I have stayed in Luxor on numerous occasions (cruise boat, Stiegenberger, Sonesta), but the Maritim Jolie Ville is my new favourite place. My husband and I loved it. Its quiet (despite building work taking place at various parts of the island), beautiful pool areas, and nice bungalows. We stayed in Bungalow A (room 1) - it had recently been refurbished and had flat screen, new bathroom, furniture etc. All good, though the finish on things like the seal around the tub and sink was not nicely finished - also there was no shower curtain - but these are minor points and I am sure the hotel will get these minor items touched up with time. We e-mailed the hotel beforehand and asked for a refurbished room - a lot have not been done yet and are a bit tired looking.
However, the location and helpful staff make up for these things - wonderful grounds, wonderful views of the nile, fabulous pools, and great food - La Fleur, their intimate, a la carte restaurant is some of the best food we've had anywhere, and we do eat out in fine restaurants in London regularly. The buffet was good too - though the layout of the tables and lighting in the buffet was not great at night - it was a bit noisy (echo) and lacked ambiance - I have seen buffet restaurants where this can be done better. Again this is a minor point though. the evening bbq was not held, presumably due to the cold night air. From the hotel map it looks like at least 2 more restaurants will soon be open (including an Italian eatery).
The staff were always helpful and friendly - they really appreciate it if you can say salaam aleikum (hello) or shokran (thank you) - but you should learn a few words of the local language wherever you go. You can book a cab from the hotel to take you sightseeing wherever you want to go.
My only caution for the moment is that a lot of building work still has to be done, so between now and May/June there may be some disruption at the hotel - but don't let this put you off - you can e-mail the hotel politely in advance of your trip and get them to put you in a quiet spot. This is still one of the nicest places to stay in Luxor and its usually very good value (we paid less than £350 for a week B&B with flights and transfers which is less than I've paid for some weekends in Europe). We bought their meal deal (3 meals for 375 egyptian - about £45 - which included 1 (3 course) meal in La Fleur where you can choose anything from the menu. We thought it much better than booking the half board with the travel company.
My husband liked their gym, which he said was compact but had an excellent range of equipment (he does the gym 2-3 times a week so I take his word as expert advice) - there was also a salon and you could get massages, pedicures, etc at about half the cost of London. There is also a little zoo and Ramesses the camel for the children (the zoo looked immaculate apart from a poor pelican with a broken beak, and the enclosures were nice and clean). There seem to be various activities on offer each day also if you want something extra to do - but Luxor is one of the greatest open air museums on earth, with close to 4500 years of history to uncover, so you will not be disappointed.
We will probably be visiting again this year - it was that good - and the weather never lets you down!
- 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