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“Serenity and Hospitality--and Abu Simbel too!”

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Eskaleh Nubian Ecolodge
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

It would be worth staying at Eskaleh even if it weren't at Abu Simbel--but if you're really after the temples, Eskaleh makes that better too. All the great things about the place aside, just for logistical reasons staying at Eskaleh makes it easier to enjoy Abu Simbel. You avoid the mid-day heat and busloads--the three of us had the monuments to ourselves at 4:00pm!--and you get the opportunity to see both the sound and light show and the sunrise at the temples if you want.

On top of all that, the hotel is fantastic. We immediately felt welcomed by the happy, competent, attentive staff. The food was excellent, our room was lovely, spacious, and air-conditioned (and that was with three of us in a room for two!). Nubian music is always playing; after I asked about the music, we were given a CD with their mix.

The building itself is built in the style of a traditional Nubian house with five guest rooms. It has many spaces to relax in, indoors and out. There are also conveniences like wifi and an espresso machine as well as necessities like mosquito netting and air-conditioning.

The staff is understanding and accommodating--one of us left a kindle on the airplane, and the hotel phoned, located it, and arranged a car to retrieve it (happily the airport is only ten minutes away). And you can eat alone or with friends you make there, at the time of your choosing.

If you're in the area, you're likely learning about Nubian history and culture as part of your touring. Living in a Nubian house for a night brings it all together. Go!

Room Tip: You can book 3 in a room and because of the dressing room and bathroom, it's still very spacious...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We stayed one night in the superior room with good A/C. The place was neat (Nubian style) and staff were friendly. One could see Lake Nasser from the roof top. It was good that there were mosquito nets in the room although it was kind of weird to have two nets for one big bed. Basically, the big bed was put together with two twin beds, and the nets were above where the individual beds would have been. But we managed to get the nets over the beds and had a good night sleep free from mosquito bites.

We were glad that there was a place to stay after visiting the temples in Abu Simbel since we opted to fly to Abu Simbel instead of riding in a bus for couple of hours each way between Aswan and Abu Simbel. Not only did we have more time to enjoy the temples by ourselves, we were also able to stay for the sound and light show in the evening.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

If you are going to Abu Simbel, it is worth it spend a night so that you can see the temple at dawn. And the Eskaleh Lodge is a great place to treat yourself to. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the building and grounds are beautiful and the food is wonderful. Plus, the staff is very friendly and helpful.A very relaxing and comforting place.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Bill M
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Our Tour Operator recommended this Ecolodge and we could not have been happier.
Unfortunately we only had one night here and wished we had been able to stay longer.
The food was absolutely delicious the chicken tagine was too die for - I did try to get the recipe but was assured this was secret.....
Our room was large and spacious, well decorated and finished.
We arrived mid afternoon and checked out 10am the next day but they managed to do our laundry for us which was very much appreciated and well done too.
The atmosphere is very warm and the staff are all super friendly and helpful.
The position is good - walking distance to shops and you could walk to the temple if necessary.
The only problem we encountered were mosquitoes - they do have plug in mossie repellent and nets which were helpful.
It is well worth the overnight stay to see the light show and the temple at sunrise - so very special!

Room Tip: Our tour operator organised an upgrade to Room 1 for us which was fabulous - with a private ouside s...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We (my boyfriend and I plus 2 friends) stayed for 1 night at Eskaleh and absolutely fell in love with the place and its setting. The meals were great as well and the staff made us feel welcome. Everything had been going smoothly until it was time to pay for the 1hr boat ride. According to Lonely Planet's Egypt 2012 edition, Eskaleh charges up to 250EGP per hour for the boat ride on Lake Nasser. When we enquired about this, the staff member informed us that usually they charge 200 Pounds per room & per hour, but seeing that we hired 3 rooms, they'd give it to us for 300EGP. We all thought, ok, that seems fine. Before the boat ride, we encountered 2 more tourists we had met on the bus to Abu Simbel and they wanted to join us as well. So I rang the hotel and told them about the extra 2 people, I confirmed the price and he said it was still 300EGP but if we add an extra hour, it would cost 450EGP. We all agreed to one hour. After dinner, the same staff member said we had to pay 450 all up since there was 6 of us. He denied agreeing to 300EGP, saying that he misunderstood me. Apparently the hotel had done us a favour by allowing 2 non-guests on the boat ride. Really?! So, they kept asking for 450 even though I repeatedly confirmed the price over the phone. In the end, we all just paid 75 each but I think 450Pounds for a 1hour boat ride is an ABSOLUTE rip-off! I'd recommend staying at Eskaleh but think twice about the boat ride.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

!Absolutely the biggest secret of all Egypt-this place is a fantastic small hotel and restaurant. Our small group enjoyed one of the finest meals we have had in all of Egypt this evening after the Sound & Light show. Hospitable, friendly, beyond wonderful food--we didn't want to return to Cairo! We thought we should just take up personal residency....it was A M A Z I N G

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

If you are going to Abu Simbel, I recommend that you stay at least one night in order to see the light and sound show during the evening and the two temples during the sunrise.

The Abu Simbel temples are within walking distance (20 minutes).

The dinner was excellent and the main dish (fish tagine) probably the best meal we had during our stay in Egypt.

The rooms are clean but not very cheap (EUR 70 for their largest double room). Beware of the mosquitoes during the night.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Eskaleh Nubian Ecolodge

Address: Abu Simbel City, Abu Simbel 81636, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Aswan Governorate > Abu Simbel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Abu Simbel
Price Range: $60 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eskaleh ..... an Eco-Lodge Guest House , located a few minutes away from Abu Simble temples , marvelously overlooking the Lake Nasser, where Nubia was located. The hotel was built using natural materials such as Nile mud bricks. With a maximum capacity of 16 guest , Eskaleh ensures the best services for its guests in a relaxing , natural and warm atmosphere... ... more   less 
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Eskaleh Nubian Ecolodge Hotel Abu Simbel

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