Pyramisa Isis Hotel & Suites Luxor
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21 April Overnight the boat cruised to Luxor and we had a big day planned. As part of the cruise we had expected a tour of the Necropolis of Thebes; however the trip now also included a trip to the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. After checking out of the boat it was on to a bus and off to the Valley of the Kings with a short stop at the Colossi of …
After the big day yesterday it was time to catch a break and relax. Following a late breakfast we relaxed by the pool. In the afternoon we took a taxi to the Luxor Museum. Before going to the museum we walked along to some shops looking for something to eat. We asked at the souvenir shop and they took us inside and they got someone …
We were up even earlier than the previous day getting up at 4:15am for a 4:30 pickup. When we went down to the lobby there were 8 others waiting. It was comforting to see that we were not the only people going ballooning. After a quick drive to another hotel we were on to motor boats to cross the Nile. On the boats we were served …
Our first visit to Luxor is just overnight stay We pick up others who are doing various tours of Egypt and Jordon, as many of the tours overlap throughout the journey group sizes change. Luxor is a bustling city also and venturing into the streets exposes you to many requests for shopping, restaurants, taxis, buggy rides etc etc.
Monday morning, a bit lonely in the dining room, just the two of us, ok there are some French people as well, but I try my best to ignore them. We have six hours to kill, just time to nip across the road to Jolleys and Karnak travel, on the Corniche, time to make arrangements for the coming week, Karnak travel, seems to just have the edge on …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pyramisa Isis Hotel & Suites Luxor
It's Worth Every Minute in It!
We have just returned from a week at Prymisa Isis Hotel, Luxor, Egypt. The hotel is magnificent and dirctely on the Nile with panormic view. The weather was fine .The room was clean and well equiped .It was quiete and away from any noise even during the buisy hours. It was very relaxing especially when just sitting in the balocany watching the sailing boats and the other side of the bank.The staff were great and very helpful. They were very carfully monitord by their manager .The food was freshely cooked and a lot of varieties with plenty of it . There are three restruents and you have to pay extra if you eat in the Italine and Chinese ones although you pay just few english pounds. The staff are expecting Packshes, tips, although you are under no obligation and it is not a lot as a pound worth 10 Egyptians. We enjoyed many evenings going to the huge tent in the evening and smoked the Shesha and drinking Beers. You will be very welcomed by Hagag and his team Mahmmod
The pool is lovely and srounded by its nice garden and kids could have fun. I would recomend this hotel to any one
Pyramisa Hotel Luxor Egypt A Fantasic Hotel.
Hi we travelled to Luxor Egypt late September. We stayed at the Pyramisa Hotel in Luxor. Weather was great. Hotel we stayed in was brilliant heard a lot of mixed reviews and was espically worried since I was travelling with a 5 and 3 year old. Hotel catered for all our needs went out of their way to make our stay an enjoyable one. The staff were not only efficent but extremely friendly. Felt as if I was staying with a big family. The hotel manager bent over backwards and expected the same from his staff. I tell you I have never been so spoilt.
Food was great if you were not a vegetarian. Being a vegan choices were a bit limited. But this did not pose a problem for us.
I would recommend that if you are travelling with little ones do Abu Simbel first. I do not recommend doing the valley of kings and queens with them. Other than that you can travel with them anywhere.
Travel with lots of water and nappies etc. Boiled sweets are brilliant espically if you are travelling with a convoy and cannot go to the loo as and when you please. I took a portable potty along. Toilets at most sites are fantasic but do take your own loo roll.
If I ever go back to Egypt I would most definately stay at the Pyramisa Hotel. (Being a fussy person I do not settle for anything below four star rating).
This I would rate 5 star plus. Not for it's decor etc. or for extravagent facilities. I give this rating purely because of the service I received whilst staying there. I have travelled alot but nothing compares to the level of service I got at this hotel.
Our Marvelous Holiday
We are a family with three children and we found the Hotel facilities to be excellent. The children had a great time in the swimming pools, and the restaurant and bar staff were extremely friendly and helpful. In the evening the two singers provided great music in the bar, and involved the children by showing them how to play the instruments etc. We had a thoroughly lovely time both during the day and in the evening. We shall certainly visit again.
Prof Oborne, Dr Arnold, Ben, Sam and Natasha.
My family and I just got back from Egypt. We stayed at ISIS for two weeks of wonderful memories. Staff from Reception down to Pool attendant is very helpful and will always Endeavour to assist you the best they can without thinking of a tip to be received though we do not take away the fact that these people do work so hard to earn little so tips are very helpful indeed to enhance their earnings for their family.
