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TravelPod Member ReviewsEatabe Luxor Hotel
Very nice hotel. Stayed in new renovated section. Great service. Hotel staff outnumbered guest.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Eatabe Luxor Hotel
Excellent service, very good hotel
Stayed for 2weeks at Mercure (Etap) and found the hotel, staff and facilities to surpass all my expectations for the price paid. Although you do get a fair bit of hassle when you leave the hotel, its only the same as you get in the rest of Luxor so its unavoidable.
The rooms were clean, as was the pool area and it was an ideal base for all the attractions. Really enjoyed my stay and will be going back again.
We have just returned from a 1 week stay in Luxor at this hotel. This is an excellent base from which to explore and although the rooms are basic, they are very clean and well-kept. The staff were very friendly and helpful at all times and all areas are kept clean and maintained to a very high standard. We had a fantastic holiday in Luxor and I would definitely come back to this hotel.
The wonderful Etap Luxor - We had a ball!
We spent a gorgeous two weeks at the Mercure Luxor (known locally as the ETAP) and all I can say is what a lovely bunch of people there! I cannot stress more how friendly, likeable and helpful all the staff were and myself and my family were treated with the upmost respect. We were travelling with our baby boy who was just under 2 years old and it is a great place for kids as the eygptians just adore family life. When we arrived it was very late at night and my first impression of the hotel was of 1970's 5 star luxury with all the wood work and marble floors and although a bit dated in decor it was very clean and had plebty of facilities and the lifts were always in good order. The place had charm and an identity which is more than can be said of some of these flash new places. We had a nile view which was great and we spent the first evening tucking into some reasonable italian fair at the newly refurbed and very lovely pool. I must say on the whole the service was great and we have made some very good friends with the staff and locals and visietd some excellent homes and met some great families. The hotel food was very good but I would like to say that on the whole the best food you will taste in Egypt is in a local home or in the less flashy outdoor style cafe resturants of which their are a couple at the back of the Luxor Temple.
One word of warning about Luxor is be streetwise. The locals are poor and always after trade and if you are not careful a kind word on the street can turn into you promising a tout that you will accompany them to every tour destination under the sun and while there are some great tour guides outside of the hotels the quality isn't always great and you can end up paying a lot more money and get quite dissapointed if you are not careful. I must say we were quite lucky at everything we signed up for but there were times it could have been otherwise.
So go careful and be safe but enjoy all this amazing country has to offer and really embrace the wonderful sites, customs and culture in Luxor and Aswan and you will always remember Luxor with great delight as we all do.
P.s. The Hotel has a great disco and outside bar and the dancer is brill and that comes from someone well versed in egyptian dance.
Nice location but nothing special
Stayed at the Mercure Luxor on a week's package deal. It was our first visit to Egypt. Arrived in the dark and formed a pretty poor impression of our room, even though it had a decent view over the Nile. Net curtains were grey ; bathroom a bit shabby etc., and the TV remote didn't work (do they ever ?). On the plus side, the room was fairly spacious, the beds comfortable enough and it was peaceful. Things definitely looked better in daylight, however, and we found the hotel to be pretty good in general. The pool area was excellent ; the restaurants were OK, but we reckoned the food in all of them was a bit unexciting and we went wandering away from the hotel a few nights to eat elsewhere. Waiters throughout Luxor seem to take a very casual view of their job and think nothing of delivering your second course before you've finished the first. Maybe we were unlucky in that respect. The hotel staff were friendly if a bit over-attentive sometimes (sit down for more than 30 seconds in the lobby and you'll be offered a drink of some sort). We ran a tab throughout the week and were surprised that all our eating and drinking cost less than £100 sterling. Took a few organized trips which were excellent -- the Valley of the Kings, a very long day's cruise up the Nile to Dendara Temple, a felucca boat trip. Luxor Temple is 10 mins walk from the hotel and Karnak Temple not much further in the opposite direction, but best to take a taxi or kalesh (fix the price, including the tip or baksheesh, before you get in, and be sure to tell them you DON'T want them to wait around for your return - otherwise they will). Other reviewers have mentioned the constant hassle from people trying to sell you things. It starts as soon as you set foot outside the hotel, which can sometimes seem like a place of sanctuary. This will either drive you completely mad or you will learn to live with it -- depending on your temperament. I like to think I learned to live with it. Some of the locals have a good line in humour. One said to me : "How about a felucca to Banana Island ?" No thanks, we've been. "What about a kalesh to Karnak ?" No thanks, we've been. "OK," he said in an exasperated way. "What about a helicopter to Honolulu ?"
