We stayed a week with a group of friends in May 2012.
The hotel was very quiet. Lobby area was very inviting, staff welcoming and check in was very quick and efficient. Porters took our cases to the room without fuss.
The room - facing the Nile - was large with plenty of drawer space. We had taken notice of other reviews on Trip Advisor and had requested Nile Rooms on a high floor (5th Floor) giving us great views across the NIle. There was a large bed but this was very firm. That tired at the end of a day that this didn't prevent sleep! Room was kept very clean by the staff. Daily entertainment was the towel sculptures left by housekeeping - still chuckle over the crocodile with sunglasses!.
Restaurant was very good. Always a choice and something good to eat. Staff very attentive and keen to practise their English (and other languages).
Pool area large and clean and no problem finding sun loungers which were very comfortable (moreso than the beds!). Fresh pool towels provided daily. Pool bar was much used in the heat of the day and again had very welcoming and attentive staff.
The Jewel in the Nile reference relates to the staff at this hotel. They were all without exception, happy, obliging and keen to see that you enjoyed your stay in their country. Having travelled widely they really were the best team of staff we have met anywhere on our travels (at home and abroad) for which the hotel should be rightly proud. They made our trip.
Stunning views and so much to see in this part of Egypt that we will return. We were sorry to learn that there are very few visitors to Egypt at the moment, perhaps with many being concerned about the current unrest. We found/saw no problems in anything we did including the trips out around Luxor so would recommend Luxor as a travel destination.
Please don't expect 5* facilities that you might see at a UK 5* hotel as you will likely be disappointed. But the staff of this hotel certainly are a match for a 5* anywhere.
A few other tips....
1 You'll need a visa at the airport - go to the booth at the airport and get 2 for c£13. The chap meeting us for our operator was keen to exploit us and would arrange this for £17 plus each.
2 The most hassle you're likely to get is with the local chaps getting their hands on your luggage to take to your coach/taxi transfer and wanting payment. If you don't want this, be firm with your "NO".
3 Be firm if you don't want the goods offered by traders at your trips out. The firm "NO" and avoiding eye contact will help. No need to be rude. Just understand that their economy is suffering with the reduced numeber of tourists visitin Luxor.
4 Be prepared to haggle over the price of trips, taxis/ boat trips - you'll get a good deal and the local chaps will be happy too.
- 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