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“A really friendly and welcoming riad-style hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #22 of 59 Hotels in Luxor
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A really friendly and welcoming riad-style hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

El Nakhil Hotel is situated on the West Bank of the Nile, down a quiet alley, away from the traffic, dust and noise of the city of Luxor directly across the river. It is conveniently located for visiting Queen Hapshepsut's Temple, Valley of the Kings, Dar El Medina, Colossi of Memnon, Ramesseum and Habu Medinet. It is a 5 minute boat ride across the river to Luxor and access to Luxor Temple and Karnak. (Boat ride costs 1EL.) The hotel is arranged around a leafy courtyard which fills with birdsong at dawn and dusk. A large roof terrace provides al fresco dining from 7am to 10.30pm. The kitchen is excellent. The downstairs rooms open onto the courtyard. The upstairs rooms have balconies overlooking it. We enjoyed sitting out on ours to watch the sun go down. It was our first time in Egypt and the owners, Birgit and Salah, were very helpful making recommendations. The staff at El Nakhil were exceptionally friendly and went out of their way to accommodate our needs, providing breakfast to order at 6am so that we could get an early start on sightseeing. I couldn't recommend El Nakhil more highly.

Room Tip: We liked being upstairs and having a balcony to watch the sunset from each evening.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Alison R
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Paso Robles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Run by Birgit and Salah, El Nakhil is located in the quiet West Bank of Luxor. Since we were arriving late at night, we called ahead, and Salah offered to pick us up. The easiest was for us to take a taxi to the local ferry, from the East Bank to West Bank, and he would be there to take us to the hotel. He was great in that he told us what the taxi and ferry should cost so that we wouldn’t be taken advantage of. Taking the ~5-min. ferry ride, for 1 LE was a nice, non-touristy experience. Salah was waiting for us with a warm greeting, and while our bags were driven to the hotel, he suggested we walk the very short distance so that we would know the way when we went out ourselves. At the hotel Biirgit greeted us and we were shown to our simple, yet super clean and comfortable rooms, each with a private patio.

A generous breakfast is served on the soothing and quiet rooftop terrace, from which you can see across the Nile to Luxor Temple. El Nakhil also serves lunch and dinner. Salah and his staff arranged our transportation to the West Bank sights, like Valley of the Kings/Queens and Ramusem for a good price similar to one quoted in Lonely Planet. What a relief to have a staff who gave us reasonable prices for the local services, unlike our experience in Cairo, where the big hotel quoted us inflated prices for taxis, etc.

I would highly recommend El Nakhil Hotel for its service, rooftop terrace, comfortable rooms and great location.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at El Nakhil. Clean, helpful, and a good location on the WEST BANK of the Nile in Gezira El Bairat. Very close to the ferry boat to East Luxor, so we could visit sights there, or souq, restaurants, etc, easily day or night. Public ferry is inexpensive (LE1 or less) so avoid the touts unless in a hurry.

Hotel owner and staff helpful and friendly, and we have an enjoyable stay. Great rooftop breakfast and restaurant. Hotel happy to accept LE, GBP, EURO for payment.

Room Tip: Check out the room on arrival as some have small bathroom.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank PolarRoot
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We have stayed at this hotel three times, well my partner 4 times and we have never been disappointed, our review is long overdue. The location is good, away from the hassle, and the accommodation very nice, with tasteful decor and nice and clean. The hosts are wonderful, and we wish them all the best in what must be a difficult time, they deserve to succeed.
Kerry and Nora

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank gozogeezer
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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

This is my second visit to El-Nakhil. The place has not changed much - the rooms are clean and comfortable, the staff & management attentive and friendly. However the breakfast could be improved with an offering of fresh fruit.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank LucyCarvalho
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Uki, Australia
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

I found this place one of the best to stay in the whole of Egypt. I was warmly welcomed with a refreshing drink and the staff were very friendly and helpful, even going out of their way to take me to a doctor. The food was excellent and was served on their rooftop dining area which had stunning views of Luxor and the Nile. The hotel's location is across the river opposite the Luxor temple and is easy to reach by public ferry (1EGP) and a short walk. I had many a fascinating conversation with Brughid, the Hotel's manager and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The room and bathroom was clean and each day I was presented with a towel design with fresh flowers on my bed which was also very comfortable.The room had a private patio with table and chairs that overlooked the beautiful courtyard garden that was full of trees and birds. So if youre looking for a place thats both relaxing and qualitative then this is definitely the place to stay. Thank you to the fabulous staff at El Nakhil for a wonderful stay!

Room Tip: Ground floor is best.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank Dhanishta
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Vancouver, B.C. Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

We loved El Nakhil for its tranquillity, West bank location, spacious room with a balcony overlooking a garden filled with sparrows and doves, and the best shower we had in Egypt. Contending with the mosquitoes was a problem (too bad no mosquito netting), but the hard beds seem to be standard for Egypt. Birgit was so nice, as were all staff even though they weren't always able to answer our questions about local activities and attractions. Still, it was lovely, and we were so happy to come back to it after our Aswan excursion.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Caminoista
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Property: El Nakhil Hotel & Restaurant
Address: Gezira El Bairat, Luxor, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Luxor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel & Restaurant at the edge of the village Geziret el Bairat at the west bank of Luxor. 11 comfortable rooms partly with dome, with private bath room, balcony and air condition. German-Egyptian management. The restaurant offers delicious national and international dishes. Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks are available. From the roof terrace view above the fields around, to the Nile and Luxor Temple. A little botanic garden for relaxing. Accessible to Wheelchairs. ... more   less 
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