We returned to the Iberotel for a second time as we had such a great time last year. It was lovely to see that despite the lack of tourists since the revolution (or should that be revelation as some guests insisted on calling it!), that the hotel staff are still the same as in the previous year. As this was our unofficial honeymoon, we were on the top floor again with a Nile view which is the best way to see this hotel and Luxor. The views are breathtaking from the balcony and its a great way to see in and see out each hot, hot, hot day. Temperatures are high at this time of the year which we love, but please, if you are not a fan of the sun, then Luxor is probably not for you.
The staff are friendly, attentive and all have a superb sense of humour. The food is good, plenty of choice (although our second week did fall into Ramadan so the food became a little blander but not inedible in any way shape or form). You can order food from the snack menu and eat either pool side, on the terrace or in the air conditioned bar area. The reception staff are friendly, attentive and all speak good english, as do the rest of the hotel staff. The rooms are very comfortable (beds are uber comfortable and Im tempted to contact the hotel to find out where they get them from!), with everything in good working order. If you are expecting a million TV channels, then take some good books with you, but seriously, when you are in Luxor, there are so many other things to do than watch TV.
As Luxor is quiet at the moment, Kalesh drivers (horse and cart) and taxi drivers will be waiting outside of the hotel to see if they can get a fare. Please be courteous and respectful if you dont want either of them. Please remember, the Egyptians are possibly one of the friendliest groups of people on the planet and hospitality really is their thing. They are genuinely struggling to put food on their tables so they will work a little bit harder to see if they can take you somewhere. If you really dont want it, just be firm but polite and say so - there is no need for rudeness, which unfortunately, we saw a lot of this year (from British tourists, Im ashamed to say). The local market is definately the place to shop, not the tourist souk -they are right next to each other and you will know when you have hit the local market as the cobbled walkays will have disappeared. The souk is fantastic and a great place to haggle for those leather goods, clothes, jewellry etc etc - I cant get enough of the place as you can also sit and watch local life, sipping a mint tea or karkadeh. Just remember, if you dont have much money when you are there or you are dubious about being ripped off , a genuine smile will cost nothing but will get you a lot more!
One other thing - next to the pool, you will see a white motorboat owned by a local lad who calls himself Craig David. His real name is Mohammed and this guy is an absolute jewel of the Nile! He takes day trips to Banana Island, Felucca rides and trips to the West Bank. As we have been to Luxor quite a few times, we were interested in the swimming in the Nile. This was possibly one of the most special experiences Ive ever had in Egypt (and we have been going for 7 years!)- swimming in the cool water with my husband, Mohammed, Abdul and Faizel - worries, stress and poverty went out of the proverbial window. We splashed, dunked, leaped, whooped, jumped and splashed a bit more - for me as the only girl, it was like having a gang of big brothers all intent on soaking me- the best fun! We were out for 2 hours, drinking mint tea, watching the locals swimming too and enjoying the coolness after another hot day for a whole £10 - may seem like a lot, but was worth every single penny! Floating back to the hotel as the sun is going down, is an absolute must for anyone! Mohammed is a genuine guy as are his comrades/buddies who will genuinely do their best to ensure you enjoy your time in Luxor. His mint tea is the best and as I write this, I am sipping some that he gave me to bring home. You must go and see him, even just for a chat and a drink.
Overall, we had a blast and would return to this hotel again. Its centrally located so temples and souks and downtown is within walking distance. The great restaurants (Puddleducks, Taste of India, Snobs etc) are also within walking distance so you cant go wrong with this hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Iberotel Luxor has an excellent location direclty overlooking the banks of the Nile & is ideal for romantic getaways, honeymoons or those fascinated by the marvels and mysteries of ancient Egypt. Centrally located in Luxor, it's just ten minutes walking from the Temple of Luxor. This four-star property offers spectacular views of the river, the west bank & the distant hills of Thebes from its rooms & from the verdant garden terrace. Near the hotel, the ferry crossing to the west bank will allow you to visit the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Hatshepsut Temple and the Memnon Colossus while the Temple of Karnak is just three km away. The hotel is the winner of Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012 & 2011, the winner of E-cristal certificate for 2012,Iso -14001 for 2012, Travelife Gold Award winner for 2011 & 2010 & the Cristal Certificate of Excellence 2010. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberotel Luxor Hotel Luxor
- Iberotel Hotel Luxor
- Luxor Iberotel Hotel