The location of Mara House, in a residential street on the "wrong side" of the tracks, might not suit everyone, but we really appreciated being away from the constant hassle of the town. It's only a ten-minute walk to the railway station, and a further 10 minutes or so from there to the river.
The street is a bit shabby and quite noisy but Mara House itself is an oasis of calm, decorated stylishly and spotlessly clean throughout. Our room was comfortable, with a separate sitting room and a simple bathroom. Breakfast is served in very pleasant surroundings.
The staff were wonderful, unfailingly helpful and polite throughout our stay. Mara should be proud to have such attentive staff working for her.
There is free wi-fi, with a reasonable signal in the bedrooms. This is a huge benefit, as some of the tourist hotels in Luxor charge $25 per day or even more for wi-fi.
The tour we arranged with Mara, to the temples at Dendera and Abydos was excellent, and good value for money. We travelled in an air-conditioned minibus with a very knowledgeable guide who really helped us appreciate what we were seeing.
The "Egyptian Banquet" dinner was excellent and is highly recommended.
We did have a few minor issues, not all of which are within the control of Mara or her staff:
No matter how soundly you sleep, you will be woken at 5am every morning by the call to prayer from the nearby mosque, which is so loud that it sounds as though they have set up a loudspeaker at the foot of your bed. (And then they repeat the call 15 minutes later, just to make sure you haven't gone back to sleep.)
Power cuts are a frequent occurrence - we experienced three during the four evenings we stayed at the hotel. They usually only last between 30 minutes and an hour, and the staff are very quick to provide candles, but they did tend to occur as we were getting ready to go out for dinner, which was a little inconvenient.
The water tank in the bathroom is not large enough to provide more than one hot shower and so if there are two of you you will have to shower at different times of day (or together!).
The breakfast is uninspired and a little mean - bread, jam, processed cheese spread, a yogurt, a boiled egg, a small carton of juice drink (10% fruit juice, according to the label) and a cup of instant coffee, served on a tray. Fresh coffee and fresh juice or some fresh fruit would have made such a difference. (We were given a small bowl of fresh fruit salad one morning, but that was instead of the egg and juice drink).
Overall, however, we felt we had made a good choice of accommodation and would recommend Mara House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mara House is an Irish owned boutique hotel catering to the tastes of independent travellers who want to be sure they experience the best of Egypt. Mara House can only be booked directly via email to Mara. We help with sightseeing and itinerary planning for all of Egypt and steer our guests clear of tourist traps and pitfalls. Holidays are so important to us all and great holiday memories make such a difference to our lives - Mara ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mara House Hotel Luxor
- Mara Hotel Luxor