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.
- 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