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Steigenberger Nile Palace Luxor
Ranked #5 of 54 Hotels in Luxor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 December 2011

We had a wonderful week at this hotel following a Nile cruise. We stayed in a suite with a city view this time, previously in a standard room with a city view. It was our choice to have a city view as we enjoy watching the city life in the evening. Yes, it could be noisey, watching wedding parties go by especially, but fun to watch. Once the windows were closed, we didn't have any problems sleeping. Our rooms were beautiful each time and spotlessly clean. We stayed on B & B basis and there was an amazing choice of beautiful food available. All the staff were so pleasant, friendly and helpful, which is why we returned this year. The hotel is central in Luxor and there are lots of Taxis outside. We used Mr Fish (Hamdy) as we had used him last year and found him to be reliable. The prices for the journeys are reasonable and tips are well earned as he would wait for us to attend the sites on the West Bank which is a good way out of Luxor. You do get hassle, you learn to cope with it, but that's the way it is. We wouldn't hesitate to return to this hotel and this wonderful country.

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Reviewed 3 December 2011

We stayed at the Nile Palace for 2 nts. before starting our cruise from Safaga. Check in at 2am was easy and very friendly. We were taken to our room overlooking the pool and the Nile. Being jet-lagged we called room service for a bottle of wine and some snacks and it was promptly delivered. The rooms are large and comfortable, with big bathrooms. Buffet breakfast is included and there is something for everybody.
Service was outstanding. Everybody is friendly and helpful from the front desk to the restaurants. Everybody spoke good English.
One night we ate at the Thai Restaurant which overlooks the river and towards the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens that are all lit up. The food was great and so was the service.
The pool is nice and there were always chairs available. Most people don't come to Luxor to sit by the pool though. The small restaurant by the pool had a nice menu and the burgers were great. The only negative about the pool was that there was a large Nile river boat docked with the engines running, which created a terrible Diesel exhaust. We moved and that problem was solved.
On our last morning we woke up to hot air balloons floating over the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. What a sight. Had we known that was available, we would have done it. Maybe next time.
We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Spring for the Nile view or Nile front room. Don't stay overlooking the courtyard or the street.
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Reviewed 30 November 2011

My family and friends (four) stayed at this great hotel. Two members stayed in a courtyard view room where they could look down upon the courtyard where the nightly entertainment took place. You can look down onto the two restaurants there. One is a Lebanese and the other an Italian. I have eaten at both and can say that the quality of food and service is the very best. My favourite is the Italian; you must try the Salmon in cream sauce Pasta. A little expensive but you would expect this at such a high standard hotel. If you are a person who is slightly worried about the food in Egypt, then you can be assured of a high standard and quality, all salads being washed in bottled water and so on. There are within walking distance outside of the hotel many restaurants to choose from and some of them are just great. Like The Lantern, Jewel of the Nile, Snobs, Sunrise. It is totally safe to walk to and from these restuarants at day and night.

Two other friends stayed in a Nile view room. Each morning from their balcony they could look across the Nile to the West bank and watch the balloons that took off earlier, you can see the buffalos taking there morning swims, the goats and sheep eating the lush green grass aside the Nile and the locals going about their daily lives.

The entertainment at the Nile Palace is nightly. There are Belly dancers, Stick dancing and other dancing by both mail and female performers, my favourite is the Whirling Dervishes, it is a great performance and their whirling skirts have lights so it is quite spectacular. This entertainment is free to everyone in or out of the hotel. While being entertained you can take a tea, coffee or a beer or a meal at one of the restaurants I have just mentioned.

If you wish to take a Felucca sail, this can be arranged at their very own river landing station. I have often taken a motorboat from the West bank right to the hotels doorstep this way.

For the afternoon, I suggest taking tea and cakes on their terrace and simply relax and take in the views across the Nile. If like me you are a chocoholic, then do try their wonderful chocolate cakes. There is also Nile side terraces and many places to take a drink.

There are some great shops in the hotel and although they say the prices are fixed, you can indeed still barter.

Have a great time, I know you will, I always do.

Room Tip: All rooms are great; it’s just a choice of inner courtyard view or a Nile view. Naturally Nile view...
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Overlooking the nile with a full set of experiences to be had. The Thai restaurant (eat on the balcony) is good and 50% the cost of the UK. The rooms are v comforable, suites are massive and v well furnished. eg two safes (just in case you are carrying the crown jewels) Shower room and a massive bathroom. V big balonies. Nile side of hotel is U shaped. Belly dancing in the main atrium area. ( they provide the belly dancer ) Three other restaurants in hotel. The nile side looks over to the valley of the kings on the otherside. Felucca rides etc from the hotels own jetty.

Room Tip: Suites 418 &436 rooms 430,437,435,417, This seems to be the same on each floor. You are almost o...
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

Had a wonderful week at this hotel following a cruise.Staff were so helpful and the food was
superb.We are frequent Egypt travellers but first time in Luxor.Will be back again despite
the rude american overnight guests.So wonderful to have the city of luxor at your front
door and able to explore.So sad to see occupancy so low.People don't know what they
are missing.

