Date of stay 14-21 June on a half board basis, firstly the building work that many people continue to worry about isn't a problem, I didn't notice any noise for the entire week and would guess they are at second fix stage anyway.
This was my second stay at this property and my partners eighth! They must be doing something right. I think it's fair to point out that she and I are excursion'd out as far as the City of Luxor is concerned so for us this was to be a week of relaxation by the pool with a smattering of football thrown in for good measure! Yuk I here you all cry, lol . Although irrelevant to the report itself I have to say the Monarch flight on Monday was very straight forward and although we have sampled all the charters on offer over the years we found the Monarch flight to be be superior if nothing else due to the wide body aircraft they use on this route compared to the shocking 757's the other's use on what is a long old flight.
Check in was very efficient and the staff behind the desk were cheery and helpful. We were allocated room 434, a side Nile view overlooking what was the old public baths and located to the front of the hotel so noise from the street was apparent, during the first night at around midnight we were awoken by a member of staff (assume/hope) who let himself into our room and switched the lights on, somewhat startled by this and indeed half asleep I arose to challenge him to which he apologised and legged it lol. The next morning we asked to speak to the manger who on hearing this upgraded us to room 403 which is a direct Nile view suite funnily enough on the fourth floor at the rear of the hotel overlooking the pool and beyond to the Nile.
The room was superb being double aspect (aswell as the large sliding patio doors to balcony there was a large window to a Juliet balcony facing north) In the lounge area there is an additional tv and further balcony. The bathroom was adequate with the additional facility of a whirl pool feature in the bath. We did find that the king size bed in this room to be a little firmer than the two singles that the staff often on request push together in other rooms. The one negative we found with these Nile facing rooms would have to be the heat, the A/C system was losing the battle towards the end of each day so housekeeping provided us with a fan.
This was to be our first time staying half board and if the the truth be known we were a little dubious perhaps to the quality and indeed choice of the evening buffet in the breakfast restaurant each night, however we were very satisfied with what was on offer and the serving staff were excellent, we did however eat three times in the Italian restaurant which I might add was very good and a discount is added to our final bill. The overall stay was yet again superb with all our expectations met, I will however add a final rant, on previous stays I found the pool and sun bed area to be extremely well managed, on this occasion I was very disappointed, every morning without fail before the staff were even on site many guests would be out putting books on sun beds around the pool, the most extreme case was at 6:57am I kid you not, most often the same people and regretfully they were all English( not a German in site). The pool rules state very clearly that sun beds cannot be reserved! Anyway rant over and I cannot wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five-star grandeur on the banks of the Nile awaits at the Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor. In a city of ancient Pharaonic treasures, this 322-room Luxor, Egypt hotel redefines luxury in a contemporary style. Only minutes from the world-renowned historic sites, the hotel is an ideal setting. After touring, guests relax in the hotel's Key of Life Health Club, dine in one of its restaurants or soak in the pool as they overlook the Nile. Free Wifi in the lobby and the swimming pool . Also a happy hour every evening at Nobles Bar with a 30% discount from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sonesta St George Hotel Luxor
- Sonesta Luxor
- Sonesta St George Luxor
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