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“great little backpackers hotel”
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Happy Land Hotel
Ranked #10 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Luxor
Swansea United kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“great little backpackers hotel”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed here as a family with 2 teenagers
It was really friendly, the breakfast on the roof was great and we found the location just right. It was central enough but near a real local market where you didn't get hassled by horse and cart drivers. the nearby fish restaurant and the sugar can and juice shop on the corner were great too. We arranged a good tour of the west bank via the hotel which was good value too. We looked at a couple iof others but the rooms were smaller and they were generally more dingy

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Denmark
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23 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This hotel has some very friendliest staff, Ebrahem the owner goes out of his way to let you enjoy your stay. He's very knowledgeable and can arrange countless - reasonably priced - tours, or just tell you the best time of day to visit a site. The hotels cook is also very kind, and keen to make sure you've had a good filling breakfast. On arrival we were treated like guests, and even given a welcome tea, when we left Ebrahem even gifted us a bag of hibiscus flowers so we could keep making the tea for ourselves.

The hotel is located five minutes from the Nile and sites, and nearby lots of shops and restaurants (but far enough away for you to be in peace). It's the perfect distance from the Nile to escape the hustlers (Luxor is the worst I've encountered in twenty countries). Ebrahem can also arrange tours for you to save you having to get hustled.

Our room was very nice, plus cleaned each morning. It was spacious, had a window, and an en-suite bathroom (shower/toilet), there was a bath/jacuzzi in the roof bathroom.

The hotel has a fantastic roof top terrace, with both an open area and a covered shaded area. This is where breakfast is served and is a great place to escape from the heat during the day. Lots of comfortable chairs, plus a big TV with lots of channels (we enjoyed watching English films in the evening).

Lovely hot showers. Big and spacious too.

The breakfast is included in the nightly price and is the best I've had in any hotel in the middle-east or north Africa. A big helping of beans, plus lots of egg, and falafel?, bread, tea or coffee. Plus some tomato veg too.

The hotel has a great cook, who aside from making breakfast serves tea and coffee throughout the day as you desire. She's very friendly, and makes great food.

We used the hotels laundry service and found it to be very economic, amazed that my top came back white after three weeks cycling in Egypt - it was beyond dirty.

After some problems in Egypt with robbers, we were happy to feel very secure at Happy land, Ebrahem makes you feel like you're at home. We had our bikes locked in the front reception, which is manned 24 hours, and locked at night.

Happily re-visit Happy land.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Treviso, Italy
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2013

is a good compromise between quality and price. the rooms are very clean and quiet. precisely what you need after a day in luxor. the manager is very helpful and really did his best to make our stay pleasant.
the hotel is a 10-minute walk from the city center and train station. good position.
if you need you can leave your luggage after the ceck out (train in the night).
in this period, the breakfast is not very rich ( a cup of tea, beans, bread).
definitely recommend the hotel for value for money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2011

Cheap and basic but the manager, his welcome and his excellent advice make it a pleasure to stay here. And you're not in 'tourist' Luxor, though the temple is still nearby.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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UK
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 28, 2011

Brilliant breakfast, friendly staff, clean, cheerful and everything worked. Shame there weren't many other travellers around though.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2011

Stayed three nights in this generally good hostel. Management and staff are very friendly! Rooms are average at best, but the rooftop restaurant is nice. Breakfast is served from 7.30 and consisted of fuul, falafel, tomatoes, bread and, a fried egg and coffee (better than your average egyptian hostel breakfast).

The tour I took was a slight deception (the guide seemed genuinely uninterested in providing a good service and a visit to the "factory shop" was compulsary).

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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1 Thank Björn N
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Canada
Level 6 Contributor
801 reviews
168 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2011

This place is nice, realy clean with an excellent breakfast on the roof in a holiday ambiance. ««««««««««we choose to change for 2 reasons, the noise on the street was keeping us awake, the price was high compare to around.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Happy Land Hotel
Address: El Kamar St | of elmadina St. luxor, Luxor 22222, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Luxor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Happy Land, a backpackers’ favorite, offers clean rooms and spotless bathrooms, as well as very friendly service, a copious breakfast with fruit and fresh juices and cornflakes. in the rooftop terrace. also drinks and fresh juices are available all day as well as traditional tea and coffee. & free Jacuzzi bath. Bikes can be rente, and free wi-fi . also we have laundry facilities . also we can help you to get ISIC cards. Competition among Luxor’s budget hotels is fierce, and the Happy Land comes out well almost every time. It doesn’t need to send touts to the station! We do our best to make you relaxed and happy in the happy land hotel. P.S/ we have free pickup from anywhere arrive in luxor ... more   less 
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