Our party of four guest and three dogs arrived in Siwa tired and dusty after two nights of desert camping, and we were greeted with tall glasses of flavourful lemonade. We occupied three rooms. The walled lodge is peaceful, and situated along a town road and surrounded on three sides by a date plantation. The rooms are built around a central courtyard garden which is beautifully landscaped. The rooms are of a high standard for rural Egypt, and I was relieved to see that the windows were well-screened and the bathroom was in good order. We enjoyed the simple yet tasty foods served at supper and at breakfast. Coffee on offer was Nescafe instant, not brewed. The swimming pool is an ambitious attempt and it adds to the ambiance in the garden but it was not as well maintained as it could have been and didn't appear to have treated water so it is probably inadvisable to use it. It may have been spring water-fed as several tanks in the town were fed by artesian springs. In the evenings there was a crackling fire in the garden fire pit. The locals who staff the hotel are friendly, courteous, accommodating, and were eager to address our minor concerns. We did have the water go off one evening, but someone quickly re-primed the pump and water was flowing again. The room lighting was dim and mounted high on the walls, so if you want to read then you will have to take your book outside into the sunlight. If staying at this hotel do try to wander into the centre of Siwa town and visit the small shops and enjoy the smells of the street foods cooking. The vendors were friendly and happy to see tourists as Egypt's political unrest and resultant drop in tourism has had a deep impact on the local economy. This is a religious and conservative part of Egypt, so its advisable to wear loose-fitting clothes with long sleeves and long pants. It is always better to err on the side of modesty here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ghaliet is a unique SPA Ecolodge just located nearby Amoun Temple and Alexander the greatest oracle in Siwa Oasis. It has been built by nature and designed among the palm trees. you can feel history and the great ancient stories of Alexander the great while you are in Ghaliet. Enjoy the nature, organic design, organic food and different health programs. The ecolodge includes 12 cozy rooms; each room has its special personality and feeling. You can enjoy staying in the upper rooms with the transparent glass ceiling opening and you feel like you are sleeping in the heaven. Also you can experience the unique outdoor privacy in the lower rooms with its private back yard. ... more less