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El Fayrouz
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Reviewed 19 March 2010

This property is located on the West bank of the Nile while most hotels/markets/Luxor temple are on the East bank. That said, ferry crossing is walking distance from the hotel, cheap, easy and frequent.
We liked the location, quiet but easy access to everything in Luxor. The rooms were comfortable with A/C. They have a few outdoor terraces/gardens/spots to hang out which we took advantage of. Staff were always willing to help. It was nice to be in a small spot with some character rather than one of the big hotels. We enjoyed it.

  • Stayed: February 2010
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1  Thank Seven_Continents
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Reviewed 14 February 2010

I can only comment on our experience of this hotel. We booked to stay from 25th January 2010 until the 2nd February, 2010. We looked on their website and the rooms looked exactly like what we were looking for with a lot of character and nice decorations. The hotel was located on the West Side of Luxor and therefor meant to be quite. We decided to book a Hassan Fathi room, a bit more expensive, but they looked great.

We arrived late on the 25th January and were shown a room in the new building of the type we had booked, called a Hassan Fathi style. On arrival I looked at my partners face, and could see the disappointment. It did have a domed ceiling the same as the room shown on the internet, but this is where the similarity stopped. Our room was painted white and a pale yellow, with pale tiles and furnished with two very plain pine beds, each with a furry brown blanket, the room also had a pine wardrobe and a small pine table and a plastic green chair. It did have a balcony, but the balcony overlooked some type of construction and the street. I do not believe you could comfortably sit on this balcony unless you somehow wrapped your feet around your ears. The domed ceiling had some wiring in the middle of it, perhaps it was going to be fitted at some stage with a light but for our visit it was just curly up in the centre of the dome as a feature. There was no other decoration, no mats or paintings or nicely painted walls.

Our room came of the internal lightwell, as did all rooms in the new building. The light well seemed to have a echo so you could here when anyone left there room, or walked up or down the stairs. Our room was located above the kitchen, so we also had the smells from the kitchen, not to mention the noise from the kitchen.

The room was very clean, spotless, as was the bathroom. The bathroom was quite large and tiled nicely.

We did ask if there were other rooms, only to be told they were full. We asked for one more like the room shown on their website, but we were told (of course) it was taken (as we expected so late in the piece), so we decided to leave after the one night. In the morning after looking around for another hotel, we returned to the El Fayrouz before noon to check-out. We were told that we needed to speak to the owner - Susan.
She was disappointment that we were leaving and asked us to pay not only for the one night we had spent there, but also for an additional night, as we had booked for 8 nights originally. I explained the room was nothing like on there website, and that this was misleading, I also explained that the room was located near the kitchen and therefore received the noise from the kitchen. She insisted we pay for the additional night - and to be honest we did not mind paying as we were happy to be out of there, and we had originally booked for longer.

We did eat in there restaurant/garden. It was fine but a little overpriced, and to be honest we had better food at other places in Luxor.

If you are after a room with character, that is quite and restful - try somewhere else, or make sure you are not in the new building. I can not say what the rooms are like in the old building, but by all accounts they are much better - if you can go by the images of their website that is.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank helen_joe
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Reviewed 2 January 2010

This is a gem - but you will need to book well in advance in the busier seasons as it is very popular. It only cost us 150 Egyptian pounds per room per night (about £18 or $27). Lovely to sit in the garden and relax after a hard day of sight-seeing. It isn't luxurious, but it is welcoming, friendly and superb value. The location on the west bank of the Nile is great, only a very cheap taxi ride to the Valley of the Kings etc. You can hire old bikes about 100 m away if you want to cycle around. It is close to the cheap (1 Egy pound, £0.12) passenger ferry across the Nile and is almost opposite the Temple at Luxor (but I don't think any rooms had views across the Nile). Only downside would be the several cats in the garden (if you are allergic or don't like cats) and the bed sheets were too small to stay on. The beds are basic but adequate for a couple of nights.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Thank MarineLifeDevon
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Reviewed 21 December 2009

I STAYD WITH MY 2 SONS FOR 5 NIGHTS AND PAYD EURO 110, AND WHAT DID WE GET?
a large well equipt room and bathroom with fan and ok noise airco, cleaned every day inc. sheets /towels
a fantastic garden to chill, eat and drink, and enjoy the cats and birds
breakfast is good, we also had lunch and dinner here becours it was eating in confort, the food was good, and so were the prices, this all served by friendly staff
very convienent for all the sites east or westbank
all in all a place to feel at home from home, if you like a quite and clean hiotel with good food , near the ferry and all the sites just GO THERE

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Thank antoine09
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Reviewed 25 November 2009

Fayrouz is a great location for an almost boutique hotel ( concept totally new in Egypt) located on the West side of the Luxor valley which was great because if you stay on the East side where there are only 2 sites (which can BOTH be done in 1 day (Karnak and Luxor Palace) and the dusty noisy, almost as crazy as Cairo city of Luxor - you have to go all the way to the bridge (costs allot more) to get to where MOST of the really incredible sights are in the Valley of the Kings and Queens (where you COULD spend days, since you can only do 3 tombs each day).

So Fayrouz location is very convenient as the ferry ride is only a 3 minute walk from the hotel is so frequent and so inexpensive and really a great experince into Egypt life. Once you get to the other side there is so much bustle and hussle going on you will be SOOO happy to be back at the Frendly Fayrouz. Now it is not a really luxury stay like some of the mammoth and expensive places in Luxor city - where you might as well be in another country. But they don't even have a view of the palace, so why would you want to pay so much anyway, when you are in Egypt to see the sights of antiquity right?

The Fayrouz has a very unique specialty rooms - Hassan Fetiye style where the roofs are shaped into domes - they are Fantastic and you will need to reserve well in advance.

There are lots of restaurants close by...better and less expensive than on the Luxor East side! Uur favorite restaurant just minutes from the Fayrouz is the Tutankhamen right on the water Say Hi to the host Mohamed he is great! The food at the Fayrouz is pretty good and convenient too. The African restaurant around the block is not as good as either of these - unless you like really bland food.

Fayrouz also organizes all of your tours/transport ect. and sooh much better priced and honest!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank waterfallyogi
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