Room of course differs there are some standard for which you will pay a lot less compare to other hotels around. However should you wish to have more upgrade rooms (my suggestion is to get the ambassador suite, best for a family of four or even of five). Everything new the view from the balcony of course is the best the River Nile where sunsets behind the Valley of the Kings. Pool and the garden from the balcony look magnificent too.
Restaurant is sufficient though they could make more rooms for non-smoker people like us. You can also have a different type of food if you fancy Italian, Chinese and opening of the seafood restaurant only you need to add an additional (£4 equivalent to £40 Egyptian pound each) . The Monday and Friday night BBQ is the best including the extra shows plus Singer Ahmed to let you down on the floor and burn all the calories after a very good dinner.
High security makes us feel safe and also if you do trips to Aswan, Abu Simbel which I recommend not to miss is also safe. These trips are organized in a convoy with police escort. Another trip I suggest that people not to miss is the Balloon Ride with Sky Cruise. I was afraid of heights but it has cured my inability. It was the wonderful moment.
It is also safe to work around in the market (though you will get a lot of hustle from the business owner urging you to buy something from their shop) they are harmless..Just say "no hustle" and they will leave you alone. Don't be shy to barter as they do have tourist price on everything. Barter in joking manner you'll be surprise you will get a very good discount.
We will certainly go back and stay at the same hotel. Lovely people...
Who says the camera never lies.
The family room offered was cramped to say the least,with 1 sofa bed,a put up bed and the 2 single beds had obviously seen far better days(inclusive of the linen).after reluctantly agreeing to pay for an upgrade we were given a 2 bedroom suite which was new in every way(hmmm).after 2 days a foul smell began to come through the air conditioning,and after numerous attempts to fix this and much upset to my family inclusive of the intervention of the medhotels rep(who it must be said was powerless to help) i decided to leave the hotel.the front desk manager was of course reluctant to do this and after much deliberation with staff and her general manager concluded the situation by offering us the presidential suite.this suite as you can imagine was amazingly spacious and and furnished to the highest standard.There were 4 huge living rooms and studys as well as a bath in the master bedroom complete with seats for up to 4 people.from this point on the staff it appeared had been instructed to be especially tentative toward us and we were afforded every courtesy available.perhaps we in the west are all too quick to jump up and down if problems are not resolved within 5 minutes.It was also unfortunate that the tennis court was flooded due to the usual summer flooding of the nile.In retrospect i believe from how the hotel was sold to me by the travel agent that medhotels are in fact over-selling the pyramisa as a 5 star hotel..a true rating would be 3.5 stars.we of course were noyt the only people to have had grievences and could often see the medhotels rep trying to placate disgruntled guests.on 2 occaisions there were groups of 200(a black american group tracing their roots through africa)and were only satying 1 nite yet despite this the rest of the hotels guests were almost waved aside to afford these groups every courtesy and more.in fact on 1 occaision the pool staff tried to close the larger pool to other hotel guests saying it was a group pool on this occaision.this has been a very honest and frank review and i hope it is of help to all considering using it.p.s the hoel is advertised as having had a complete refurb in 2004,lets just say this is a grave mistake and upon inspection you will see it was last decorated when built.
Not a 5 star hotel
Really disappointed with this hotel. Rooms were shabby, old looking. Furniture looked dirty, but was actually just old and worn.
TV did not always work, only able to get CNN and euronews, not what i would expect from a 5 star hotel.
Minibar door was broken and you had to lift off the floor up and out to open, again not really a 5 star standard.
Food was terrible, Buffet meals were the worst, including breakfast which was a poor standard. The seafood resturant was closed the whole time of our stay. If you ate in the Italian or chinese you had to pay extra, dispite having paid for halfboard. Glad we did not pay for all inclusive.
The 2 swimming pools are of a good size, but are let down by the shabby pool furniture, which are old and dirty looking. The pool bar is a good idea but again looks shabby and old and abit dirty.
Entertainment was particulary bad. The same couple sang most nights, the music was dreadfull and really does not appeal to the average european.
The disco was even worst. So if you are looking for nightime entertainment this is not the hotel.
As for the other facilites the hotel claims to have eg table tennis etc. you have to pay, and equipment given is usally broken.
We went and visited all the other hotels in luxor and all were of a better standard that the Isis. What really disappoints me is that I paid the same price as I would have if i had stayed at any of the others.
I would recommend The Sheraton, Le meridian, winter palace, sonesta hotel. Hilton. We had meals in all service was excellent.
Jewel of the Nile??
Stayed at the Isis Hotel for two days at the end of March 2005.
As this was allocated to us on arrival in Egypt we had no prior indication of how it would be.
Having previously stayed at a small but friendly hotel in the centre of Cairo the Isis was a real bonus. The position of the hotel with lovely gardens and pools leading to the very bank of the nile was as good as any we saw including the more well known illustrious/big name hotels.
