We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Wish you had a Mara House everywhere you travelled”
Review of Mara House

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Mara House
Ranked #8 of 54 Hotels in Luxor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 February 2010

Maras house was absolutely the best. Most reviews say that and I cant really add more to the accolades. Mara is a wonderful, honest person and is not greedy. The tours she arranges are very reasonably priced and the egyptologist she hires are wonderful people with good knowledge on the subject. I had arranged for a private egyptologist/driver while in Cairo and based on the costs I paid, I know for sure Mara's house is 15-20% cheaper than the norm.

We stayed for 4 days with Mara's house and were very comfortable. Let me add a few sentences to prep the average visitor on what to expect - this is a casa (guest house) and not a hotel - so dont expect bell captains, room services, wake-up calls, salons, spas, tvs with 200 channels and such. You dont have them here and you dont pay for it either. What you get instead is a palatial suite with neat decor that leaves you refreshed. Mara spends lot of time with her guests and indulges them with enriching conversations.

Some things to be aware of - Maras house doesnt have elevator.... but she takes care to meet any special needs of the clients. So be assured if you can't ascend 3 stories, Mara will likely put you in the 1st floor apt than on the 3rd floor one.

Like any apartment unit, the hot water comes of a small heater built into the bathroom of the unit. if You are a group of 4, please allow enough time for bathing so the 3rd and 4th person dont end up taking cold shower.

Break fast is simple but adequate enough to break the fast. If you relish having breakfasts, I am sure you will find enough restaurants near by.

Lastly Salahdeen is a gem of a restaurant.. only thing is you need reservations (1-2 days in advance) as Mara only arranges dinner if she gets enough reservations. So if you are like us wanting a second chance at Salahadeen, then speak out right after the first try. Its worth every penny you pay.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank mandd02
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (409)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

293 - 299 of 409 reviews

Reviewed 6 February 2010

Having visited Egypt for the first time two years ago as part of a tour group, we were a bit apprehensive about coming back with another couple all on our own. Thank goodness we found Mara and Mara House on the TripAdvisor website. Mara House deserves its number one TripAdvisor ranking. From the moment we arrived, Mara made us feel safe and secure, and we had an absolutely wonderful week in Luxor. I can’t recommend Mara House highly enough. It is beautifully decorated, and Mara and Stephen and Sarah and all the staff were just wonderful. Mara House is spotlessly clean. The rooms are actually suites. We had a large sitting room that had a kitchen area with a sink and a well-stocked small refrigerator. Breakfast was brought to us each morning. Our large bedroom was lovely, and our bed was more comfortable than our own at home! On the top floor there is a rooftop terrace with many plants and lounges for relaxing. The ground floor has a lounge and full bar on one side, where hotel guests often chat and have drinks before dinner, and on the other side is the magnificent Salahadeen Restaurant. The evening dinners at Mara’s Salahadeen Restaurant were feasts indeed, with the meal consisting of two delicious soups, followed by a dozen or so different Egyptian dishes that were absolutely amazing in their delicacy and tastefulness. The dinner ends with a delightful Egyptian desert served with hibiscus tea. The ambience of the restaurant was outstanding with its beautiful décor, fountain in the center, and the excellent service and food. Mara is indeed to be congratulated for having the number one ranked hotel in Luxor on the TripAdvisor website, especially as Mara House has only been open for a few years. After staying in Mara House I understand why. Having traveled all over the world in my profession as a university professor and scientist, I must say that Mara House is one of the nicest, most pleasant hotels that I have ever known. I give Mara and Mara House my highest praise.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank TravelingBotanyProf
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 February 2010

The hotel is a gem--reasonably priced--nicely decorated--safe--and comes with "Mara"--who knows exactly what you need to know to make the most of your stay in Luxor. The hotel is tucked away in a neighborhood near the train station. We were able to walk to some of the sights--but cabs are also readily available at train station or on call to the hotel. Be sure to let Mara know when you plan to arrive--she will arrange for a cab to pick you up--watch out for unscrupulous taxis at the airport/ferry/etc. We had a very large suite--including a nice mini-bar with reasonably priced items including beer and wine...

