10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Wonderful stay in Abu Simbel
"I am happy to see that the Seti Abu Simbel Hotel is still operating. I had a wonderful time there in 2003 and feel very sad that travel bookers do not promote this hotel. Most people that I met did not know what they missed out on by not staying at least one night in Abu Simbel. The sound and light show at the Ramses II temple was excellent, I thought second only to Giza, and the accommodation and pools at the Seti Hotel were truly beautiful. I still have lovely photos of my stay there, and look forward to going back sometime."
- Travel date: Wed 29th of August 2007
Awsome Views across the Sahara.
"The views across Lake Nasser and the Sahara are still with me today, Unforgettable. Although pricey there is something unique about swimming in a gorgeous pool looking out across the desert sands.
I concur with the other reviews above, 2 nights Abu Simble is definitely not part of the program, but is a great way to see the temples between tour groups. Independent travel in Egypt is tricky, we decided to extend our stay here and that was difficult, they had to call Cairo to authorize it.
Walking around town, the Abu Simble locals were extremely friendly, no one trying to sell me stuff. Seti is actually very close to the temples. If you walk a back street up past the post office you cut the distance in half as opposed to going up the main access road.
Seti Abu Simble is a great place to chill by the pool for a couple of days while touring Egypt."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of July 2007
Great Location, but....
"Seti Abu Simbel
This Hotel is a bit disappointing seemed out of place a bit like the hotels you see in Cuba or Dominica Republic They only had one restaurant which served a buffet timed to suit the Light & Sound. If you do not like buffet just use the coffee shop and itâs cheaper.
Excellent location, but it needs some TLC to clean it up. The view from our room, and also the pool, over an inlet of Lake Nasser to the desert and eventually the Sudan, was fantastic."
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of June 2007
Best part of our trip!
"Our stay at the Seti Abu Simbel hotel was absolutely amazing.
We were the only guests...I understand that the majority of people only come to Abu Simbel on day trips, but we had such a nice relaxed time, I recommend anyone to stay over.
Firstly, we were able to wait until the flight group of people had left and we could see the temple completely on our own. This on its own would be a big enough selling point, but then we walked the very short distance to the Seti Abu Simbel and were immediately made to feel very comfortable and at ease.
As the only guests (and in fact the only tourists in town) we were attended to but not smothered and were left mostly to ourselves to relax by the gorgeous pool overlooking Lake Nasser.
I would recommend a stay at this hotel to absolutely anyone."
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of June 2007
loved the nubian people
"difficult to get to but well worth it.we stayed here for 2 nights which rather surprised staff at the hotel.there is only one site to visit here but we thought that it was an excellent oppertunity just to sit by a pool for a day also by lake nasser.crocadiles can be sited early in the morning occasionally.the staff were exceptional and so was the food.we may have been the only people in the hotel for most of the day and were treated to the exclusive services fo the fantstic team of staff especially mohmad and sambo ,nubians who were charming and delightful."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of January 2007
Shame about the food
"Lovely location, room and many hotel areas had great views over Lake Nasser. Room was a good size, clean and comfortable. Pool was amazing, on two levels with a waterfall, swim up bar and views over the lake. Staff were friendly and efficient. However food was dreadful!
As we only stayed one night this wasn't a major problem."
- Travel date: Fri 10th of November 2006
Lovely position -but!
"Nothing exciting to look at on the approach to the hotel, or in the reception/lounge area.
Once inside the grounds hotel looks lovely.
Acommodation in small blocks 2 storeys high. Setting is very good over looking Lake Naseer. Nice well kept gardens throughout. Two swimming pools.
Walking through the grounds the hotel looks wonderful.
Other plus side if you stay when all the Abu Simebel visitors have left next morning you will virtually have the hotel to yourself until from about 9.00 until about 12.00 or 1.00 in the afternoon when the next bunch arrive. There is also another lull about 5.00 in the evening when everyone disappears to the temple and arrives back at either about 7.00 or 9.00 in the evening.
Now the down side - which has to be a shame.
The hotel is predominetly used as a overnighter for visitors to Abu Simbel. They arrive about 3.00 in the afternoon and leave about 9.00 next morning.
The food is buffett, and not very exciting, mcuh the same as most hotels that offer all their meals as buffett.
Probably due to the fact that it is used as a stop over the management are not too keen to keep it in tip top condition.
We did have a laugh in a Faulty Towers type of a way.
My husband managed to fuse all the lights and air conditioning by just moving the bed side table. Strange thing though one table light remained on together with the television. (Had just got out of the shower luckily)
Not content with that he pulled the curtains down (someone did warn us if the curtains were closed not to try to open them as they were not on proper runners). But no he did not listen
Still not content he managed to flood part of the bathroom. (Instead of sticking to the shower he decided to have a bath, and the water came back up through the drain in the floor).
The pool umbrellas were not that safe, and slight bit of wind and you were in danager of being crowned by them. (happened to me).
Slightly dated, but clean hotel.
Would definetly stay again with all it's faults.
Positive points were it's setting and the peach and quite. I suppose also the Fawlty Towers bit.
If the managment or owners did start putting everything right, it might end up spoiling it, or it may be a case that the overnighters would still not take any better care of the place."
- Travel date: Mon 6th of June 2005
"The Seti Abu Simble is a beautiful hotel. Stayed March 6, 2005 and was the Best accomodation in Abu Simbel though sparsely booked. Hotel people said it was because of it being a Sunday night. The rools are large, well decorated with a domed ceiling. Had a gorgeous view of Lake Nasser. Just a 15 minute walk from the hotel to the temple. Its rated four stars but the rooms were larger than the five star hotels we stayed at in Cairo and Luxor."
- Travel date: Sun 13th of March 2005
Peaceful and beautiful
"We stayed 2 nights at the Seti hotel in April 2004 and had the entire place to ourselves during the day. Tourists arrived late for the evening light show at Rameses temple stayed over at the hotel then left early morning or else people just flew in early morning for a few hours sightseeing but do stay over if you can as its well worth it. Hotel lovely and views over Lake Nasser amazing. Staff very friendly and rooms in separate bungalows. We were the only people during the latish morning at the Rameses temple - had it totally to ourselves which was incredible and went to the light show also."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of November 2004
"Beautiful hotel in Abu Simbel, very near to the temples, 10 minutes walking, inside the area, gardens all around, beautiful views to the nasser and the gardens.Very quiet, We were just six people at the hotel in july, just because most of the people donÂ´t stay the night in abu simbel, just see the temples and go away but see the temples by night and the music and light show is great!!!The rooms are bungalows, a very good size,big, the bathroom too, with bathtub and a big mirror, the rooms also have fridge, tv channels and terrace with views where you can be sitting.The hotel has a big restaurant, good buffet and two big swimming pools, my boyfriend and i were alone in one of them!!!The views from the swimming pools are to the mountains and the lake.The sunset is marvellous.Also there is a bar in the open air, nice and very cheap, like everything in egypt!!! The staff were nice, no problems, i will stay here again."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of November 2004