Domina Emilio Hotel
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Greetings from Luxor, Egypt, where it is 45 degrees celsius, or about 17 million degrees fahrenheit. Just kidding...it's only 113 farenheit...woo hoo.... Or wait, greetings from Cairo, since I couldn't finish this entry last night...today it was hot here too. Egypt...it's hot...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Domina Emilio Hotel Luxor
We stayed here earlier this month (5/2006) and had a wonderful stay. The location is perfect- one evening we had a few hours to kill before our train and really enjoyed walking around- the Corniche is a few minutes away... the Mummy Museum is < 5 minutes away... there are plenty of carriages parked across the street for a fun way to explore, as well a market.
The hotel itself has a grand lobby and the room also are tastefully decorated. The bathroom was of a good size, and it was always left very clean. the bed was comfortable, and the amenities were all in working order- tv, ac etc.
If I had to make one complaint- the breakfast is a bit on the weak side. But really this is a solid hotel and I'd happily stay here again.
Decent for 3-stars
Friendly staff, comfortable lobby, bright breakfast room, enjoyable and relaxing rooftop with (small) pool and restaurant, and nice view (unless you look right down onto the sad rooftop of the neighboring building).
One of our two 1st floor rooms had no daylight; the only window went into a dark central shaft between buildings from which you could hear noisy clattering (dishes, voices) from the kitchen below. Shower head was worn out and didn't stay in place, TV channels only worked upwards, and door wasn't newly painted (otherwise, the hotel was renovated a few months ago). Another of our rooms had a small balcony with standing space only and just beside two huge a/c compressors for the building, and a few meters away from the dilapidated wall of the neighbouring house. There are other rooms with balconies towards the main street which may have a nicer view. Otherwise, rooms were spacious (unless you have a third bed in there), nicely decorated, and sure worth their 3 stars. Friendly and creative service - each day, fresh towels were shaped in form of a flower, or a bird. I'd check in here again if I came back to Luxor.
An oasis in the middle of Luxor
I stayed at this hotel for 5 days in December, 2005 and I was surprised how good it was for a 3 star hotel. It was perfectly situated in the downtown area close to the Nile and the Luxor Temple and Luxor Museum. I had no cause for complaint with the hotel: the staff were very pleasant and helpful; the rooms were roomy and very clean; the dining room and breakfast were excellent; the lobby and bar service could not be better and the roof top terrace (with a swimming pool)was superb with its bar service and shaded areas and views over the city. It was always a delight to get back to the hotel to relax in comfort after a days walking and sightseeing. I'd strongly recommend this place to anyone and I'd certainly stay there again. The garden restaurant, Chez Omar, with its food and staff (Hassan and Hussein) about half a block down the street from the hotel was excellent.
Godawful unreliable hotel
This hotel is totally unprofessional. I made a reservation with them way back in July, for the December (New Year period), which was confirmed in writing. One week before my arrival they e-mailed me to say they didn't have room any more and they had moved my booking to the New Pola hotel. They also said I should pay the same amount.
I then had to waste lots of money ringing both hotels in Egypt from England to sort it all out (not cheap) and it transpired that the New Pola was 3km away (ie a lot less central) and also 8 English pounds cheaper - so they were trying to rip me off as well as not honour the booking!
As I was travelling on my own I was doubly angry to be let down like that at such short notice.
My advice is - don't make a reservation with these people, they are sharks!
If you want 5 star, quiet, isolated luxury, this is not the hotel for you. If you want a great location, great views and to experience the sounds and atmoshpere of this amazing city, it definately is. From the roof, with its pool and decent food, you can look over Luxor Temple, the Nile and Hatshpsut's Temple. Recently refurbished, it is clean, the staff are exceptionally friendly and the city is on your doorstep. Yes, it's noisy but that is Luxor. I was a lone female traveller and I felt comfortable and safe throughout my stay. Ask for a room with a balcony on floor 5 or 6 and just sit and watch the world go by.
we stayed at the emilio for a couple of days.it's adequate but nothing fancy.we had a nice view over the city from our balcony.it was extremely hot outside and our A.C. was bearely working.( we could hardly sleep since our room was so hot ) .the fridge wasn't working very well either.we actually were surprised that tour groups use that hotel as it's not really up to standards ! a couple of nights there was O.K. but in retrospect,we should probably have stayed in something a bit more comfortable !
We were told all hotels were booked but could stay at a nice 3 star hotel....Hotel Emillio. The lobby had flies, it was dark shabby, small and staff had to be coaxed to be helpful. Our "double" room was 2 singles, carpeting was torn and filthy, no hot water for shower, overlooks a smelly alley, shabby towels, lights out, beer bottles in hallways, controls didn't work on AC, phone did not work, etc. they did put us in a double the next day, but we looked around for a different hotel!
A good mid-range hotel.
I stayed here for a night while on an organised tour of Egypt. The room was clean and comfortable and the it was centrally located. Breakfast was OK. I heard the roof-top pool was nice but with only a 2 days in Luxor I didn't have time to check it out myself.
The hotel, was approved by Explore and since 2000 it has not improved. We stayed there in December 2004.
All of the previous comments are still valid.
The hotel is poor and can only be described as a slum at best. The rooms are poor, the food not any better and the staff most unhelpfull, getting a replacement tolilet roll was a feat in itself. The aircon did not work.
If you are offered to stay there DONT. it is a vile hotel and you would be better off sleeping rough. Which is a far better option than this hotel.
Emilio August 2000
I stayed in the Emilio in August 2000, and this review is based on that. I did complain at the time so there may have been improvements since.
We booked a late availability and were told by the travel agent that "all hotels in luxor" were "pretty much the same standard as the hilton" so we weren't worried.
When we arrived the carpets were stained, the walls damp (a feat in Egypt in summer!) and it seemed that the swimming pool on the roof may have leaked through the hotel. The guardrails round the roof terrace were flimsy.
We were awoken in the middle of the night to a blaring fire alarm caused by a power cut to the area, and there was no backup emergency lighting to guide us out of the hotel. The next day we paid to move to the Novotel which was a thoroughly enjoyable place to be, do yourselves a favour and NEVER stay at the Emilio.