Sofitel Karnak Luxor
Travel Blogs from Luxor
Today is the big festival day in Egypt, and the butcher shops here have been skinning sheep and hanging them in front of their shops so people can buy them as part of the celebrations of Egypt's "victory" over Israel. The sheep sacrifices are also in remembrance of Abraham's sacrifice of Ishmael (not Isaac, here). Certainly an interesting sight. …
This morning we had breakfast on the Nile. Breakfast on the NILE! Are we really here?
After breakfast we headed to the Valley of the Kings, where the tombs of nearly 70 pharaohs have been found. The tombs were dug into the side of a giant pyramid-shaped mountain and usually had a long shaft leading back to a sanctuary were the king's …
... in the medians of the streets. There were many flowers, flowering bushes, green grass. There were several uncompleted buildings, railway system is not completed on the far outskirts because once the rails are put down, people steal the rails for scrap metal. Our guide said that tourism is way down. She said that normally at this time of year, the hotels are filled, the riverboats are jamming the river. Not now. Maybe some day Luxor ...
... straight out of an Agatha Christie novel! Somehow our bags made it to our rooms (even though mine didn't have a luggage label) and so we finally got to unpack and then I went for a walk around the boat before the other travellers arrived. We were expecting another 13 passengers flying in from London as well as the 9 of us from Cairo, but the boat was still only half full so I wanted to check it out while it was still quiet. It was really plush and had a dining room on ...
... inside a temple not nearly light enough to take a picture unfortunately. Staring up at a picture of someone whom I had read and learnt about at school; from the bible classes. It was all coming back... and with stuff to make it so real.
All too quickly the week passed, or should I say sailed by. Kitchener Island was planted with hundreds of trees by Lord Kitchener who had been sent out by the British Government to go to the rescue of General ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel Karnak Luxor
We stayed at the Sofitel Karnak from 01 - 15 June this year and each day we congratulated ourselves for making such a good choice. Of course there were a couple of minor niggles, firstly, after arriving and completing the usual formalities we were shown to our room - or not as the case may be - we were simply taken half way, pointed in the direction of one of the outbuildings and told our room was on the top floor. This was the first time I have never been personally escorted to a hotel room. After showering we went for the evening meal which was being served in the Õ Nile restaurant - this is normally the smaller á la carte restaurant but when the hotel is approximately one third full they use this instead of the Opet buffet restaurant which is much larger. Again we were just pointed in the general direction of this and we had to return to reception for confirmation of location. The Õ Nile restaurant is in a lovely location alongside the Nile with a small outside terrace - but it wasn't really suited to a buffet style meal arrangement as the room was too narrow for this type of operation and people were constantly brushing past perimeter tables.
What a Hotel!
This was our first trip to Egypt and our stay at Sofitel Karnak made it extra special. The staff were very friendly and the rooms were very clean (sheets changed daily and chocolates left on your pillow every night!). Would definitely recommend this hotel to couples looking for peace and quiet while still being within easy distance of the hustle and bustle of Luxor.
Photos of the restaraunt do not do it justice!
Try out the Sundowner bar in the night, drinking cocktails watching the sun go down is bliss. Food was excellent with a choice for everyone regardless of your taste.
Would go back tomorrow!!
We really enjoyed our stay at the Sofitel hotel, it is about 10mins out of the centre of Luxor so it's quite quiet and more relaxing - for us this was a plus but some prefer the hustle and bustle.
Watch out for the leatherette sunbeds! Nearly burnt my behind when I sat on one while I waited for my towel to arrive!
This is the best
we have just arrived back in england after 2 great weeks in egypt. We stayed at the sofitel karnak and from the very begining the servive was first class, the rooms we had were excellent with plenty of space, we had our own safe in the room (free) well stocked fridge, and not rip of prices. All the staff from the managers to the cleaners could not do enough for you, the food was excellent, at dinner the choices were fantastic, it is done on a buffet style and freshly cooked with a very wide variety of meats, veg, salads. and some fab puddings.
the drink prices in the hotel were very fair and the service excellent.
there was entertainment on every night for adults as well as children.
I would recomend this hotel to anyone, it is first class in every way
Definitively not a 5 stars hotel!
We had a quite bad time there, from the very beginning on. Even though we arrived later that expected, the rooms weren't ready and we had to wait for about 2 hours before getting the key. Then, no employee was there to help us carry the luggages to the rooms. On top of this, the room wasn't clean, and wasn't correctly cleaned all the week long. This was also the case for the swimming pool furnitures. Moreover, due to a crucial lack of waiters, there was no service at the swimming-pool bar and a very slow helping at the restaurant.
Stayed here in December 2004, over Christmas. The hotel is set down a new (rough) road away from Luxor, beyond the centre of Karnak. You can walk to Karnak in about 25 minutes, if you don't mind being hassled on the way, or there is a shuttle bus with a very helpful driver who runs from the hotel to Luxor centre once an hour (although not late evening), but will drop you off anywhere en-route if you ask. There is also a shuttle boat, running the same times. The rooms were very nice and clean, but basic - no safe or facilities tray, but a radio/alarm and a tv with some English and French stations, and a minibar. Our room (like most on the ground floor) opened with patio doors onto the gardens near the pool, so for privacy you needed to keep the curtains drawn! The heating in the room was a little erratic. The staff at the front desk are generally fantastic, helpful with a very good attitude. There is a bank on-site to change money, and security boxes to store valuables. The restaurant has buffet breakfasts & dinners. Both meals are average, but the choice is fairly large, and it's nice to see fool beans on offer for breakfast. The "special" dinner put on for Christmas eve was pretty awful, and they didn't have the staff to turn it around in an adequate timescale. Restaurant staff don't speak much English, but the guys on the front desk generally do. The swimming pool is fantastic, and if you don't want to get wet, borrow a board game or play some pool or table tennis, with the "animators".
Holiday taken beginning of March 2005.
We enjoyed our stay here - although the hotel was full, there was no pressure on sun beds and there was a choice of beds in the garden overlooking the Nile or around the pool - very easy to relax.
Our room was small, but clean, with a small balcony but not 5 star - no tea and coffee making facilities and the safe was not in the room but in reception (albeit at no cost). The staff were always friendly and helpful and the service generally very good. At busy times in the dining room sometimes there was not enough staff to cope and tables were slow in being cleared and the wine waiter often failing to serve the table. Having said this, we would be happy to return.
Great time to relax
Just arrived back and must say still on Egyptian chilled out vibe, still havent gone back to work!!!!!
The Hotel is great everything you could ever need to help you relax is there, nice pool , gym , jacuzzi (my wife loved it!) sauna , squash courts all very well kept , they even provide board games, Staff are very friendly and do everything and anything to help you enjoy yor stay. They have an animation team who seem to be able to everything and never seem to be unhappy or tired (dont ask me when they sleep though , because they are always there doing some kiond of work towards you enjoying your stay). I could go on but i think you get the picture it was a 10 out of 10 if your going on holiday to get some sun and just kick back and relax.