Saint Joseph Hotel
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... it for a few hours, enjoyed a coffee watching the sunset from the lounge bar on the boat and got ready for our 5 course dinner. After dinner there was some entertainment - a belly dancer. We left feeling awkward. I'll leave it at that!
On day 2 of our cruise we sailed to Kom Ombo, Islam met us at the dock at 7am and then took us for a tour through the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world. Back in the Pharaoh ...
... while having a coffee or beer. While touring the temple, this Egyptian lady kept having me take pictures with her daughter (she was an adult, get your head out of the gutter), and kept wanting me to put her arm around her. She spoke only a little English but seemed excited when I said I was single, though I'm under no illusions it has to do with the land of the big PX. Karnak Temple is to the north of the city and is one of the top historic monuments I've ever seen. It's not ...
... were slaughtered here by terrorists. Today it is peaceful and pleasant, and we are nearly the only people around. It's wonderful for us to have these sites to ourselves, but sad for the Egyptians who are really struggling to earn a living.
One such Egyptian was Mohammed Abu Omar. He was a shopkeeper at the rest area near the base of the Hatshepsut temple. He won me over when he approached me and asked what I ate because he wanted to write ...
... taking his pictures while I tried to find some shade. I had my umbrella but the sun just beat through it. Finally, I just could not take another step so off I went to the coach.
My impression of Luxor is that it is trying desperately for tourism. There were so many riverboats tied up to the docks just waiting for passengers. The streets were not busy, not many buses, taxis. One thing that was just beautiful was the ...
... The first place had hieroglyphs of Gods and stories recorded on the walls about ancient Gods. There was also statues dedicated to the Goddess Hartha, a lady with cow horns.
There was also dedications to the jacket headed God Anubis and it was in color, colors such as red,green and yellow. These colors have remained from 3000 years ago.
After staying ...
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I want to go back....and I'm gonna!!
What can I say. This hotel is a gem of a place - its not marble luxury but its spotlessly clean and tidy, wonderful staff and really everything you'd need.
I went with a friend, and as two girls of 20 we were a bit apprehensive, but everything was fine. Egypt has been a dream of mine ever since we studied Ancient Egypt at school, and it did not disappoint.
Luxor itself is incredible, and as both of us were on a budget we didn't do any of the tours run by our travel company Thomson, we arranged it all ourselves and did all the trips ourselves, accompanied by the ever faithful Rough Guide to Egypt! Its a good place to go if you are on a budget - food is ridiculously cheap in St Jo's - we ate like Kings for about £6 for both of us each night in the downstairs restaurant. The rooftop is wonderful for relaxing - the sun setting over the West bank of the Nile is an awesome sight. All the rooms overlook the Nile, either sideways on or front on, and twin rooms have a balcony - great place to dry washing! You can see the Temple of Hapshetshut from there as well (if you've got really good eyesight!).
The room was cleaned every day, fresh towels and linen every day too. For a three star hotel, they treat you like a 4 star. The cleaners made our towels into swans on the last day!
We also went up to Cairo for the day - this is an absolute must. I didn't think much of the city itself but the pyramids are just awe inspiring. As we got the overnight train (first class, bags of room, reclining seats, air conditioned which gets cold for £9 return - thats stupid!!) we got to Cairo really early, and the haze around the Pyramids was magical to watch as it cleared. We found the best taxi driver Hamdy - he took us everywhere in Cairo for £15 for the day - Islamic, we saw the Coptic Church, we went shopping, it was fab.
Overall this place, accomadation and everything was fab. The only think I'd wish to change would be the hassle the two of us got - its weird for the first few days but then it just gets easier to laugh off. It helps if you respect the culture - don't wander round in bikini tops and shorts if you happen to be female - long shorts, long cotton tops and a scarf keep you much cooler, and mean less hassle!!
Another tip - bottled water is essential. It was sooooo hot when we went - I think the max was 45 degrees, but in the Valley of the Kings it was like 50 something. I drank nearly 5 litres a day, as you sweat constantly (so the soup in the restaurant is fab as it salty, so keeps your body ph balanced. Its a dry heat though - not like English heat where its muggy - you have energy, just don't do anything in the middle of the day!! Early morning and late evening is the best - Luxor does not stop. Horns beep constantly day and night, so take ear plugs if you want to sleep well!
