This hotel has two things going for it - the location, and the Nile view. It is very conveniently located to everything on the east bank in Luxor - Luxor Temple and the museum are an easy walk, and even Karnak is only about a mile away, which isn't a bad walk if you are somewhat fit. The staff was friendly, and the included breakfast was fine, although I avoided anything that I thought might make me sick (raw, unpeeled fruits and vegetables, cheeses, lunch meats), and I didn't have any issues.
The common areas of the hotel (lobby, lobby toilets, terrace, etc.) are clean and well-maintained, but the rooms are another matter entirely. Our friend who was also staying in the hotel described them as being like "a poorly-maintained Red Roof Inn." The carpets are shabby and dirty looking (my guess is that they are original to the hotel), and the bed had a scary looking comforter on it that we took off immediately. The sheets were old and pilled, and I did not have any kind of confidence in the cleanliness of the room at all. Worst of all was that the hotel clearly does not actually have "non-smoking" rooms. Our friend asked to change rooms after we were initially assigned smoking rooms (although we had requested non-smoking). They changed our rooms, but all they had done was remove the ashtray and spray strong air freshener in the room to cover the very strong smoke smell which reasserted itself in a couple of hours. Even the towels smelled like smoke, so clearly, it had been smoked in very recently. It became apparent at this point that no matter how many times we changed rooms, we would be in a smoking room. This was highly, highly unpleasant. The rooms need a complete and total overhaul- new carpet, new bedding, new wall coverings, and then the hotel should actually enforce no-smoking rooms.
The shower was another major issue. I don't know what the problem with the water was, but every morning we were there, we would get blasted with scalding hot water intermittently during our shower. I actually had to get out of the shower at one point because it was burning me. Our friend in the room next door had the same issue, so I know it was not just our room. The shower stalls themselves are very small; if you are planning on taking a bath, you will be disappointed, although this was not an issue for me.
Our room did have a balcony with a Nile view, which was nice (you do pay extra for a Nile view), but it just couldn't overcome the dank, dingy smokiness of the rooms.
- 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