We really wanted to avoid the crowd when visiting Majestic Abu Simbel temples and we wanted the temple by ourselves. Only way to do is to stay overnight in Abu Simbel. There are not so many hotels/lodges in Abu Simbel, so we decided to go with this lodge after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. I booked the room via email. The response is always prompt. Hotel arranged a taxi to pick us from Aswan and drop back to Aswan.
We took the 11 AM convoy and reached Abu Simbel around 2.30 PM. We were given welcome Hibiscus tea. Hibiscus is from their own garden. Lasted little sweet and savor. Drank my kids portion also ;). We booked a superior room which has one master bed and one separate twin bed. A/C worked but we have noticed because of the gaps in the doors, windows, it took time to get the room cooled. We waited for like 30 minutes to have our lunch prepared. Lunch was delicious. Tasted more like Indian food, which was very welcoming for us.
After short break, we rented the boat from the hotel and ride on the Lake Nasser. It was really relaxing and the nice wind really helped on the hot day. Got the majestic look of the Abu Simbel temple from the boat and it was fantastic. Can't be any better watching the temple from the boat. We watched the sound and light show at night and were picked up from the temple and dropped back to the hotel. Had our dinner in the outside patio and we noticed there are mosquitoes.
We were told that the sunrise will be like 5:45 in the morning and we wanted to do that. We woke up early in the morning and the car was ready. We were dropped at the temple and we get into the temple at 6 AM. No one inside the temple. It is all for ourself. Enjoyed every single second alone in the temple. By the time 7AM, we see bus load of travellers coming in to the temple while we are going out.
Had our breakfast and checked out the hotel for our 10 AM convoy.
Overall, it was a great stay and I agree that the price is little expensive compare to Egypt cost of living, but I don't think any locals stay here. It is for tourists. I would not mind paying little extra to get a good lodge in small city rather than paying less for a worst one.
- 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