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“"charming, peaceful and a great view"”
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Beit Sabee Hotel
Ranked #7 of 29 Luxor B&B and Inns
Bristol, UK
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“"charming, peaceful and a great view"”
Reviewed 19 January 2013

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!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2012

A building is under construction right across the street from the hotel. It makes for a very noisy environment. You will hear hammering all day until sunset, and workers yelling to each other. Not relaxing at all when you want to rest after a busy day of sightseeing. Also dogs bark all night and motorcycles run early in the morning. We left after just one night.

We also thought the hotel was certainly not worth the 60 to 80 euros per night they are asking for. Yes, the rooms are nicely decorated and bright, but many other important features are neglected. The beds are futon style and very hard, with an incomfortable hump in the middle, which often happens when futons get older. The walls have ventilation holes opening to the outside without screens: welcome mosquitoes! The shower has no walls, splashing all over the bathroom. There is hardly enough hot water for one shower. No curtain in the shower window, which faces the construction site (and workers...)... guess you have to wait until they are gone to take a shower!

The terrasse has a wonderful view to the mountains, and they serve great food, but no cushions for the ottoman (are we expected to sit directly on the rattan frame?) The courtyard downstairs also had tired cushions and stained table tops; the high walls that surround it make it feel somewhat miserable.

Another aspect to consider is that this hotel is remote from everything. To go anywhere you will need a taxi.

For all these reasons I don't recommand it at all. We moved to El Nakhil instead, which was very quiet and comfortable, and walking distance to the Nile, the ferry, restaurant, and lively village atmosphere.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

• Excellent service provided all round - Mahmoud and Rajab deserve a special mention for going above and beyond to make our three night stay at the hotel enjoyable and comfortable.
• Location is quiet and peaceful. 10 minute walk from an amazing restaurant Hapy Habou and other facilities.
• Ambience – quaint and charming, decor was Nubian designs.
• Cons: Beds were rock hard and the pillows were not comfortable. Barthroom facilities – shower seeps into the entire bathroom due to inadequate drainage. Floor is constantly dusty and sandy (given the nature of the hotel, I imagine this is something that would be hard to avoid).
• Breakfast: basic selection but extremely fresh produce from surrounding farms. Nothing beats the spectacular view on the roof terrace of luscious green farmlands and beautiful rocky mountains. It certainly made breakfast a great part of the day.
• If you are okay with tolerating a little discomfort here and there, I would definitely stay at this hotel simply for its charm and for the people. You will fall in love with this place.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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NourElNil, General Manager at Beit Sabee Hotel, responded to this review, 20 November 2012
First of all, thank you for your review. In case you weren't aware, we just reconstructed Beit Sabee entirely and are constantly looking for constructive feedback to make it even better. The true value of TripAdvisor comes from reviewers like you who share the good and where there is room for improvement.

We will be sure to let Mahmoud and Rajab know about your response, as we know how hard they work to keep our guests happy. We're glad you enjoyed the location and ambiance, as they are certainly things that we believe makes Beit Sabee unique.

Regarding your constructive feedback, it has certainly been noted. We will work on buying some mattress pillow-top covers for those who appreciate a softer bed (many guests have actually complimented the firm beds, but we need to ensure that there are options!). The same applies to softer pillows. Also, as you noted, Egypt is naturally a dusty place, but we will certainly try to sweep more often to prevent this as much as possible.

Again, thank you for your positive and constructive feedback and we will certainly use it to make Beit Sabee an even better place for future guests. We hope to see you again in the future.
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Central Coast of California
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

We stayed 4 nights in this wonderful guest house. We enjoyed being in this West Bank village from which we could see the Valley of the Queens and one of the very best temples that we saw in all of Egypt -- Menedit Habu. As you will see from the photos, we were adjacent to a beautiful set of wheat and vegetable fields. It felt like we were part of the community rather than distant tourists.

Enjoying breakfast on the patio atop the guest house and watching the sunlight climbing over the fields and tombs provided soulful inspiration. The staff did a great job with the meals and arranging taxis and other details to ease our visit.

This location is within easy reach of the commercial East Bank of Luxor. In fact, the host guided us to a felucca to cross the Nile.

From here we joined the Nour el Nil dahabiyya cruise for an unbelievable experience sailing the Nile. We can't think of a better way to soak in the treasures of ancient Egypt.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the top floor suite.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

Beit Sabee gets mixed reviews from us.

Finding Beit Sabee the first time is quite difficult. Our drivers spent 30 minutes trying to find it the first night. They were in contact via cell phone with the Hotel, but somehow had trouble understanding exactly where it was. We went past the police checkpoint several times in the dark as the drivers weren't sure where to go. Again, as someone else reviewed, tell your driver "Habu Temple" and then it is quite easy. Sorry to Beit Sabee if they forwarded this information to us prior to our arrival in Egypt and we didn't have it in our hands. More than likely, it was buried somewhere in 40 pages of a file marked “Egypt trip”, in our suitcase, in the trunk of the car, while we were wedged inside the taxi. We only had the name of the hotel and a phone number in our pockets. Granted, we probably should have been more organized, but, hey, we’re on vacation! A suggestion to the management of Beit Sabee, please emphasize to drivers en route to go directly to the Habu Temple, then call again and give specific directions.

Pros: Fabulous location. You can walk 20 minutes and be at the Habu Temple. Walk fifteen minutes further and you are at the Antiquities Office which is where you must buy your tickets to see all the sites on this side.

The homemade dinner was quite nice.

We appreciated the staff assisting us with our travel arrangements.

