Good facilities; pool, gym and restaurants. The Nubian restaurant served good food. The rooms were spacious and clean. We have arranged our trips, Full day West Bank, East Bank, Cairo tour from Luxor.
Travel operator: Thomson
This was carried out very efficiently and prior to our arrival we had sent an email asking for a particular room, the receptionist acknowledged this without any prompting from ourselves and we got this room and the room next door for our friends. The rooms very spacious clean and had a great courtyard view. Our friends room had twin beds and they were asked if this was ok as many people complained about not having a double!!
There are several restaurants in thehotel but as we were on half board it was the nubian buffet one that we used. There was always plenty of choice and non of our party ever had a problem with this and we are all fairly picky eaters. If you wanted to go to the italian or lebanese restaurants you got a 35LE discount per person, but in the Thai which was epensive you had topay fullprice. We did ask if we vcould have luch instead of evening meal one day as we all wanted to try the Thai but you could not swop your half board evening meal to lunchtime.
Fantastic pool although not enough sun beds if the hotel is busy. The towels arrive around 9am but if you want a decent bed by thenyou must be down earlier and if you just leave towels on for a long time & not use the beds, they may be removed.
The hotel is in a great location immedistely you go outside, you can experieince egyptain life, yes I suppose some would call it hassle, but with a sense of humour and a firm La Shukran there is no problems.
We did two trips whilst here one with eagle travel our tour company which was to dendarah and abyos it was a full day and was great. We also used www.reallifeegypt.com for the hot air ballo trip which was
Travel operator: Travel Longe/Eagle Travel
Pool area is small but we never failed to get a sunbed any day after returning from your excursions, remember all the tours go very early in the moring and generally your back in the hotel by lunch time, afternoons spent lazing by the pool, with the most astonishing view of the Nile - to die for. The food at the bar was good , if a little expensive for out there.
There was no end of excellent resturants near the hotel, so we never actually tried the resturants in the hotel, but didn;t hear any horror stories or bad report s about them either.
All in all, a lovely hotel, excellent service, staff weren't in your face all the time for tips. Food was good and the views over the Nile at sunset to be remembered for a lifetime.
Travel operator: Independent
The hotel is now under different management and has changed its name to: Steigenberger Nile Palace - the level of customer service, food quality and cleanliness has dropped considerably but varies (according to others) as sometimes it seems to be a 'class hotel' and at other times it seems to rate at about three-star.
We won't be going back, sadly, but it's a magnificent hotel (in design) and relatively well placed with taxis available to take clients in to central Luxor (maximum of ten minutes by car).
I was saddened to see Le Meridien Luxor change... but I suppose that's inevitable. Food was OK in 2007 but not what is was in 2002 or 2003. Overall, three-stars in my opinion. If you get an offer of a good deal at the Steigenberger Nile Palace, try it?
Travel operator: Thomas Cook
It was almost as far as you could get from the town which means that Luxor temple is about 5mins by car or 20 Min's walk, this is a good point as you are staying right on the Nile and away from the chaos in the town centre. Check-in was simple, friendly and efficient.
The Nile view rooms were good and in fair condition - the bathroom was always clean with towels etc changed daily. The previous occupants were smokers and we found out later that the 1st floor was the non-smoking floor.
As this was really only a place to sleep, it was more than acceptable - the whole point of going to Luxor is to get out and get the culture! Yes, the pool is small but there always seemed to be spare loungers and someone to dash out with towels (!) who goes there to sit by a pool - well, if only to recharge the batteries ready for the next foray into the ruins.
Breakfast was decidedly average with not that much choice; fine if you are into yogurt, fruit etc. The Moroccan and Italian 'restaurants' were acceptable but nothing particularly exciting - reasonable grub for a reasonable price.
The Oriental at the Sonesta next door was superb and an absolute must (a little more pricey). The staff were always polite and very friendly and went out of their way to make you feel welcome. Walking around the town we were repeatedly 'hassled' but in a non-threaten way, always with a smile and a joke and they soon got the message if you said no and left you alone. So much better than Tunisia!!
Entertainment was interesting and a little hit and miss but more than acceptable for whiling away an hour or so over dinner. Overall, I've stayed in better 4* hotels with better food but for the money and the location it is difficult to beat - definitely one to go back to.
Travel operator: Kuoni
The rooms were very standard and could tell had not been refubished for quite a few years. Dust and dirt from the ceiling tiles above the bath would drop down every couple of days.
The pool was tiny and certainly not big enough for the size of the hotel.
The restaurants on the hotel grounds were quite nice but they never changed their menu's and even had the same one for luch as evening.
The gym didn't really have that much in it either and was basic equipment. If your looking for a luxury holiday stay in the hotel next door (Sonesta St George)
Travel operator: Cosmos
The entertainment was a bit basic but it cost nothing we had a look around at some of the other hotels around the resort an thought our was one the best we would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Travel operator: thomsons
The staff were all very friendly and everywhere was kept very clean.
The restraunts were all very nice to eat in, I particularly liked the Lebanese one in the courtyard, we had a very nice meal here and it wasnt very expensive at all.
The main restraunt for breakfast or dinner had a very good selection which should suit even the most fussy eaters.
The pool bar was very good for lunch snacks but the service seemed quite slow.
The hotel was about 20mins walk from the temple of Luxor and the mumification museum, if you are going to walk I would advise you to go early in the morning before it gets too hot.....seemed like a lot farther on the way back at lunchtime!!
Hot air balloon trips can be arranged, we went through our rep but I think there is a man who sells trips in the main lobby.
The entertainment that we saw wasn't bad, a chinese show and music in the courtyard most evenings I think.
Travel operator: Budget Travel
The breakfast in the hotel was excellent, plenty to choose from. Hot and cold choices available.
The hotel in situated write on the nile, with fantasic views. Not to close to the city center but only a short walk alway from shops and resturaunts.
Most of the staff were polite and very helpful.
The entertainment was good, however i found that they repeated the same acts a few nights in a row.
I would visit this hotel again.
The local horse rides and taxi's are very cheap, and easy to get access to!
Travel operator: Thompson
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