My wife and i have just returned from a week at the pyramisa isis hotel in luxor for our 2nd aniversary, This was the place and hotel we visited on our honeymoon so it is a special place for us anyway but it certainly didn't disappoint.
The hotel is rated 5 star but anyone going expecting the RITZ will obviously be disappointed but i am sure most people are aware of the difference in ratings to our native European hotels.
My wife and i choose to stay facing the city which are the cheapest rooms but we turned down a nile view free of charge as we like the vibrancy of looking out onto the crazy main road while having a morning drink on the balcony, if you havnt been before and like a quiet start to the day upgrade to a nile/garden view and you will avoid the constant traffic and call to prayer throughout the day (4am start)
the hotel beds are very hard as they are in all parts of Egypt my wife and i have visited but after a little getting used to they are made for a superb nights sleep, the bedroom staff are very honest and friendly and work hard for their tips and wages.
The calleche drivers in luxor get a very bad press by the holliday reps but they work hard to feed there horses and fammily and deserve a fair share of the tourist trade, all the times we have visited luxor we have used (Mohammed number 1), he is a superb driver who works hard for his familly and horse (nadia), if you want to see the city ask for him, he will take you to the best shops not just the ones they get paid to take you to and he will take you to see weddings, houses and all other things you would never ever see with any tour guide, money is never a issue with him and he has never asked us to pay a amount, just paid what we feel is right for a night out seeing the city sights, he can be found around the sonesta hotel but if you ask any driver for Mohammed number 1 carriage they will point him out, tell him jamie and sally recommended him and he will see you right.
if you are staying at the pyramisa hotel my advice for a nice packed lunch english style would be to go to the arkrights store, this is a quality little shop that has prices that are cheap and non negotiable so you know what your paying and purchases come with a receipt. you will find the shop opposite the lotus hotel down the side street, well worth finding, around 5mins walk from the hotel, everything is around half the price of the other shops and genuine cigs are behind the counter not Chinese copys.
if you need a taxi driver for the morning to visit valley of the kings etc etc find saz, he will charge around 150 Egyptian for the day, you can visit all the attractions on the west bank at your leisure, you will have to pay entry fees but the tours charge crazy prices by filling people with fear when good people are just trying to earn a living. if you are going to the hotel before the 28th november 2011 you will see a man from manchester called ken with his wife pat, he will point you in the right direction with regards to resteraunts as my wife and i struggle with most food so eat pizza hut and mcdonalds although snobs is very nice. he is at one with all things egypt and is a superb man to know! again tell him jamie wrote the review for a ice breaker and he will be happy to chew your ear off and help you understand the madness.
We have been to luxor 3 other times but this time got to grips with other bits and bobs with his help and if your reading this then you will dodge many of the pitfalls.
all told this hotel is a great base for a luxor holiday with superb pool facilities and great access to everything this great city has to offer, if you need any more info feel free to contact me,
one other tip if you have never been to luxor is to get your visa from the bank in the terminal, you will see the windows on your left as you walk in, if you cue with most of the others you could pay any amount upto £15 english, at the window its around £9odd english, just a little tip!
!dont buy on the bus! during transfers
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The biggest 5 star hotel directly on the Nile in the heart of Luxor. Most of the large 350 rooms and 100 family suites enjoy panoramic views of the Nile, gardens and 2 large swimming pools. In addition to a heated swimming-pool, resort facilities include Italian, Chinese and oriental restaurants, bar, lounge, children playground and a gym. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pyramisa Isis Hotel And Suites
- Pyramisa Isis Luxor
- Isis Hotel Luxor