Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor
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The Sonesta St George is a wonderful place to stay. Just two complaints that really effected our trip. One is the bank Machine in the lobby was out half the time. The second problem we had with the hotel was the door stopper in the bathroom floor that broke my toe.
Sonesta St George Brilliant
We have just returned form Luxor June 2nd 2005. With Portland Direct . Week Nile cruise on the Crown Prince which could not be faulted .Then the Sonesta hotel .The hotel could not be faulted in anyway. From checkin to leaving the staff was superb always very friendly.We upgraded to a front nile view room by emailing the hotel before we left home ok it was 50$ per night but the views are fantastic. The pool is spotless tip the pool attendent a couple of Egyption Pounds and he will look after you all the holiday.The restaurants in the hotel are very good but if you want a good meal try Snobs. Turn right out of hotel then take first left then across the next main road for about 150yds then follow the signs . Only small place but good food cooked by a very friendly chef . Good value 4 of us had a meal with drinks For £15 including a good tip . He does not serve alcohol but you can take your own . Please try his cappuccino. The hot air balloon trip is excellent see the lady sat in hotel lobby we paid £60 each tour rep wanted £96. We met some very nice people on the holiday and hope they all got home safe and well . From Raymond & Lorraine David & Janet
Best hotel in Luxor
Fantastic hotel with perfect location on the Nile. Pay the extra and get a room with a "full Nile view", it is breathtaking. Beautiful large heated pool. Many restaurants to choose from, although the trend in tourist hotels now seems to be to charge $20 per person for the evening buffet, which is overpriced. The lunch buffet serves the same food and costs $7.50?
Staff are great. Just voted the number one 5 star hotel in Luxor for the second year running and I can see why.
Everyone talks about the Old Winter Palace, but after visiting it I'm glad that I chose the Sonesta St george. The Winter Palace is like a decaying museum with no atmosphere.
Take a felucca ride, $4 from the Luxor temple back to the hotel, so peaceful.
Also get a horse and carriage to take you to the bazaar where the locals shop. $2 for an hour, see how the Egyptian people live. You will get great photos that show the real Egyptian people and their way of life.
There's even a Mc Donalds in town for those desperate for a burger and fries!
Stayed here as part of a Discovery Egypt holiday. This hotel and its staff are a credit to their owners and managers. We stayed one week with them and it was fantastic. The room was located on the side of the hotel which when we first checked in were not too sure about but realised that we got the best of both worlds as we not only could see the Nile but also the street life in front of the hotel which in its own way was as fascinating. The room and bathroom were always spotless. We were on a B&B basis but ate in their Italian twice and would recommend this to anyone. We used the Japanese once but the food was not to our taste but everyone who did eat in it returned again so I must take it that it was good too. We did eat once in the main restaurant in the evening and, to be very honest it was the only low point but perhaps it was just a bad night. We did eat one night at the Winter Palace and that was, fantastic.
Lunch was eaten around the pool and the service there was again first class. I cannot fault anyone or anything with the hotel all I can do is thank them for making it such a relaxing time. It ranks as one of the best hotels I have even stayed in, bearing in mind that I work for Hilton in the UK. I would return to this Hotel again without a second thought.
p.s. Dont take too many clothes on a trip like this. The laundry service is very reasonable, very quick and very good.
p.p.s. Security with tourists seems to be one of the main concerns of the Egyptians. Hence they have tourist police everywhere. The people are very friendly without going over the top. We walked the streets of Luxor in the evening and never encountered any problems whatsoever. I thought I would be stopped by people asking for money etc everywhere, this did not happen.
Do not stay on the city/street side
Compared to other 5 stars, this is actually a 3 1/2 star hotel. It doesn't compare to the Four Seasons FR in Giza, Cairo so we were a bit disppointed but were expecting that somewhat. We got such a great rate via the internet we did not complain. I must say however, that you should pay the extra money to upgrade your room next to the Nile, because staying in the city view room was awful. You could hear the horns honking all night and in the early morning, the smell of car exhaust woke me up. Other than that, the beds were mediocre, bathrooms very clean, lousy hairdryer and the socket blew out my phone charger. Food was very good as well as service. Beautiful pool, deck area and I suggest you eat outside whenever you can as the view can't be beat.
Loved the Sonesta
We stayed at the Sonesta St George for a week in Feb 05. The hotel is fabulous. Clean, comfortable, oozing quality - the hotel lobby is very impressive with a magnificent chandelier. The staff are so friendly and will do anything to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The rooms are beautiful, with very comfortable beds - bed linen changed daily if you want it. We upgraded to a front Nile view suite which was brilliant. We had a huge balcony from which we could see straight across to the Valley of the Kings. We would get up early just to watch the changing colours of the rocks at dawn - magic!
The pool area is great and there is a pontoon where you can sit right on the river and have a drink or snack and watch the world go by. You can also take a trip on the hotel's own felluca from here. Food is excellent and not too pricey but drinks are a bit on the expensive side. There is a good selection of restaurants in the hotel and many people came from other hotels to eat in the Sonesta.
It is about a 10-15 minute stroll to Luxor Temple (if you can stand to be harrassed by both taxi and caleche drivers!
We are going back for two weeks in October and can't wait.
Stayed at the Sonesta October 2004 following a recommendation from the travel agent. Had some misgivings about Egypt but had one of the best holidays we have ever had. Agree with all previous comments about the Sonesta cleanliness, location but didnt find the staff particularly friendly but they werent unpleasant either. It is worth paying the extra for a full on nile view. All side rooms have partial nile views but the right hand side of the hotel (looking from the nile) views a water plant and the left the local childrens swimming pool. Neither of which are unpleasant but the childrens pool can be noisy during the day and early evening.The sunset over the nile from the pontoon is breathtaking, as is the chandelier in the lobby. Agree with previous comments about the taxi and horse rides. You have to just say no and keep walking, otherwise they remember you and never leave you alone. The Egyptians are persistent but not rude and you soon get used to them. DO NOT take the sleeper train to Cairo, it is described as first class but is actually like something out of a horror movie, the bunk beds and toilets are vomit inducing! You have been warned. Cairo is well worth seeing but only briefly! Having looked at a few other hotels, I would say the Meriden is probably the best after the Sonesta but I personally would only go to the Sonesta. Definitely the place to go in Luxor. Enjoy.
A very nice hotel. Very comfortable and excellent standard of comfort throughout. All the staff were delightful and worked hard to make sure your stay is an enjoyable one. We felt slightly overdosed on Abba background music though, after the first few days!! Egyptian restaurant was absolutely superb. Pool was lovely although selfish people (Brits mostly!) had their towels laid out for most of the day, bagging sunbeds but not using them, whilst others had to wait for sunbeds to become free. all in all though a hugely pleasant and relaxing week in the (very hot!) sun in February - just what we wanted when it was cold and snowy here!
I stayed here for 1 week and enjoyed every moment, facilities and location are great for exploring Luxor. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a 5star in Luxor. Make sure you get a Nile view room as the view in the morning and sunset are great.
Very pleasant hotel on the shores of the Nile river. Watch those sunsets over the river! I enjoyed the sauna, on a cool day in January. Not far from the city center, easy to walk. Good restaurants at the hotel, enormous breakfast buffet.
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