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Because yesterday's biking adventure went so well, obviously we went back for second helping today. Well, that's not totally true. The real reason we went back is that we realized the bike shop owner totally rolled us- he charged us 60 pounds to rent 2 bikes all day ($6 per bike, $12 total) and we found out that the going rate was 30 pounds. It's …
... decapitated heads of the enemies of Ra who try to stop him reaching the new dawn. Thankfully the crowds were all with Tutankhamen and I had time to take as much in as I could. But I need to come back here. This truly is one of the most spiritual and breathtaking places I have ever seen.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsIberotel Luxor
Personnel vraiment au top, chambre très propre.
Je vous recommande une des chambres du milieu au 3ème étage avec vue sur le Nil, splendide en soirée.
Piscine très confortable directement sur le Nil
Cuisine à buffet raisonnable et variée.
A proximité de tous les sites.
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Good location right on the Nile and not too far from the attractions. A good clean hotel with a couple of good restaurants and a pool that floats on the the Nile.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberotel Luxor
We have just spent a week at the Iberotel Luxor (formerly Novotel). This is a 3 star hotel that is a cut above the normal 3 star accommodation one might expect on a package holiday - from the imposing foyer to the lovely terraced gardens which lead down to the pool, which was on a barge on the Nile. (Sounds a bit iffy but certainly isn't !). The hotel has recently been refurbished and is spotless at all times. We had a lovely room at the side, where we could see across the Nile and also look out on the busy and colourful thoroughfare at the roundabout. If we had one of the rooms overlooking the (roofed) foyer my review would be very very different though. The dining room is modest and pleasant - good breakfasts- the terrace is a lovely place to sit in the evening and the bar is cosy but not too small, with very pleasant staff. The pizza restaurant is good, but we were not too impressed by the other one in the grounds. The only real downside is the same one throughout Luxor - you just cannot get away from the direct or indirect hassle for baksheesh. Fine if you have the energy, but really annoying when you are tired after a long day's activities.
Iberotel still has what it takes
we last stayed at this hotel in 1994 and dispite being one of the older hotels in luxor it still has what it takes to make your holiday. The view from the balcony is one of the great views in the world, particularly at 6am when the hot-air balloons are travelling along the west bank..........and again in the evening when the sun is setting over the Theban Hills and the felluccas are drifting homeward down a river of melting gold. We checked out all the other hotels. The japanese restaurant at the Sonesta St. George is a must, at £20 a head for a meal it is an experience not to be missed.... and the standard and style at the 1886 restaurant at the Old Winter Palace is worth every penny at between £20 and £25 a head,
formal, yes ...quality, yes..... style, absolutely. At the cheaper end try Africa on the west bank... an egyptian feast for four plus beers plus the biggest birthday cake you have ever seen.....£25 the lot... one of the best local meals I have ever eaten. However you do only get what you pay for and some of the restaurants highly recommended by others are cheap and quite frankly limited both in choice and in quality. Push the boat out....enjoy the experience.. .
If you want a reliable taxi driver on the west bank I can recommend MOHAMMED EL CODEREU car number 1612 mobile ----........ not the most modern car but a man of great dignity and honesty.
Getting back to the Iberotel......... this is an honest hotel with good quality service and high standards........ and I have to say a view of the Nile which does not include a water treatment plant.
I felt compelled to write my first ever review after just returing from this hotel. Our brochure rated the hotel as four* but being Egypt we were expecting something more like 3*. We were pleasantly surprised!
Rooms were beautiful (make sure you request a view of the nile). Staff were most helpful and breakfast buufet was fab. Only downside is that the swimming pool is freezing. I would most definetly recommend this hotel.
What A Wonderful Holiday!!!
Both our visits to The Novotel in 2001, and 2002 were fantastic, we couldn't really fault The Novotel, we know it's quite a basic hotel, but all you need is there, it is clean, the staff are wonderful and we wanted for nothing! There could be a bit more in the way of entertainment, but there is plenty to see outside the hotel, and we spent most evenings exploring real Egypt, not the inside of the hotel lobby or bar.
The Egyptians are the friendliest people in the world, and we have just come back from our third trip to Egypt, faultless, breathtaking, wonderful memories, we shall go back again, and again, but please remember, at the end of the day, it is a Third World country, and they are doing their very best to look after their tourism, they have little else, and they love us Brits!! A must do holiday for anyone, but possibly not small children and babies, although Sharm El Sheikh offers a bit more for children. Take your Factor 20 and a hat, and plenty of film for your camera, you simply cannot fail to ENJOY!!!!
I had a wonderful time
We stayed at the novetel in Luxor, and i found the hotel wonderful, the staff were lovely, and very helpful, the room was excellent, i would recomend it to anyone thinking of going to Luxor. The food was great and plenty of choice, and when we decided to have room service it was quick and the waiters could not do enough for us, all in all i will stay there again when i return to Eygpt.
To be honest, the view of the Nile was outstanding but the room !!! Room was small, dirty and let's not talk about the bathroom (broken faucets, ripped shower curtain, shortage of hot water ...). On top of that, the service was terrible and so was the food.
