Two of my friends and I traveled to Luxor for two days recently (we are all young women). My friend described this as "That 70's hotel" which just about sums it up. Very 70's decor that looks like it hasn't been updated in 30+ years. My shower was very slow to drain the water when I showered, but other than that the bathroom was clean and there were some toiletries (soap, body wash, etc.). It looked as if they had reused the same plastic bottles and just refilled them though, which was a little strange.
The beds are pretty uncomfortable but suitable enough. Air con worked just fine. There was a TV with numerous foreign language channels (my friends' TV wasn't working in their room), a desk, room service menu, a mini fridge and a nice balcony overlooking the Nile with a chair to sit on. As I said, if you're not planning on spending much time in the room (besides sleeping and showering) it's no big deal. The mini fridge was quite convenient for storing bottled water overnight so you have it nice and cold before heading out in the 100 degree weather.
As far as the other amenities in the hotel are concerned, the "shopping" area is really dated and most of the stuff they sell is small overpriced trinkets. There is a bookstore with some books and postcards, but you can probably bargain with someone selling the same thing on the street for a much lower price. There were several restaurants: Le Champollion, Le Flamboyant as well as an Italian restaurant and a bistro cafe that sells coffee, tea, hot chocolate and small pastries. We had the breakfast buffet at Le Flamboyant and it was really great food. A very large selection of pastries, breads, eggs, fuul, tammiya, cereals, yogurt, fruit, salads, potatoes, juice, tea, coffee, cheeses. It was included with the price of the room and totally made up for all of the other little complaints we had.
The pool is really gorgeous and well-maintained. It's only open from 9 am to sunset though, which can be very early in October (5 pm). We didn't get to use it.
We found the guy selling the taxi services (Mr. B) very unpleasant to work with, although it was nice prearranging our car rides before going out in Luxor as we weren't part of an organized tour (which many people in the hotel were) and you can be constantly hassled if you're independent travelers.
There is a bank counter where you can change your money or ask for smaller currency notes which was very convenient. There's an ATM inside the hotel and the front desk staff were friendly and willing to help. Finally, we were also able to check in very early (although we had to wait an hour for the room to be cleaned) which was extremely helpful, and we were allowed to leave our luggage after checkout for a several hours.
The location is great (walking distance to Luxor Temple and Luxor Museum, right across from the Nile) and if you're looking for a moderately-priced place to stay in Luxor with some amenities and services not offered at the cheaper budget hotels, then this would be a good option. You can save some money by not eating at the hotel and buying your bottled water from the shop right outside to the left (large bottle of water is 2 EGP whereas at the hotel it's 11 EGP).
I had a nice time in Luxor but probably wouldn't stay here again as there are other nicer, smaller hotels in Luxor at a lower cost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right in the centre of town, overlooking the Nile river, the Mercure Luxor is tucked away amidst shady gardens alongside a crescent moon shaped pool. Our spacious and naturally bright rooms, some of which have facilities for guests with limited mobility, all lookout over the Nile or the gardens. You will be in the perfect place for visiting the fabulous sites of Luxor and Karnak and can be sure of a wonderful holiday with a pleasant combination of leisure and exploration. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Luxor
- Mercure Hotel Luxor
- Accor Luxor