Steigenberger Nile Palace Luxor
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Just as the Pharaohs did long ago, we surveyed upper Egypt from the Nile River. What an immensely relaxing form of travel. In one place with your bed, meals and entertainment…someone else planning your itinerary, arranging transportation, and buying the tickets…you just get to sit back and enjoy the ride!
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Good, but cairo meridian far superior
When we arrived we did request a nile view, instead we, as in my husband and I and my mum and daughter got two rooms on different floors no nile in sight. This was disappointing, we got moved closer, but not what we wanted. The hotel is very clean and the staff can't do enough for you, but after staying at the Meridian in Cairo, well, there was no contest. I would, however, stay there again, judging by the other hotels around us this was definately the best.
Could do better
On our trip to Egypt, we stayed four nights in Le Meridien Pyramids in Cairo, and the next three nights here. The hotel in Cairo was far superior, and far better value. It was Easter time, so high season for Luxor, but the level of care and attention was well below its sister hotel.
While in Cairo the front desk staff were pleased to help and make ground arrangements, at Luxor they wouldn't even call us a taxi for our 5.30 am flight check-in (they told us to call Thomas Cook, or to go to the taxi rank). It's not what you'd expect at a hotel charging US$220 per night!! I just thought that was downright mean!
There are lots of dining options in the hotel, but none are very exciting, and the main hotel dining room was very very expensive for a buffet dinner. Unlike Cairo, the swimming pool wasn't heated, and the pool area got crowded very early.
Everything is within walking distance (if you're inclined), and tours can be easily booked on-site (through the travel agent desk) and good quality lunchboxes are provided.
This is a top-class hotel and I'm sure it makes a lot of money for the Meridien group. But I feel it sees its guests only as high-spend tourists and does not seem to care about building customer rapport.
Jules Verne excellent
We travelled with Jules Verne to the Nile and stayed 4 nights in the Meridien in Luxor, and then 3 nights on a cruise from Aswan to Luxor on the MS Caprice. Everything was excellent and the tour guide was informative and entertaining. The Meridien was everything we hoped for, with a view of the Nile and good food etc. We visited the Luxor sites independently and found this to be easy by Taxi. Your taxi driver will return for you at the time you ask and we found them reliable. The Cruise was even better than I had imagined, with a spacious cabin, good food and service and good company from our other travellers. Full marks to Jules Verne. The only downside was the poverty, which I found worse than when I was there 20 years ago. Luxor and that area rely completely on Tourism, and every bomb is a devastating blow to their livelihood. Bring biros etc for the children, as speaking to an Egyptian Primary School teacher, supplies are poor. Tip well and enjoy your stay.
Good but could be better
Have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Egypt I would like to comment on the Le Meridian Hotel in Luxor. It is a very good hotel, however we could not get a room with a Nile view as we were only staying three nights, it seems to be that you have to stay seven or more nights to have a chance of getting a Nile view. This would not have been a problem except there was a circle of 5 floors of balconies overlooking a kind of patio area where all the eating places were situated, we could see directly into the other rooms and no net curtains were supplied so we had to keep the heavy curtains drawn all the time, it was like being in a goldfish bowl. It is such a pity that a lovely hotel could spoil the rooms for want of a net curtain.
We also found that the price of the drinks and laundry in the hotel were very expensive and no food or drinks were allowed into the hotel from outside. The previous week we had been on a Nile Cruise and the drinks and laundry. on the ship were much cheaper.
Good Hotel but could be better
My family and I spent 3 nights at Le Meridien Luxor in mid Feb 2005. After investigating a number of hotels in Luxor I decided on Le Meridien based primarily on the TripAdvisor reviews.
It should be said that there are MANY hotels in Luxor but most are dated and a bit tired (some are VERY tired). They are what I would call "former 5 stars" which in many cases are "former 4 or 3 stars". Despite the tired condition of these hotels they are all rated as "5 stars". Basically this rating tells you nothing.
The Meridien was a good hotel. If it were located in Cairo or a US city I would have given it 3 or maybe 4 stars but in Luxor it appears - based on my observations of the other hotels - to be one of the best (if not the best) - hotel in Luxor. It is relatively new (I would guess less than 5 years), it is clean, security is good, the staff is friendly, the breakfast is good and there are a number of restaurants on site (we ate at the Italian and found it to be very good and a good value). In addition the hotel is a 10 minute walk/2 minute taxi ride from the city center.
