This is by far the best hotel to stay in in Luxor. The hotels in Luxor town look more glitzy and The Winter Palace has a faded, gloomy elegance, but the town is not so wonderful that you would want to stay right in the middle of it. Even if Tony and Cherie Blair did! We stayed in one the new blocks at the Jolie Ville, the bedroom was huge and the balcony ( being a corner room )was vast. We paid extra for the larger room - the bed could have slept four people they fitted in two extra single beds for the children and the room still seemed empty.The site is really tranquill with stunning views from the breakfast terrace and the infinity pools of the Nile and the Valley of the Kings. If one is particularly sensitive the adults-only pool bans children, music and mobile phones - enough to sooth even a trappist monk. There is little in the way of entertainment in the evening - I suspect because of the low occupancy, which may change as trade picks up. The grounds are extensive and well maintained - a kiosk by the Nile is named Queens Island in honour of the Queen of Norway ( it was apparently her favourite spot) and there are luxury villas in the north of the island which are rumoured to be the holiday homes of ex-President Mubarak. The architecture of the facilities is restrained rather than ornate and at times uninspiring ( there are unfinished building works around the perifery, which we were told was due to the political difficulties in which the present owner finds himself - allegedly in the clink) but this is more than made up by the immaculate cleanliness of the rooms. The staff are super efficient - we left at 4.30 am and there was someone to take us and our luggage to reception within minutes of us calling, which was a typical reponse. Some contributers have raised fears about being hasselled in town by locals or being bitten by mosquitos. Have no fear on either account. It is true that in the Valley of the Kings the street vendors are a real pest, but in Luxor town itself the street hawkers and caleche drivers can be easliy deflected and on the island at least the banks are sprayed every night by clouds of what we took to be insecticide and we did not see a single mosquito all week. In fact, curiously, there are few flies to disturb your slumbers by the pool. One small gripe - when you are paying nealy £1000 a week B&B, shouldn't the use of the tennis courts be included? Instead of an irritating £5 an hour charge? If the hotel wanted to stop guests hogging the courts surely it can't be beyond their wit to arrange a booking system.
Regarding trips: don't shell out for an expensive tour, ask one of the staff to recommend a local taxi driver to take you around and hire a guide when you get to the sites. We hired a licensed guide at Karnak for 70 e£ and he was a good hours worth.
Don't be put off by anything. Egypt in safe and amazing, stay at the Jolie Ville, Kings Island. and you will love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled upon the private "Kings Island" in the Nile that covers 660,000 sqm, the resort truly is an oasis of peace and tranquility. The idyllic, landscaped hotel grounds are expansive and home to the two main buildings, bungalows and three enticing swimming pool areas. The historic sights of Luxor, located only 4 kilometres from the hotel, can be easily reached by complimentary shuttle buses. The island is connected to the mainland only by a bridge and is virtually free of charge. This makes the resort an ideal location for families with children. The resort has been renovated in 2010 and extended by 320 rooms and suites in 10 elegant bungalows, new restaurants, a pool of 2,800 sqm in size and a SPA with fitness centre (from early-sommer 2011). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maritim Jolie Ville Kings Island Luxor Hotel Luxor
- Jolie Ville Luxor
- Movenpick Luxor