Very friendly helpful staff. Great quiet location on the west bank of the Nile on the edge of the Sahara Desert and several Nubian villages. Local ferry is 1 egyptian pound (even though they try for 5). Walkable to ferry from train station. Bet el Karem staff met me on the westbank. I arrived on the overnight sleeper train from Cairo - very civilised - (train) toilets moderately clean. Saw countryside from just south of Luxor.