Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor
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Day 196: Today we got up early, some got up better then others, and floated done the Nile for an hour or so to our last spot. We thanked our Nubian friends for everything and made our way up to the bus that was waiting for us and we headed off to our first stop of the day, Kom Ombo Temple. This temple was pretty awesome, as were all temples, and …
The crew were up and about at 4am and began rowing us towards the place where we were to leave our yummy felucca. They made us breakfast as we sailed/rowed to a small town called Dawar on the banks of the Nile. We said goodbye to the crew and gave them a well earned tip. Momo took us to a small coffee shop where we were able to use the loo and …
The crew were up and about at 4am and began rowing us towards the place where we were to leave our yummy felucca. They made us breakfast as we sailed/rowed to a small town called Dawar on the banks of the Nile. We said our goodbyes and tipped the crew. Momo took us to a small coffee shop where we were able to use the loo and clean our teeth etc. …
Today we spent the early morning hours visiting both the Karnak Temple as well as the Luxor Temple. Both sites were incredibly amazing. Karnak in particular has a very complex history, having been built on and changed by at least 30 pharaohs from correspondingly different time periods. As such, for the layperson, it is difficult to patch together a …
Today we started off at 7 a.m. to tour the Valley of the Kings and Queens in the relative coolness of the early morning. Note that it was by no means cool, although the definition of "heat" had a new meaning for us just a few hours later. In other words, it was another hot, cloudless day in Egypt.
The Valley of the Kings, our first stop, …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.