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Historical Traveler Reviews Basma Hotel Aswan
So many staff, so little service
Stayed here for 5 days. A bit of a come down after staying in realistically rated hotels elsewhere. Food good and reasonable which counts for a lot when the alternative could be illness. Structure of hotel is neutral going on bleak. You can see they try with this providing fresh flowers grown in their own garden, but its hard to overcome murky but clean decor. Standard of cleanliness very good and cleaning service in room v good. Room size excellent quite spacious. Smiles from front of house staff dont quite make up for unengaged attitude which seems to feel that you are on your own with queries etc. Used by several major european tour groups and at time I wondered if as independent travellers we didnt quite rate personal attention. Despite other posting pool was quite a highlight,and larger than in many other hotels.
What a fantastic hotel
We spent 2 nights of our Egypt holiday at the Basma and it was by far the best of 5 hotels and a boat trip that we included.
Facilities are beautiful and the location is lovely. It has a lovely pool and well- tended gardens. Rooms are spacious and have good views, either over the pool/ garden area, the Nile valley or the hills around.
Food choice from the buffet for breakfast and dinner was very varied and beautifully presented. Staff were helpful and wanted you to enjoy your stay.
Altogether a great experience.
Friendly place which tries hard, but badly in need of renovation. Ok if you're out all day sightseeing. Lots of families.
Basma Hotel - Nice, quaint
We stayed a total of 3 nights at the Basma Hotel
in Aswan. We arived early in the day and they
allowed for us to check-in early. The rooms
were clean and well kempt. The shower did have problems
with the showerhead. The star rating would be more
like 3 star in the US.
The food they served was good. We ate a couple of
meals at their restaruants and the prices were reasonable as well as the food being clean and safe. They were close to the nubian musuem literally across the street. The rooftop terrace as well as the terraces on the swimming pool got some great views of Aswan. Overall, a nice and clean stay. Check-in and check-out was fast.
Nice quaint hotel
My husband and I stayed at the Basma Hotel for 3 days- they were quite accomodating when we arrived- allowing us to check in 8AM, which was very much appreciated after getting off a 12 hour train ride. The front desk individuals spoke very good English and in general, quite helpful with questions (though depends on the individual). The cleaning maids were quite diligent coming by several times a day to change towels, etc. However, they had thrown away samples of ours (shampoo/conditioner) and plastic wraps- which we wanted! The pool is quite chilly. The restaurant had decent prices, inclusive of service charge and tax. However, the servers can be a little slow in taking order and getting change/receipt. There is an excellent rooftop view of Aswan and location on top of a little hill makes this hotel quite attractive. However, did not that the plumbing was subpar- the bathtub didn't drain smoothly and there was rusting in the bathroom. The only other issue may be the location- it's a little bit more remote than other hotels; on the flip side, it is quiter than other hotels with lack of honking from cars.
The pool was freezing cold!!
I travelled with children and booked the hotel directely through mail. We wanted a hotel with nice pool area after arriving to Aswan after several days in Cairo. The pool should be heated according information on website but it was freezing cold. This was a big dissapointment for my son. We could not book the room on newyearsevening without paying for newyearsdinner at the hotel that was extremely expensive. On the plus side hotel is located on the hill allowing for a fantastic views of the Nile. The price for the room is to expensive to what you get.
Three stars only
We stayed in Basma Hotel in Aswan for three nights in the middle of December 2005. Comparing to other hotels in Egypt - we stayed in quite few since I work and live in Egypt for over two years - Basma rates OK only. The negatives include worn-out furniture, prehisoric Goldstar TV, decor of the hotel in general, very small balcony and uninspiring food. On the plus side hotel is located on the hill allowing for a fantastic views of the Nile with its tranquil fellucas. The hotel grounds and the garden are nicely designed and well maintained and the staff is friendly without being overwhelming. Overall, Basma Hotel is average, deserving three stars.
A wonderful oasis
This hotel was a total gem in the middle of a hectic Egyptian tour. After a long hot and dusty day - including return flights to Abu Simbel - it was simply heaven.
We were only here for one night (unfortunately) but the hotel was just perfect. We did strike very lucky with our room - number 320 - as it had not only a small balcony overlooking the pool, but a fantastically huge private sun terrace complete with loungers! This gave a fantastic view over Aswan and the Nile which was perfect at sunset.
The room itself wasn't huge, but was comfy with controllable air conditioning, good bathroom, and fridge. After relaxing in the large pool, the free shuttle bus into Aswan let us spend an hour in the evening perusing the market - quite an experience! Cocktails and snacks on the terrace served by helpful staff rounded off a perfect day. The next morning breakfast was a large buffet and was excellent.
All in all, highly recommended.
Beautiful Basma Hotel
Beautiful hotel. We stayed at the Basma (regretifully) for only 1 nite as we were only in Aswan to visit Abu Simbel. The grounds were beautiful as was the pool. It was a bit on the expensive side as it caters to high-class Egyptian business persons. However, it was well worth the splurge.
Our room had a balcony overlooking the pool. The rooms were a bit spacious but clean. The hotel staff was very pleasant. Taxis were not readily available but could be called from the hotel staff.
The hotel is directly across from the Nubian Museum.
Loved it !
we loved the basma hotel in aswan ! it was a bit of a splurge for us since we were more or less on a budget,however,it turned out to be well worth it in the end ! we had a large,comfy room overlooking the pool.it was great to be able to cool off in the pool in the afternoon as the heat was unbearable ! every morning,we enjoyed a lavish breakfast buffet on the terrasse on the lotus restaurant (it was our favorite time of the day,sipping coffee and enjoying the wonderful views....) highly recommended !
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The girls were squealing with delight all last night on the train. Unfortunately the tracks are not at all even out of Cairo, so the ride was very rough. I found it quite difficult to sleep and so didn't much. We had dinner and breakfast on the train before arriving in Aswan this morning about 8:30. A 30-man Nubian "band" was playing just outside the station, which was strange and a bit wild and certainly exotic.
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