El Luxor Hotel
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We are headed back to Cairo by night train and this time it is working and on schedule. We rock up at 10.30pm at the small station and board our small carriage with two pull down beds, small basin and either a Turkish or Russian host that makes our beds, brings us dinner and breakfast. Apparently the trains are near 100 years old and brought over by the French and Spanish but they still run today. Its the most comfortable and simplistic way of ...
... the Sacred Lake where priests once performed their ablutions four times a day, we see a man fishing with a cane pole in the sacred lake. He is surrounded by hungry cats. There is simply no way Hala and Beth can ignore cute animals so we stop to watch. Our fisherman allows me to unhook several fish and feed them to the cats. These cats are very efficient fish eaters and thoroughly enjoy themselves…as do we.
As already stated, Karnak is ...
... with her knowledge of Egypt and all the sights. And she made if fun for all of us in the group so we thanked her and said farewell - for now! We swapped a few e-mail addresses with the other travellers, as we are all leaving at different times tomorrow - lucky us, we get the 6am departure to the airport!
One last drink in the lounge with Heather and Robin and then back to our cabin for one last time to finish the packing and get ready to depart tomorrow.....
... our ship tying onto the mooring rings calling out 'Lady, Lady’ up at our astounded faces. Then it all began; they threw up towels and shawls in plastic bags and began bargaining with us even though we were a few stories up. When we threw them back they just threw up more and when someone decided to look or buy it began showering bags of towels. The idea was to put the money in one of the extra bags that were thrown up and throw it back down to them. I wonder what they would ...
... was also included in the deal, but it turned out to be too much trouble to move it.
What I found fascinating was that King Nektanebo built the Sphinx Avenue in front of the Temple that leads to the entrance, this avenue stretches from Karnak to Luxor. Pretty amazing! You will see this through the city driving around in open pits and fields.
Again, I suggest plenty of reading prior to visiting as the information ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEl Luxor Hotel
Very nice hotel. Stayed in new renovated section. Great service. Hotel staff outnumbered guest.
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Historical Traveler Reviews El 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.
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.
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 ?"
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.
We had 3 nights at the Mercure during our trip to Egypt in February.
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.
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!
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.