The driver booked through the hotel is professional and will only drive you where you have requested, no “friend’s or cousin’s” shops.

Cons: Two out of our three showers were cold. The first morning, apparently something was wrong with the hot water heater. When we told the staff we had only cold water to shower with, they said they would have it looked at. The problem was fixed that day, so on Day 2, we thankfully had hot water. On Day 3, apparently we were the last guests to shower that morning, and, once again, we had only cold water. Not very relaxing and definitely disappointing.

Beit Sabee has a patio on the rooftop with gorgeous views towards the Valley of the Kings. However, we didn’t discover it until the last day. It would have been nice to eat breakfast up there to enjoy the view, but it was quite dusty and obviously not ready for guests at that time. Perhaps, because it was winter, it had not been readied for guests to use yet. The weather was quite nice during our stay, even though it was February, so it was too bad this was not ready for guests to use.

The food at breakfast was quite light. Perhaps another dish could be added.

An O.K. place to stay, but we’d probably go elsewhere next time because of the cold showers.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Washington, D.C.
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Reviewed 3 March 2012

We stayed at Beit Sabee for six nights.and, while there are many positive things to say about it, we feel it is seriously over-priced for what it offers.
Our large room was reasonably comfortable and reminded us of something we saw in Kathmandu in the 1970's. Being on the ground floor, it was always dusty if you wanted to open the windows and get some fresh air.
The location is very quiet and far removed from the hassle and noise of Luxor City. It is located in beautiful agricultural land and a short walk to Medinat Habu temple. One problem we ran into is that many cab drivers can't find it. This was no longer a problem once we had been there for a little while as we told then to go to Medinat Habu and we guided them from there. But when we arrived at the train station, the driver became hopeless lost trying to find it. If you arriving by train or plane, it is best to have the guest house arrange transport for you.
The food had its ups and downs. The night we arrived they had a very nice vegetarian dinner for us topped off by omali, a delicious traditional Egyptian dessert. The subsequent vegetarian dinners we had were quite disappointing. Breakfast was OK though nothing special. They did serve the best coffee we had in our month in Egypt. Restaurant Memnon is about a ten minute cab ride away. They serve fantastic food in a very welcoming environment. Hussein is a very good driver who lives near Beit Sabee. He took us to Memnon for 20 Egyptian pounds round trip.
The rooftop is a nice place to relax and it offer great views of village life and Medinat Habu. It could stand better maintenance.
The staff was OK though we had to wake them at 8:00 in order to get breakfast. The place seems to be largely oriented to serving French visitors.
Again we would have been happy with our stay had we not paying European prices.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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NourElNil, Manager at Beit Sabee Hotel, responded to this review, 5 March 2012
To begin, thank you very much for your feedback--both the positive feedback and the constructive feedback. We always welcome both. I would like to take a moment to respond to a few of your comments, however, just to clarify for other viewers of this post:

Regarding the dust, unfortunately it is a natural part of the Egyptian landscape and is nearly impossible for us to prevent. We do our best to keep rooms clean and free of dust, but if the windows are open, it may blow in at times.

In response to the taxi problem, it is true that we are off the major roads, but this is what we view as one of the positive aspects of Beit Sabee--it adds to the peace and tranquility of the hotel. I am sorry you had trouble finding the Guesthouse, but I would like to point out that every guest (including you) who books at Beit Sabee receives a confirmation e-mail that says, and I quote, "If you choose to reserve your own taxi, tell your driver that you would like to go to Beit Sabee Guesthouse which is near Medinet Habou Temple. For more specific directions (in English/Arabic), your driver can call one of the following people" (phone numbers provided).

Thank you for your feedback on the food. For any guests reading this, we encourage you to specify which aspects of the meals you enjoy and which you don't so that the staff can cook a meal to your liking. We do state that we do NOT have a restaurant, but will prepare meals for guests who would like them. We have to work with whatever is fresh at the market that day.

I will certainly speak to the staff about tidying up the rooftop and being sure to awake prior to any guest wake-ups. I apologize for this.

Finally, we certainly cater to guests from all over the world and not simply French. I would be curious to understand why you thought this and would welcome an e-mail from you (or any other guest) with additional feedback.

Thank you again for staying at Beit Sabee and we will take your feedback seriously.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 16 December 2011

We stayed here for 4 nights before our dahabiyya down the Nile with the fabulous Nour el Nil who also run the guesthouse.

Staying on the west bank is a far cry from the hustle, bustle and hassle of central Luxor and we loved the peace and quiet this guesthouse offers.

The colourful,  clean, and comfortable rooms with attached bathroom are set around a shady central courtyard - sure they aren't 5 star and have a few rough edges - but the good by far outweighs the bad.

The roof terrace has fabulous views overlooking beautiful Habu temple towards the valley of the kings and was perfect for a beer at sundown or for a yummy home made Egyptian dinner!!

Breakfast was also served on the terrace and was a simple but yummy affair.

The extremely friendly staff were also able to arrange transport to see local attractions and book taxi drivers when needed.  They also arranged to pick us up from the train station and it was great to have someone waiting for us amidst all the touts after the long overnight train from Cairo.

If you want to stay in Luxor and experience something a bit different away from the crowds and big hotels of the east bank then this may well be the place for you.

And if you are looking for a dahabiyya Nour el Nil is the best and Enrique is the perfect host for a magical exploration down the Nike in a little bit of luxury - but I guarantee you won't want to get off!!!

Enjoy!

  • Stayed October 2011
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Property: Beit Sabee Hotel
Address: West Bank | (Near Medinet Habou Temple), Luxor, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #7 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Luxor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
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 

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