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!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Eskaleh Nubian Ecolodge Hotel Abu Simbel