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Barbara72749
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 January 2010

Mara and her family make visiting Luxor and its environs safe, comfortable, and fun for those people who have aversions to large tours. Our experience far exceeded our expectations, which were hopeful but uncertain at best. Having been to Egypt before with a tour, we were a bit anxious about venturing forth on our own. Under Mara's direction we had the time of our lives exploring the West Bank, East Bank and Abydos/Dendara. The drivers and guides she secured for us were gracious and kind, and we always felt safe and well taken care of. The accomodations were spacious, clean and lovely. A huge breakfast was served in our room each day, and we were thrilled to dine five nights at their exceptional restaurant. Our first impression of the neighborhood was a bit off-putting, but after getting to know it we felt comfortable and pleased to find this gem in the heart of Luxor. Our friends walked EVERYWHERE and found the neighbors to be friendly and kind. We loved our stay at Mara House and hope to return in the future. We were there for seven days and hope to stay longer on our next visit.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank RevGrandma1954
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 25 January 2010

I recently returned from touring Egypt and Jordon. While in Luxor we stayed at Mara House.If you are looking for a western hotel this is not the place for you to stay.If you want to experiance Luxor in a clean,comfortable,and safe environment you should check it out.Mara and her family are always available for advise and recommendations.The guests rooms are all large apartments.Our room had 3 bedrooms,terrace,living room and dining room.I had read in prior reviews about concerns with the shower which is in the center of the bathroom.In my opinion it is a none issue.There is a beautiful rooftop garden,and a living room where guest gather to share their Luxor experiances.The neighbor that Mara House is located in at first seems a little scary.It is safe,the neighbors are friendly,and it should not be a concern.


Michael

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank MJLRochester_NewYork
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 January 2010

While from the outside, it doesn't look like much, Mara took a random building in a poorer area and built a beautiful hotel. The rooms are huge and comfortable, with porch and kitchenette. The lobby is well done with a good selection of books. The free Wi-Fi works well. However, the biggest plus is Mara herself. She is an amazing owner with so much good advice about tours, taxis, restaurants, and everything else. She ensures that guests get a great experience and don't get ripped-off. She eschews the Baksheesh culture in the hotel - a huge relief for travelers.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank shokod
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 December 2009

We spent only one night in this wonderful, warm and well-run hotel in Luxor. The suites are super clean, have authentic decor, and there are some very nice pieces of art on the walls. Also, they are extremely spacious!

We have arranged transportation from the airport to the hotel through Mara at a fixed price (a rarity in Egypt), and the driver was so welcoming and accommodating to our wishes, that he ended up driving us around for 40 min (instead 10) so that we could grab the best falafel in Luxor (the takeout place was unfortunately located on the other side of the town from the hotel). The trip was fully worth while, and if you are driven by Mouhamed, do ask him to take you there.

We had a brief chance to chat with Mara the following morning, and she is a truly delightful and warm person. You feel in Mara House like you're in a friend's house. We stayed in Luxor only one day so we didn't have a chance to enjoy Mara House, but if ever in Luxor again would definitely go back there.

Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
1  Thank petit_requin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Luxor hotels
0.8 mi away
Nefertiti Hotel
Nefertiti Hotel
#2 of 54 in Luxor
891 reviews
1.3 mi away
Steigenberger Nile Palace Luxor
1.3 mi away
Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.9 mi away
Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
0.8 mi away
Pavillon Winter Luxor
1.0 mi away
Iberotel Luxor
Iberotel Luxor
#10 of 54 in Luxor
898 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Mara House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Mara House

Address: Salah Al Din Al Ayoubi | Luxor, Luxor, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Luxor
#8 Family Hotel in Luxor
Price Range: £19 - £46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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 
Also Known As:
Mara House Hotel Luxor
Mara Hotel Luxor

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing