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“Christmas 2012 and New Year in Desert Paradise Lodge”

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Desert Paradise Lodge
Ranked #4 of 29 Luxor B&B and Inns
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47 reviews
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“Christmas 2012 and New Year in Desert Paradise Lodge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

After the wonderful time we had in 2011 in Desert Paradise Lodge (DPL), we have decided to repeat!
This time Christmas and New Year found us there again, together with a family friend.

The aim was the same: We did not want to be at home in the holiday season, but wanted to go somewhere there is warmer and more sunny than in Hungary, and we did not want any Christmas gala dinner and/or New Year’s eve party and so. Nice surprise for us, in DPL no supplement to pay for Christmas and/or New Year days.
This time we spent 11 nights there.

If you have read my comment from 2011, you know a lot! Please, scroll back, I don’t want to repeat myself.
I must add, that compared to last year, very nice changes were made: new paintings on the walls, more Horus eyes to protect us; new chair pillows and the food was even better than last year!

If one goes there in winter, take in consideration, we are in the desert, so temperature difference can be big between day and night!
December we had some chilly nights, but no problem, we got an electric heater, so no freezing nights for us.

This year we had more relax, did not go for excursion every day.
The car + driver (Hamada) of the DPL was still at our service, with guide.
Last year we could not make Abydos, this time we managed – a great tour, a fantastic temple; Mohamed is a great guide; still! :) We have made a trip to Esna temple + El Moalla tombs.
Compared to our last visit in the Valley of the Kings (2003) we could see absolutely new tombs this time.
Hatsepsut temple is also something that no matter how many times you visit, you still find something new.

Being a “returning guest” is a very nice, comfortable and a very privileged situation: we were more friends than customers and we felt like returning home!

I promised and promise here, at this place too, that I will and do recommend this place to all, who wish to have individual ‘treatment’, wish to stay in a cozy atmosphere and want to avoid mass-tourism!

There is absolutely no reason to stay away from Egypt, Luxor is free from all kind of protest and demonstrations. Not even a laud sneezing took place when we were there… So, off to Egypt! :)

Room Tip: We went back to "our" room 9... :)
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Ashraf E, Manager at Desert Paradise Lodge, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
Thank you for your choice of Desert Paradise Lodge to recent stay in Luxor.

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Thank you again and we hope that is your choice on Desert Paradise Lodge in next time you visit the Luxor.
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Kamakura, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2012

We loved the Desert Paradise Lodge for the lovely respite it provided away from the center of Luxor, the character of the place, and the exceptional hospitality. The garden is perfect, and even in chilly December we enjoyed meals and evening tea and drinks outside. The sunrise from the rooftop terrace is breathtaking, especially when there are hot air balloons drifting past.

We paid extra for the van and tour guide for two days, and our guide was truly excellent. (However, the Luxor restaurant that we were taken to on the second day was a pricey set-menu only place--if you will do a meal during a guided tour day, we suggest that you discuss the type of place and price range in advance.)

The pool looked inviting but the weather was too cool when we visited. The dinner we had one evening at the lodge was very good, as were the breakfasts. Wifi was free in the garden/lobby area.

Our only quibbles are minor--e.g. would have loved a cotton bath mat in the bathroom--but over all it was delightful. We highly recommend this lodge. And the cats are sweet and friendly.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Ashraf E, Manager at Desert Paradise Lodge, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
Thank you for your choice of Desert Paradise Lodge to recent stay in Luxor.

Can you provide a comment on our facility on TripAdvisor? Often our guests tell us to what extent they read comments from previous guests have useful to them before they book their visit to us. We always crave to know what you like and how we can get better.

Thank you again and we hope that is your choice on Desert Paradise Lodge in next time you visit the Luxor.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

bonjour mon ami comment vas-tu!!!!!!
Hello Ashraf my friend, i would like to thank you so very much for a giving me a lovely relaxing stay at the Desert Paradise Lodge, i spent 6 wonderful nights there 2 weeks ago which helped me to enjoy my trip to Luxor even more, the food, the suite, and the relaxing atmosphere made it a very special trip and it being my first trip to Egypt even more memorable for me....as i flew on to Cairo i could not make Siwa but had 2 wonderful nights in the white desert near Bahreya which was wonderful and enjoyed my stay in Cairo also......again thankyou so very much and i will see you all hopefully next spring.....say hello to Hondary,Ahmed, Mohamed and everybody else there at the desert paradise lodge....goodbye my friends....
revoir bientôt.........Vincent Ryan....