Room Tip: Nile fronted rooms are a must
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

We stayed at the Nile Palace hotel for two weeks in November and, for the most part, we were very pleased: the staff are polite, conscientious and helpful, the hotel is clean, the breakfast is good (having only stayed B and B, we can't vouch for the main meals) and the hotel is only a short distance by caleche or taxi from the centre of Luxor. But there were a few snags.
The Italian and Lebanese restaurants are overpriced, especially with regard to alcohol. A glass of wine should not cost twice as much - five pounds - and be smaller than that in local restaurants. The tiramisu - unthawed in the middle - served in the Italian restaurant tasted as though it had just been bought in an Iceland store. At a cost of 85 Egyptian pounds, the set menu in the Lebanese restaurant was unimaginative and ungenerous.Restaurants not five minutes away (The Lantern especially; avoid the overrated Snobs) offer far better value. Equally, I wasn't happy about paying between three and four English pounds for three very small scoops of low-quality ice cream served neither with biscuit, sauce or any other embellishment. Obviously, someone is more concerned with profit than quality here.
The "cabaret" - four or five youngsters doing a sub-Pan's People routine in the main courtyard were hardly worth staying in for, and having to pay five English pounds for one hour's internet use - and it had to be an hour; you couldn't use, say, 40 minutes and the rest later - was, as other guests have pointed out, simply a rip-off. Go to the King's Head pub instead where, for the price of a drink, you can have unlimited access to the web.
The biggest spoiler, though, was the strong smell of diesel oil from the Nile tour boats moored just to one side of the hotel. This, and continuous noise from the boats' engines,
made the whole area pong a bit like a bus station in midwinter Moscow. If nothing else, the hotel management really needs to do something about this.
These grumbles apart, the hotel is comfortable, (mostly) quiet and efficient. Let's hope the management picks up and deals with some of these points (if you feel that it might help, point out these remarks to them).

Room Tip: A Nile view rooom (or even a partial view) is well worth the extra.
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3  Thank chandos7
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

Just returned having stayed at Steigenberger Nile Palace in Luxor for two weeks. I strongly recommend this hotel as it is located right on the banks of river Nile and also it is a good base for all the outings such as Luxor Museum, Mummification Museum, Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and Hatchepsut Temple. Before the journey as we are vegetarians, our main concern was the food and hygiene. But the restaurant especially Omar Yousef and Mohammed made sure that all our meals were vegetarian and they exceeded our expectations serving varieties of tasteful vegetarian dishes in Nubian restaurant.

The hotel staff in general were very helpful and friendly. I would like to thank especially Alison, Mary Atef and Walid for their service at reception. Also, I still remember Mohammmad (Doorman's face) always smiling regardless of the time.

The views from this hotel were outstanding: overlooking Valley of the Kings and river nile. The swimming pool was also clean and they had people giving us towels everyday on our sun beds. The hotel also has a bank within the premises, which gives a very competitive exchange rate. Don't convert too much money from UK as the exchange rate in Egypt is higher.

I had read before hand on trip advisor that in Egypt you have a lot of people hassling you for business and I was particularly concerned about that. However, having spent a couple of weeks, I realised that they really need business there at the moment as the tourism business is really down due to the fear amongst us. However, I must say that the Egyptian people are one of the kindest and friendliest people I have come across. Although, I was getting hassled by them nearly everday for their business, I was kind of enjoying the whole experience. I didn't feel unsafe at all at anytime. If you say La Shokran nicely and politely to them, they will not hassle you as much. I also organised some of the excursions myself by booking a fantastic taxi driver: Mr. Abou. He or his brothers are always outside the hotel and I do recommend them. We went to Aswan (300 kms from Luxor) with him and also other outings in Luxor. They are very cheap compared to what you would pay with any tour companies. However, I recommend to agree the taxi fare in advanced in Egyptian pounds before any of the trips. We also did Hot Air Balloon Ride, which I strongly recommend. The other tour companies charge nearly £75 per person but if you speak to Abou he will take you to Sindbad Hot Air Balloon company, which will do you a very good deal. This safe balloon experience was amazing overlooking all the historical and ancient sites approx. 1800 feet in the air.

Overall, the hotel was excellent but there is room for improvement in the evening entertainment and modernisation of the rooms. In the evening entertainment, they should introduce shows or perform different routines at professional level. They should also try things such as, mini Vegas or western shows along with egyptian theme. The hotel rooms looked a bit dated and need modernising. Improvement on these two points, along with the existing staff, this hotel is definetely worth 5 out of 5.

If you need daily things such as, water, crisps, chocolates, etc. there is a nice English supermarket nearby called Arkwrights (Open All hours), which is very cheap.

If you are adventourus and experience horse carriage (calesh or Tanga), I recommend Ali as his calesh and he seems to look after his horse Cinderella. He took us to the narrowest bazar on calesh, which was scary but joyful experience. Again, you must agree the price in Egyptian pounds before you go on.

Please go to Luxor as this place is safe and don't be put off by the media.

A D

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Address: Khaled Ben El Walid Street, Luxor 85111, Egypt
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Region: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Luxor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Luxor
#3 Romantic Hotel in Luxor
#3 Business Hotel in Luxor
#3 Spa Hotel in Luxor
#4 Luxury Hotel in Luxor
Price Range: £37 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Steigenberger Nile Palace Luxor 5*
Number of rooms: 304
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Our Steigenberger Nile Palace Luxor Hotel, It is a 5 stars hotel has a unique location amidst relics of a 7000-years-old civilization, in the heart of Luxor, only 1.5 Km. From the temple of Luxor and 10 Km. From Luxor Airport. Guests can enjoy a marvelous view of the mighty Nile in addition to the cliffs of the Theban Mountains on the western bank where the valley of kings and Queens lie. The hotel offers a variety of service and facilities, 11 conferences and break out rooms that can host up to 2000 participants, among other things. ... more   less 
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