I thought the hotel was fine and catered for all our needs, but if I returned I might be tempted to spend a bit more on the Winter Palace with its gorgeous garden and pool area.
After having visited Luxor on twelve previous occasions I though I would give the Mecurie Hotel a try for a change. I would only rate this hotel as a two star. Breakfast was hopeless other meals were grossley over priced. Beds were not made up untill 4PM and three times I had to ask for the TV To be programed to English speaking stations.
Very pleasant hotel
We had 3 nights at the Mercure during our trip to Egypt in February.
The Mercure has a lovely outlook over the Nile to the front, whereas the rear outlook is more ethnic! It was remarkably quiet, given that it is on the road by the Nile (although we did have a room at the back, fronting the pool and overlooking a garden area at the back- it might be noisier at the front). It was fascinating to see the local school from the rear terrace, especially when they had a local band playing one day.
The hotel is very close to the 'down-town' area, which is convenient for ethnic shops and there is plenty of stuff to haggle for. We got quite a few souvenirs for our family here. Whilst there is a fair bit of hassling, we felt it was less than in most other Arab countries we have visited. Normally, shopkeepers accepted 'no thankyou' and left you alone.
The hotel gardens are very well tended and it has a lovely pool. In fact the staff are forever cleaning and watering to keep it in good shape. Rooms are comfortable and ours was very acceptable.
Buffet dinner in the main restaurant was very pricey and not very wonderful. If you eat there, use the 'A La Carte' restaurants, where the food is cheaper and cooked fresh- much better. Buffet breakfasts were fine, with a good selection of international dishes.
All told, we were very happy with the Mercure.
Good Base for Exploring Luxor
My partner and I stayed at the Mercure Coralia Hotel (locally still known as the Etap Hotel, and not to be confused with the Mercure Inn) for a week over Christmas this year. Like many of the more upmarket hotels in Luxor, it appears to have suffered from the decline in tourism in the area and was probably struck off the list when the hotel company drew up its refurbishment budget. Nevertheless, we found it to be good value and would recommend it on account of its excellent location alone - on the main road running along the Nile, only 8 minutes walk from the ferry terminal and Luxor Temple. The town centre with its souk, restaurants, etc can be easily reached and we never bothered with taxis/caleches while exploring Luxor; everything can be reached on foot (once you've learnt to dodge the traffic). Karnak Temple is a £E10 / 10 min caleche ride away.
Public areas - the lobby has a distinct 70s feel to it and at the time of our visit boasted what was probably the tackiest Santa/Reindeer arrangement in the whole of Upper Egypt but was very well maintained. Reception were friendly and helpful. We particularly appreciated the foreign exchange desk, which actually offered the best exchange rate we came across the whole time. (Occasionally the banker nips out to the mosque but you can use a foreign exchange machine which offers the same rate and gives out brand new bank note; albeit in higher denominations than is practicable.) There are plenty of folders with tourist information and a Guest Relations desk (which only ever appeared to be staffed later on in the day).
The room was more basic than I expected considering the hotel's rating, but clean. The bathroom was in dire need of refurbishment (chipped and stained porcelain), but clean and (mostly) in working order. The main drawback were probably the beds - the mattresses were badly worn out and maybe a bit too hard for some people's liking. The wardrobe/drawers were pretty small. On the plus side, there was a fridge, and a small balcony with a view of the garden and the Nile (the shape of the building is such that you get a decent view from pretty much every room). We did not experience any problems with noise from outside or inside the building.
Breakfast is excellent; we found the choice to be huge (local specialities, standard English fare, freshly prepared omelettes, special diet food... if you manage to make it past the bread and pastry!!!)Only the coffee was awful, and we asked for Nescafe instead.