And as long as you are sensible, you shouldn't get stomach bugs - drink lots of water, rest in the heat of the day, eat light foods, don't drink the tap water (but washing and brushing your teeth is fine in St Jo's) and also, take anti bac wet wipes and some of that no water hand gel that kills everything on your hands - Egyptian money is the biggest spreader of stomach bugs and so if you can always clean your hands before you eat or drink anything. And stick to hotel restaurants - they are checked by health inspectors from the travel companies! (but take some imodium and rehydration stuff just in case, both me and my friend took tons of it but we didnt use any - wet wipes and no water hand gel are genius!)
The best comment I can make is that I'm going back at some stage - we paid £209 as a late deal for two weeks B and B - I wouldn't have anything to moan about if I had paid double that.
PS. Check your passport before you book - I didn't and ended up having to go to Newport to get a fast track one at £70 because mine had expired in March 2005!
Loved St. Josephs
Great Hotel! We stayed in a double room with a corner balcony overlooking the River Nile. The rooms was relatively small and basic, but clean. The location of the hotel was convenient. It was within walking distance from the Club Med. Taxis, mini-buses and horse-drawn carriages were abundant in front of the hotel. It was about a 5 minute taxi ride to all major sites (Karnak and Luxor temples; souq, etc.)
Hotel was clean; the staff was great! The hotel also provides a complementary breakfast buffet. The roof contains a small pool and a bar. The roof-top views are awesome.
In the hotel, there is a small gift shop and a jewelry shop. The hotel also offers various excursions.
I will definitely recommend and return.
Can't praise it enough
Booked a holiday to Luxor as a late deal on the internet and my husband and I were lucky enough to stay at St Joseph's. It is a budget 3* hotel but the cleanliness and service are easily 5*. From the very friendly roof top bar (with small but adequate pool) you have wonderful views accross the Nile to the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple. The staff throughout the hotel are extremely friendly and can't do enough to help. The hotel is situated accross from the 5* accommodation which have grand interiors but not the friendliness and personal touches of St. Josephs and a short walk up the side street takes you to the local, as opposed to tourist shops, where you can wander around and take in the atmosphere without the hasstle experienced in the centre of Luxor. As I read in reviews before I went, do not go on tours with Thomas Cook they are very expensive and you can do the same trips independantly far cheaper. I can't recommed this hotel highly enough for couples, singles and families.
St joseph best hotel in Luxor
I recently visited Luxor with 5 of my friends and stayed in St Joesph the hotel had everything that we could've asked for from a low budget hotel. The staff were more then happy to help with anything. As we were 6 young girls the staff looked after us and made us feel extremly safe in Luxor. We cant wait to go back at the end of the year.
After reading reviews of this hotel i was def looking forward to it, and i have to say they went far beyond their reputation of being the most friendly and helpful staff in Luxor. Two girls on our own i was a bit aprehensive, but from the moment we arrived we were treated like princesses! Upon arriving our bags were brought up to our room and were waiting for us when we arrived to our 6th floor room and all i can say is i feel like we had the penthouse suite. The View of the Nile was amazing, the room was spacious and v. clean and the balcony was huge, we often had friends up to our balcony atleast 8 of us could easily fit out on it. Luxor itself is a beautiful place made even more beautiful by the nile views. The hassle was a bit intimidating, as two girls in short skirts get alot of attention but by the second day we were well used to it and just laughed it off, we accepted the compliments and i must say that none of the men were insulting or menacing. I was in fact in egypt when the bombs went off but that still would not scare me i would go back tomorrow if i got he opportunity, The hotel was the best thing of the trip, the bar staff downstairs were great fun and the cleaning lady we had was the best in the world, she made our towels into different shapes every day, it got that we looked forward to getting back to see what was made. One day we had snakes reading magazines with our hats and sunglasses on them.. I would advise meals in the Lebanese restaurant in the Meridian and the japanese in Sonesta is gorgeous, for young people a great place to hang out in Murphys bar, where the staff will make you any cocktail you can describe.
Hotel basic but clean
st joseph hotel luxor is basic but clean,friendly enough staff and all amenities you could need.roof top pool and bar are a great place for relaxing,but outside the hotel is far from relaxed,you will get hassled from the moment you step outside,everyone wants your money,from street beggars to barmen.