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Ashraf E, Manager at Desert Paradise Lodge, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
Thank you for your choice of Desert Paradise Lodge to recent stay in Luxor.

Can you provide a comment on our facility on TripAdvisor? Often our guests tell us to what extent they read comments from previous guests have useful to them before they book their visit to us. We always crave to know what you like and how we can get better.

Thank you again and we hope that is your choice on Desert Paradise Lodge in next time you visit the Luxor.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

We arrived at this beautiful place on the quiet West Bank of Luxor to find ourselves the only guests. For 6 days we were treated like Pharaohs. Ashraf, the owner, had upgraded us to the best room in the hotel at no extra charge. We had the run of the beautiful gardens. The pool was the perfect place to recover from the intense August heat and far from an 'add on' as a previous reviewer had commented (our teenage son loved it). Ahmed, the cook, prepared the loveliest lunches and dinners for us and aside from one terrific meal at Sofra restaurant and a lunch at the Sheraton to appease our son's appetite for pizza, we dined at the lodge.

We shall always remember our afternoon chats and Chai Limoon (Lemon tea) served to us by Abdul, the gardener, the kindest and gentlest of men, for whom nothing was too much trouble. Mohammed served us our food and was delighted when we greeted him in Arabic and encouraged us in our further attempts to speak the language. Another Mohammed, the Lodge's driver, took us to the West Bank souk at our request, which is an experience not to be missed. On the final drive to the airport, he made us a present of CDs which he had been playing in the vehicle during our stay, which we had liked.

This was typical of the generosity of the people we met on the West Bank and a sharp contrast to the hard sell of the East Bank Corniche. It is true that the hotel is a little distance from the Nile and from West Bank sites but for us that was also its virtue. We allowed ourselves 6 days to see Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Nobles, the temple of Hatshepsut, Deir El Medina, Karnak and Luxor temples, Luxor museum, Howard Carter's house, visit a local family and take a balloon and felucca ride. We set off very early in the morning to avoid the fiercest heat and took diarolite to help prevent dehydration. Desert Paradise was the perfect place to return to for afternoon relaxation and cooling down before evening visits. In this way we were able to fully enjoy the wonders of Luxor without succumbing to the heat of August. The hotel is designed in a very tasteful Nubian style and is a genuinely delightful place to unwind in. We felt very much at peace here and don't believe that this feeling would have changed so much with other people there.

I would strongly disagree with a previous reveiwer who said that this was something of a tourist trap. Ashraf was completely at ease with our requests. We never felt there was an agenda. We booked a couple of tours with yet another Mohammed, who gave us an informative insight into The Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut temple. Ashraf helped secure a very good price for our balloon flight but we also explored the East bank ourselves and visited a local family to help them prepare a meal which we all shared. This visit was organised by Real Egypt tours and was one of the highlights of our stay in Luxor. However independent you wish to be is up to you.

Although we clearly benefited from the current lull in tourism in Egpyt, it was quite sad to see such a special space empty. We enjoyed the most fabulous time in Luxor and a large part of the reason for that was the extraordinary generosity of Ashraf, the warmth and humanity of his staff and the delicious tranquility of Desert Paradise Lodge. It became like a second home to us and we wish it many more visitors.

Room Tip: We were upgraded to Room 10 which is palatial.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Ashraf E, Manager at Desert Paradise Lodge, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
Thank you for your choice of Desert Paradise Lodge to recent stay in Luxor.

Can you provide a comment on our facility on TripAdvisor? Often our guests tell us to what extent they read comments from previous guests have useful to them before they book their visit to us. We always crave to know what you like and how we can get better.

Thank you again and we hope that is your choice on Desert Paradise Lodge in next time you visit the Luxor.
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Luxor, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

After just twenty minutes i fell in love with the place! . Food was authentic and tasty and rooms spotlessly clean as was the pool which was most unexpected but a real pleasure. I will be back again in the autumn.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Ashraf E, Manager at Desert Paradise Lodge, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
Thank you for your choice of Desert Paradise Lodge to recent stay in Luxor.

