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El Nakhil Hotel & Restaurant
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Reviewed 11 July 2009

I booked 2 nights at the Nakhil prior to my Dahabiya trip. Contrary to most of the bookings in the region the response was very prompt. I think the owner (or wife of the owner) is European and you could tell that customer service was different than elsewhere.

The hotel is located in a quiet residential area in the west bank. No dead quiet but nothing like the craziness of East bank. If you worried about location or still figuring out the East/West bank debate stop worrying. It's about 5 minutes to the boats and that's very convenient to get to East bank. Actually it's a nice experience by itself that I was looking forward too.

PRO:
- Quiet ambiance and nice location
- Nice non obstructed views over fields.
- Nice open air restaurant. Decent food.
- Nice rooms. We were on the second floor. There was a dome in the ceiling that made it interesting. The small balcony was a welcome addition, although we didn't use it all that much (cold).
- Very clean hotel. I did that rooms were practically scrubbed when guests were leaving.
- Great value. I don't remember the price but it's a fraction of what you pay compared to the other Aswan hotels.
- Nice staff, whether at the Reception or Restaurant.

This being said, I wouldn't consider it a picture perfect place:
- Main concern is the heat. We were there on January 1st and 2nd and it was quite cold in the room from the end of PM. We asked for heat and were told there wasn't any. So we were very uncomfortable on the first night. The next day we run into the owner and mentioned the point. He nicely brought a heater that did the trick. Wasn't too hot but warmer enough with a few blankets. Too bad we spent the first night uncomfortably
- Same thing about the restaurant: being open air is scenic but makes it uncomfortable for eating when it's cold. They have one heater for the whole terrace (that's where you eat) and obviously it's not enough for everyone. They should buy a few more. And even with the heater it's not all comfortable as nights can get cold. This being said, the second night was warmer and the whole dining experience was more enjoyable. Actually, to think about it, I wouldn't have minded paying an extra to get a heater. But the option wasn't available the first night
- Bathroom is on the basic side. Not very warm either and takes some mental energy to jump into the shower knowing you'll be cold after.
- Internet never worked
- No pool. Wasn’t a minus during my stay (January) but definitely something that would be appreciated 9 mouths out of 12. And frankly one shouldn't expect a pool at that price. But still, a consideration when booking the hotel

Overall very nice hotel, great value, good service. I don't think I would return in the winter or in the heat of the summer. But it`s perfect for shoulder seasons where it's not cold and not too hot yet.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank spartac
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Reviewed 29 June 2009

This is a great hotel. The rooms were very clean and nicely decorated, very cute. The bathroom was also spacious and clean. The entire hotel is very inviting and the staff are very friendly and helpful. It is also tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the streets which was really nice. We paid about 35 US dollars a night for three of us ($12 a piece) and breakfast was included. You won't find a nicer place for that price, it was awesome! I will definitely go back to El Nakhil on my next trip to Luxor!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank nuttydiver
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Reviewed 6 May 2009

Our experience at El Nakhil was quite good. The hotel staff were friendly. The rooms were clean and fairly big, although to make a double bed, they just pushed together two twin beds. The architecture and atmosphere of the hotel was a plus.

The breakfast was okay. You could order an Egyptian or Continental breakfast. The Egyptian breakfast included falafels, baked beans, bread, and tea/coffee. The Continental was included an omelet instead of the falafels and baked beans. Either choice was a decent way to start to the morning. The restaurant had beer and shisha which was a nice way to relax after spending all day sightseeing.

Our service was good. Once, we even didn't have enough money to pay for our taxi (the ticket prices for almost every site was 10 pounds more than the 2008 Lonely Planet guidebook said), so the hotel manager let us borrow 75 pounds from them until we could make it to an ATM on the East bank.

The location is very good. From the train station, it takes about 5 minutes by taxi to get to the ferry area. If you have luggage, I recommend paying 4 or 5 pounds and hiring one of the private boatman who are always standing around the ferry site to get you across the Nile, and then walking to the hotel. It takes about 5 minutes walking to make it to the hotel after crossing the river.

The prices were the best part of the hotel. For the service and rooms, paying 30 Euros a night was a very good price. I would recommend staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank zilo
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Reviewed 28 April 2009

We stayed 3 nights in El Nakhil, but would have loved to stay more!! Just add a swimming pool and TV in the rooms, and it would have been the best hotel in Louxor!
I told the owners we were coming for our honeymoon, and they took care of plenty of small details to make our stay as pleasant as possible. Free lemon juice at our arrival, really nice room with a coupole above the bed, different towel sculptures on the bed every day...
Its location on the west bank make it perfect for quietness. The restaurant is GREAT, with plenty of choices, and safe food: the water is boiled every time they use it to wash vegetables or make ice. It is really nice to know when you've been sick before :-)
The staff is really friendly and willing to help.

Overall, I would recommend it to everyone, for short and long stays... It's been the best hotel in our 1-month trip.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2009

Other reviews have said it all - a difficult place to leave because of the friendliness and helpfulness of all the staff. It's location is perfect for anyone who wants to sleep peacefully and only be woken by birds in the morning. No annoying TV , telephones, lifts or long noisy corridors. After three weeks in noisy , cluttered but fascinating Cairo it was wonderful to de-stress at this hotel. Stayed for ten nights, but this was not enough as Luxor and its environs have so much to offer the inquisitive traveller. Congratulations to Salah and Birgit on their hotel and their staff - they are a credit to them.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Fulfillingdreams
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