A Brilliant Hotel!
We stayed here in August 2004 and we had a fantastic time. The hotel staff were absolutely wonderful and so helpful with everything. The on site Pizza restaurant was great and managed by a very jolly fellow. It was very child friendly and the packed breakfasts (to take when you had a 6am start on a tour) were such a good idea. My children loved the pool area and food and drink service by the pool was great also. The hotel was well situated for everything really. This was one of the best holidays we've had for ages!
We recently stayed at the Novotel, Luxor, Egypt.
Although the hotel was clean and the staff there were very friendly, there are little recreational facilities within the Hotel. There is NO entertainment, despite stating in the brochure that entertainment would be provided?
This Hotel Novotel is ideally situated within Luxor and this is definately it's main feature for staying here. The food was ok but nothing spectacular, all in all a very basic Hotel.
Do not sign up for the Nile Cruise to Dendera, this was a trip we were thoroughly looking forward to, however everybody on the boat (approx 100) were very dissapointed, a total waste of money£27:00 per adult English£'s, and is really not worth wasting a day of your holiday (12hrs in total!!!). The trip began at 6:45AM on boarding the boat we ordered 2 coffee's and were charged for them!!!? At lunch time a buffet spread was put on as part of the deal. The waiter came round and took all orders for the drinks at each table then to our dis-belief before desert another waiter came round to collect the cost of the drinks not even a drink provided with the meal!!! BE WARNED STAY WELL CLEAR OF THIS TRIP
The sound and light show at Karnak Temple however was excellent and a must see for anybody going to Luxor.
Jolleys travels(next to the Old Winter Palce) is excellent for booking excursions apart from the above, they offer the same as your tourl operator yet at half the price.
Be careful with some of the Egyptians outside your Hotel, do not assume eyecontact unless you want to buy something from them otherwise they will follow you around constantly.
Outside the NOVOTEL is a man called Ali Abdu, he arranges trips (Valley of the Kings, Balloon trips etc etc) and arranged for us to go to the Valley of the Kings for half day with our own English speaking guide, this was fantastic and Ali was true to his word and you do not need to question his integrity, however once he hooks you he will not leave you alone!!!!!! your best bet is Jolleys but agree all prices with AHMED he is the manager.
Enjoy your holiday, we had a good time but it is not a place we will be going back to for at least twenty years, when we are agreat deal older!
It is not advised to go on this type of holiday if you are into nightlife because there is none and you can only drink in the hotels within the city. prices are equivilent to English for drinks, however food is a lot cheaper but be warned if you have a good appetite order extra fries, salad etc because Egyptian portions are small compared to English restaraunts.
this was our first experience of egypt, & what an experience!
the novotel staff could not be faulted, very helpful & willing.
the hotel is OK on the whole a 3 star at most i reckon the breakfast (included) was very good with plenty of choice. the rooms were VERY noisy on the road side with all the taxis honking incessantly, we upgraded to the river side after 2 nights... WHAT a difference. the rooms themselves were refurbished 2 years ago i believe, but not to a very high standard,..but what the.. it was egypt after all and i really didnt expect 5 star european hotels.
the bar was OK but naturally prices were hotel prices..the st.joseph hotel bar down the road was MUCH better value especially in happy hour..the sonesta st.george opposite st. josephs was THE place to stay..we ate here a few times & the egyptian restaurant was superb & very reasonable,what a swish 5 star hotel indeed!
on arrival we were told by the thompsons reps to go to the meet the next day...just a promotion to get you to buy excursions off them...the best deals we found were from Jolleys tours outside the winter palace hotel...this info came off the web (ie a camel ride for 2 for £5 incl ferry)
the mither we got from the shop owners, taxi , felucca & kalesh drivers was incredible,time share touts in tenerife have a lot to learn from them!!!
after a few days it died down a bit as they got to recognise us, but life is hard for them & all they are trying to do is make a living... but to see the lengths they go to is an eye opener.On the last day i got in first & went up to a shop owner and asked him if he wanted a ride on my felucca..he couldnt believe it ! then saw the funny side & we had a good laugh.
a must most people do is to visit the Sunshine Home opposite the hospital entrance, set up by an english lady 12 years ago for abandoned orphans, they have 51 children from 2 weeks-12 yrs old.they do a fantastic job and are obviously grateful for any donations ..take some sweets especially lollipops ...the children love them.
haggling was something i detested but if you counter offer at about 25%
you are on your way, dont be afraid to walk out of the shop... they will always come after you to agree a price.
overall a very good holiday if somewhat different to what we are used to.. at least we were helping to put something back into their economy... they really need it.
We have stayed at the Novotel 3 times now and we will be back again!!. Our rooms have always been cleaned to an exeptional standard and meals have been fantastic. The only thing we noticed this year is that there was no day time activities eg. Water Polo, Tabletennis. Nightime entertainment was scarce but we did not miss it at all as there is so much to see and do in Luxor at night.