The pool area was quite pleasant; clean and well maintained but not huge given the size of the hotel - I could imagine it getting pretty crowded at times. We tried our hand at the wonky crazy golf course and at table tennis; there are also a small volley ball and petanque court. On Christmas Eve, it was beautifully lit up.
We only had dinner once at the hotel - there are three restaurants and a poolside place, but they were usually deserted. Once you know where to go in Luxor, it is easy to have a tasty dinner in town at the fraction of the price, and I would only recommend it to the gastronomically unadventurous.
We had read a lot about the amount of hassle tourists experience outside the hotel and arrived prepared for the worst. Yes, there are a number of "blackspots" in Luxor where taxi and caleche drivers, felucca boys and seven-year-olds selling bookmarks solicit custom, but we did not find the area around the hotel particularly bad. Yes, people come up to tourists all the time, try to flog stuff you do not want and are famously persistent, but as long as you know what to expect and keep your sense of humour, you will survive!
Overall I would say the Mercure Coralia is great as a base from where to explore Luxor. If you're planning to spend a lot of time relaxing by the pool, this is probably not the hotel for you - you'd be better off paying a bit more and staying somewhere like the Sofitel or Movenpick. I'm also not sure how family-friendly the hotel is - there seemed to be few concessions for children, and there seemed to be few kids around (to our delight, I have to say!). But if you're expecting to have a busy holiday (and in Luxor, you will!) and want a centrally located hotel where you can rest and refuel, I would definitely recommend the Mercure.
Good Hotel, pity about the hassle outside
My husband and I have just returned from our first visit to Egypt and stayed at the Mercure Luxor. We had no complaints about the hotel, breakfast was excellent and the other food was good too. The pool area has just been redone and was very good(although there was some work still being done it did not bother us at all). Fresh poolside towels every day which was nice. The rooms could probably do with being revamped but it did not spoil anything. My only complaint was the hassle when you walked out the front door from the locals. Did we want a taxi, galesh, fellucca etc non stop. My husband jogs and was even stopped as he was jogging! I was even put off looking at the shops as I could not stand the nonstop questions. I know they have had a hard time with tourists not going to Egypt because of terrorism but if they would only leave the tourists alone i'm sure many people would buy more ( all the people I spoke to agreed). It is for that reason I do not think I will return which is a pity as I thouroughly enjoyed the trips, the hotel and the weather.
I know this review is late, but i have just read the last one!
This hotel is wonderful - maybe I havent stayed in many good hotels, but I couldnt fault it!
Staff were more than welcoming, cleaning was done 0 ok maybe later in day but it was done!
Rooms were fine and the view (get a front room!) of the Nile and feluccas and street life and hot air balloons rising over the valley of the kings was wonderful.
There is hassle from taxi drivers outside the hotel, but then we were 2 women travelling - but this is Luxor - there will be hassle!
Great hotel for a great price - go!
Average but nothing special.
Stayed for 3 nights. Hotel is situated next to main road & overlooks the Nile and a side road with very smelly stabling. Reception is smart & tidy, reception staff not overly helpful/welcoming - asked for extra pillow twice before borrowing one from another customer. Rooms are drab & uninviting. bathrooms had small leaks, gaps around bath, loose fittings - generally just shoddy & tired looking. Beds are VERY hard - I like a firm mattress but this was just too hard for me. Cleaning standards were nothing special - cleaners eventually got to us by mid to late afternoon.
Breakfasts were ok - good choice & well presented/cooked - no orange juice for some reason. The 'restaurants' were rather lacking - main one (where breakfasts were served) had different 'theme' night - buffet style for £11.00 (E£116.00) per head (a bit pricey) - Thai night had one green curry dish & the rest was just standard fare. Other 2 restaurants & snack bar served basically the same uninspiring food with slight variations - none of it that well cooked/presented.
The pool is obviously original with a hard concrete surround and an 18" drop from surround to water level. According to a sign, sunbeds could not be reserved but for cash this did not apply - pool attendant had a stash of paperback books to place on beds with towels first thing in the morning.
I understood this to be a 4* hotel but I would not rate it above 3* & in some points (room particularly) 2* is more appropriate.