Fantastic Hotel - Not to be missed
Just returned from a weeks holiday to Luxor, staying at the St Joseph hotel. What a fantastic hotel. All the staff were excellent and very friendly with some very good humour. The roof top pool was a must during the day when it was just too hot to walk around. Try not to book with your tour operator for sightseeings its not very comfortable. We found Noble Tours as recommended by another travellor. It is 5 minutes walk from the hotel and everyone you ask will take you there. Mahmoud was fantastic. Very helpful, friendly and very cheap. A trip to cairo will cost around £120.00. Our tour operator was charging £173.00. We went to the Red Sea for the day. This cost us £30.00, with everything included (snorkelling gear & lunch!!). This was fantastic.
The holiday was worth every penny and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Best value for money hotel in Luxor
I have just returned from Luxor after my eighth trip there (7 since 2003!!!!) I have stayed in 4 different hotels - Winter Palace, Sonesta Saint Georger, Novotel and now the Saint Joseph. I usually book package trips but this time I decided to arrange my own accomodation and flights. What a saving. My stay at the Saint Joseph was from May 25 to June 8 2005 and I checked 2 different web sites before I booked the hotdel. It cost me just over £160 for a 2 week bed and breakfast stay. I don`t usually go for 3 star but as far as my husband and I are concerned it is definitely 5 star service. We had a Nile view to die for. The best breakast buffet in Luxor and although I don`t normally stay in the same hotel to eat in the evening, the special offer for a 4 course a la carte dinner was too cheap to refuse. For just £20 sterling we bought a book of 6 vouchers which entitled us to have 6 meals in whatever format we chose. The head waiter had a job on his hands trying to persuade me to buy one but it only needed one visit to the restaurant to convince me that I was getting the bargain of a lifetime. Yes the hotel may be small and the rooms not as luxurious as some hotels in Luxor but the hotel isn`t pretending to be anything other than 3 star but it`s service is better than all the rest put together and will be my choice on future visits to Luxor. Thank God I didn`t book any tour company trips because they are the biggest rip offs going. I chose Noble tours which is almost opposite the Novotel and Mahmood didn`t even want paying until after the trips were over. A day trip to Cairo flying with Egypt Air with trips to the Pyramids, Sphinx, Mosque and Museum cost just £130. One unnamed tour company were charging £175 and only going on one day a week where my tour was done on a day of my choosing. Luxor has so much to offer that it`s hard to recommend what to see first because everything is magnificent. One trip is not enough and never will be for me.
We returned from the St Joseph Hotel, Luxor, on 9th. March 2005.
I couldn't believe the service for a budget hotel, the people were fantastic and very very helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Food and location great. We were half board, highly recommended, but very cheap anyway.
Steaks were a bit chewy but everything else was very good value. Don't pay exorbitant prices for the tours, speak to the staff on the desk or go to Karnak Travel. next to the Winter Palace.
The carriage drivers and the taxis are very cheap don't let them charge you high prices, didn't like the bartering, especially as everything is so cheap. Remember £1 Egyptian is only 10 pence. Taxis no more than £2 sterling anywhere in Luxor carriages about £3 egyptian.
Will go again, although I prefer a 4* and above Hotel, this hotel was very clean and better kept than some 5*'s.
Great budget hote;
We stayed in this hotel in December 2003 (group of 5) and overall this has the makings of a great budget hotel. Its ideally located within Luxor and some rooms have stunning views overlooking the nile. Rooms although very basic, are cleaned daily and meet all requirements. The staff are extremely friendly and available 24 hours. The hotel has a quality buffet breakfast and a roof top bar/swimming pool, which has great views overlooking the nile (perfect for watching the sunset over the nile and west bank). We didn't utilise the restaurant facilities because we were always on the move. There is also a small souvernier shop within the hotel, but I wouldn't bother purchasing aything from here as it tends to be overpriced and it's much better bartering in the Luxor markets!! Overall if it's luxury you're after, then this is not for you. On some sites you can pay just as much for a week's break in a 4 star luxury hotel like the Le Meridien, which is closely situated to the St Josephs. If we were to return to Egypt then then we would almost certainly pay a little extra for a touch of luxury!! On the othr hand, if it's budget your after..then the St joseph's is definitely a high contender!!