Can you provide a comment on our facility on TripAdvisor? Often our guests tell us to what extent they read comments from previous guests have useful to them before they book their visit to us. We always crave to know what you like and how we can get better.

Thank you again and we hope that is your choice on Desert Paradise Lodge in next time you visit the Luxor.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

It is the kind and generous owners and staff of Desert Paradise Lodge that make this such a special place to stay. Fareda and Ashraf made us feel so welcome - we enjoyed our stay here immensely. My son was sick for the first couple days of our visit, and they took care of him as if he were one of their own. The food was incredibly good, the rooms were very comfortable and the location excellent. It was wonderful to cool off in the pool in the afternoon heat. As a response to the previous reviewer, I would suggest that if this person had stayed longer than twenty minutes, his opinion may have been different. At least it would have been informed. We chose our own activities, were never pressured and were grateful for the services and recommendations Fareda and Ashraf provided. This was not my first visit to Egypt; when we return, I look forward to staying once again at this Desert Paradise Lodge.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Ashraf E, Manager at Desert Paradise Lodge, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
Thank you for your choice of Desert Paradise Lodge to recent stay in Luxor.

Can you provide a comment on our facility on TripAdvisor? Often our guests tell us to what extent they read comments from previous guests have useful to them before they book their visit to us. We always crave to know what you like and how we can get better.

Thank you again and we hope that is your choice on Desert Paradise Lodge in next time you visit the Luxor.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2012

I booked this Lodge but was so disappointed after twenty minutes there I left and found somewhere else.
The room I was offered was rather pokey and functional (two smallish beds, little natural light)
The pool is clearly an 'add-on' and not that attractive.
I'm more interested in value than price, but at 300LE this does not, in my opinion, offer value compared to other places on the West Bank that offer far superior rooms, location and atmosphere, mostly at much less cost.
I got on fine with the manageress until I declined her offer of an airport pick-up as I could get one from a normal driver at half the price she had quoted (she then said he probably wouldn't be able to find it, but he had no trouble whatsoever). She then repeatedly implied I was a cheapskate and I found her manner rather offensive (perhaps if it had been the owner showing me around I might have stayed even though it does not, in my opinion, offer value for money - Ashraf seems a nice man and the atmosphere is an important element after all.)
I was told "You won't find anywhere quieter than this" which was just assuming ignorance on my part and quite incorrect (Desert Paradise is in the built up resettlement area, surrounded by other densely packed buildings, unlike most of the Old Gurna hotels that are in quiet woody groves.) Not to mention the television blaring in the courtyard . . .
Other reviewers seem to feel it is "ideally located;" - ideal, if your only other comparison is the East Bank - but it would be hard to find many places that are further from the Ticket Office or the hub of main attractions than Desert Paradise, so you are dependent on their taxis and prices.
I felt this is the sort of place that likes to be in charge so you don't have the chance to compare. You do it their way or not at all. I didn't stay to try the food, which sounds great (but so are many other places). At 300LE I would expect something a little bit special - big beds, wi-fi or something that you don't always get (but often do) at cheaper places in the area - none of these, though she did offer to "lend me her stick" for internet (not much good to me using an iPhone). And that peppered with warnings that the electricity was not working all the time.
To the people who have given this place such high praise, I would ask, where else on the West Bank have you stayed??
But having said that, there is a definite niche for hotels that basically run everything for you, even at cost. It can be very reassuring for someone to help take the reins on your first visit to Egypt or even to Luxor.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Ashraf E, Manager at Desert Paradise Lodge, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
Thank you for your choice of Desert Paradise Lodge to recent stay in Luxor.

Can you provide a comment on our facility on TripAdvisor? Often our guests tell us to what extent they read comments from previous guests have useful to them before they book their visit to us. We always crave to know what you like and how we can get better.

Thank you again and we hope that is your choice on Desert Paradise Lodge in next time you visit the Luxor.
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Property: Desert Paradise Lodge
Address: Qabawi | Qurna, Luxor, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Luxor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Desert Paradise Lodge is the ideal starting point to explore and experience Egypt on your own, away from the crowds and the noise of Luxor. In the immediate vicinity you will find unspoiled countryside, and experience the local culture. ... more   less 
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