As a note I paid $120 for a Nile view room w/o breakfast. This was too much but I made the reservation very late so my options were limited. In the room there was a brochure that included a special "winter rate" for foreigners in Egypt and Egyptians of approx $60 per night breakfast included.
A few general comments for visitors to Luxor:
1. The carriage drivers and street salesman are VERY persistent and obnoxious. If you refuse them they will sometimes follow you for blocks. It is difficult but you must learn to IGNORE them. When they ask simply say NO, nothing else. Don't tell them where you are from, do not engage in conversation, etc etc. If you do they won't leave you alone. This is hard to do since they are so desparately poor but if you give in to one you can become a marked person, particularly in the markets. For the carriage drivers I found it most effective to walk on the sidewalk that faced traffic. If you walked the same direction as the traffic the carriage riders would slowly plod along next to you for blocks asking you if you wanted a ride. They also focus on families since they tend to make an easier target.
2. Keep small change (1 and 5 Egyptian pound bills) with you at all times. The banks typically give change in 10 and 20 pound denominations but this is far too much for the many tips you must give while travelling in Egypt. At the tombs and in bathrooms you typically give a tip of 1 or 2 pounds (6 pounds to the dollar) to the "watchmen" and typical tips are a max of 5 pounds (EGYPTIAN). You will be giving MANY tips so keep plenty of small change on hand. For baggage handlers the recommended tip is 3-4 pounds per bag.
3. Most of my family came down with traveler's diarrhea/upset stomach. Obtain advice on what to eat/not eat and follow it religiously. We developed a few general rules that seemed to work after our initial period of stupidity: a) If it is a cold dish don't eat it (other than bread). b) If it is a hot dish or drink and it isn't steaming don't eat/drink it (we became very suspect of buffets that were insufficiently hot. c) Don't eat any type of "processed" meat (hot dogs, sausages, etc). d) Only drink water from a bottle and no ice. This is probably extreme but you must remember that bathrooms are far and few between and those at the site should be declared biohazard areas. Once we followed these rules life was much more pleasant.
4. I visited Luxor with my family (Mom, Dad and 3 kids ages 13, 10, 7). I hired a tour guide and private van from American Express in Luxor prior to our arrival. I was very happy with the service and the flexibility of having our own van/driver/guide was great. We could change plans, didn't have to wait for 50 people and could adjust the number/depth of visits based on the kids state of mind/tiredness. We had a degreed Egyptologist as a guide and this guy was GREAT (his name is HANY with Amex). He really knew his stuff and was very helpful. My only negative comment regarding this service (and virtually all tours) was the push to visit "museums". These museums are shops where the tour guide/company gets a cut. You definitely did not get a good deal but it was convenient, the quality seemed better than that off the streets and at least you weren't totally ripped off.
5. Bargain for almost everything. There isn't much negotiation at the hotel shops (most are rip offs) but in the market place and at tour sites the original quoted prices are sometimes 10 or 20 times what you could but it for. The best tool in your arsenal is to express a very slight passing interest then to walk away. As you leave the price will come down. If you show interest you are stuck.
Finally, Luxor was fantastic. The sites are unbelievable, the people are very friendly and the trip is VERY worthwhile. Please don't take my comments as being negative - it is best to be prepared. I HIGHLY recommend a trip to Luxor.
Book and enjoy
Stayed at the Meridian for a week at the end of Jan 2005, late booking and didnt go for any upgrades, glad we didnt as what we got was just great. We were given a city view room as booked and I did think that it was going to be a bit noisy but apart from the call to prayer at sunrise I was soon back to sleep and hoping we made breakfast (10.30 finish). Its about a 10min walk into the main part of Luxor and the Carriage and Taxi people are a bit of a pest but you just have to ignor them as best you can, a few words of Arabic go a long way so do your best prior to going, the Egyptions are very polite but do not take NO (LA) for an answer. Food in the hotel is good and the Italian restaurant is cheap, a pizza is around £3.50 and pasta the same.
Just to the right as you leave the hotel is a small restaurant called the Ritz, go and try the food there, I dont know how they serve it and make a profit, try the Grilled Shrimp (about 8 tiger prawns) with trimmings around £4.
Valley of the Kings will nock your socks off, and make sure you see the temple in Luxor at night as well as in the day and you can use your entrance ticket at least twice. Go and enjoy...............
Nice hotel, shame about the food.
