We stayed there for a few nights while visiting Luxor in January 2013 and it made for a peaceful and beautiful contrast with the relative hustle and bustle of downtown Luxor. We dont recognise the review, prices, bed etc of one of the earlier reviews so either we got a better and cheaper room or they have improved things very significantly! The food was very good and the views over the desert and the ancient Temple of Medina Habu were stunning. It is in a great location for the sights on the West Bank but you do need a taxi for downtown Luxor which costs between £7 & £10 British pounds (70- 100 Egyptian) depending on your negotiation skills. This cost can be reduced, if you choose, by taking a combination of car and ferry across the Nile and probably takes less time as it is more direct!
Like all of Egypt everything was very quiet on the tourism front, especially after the media pictures of the Tahrir Square pre referendum protests in Cairo. I imagine the next couple of years will be a great time to visit as tourism will take time to pick up again. The ancient sites are truly amazing, the Nile is very beautiful, especially if you can cruise on it in a dahabiya, the people are very welcoming and you are probably significantly less likely to encounter violence than in your home town! The media pictures bear no relation to the current realities of Egypt and we dicovered that the food was better and safer than we expected provided you choose well and take care - so an upset stomach is not an inevitability!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beit Sabee is built in the traditional Egyptian style - sun dried mud bricks - adobe. It is located in Luxor West Bank with a marvelous view of Medinet Habou and the Theban mountain that houses: the Kings Valley, Queens Valley, Deir el-Medinet, and Hatchepsout, etc. If you are relaxed, open and looking for a uniquely different place, you will enjoy her. Beit Sabee is a comfortable, beautifully simple rural lodging. Beit Sabee (maison d’hôtes) appeared in the September 2008 issue of Elle Decoration. ... more less