Italian restaurent within the grounds was really good and very inexpensive. There is also a chinese restaurant linked to the hotel. Didn't use the main restaurant other than for breakfast but that was good so would expect other meals to be good. Evening buffet dinner was, I think priced at £8 a person.
They were very flexible with us about checking out and service was good all round.
We were really sorry we couldn't stay for longer - a few days just enjoying the hotel and grounds would have been great. Horse drawn carriage ride into the centre of town (ten minutes) cost us £1 (for two people).
Would highly recommend.
Definatley not Five star!!
stayed at this hotel based on the description given on lastminute.com as & i quote 'unadulterated luxury' ! Do not be fooled! it was far from this!
we stayed here for 1 week middle of november which is much cooler. The hotel is located on the nile which is very pretty providing you have a nile view room! if not you will be greeted with the daily prayers of the mosque which is located nearby, & since the cityview rooms are not well insulated can be very noisy!!
The general standard of the hotel we found to be below its 5 star rating. The staff are friendly enough but very slow especially the waiters. We had a standard room which was in a very poor condition. The internal decor was very shabby & dated, soiled carpets, dirty fridge need I go on! also the corridors are very dark & dingy with the stale smell of cigarette smoke everywhere! They allow smoking everywhere so if you are sensitive you will find this a problem! we did complain about the conditions & the staff were good enough to upgrade us to nile view rooms of a better standard. However we were very disappointed with the very poor standard & variety of food as we had chosen to go half board. The breakfast was not much better & we ended up eating in other places a couple of nights since we found the food unpalatable! (school dinners were better!)
since it was winter we were told the pool is heated. it was never heated during our stay & neeedless to say we never swam as it was too cold.
To sum up this hotel I would say if you are staying in the top suites which have been newly decorated, they are to a 4/5 star standard but anything lower & you will be dissapointed.! I would never stay at this hotel again preferring the standards & facilities of its neighbours, the sonesta st george, winter palace or sheraton.
Better than expected
Before I arrived at this hotel I'd seen pictures of it and decided I wasn't going to like it but the holiday was a present so I wasn't going to miss out!!! On arrival I started to change my mind. The lobby is quite welcoming and the staff were superbly friendly and efficient.
The room we had was basicly furnished but comfortable, cool and had the most amazing view from the balcony, all the way across the Nile and on to the Valley of the Kings. The grounds of the hotel are well kept, the pool is lovely and refreshing and the facilities are good. I had no complaints about the restaurants at all, the Italian was very good for starters. Our package didn't include meals but with £1 Sterling being around £10 Egyptian it didn't make much odds. We ate our fill at every opportunity and it still probably cost less than an all inclusive upgrade!!
This wasn't my usual type of hotel (I tend to avoid resort type places) but overall I enjoyed the hotel immensely and would go back again, in most part it was down to the staff and facilities in and around the hotel.
When going to Luxor it's important to embrace the culture, police/army are EVERYWHERE and they carry AK47s which can feel a little oppressive at first. The traders who nag and nag until they get a sale are unavoidable and can be incredibly frustrating however they are easily tackled with a few words in Arabic. First thing to do is to adopt a taxi driver, not only will they get you everywhere quickly but they are very loyal - once they've driven you around for a day they'll end up driving you for a week. Also they will save you a tonne of money by taking you to local shops (no doubt they get a commission) and act as a barrier against all the traders.
Try to immerse yourself in the culture and you'll have an incredible time, 3 nights of the 7 we stayed we were at a local guys home having dinner with his family (His name is Jaber, works with a guy called Hamde in AD's shop almost directly opposite the hotel), we spent afternoons playing football with local schoolkids (no mean feat in 30 degree heat) and going to remote villages or sailing down the river. It was an incredible experience for me and the hotel played a big part in it.
I'd recommend it
Not 5 star
The Pyramisis claims to be a 5 star hotel, but in the UK it would be a 3 star at best.
The rooms, although clean are very dated and the furnishings are cheap and in poor condition.
It does however, have a very good pool area with views over the Nile, and the staff are attentive and friendly.
The worst problem with the hotel is the dire food. It claimed to have four restuarants, but only three are open. You have to pay extra to eat at two of those retaurants despite being inclusive or half board. (you pay the extra after first £3 per person) The remaining, main resturant served identical food, day in day out, despite supposedley having an Oriental, an Italian, Continental food themes changing each day. It got so bad that we were eating at the other hotels despite having paid half board at the Pyramisi.
For the same price you could have booked any of the other 5 star hotels, and they all looked considerably better, with the Sonesta George being the best.
But if it's 5 star luxury you want, pay the extra and go to the Old Winter Palace. It would be money well spent.