We stayed at this hotel early Jan 2005, on a half board basis. Le Meridian is the newest upmarket hotel in Luxor. Sited in the southern part of Luxor only a few minutes walk from the highly regarded Sonesta St George and about 20/25 minutes walk to town centre. The hotel is built around an open air atrium, which is overlooked by some rooms and encircled by two restaurants and some shops. In January the evening air was chilly, so not too inviting of an evening, but I would imagine it would be very pleasant in warmer weather. Rooms can be facing main road, noisy; into the atrium, probably ok; or Nile facing, recommended. The building facing the Nile is U shaped ,so to get the evening sun in January it is best to be at the north end of the hotel. This may alter during later months. Rooms are well decorated, and include small fridge and safe (no charge). There were no tea/coffee making facilities, which was disappointing.
There is a pleasant pool area, but it did get busy at times, and there was quite a bit of early reservation of sunbeds. Some guests even paid the staff to reserve beds first thing in the morning.
If on B & B or half board meals are taken in the Nubian restaurant. Meals are buffet style. Breakfast was OK with quite a varied selection. Evening meals were very poor. Hot food was never more than lukewarm and choices were limited. There also appeared to be a lot of recycling from one day to the next, and probably the next. I did complain to the hotel and that night there was a marked improvement but it was back to normal the day after. Restaurant has only a very small non smoking area so there are times when you may need to wait to be seated. This appears to be par for the course in all the hotels we saw.If on half board you can eat at either of the two restaurants in the atrium and receive a credit against the bill (about 25 Egyptian pounds). Tried the Italian one night, but really not much better. Speaking to regulars, who visit Luxor quite often ,there are a number of good eating places to be found in the town and close to hotel. Pool bar was quite good and is the only spot I would recommend eating at.
Public rooms are not inviting. We had a look around a couple of other hotels, in the main public rooms elsewhere had a warmer feel.
Staff were all very pleasant and tried to be helpful. On our last day we asked to hold the room till late afternoon. This was not a problem and ,surprisingly ,no charge was levied.
The hotel is in a nice spot, with great views over the Nile and by comparison to most hotels in Luxor pretty comfortable. I would choose to stay here again, but only on a B & B basis.
Luxor itself is larger than I expected. There are no big shops, but tons of small souvenir shps, all selling more or less the same thing. Haggling mandatory and expect to pay between a third and a half of price quoted. Shopkeepers are very persistent,but never rude, as in some other African/Arab spots. Tourist police are everywhere so perfectly safe and in any event the locals come across as a prety relaxed bunch. You will get constant earache to hire a taxi, a boat or a carriage. All very cheap. I can recommend you look at following the website ---------------. We had a couple of trips with Hassan. Fair prices and he speaks good English so very helpful.
Best Hotel in Luxor
Stayed at Le Meridien first week December 2004. Straight away asked to change the room as the balcony was the smallest we had ever seen. Reception changed the room straight away. We had a Nile view which was excellent.
Hotel overall lovely and clean. Rooms spacious. Food - breakfast ok however only a small section at breakfast was non-smoking which was very disappointing for us as a couple of times we sat in the smoking section. 3 Restaurants in the evening to choose from - the best was the Lebanese. However we went to The Old Winter Palace Hotel (a 10 mins walk away) 3 nights as the food and service there were 1st class.
All in all had a great time, the Egyptians are a lovely, friendly people - would recommend the hotel.
we moved to this hotel because we decided not to stay at the shereton as wasnt up to standard. very clean and modren hotel.while we were there 1 of my party celebrated a birthday, to our surprse a birthday cake was waiting in the room when we got back from a busy day of sightseeing. the hotel had photocopied all the passports so they knew that it was somebodies birthday! although it was an excellent hotel the food was not as good as the sonesta george hotel next door ,this hotel i also highly recommend. these two hotels seem to be the best standard in luxor. would certainly go back again
Brief note on this hotel as no other reviews yet. We stayed one week in Dec 2003. Attractive modern interior with very pleasant well equiped nile view room. Good hygiene standards and OK but not very special food options. Good pool and small gardens although they did not seem under pressure as most people sightsee during the day.
Staff very willing and pleasant but could be more professional.
Would stay again as seemed about the best option in Luxor which is not over supplied with good modern 1st class options. Visited the Sheraton which seemed really tired. Old Winter Palace OK but a bit old and dull (nice gardens and good location).
Brand new Sofitel at Karnak looked promising (lovely pool ) but not quite open when we visited and a little out of the way.