bowls of ingredients which can look off-puttingly ravaged after the first few guests have had their share. At dinner, you are spoiled for choice for starters, middle course and mains, including (as well as the several heated dishes of meat, fish and veg) a selection of at least four indvidually grilled items (prawns, lamb chops, fish, veal, beef etc) changing each night and brought to your table. The wine (some S/African, bottled under licence in Egypt, others directly imported) is fairly priced at about the rate you might pay in a decent restaurant in London.
Service by friendly staff is warm and assiduous. It is true that bookings were well down thanks to a combination of demonstrations in Cairo and the recession, but the Hilton is maintaining a full complement of 300-plus staff, so we were rather spoiled.
The Hilton is in fact in Karnak a short walk from the relics of Egypt's fabulous history and a longer walk, taxi or horse-drawn carriage ride from the Luxor museum and avenues of excavated statuary, and stands literally on the banks of the Nile with a backdrop to the dramatic pink mountains on the west bank beyond.
The tragedy is that this wonderful destinatin is badly and unfairly hit by the ripples of the Arab Spring. We found it perfectly safe to walk the streets, although inevitably pursued by locals peddling river cruises, cab rides, guided tours, you name it.
As you would expect at a 5-star establishment, there are three lovely pools (two infinity), a spa, air conditioned gym, several restaurants and bars and lovely gardens.
It was difficult to fault.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you desire to visit Luxor, you will find Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa the ideal base from which to explore the rich and ancient culture of the Nile Valley. Situated on the east bank, you can enjoy glorious, unobstructed views of the river Nile from our unique, water's edge location, with the largest waterfront on the Nile. Luxor is the site of ancient Thebes, and has a legendary reputation as the world’s finest open air museum, with an unparalleled range of historic monuments. The Temple of Karnak and Valley of Kings are on our doorstep. Our newly renovated resort & spa offers the ultimate in luxury, unparalleled in Luxor. Lounge in one of our five stylish bars, perhaps smoking a shisha pipe while gazing at the Nile. Sample the finest in Egyptian, Eastern and international cuisine in one of our three restaurants Rosetta, Olives and Silk road. Hilton Luxor boasts a World Class Spa covering an area of 1,150 m², including a beautiful garden, a 160 m2 Spa Infinity Pool, and 12 individual treatment rooms. Our palatial Karnak ballroom is the most contemporary and cutting-edge Nile Valley venue for corporate events and celebrations.You will find the attention to service as immaculate as the hotel’s contemporary Arabic design, At Hilton Luxor our highly trained and dedicated staff will make you feel like a Pharaoh during your Egypt holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Luxor Hotel Luxor
- Hilton Luxor Resort And Spa
- Luxor Hilton