10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Don't stay here!
"Unless booking a package tour or somehow indirectly and paid in advance do NOT under any circumstances STAY HERE. The owner and the owner's son are dubious at best and cut throat gypsies at worst. The staff are kind, and the facilities plain but nice but the management are pirates. They even dress like pirates! The son will rip you off with a [--] grin while the owner teases you with crap jewelery for your girlfriend. DO NOT STAY HERE!"
- Travel date: 8th August 2008
My favorite hotel in Egypt
"We spent five nights here and didn't want to leave. It's a beautiful garden. Wonderful room with huge bathroom, great food, free Wi-Fi, beer for sale in the fridge. The owner, Ahmed, is so friendly and helpful. He has great advice on what to see and can arrange bike rental, taxi, etc for a good price. He'll even drive you in his own car if he has time. The hotel is on the West Bank of the river, which is quiet and still has plenty of good restaurants."
- Travel date: 25th June 2008
"My friends and i stayed at the Amon Hotel, not to be confused with the Gezira Hotel, in February. We were quoted a price before our stay but when we received the cost at the end of the week we were deeply shocked. We asked for a breakdown of the charges which the son of the owner, was unable to supply us with. For what we were charged for bed and breakfast we could have stopped all inclusive in the Old Winter Palace. He was unable to even justify the costs and we were not even able to receive a bill for our stay. It was a lovely Hotel and we enjoyed our time there with the lovely staff but this was all spoilt by the dishonesty of the owners son. I would not recommend staying here as there are many more lovely , friendly and "professionally" run hotels on the West Bank of Luxor."
- Travel date: 13th June 2008
Not a pleasant experience
"The beginning of our stay was ok, but as we were leaving and received our bill we were quite shocked at the charges we received. They charged us double for the prices we had been quoted on our meals and had tacked on many things which we didn't recognize. When we discussed these charges with the owner's son he said they would "re-evaluate" these charges but the end was the same. Don't stay here. It is a beautiful place, but the help is not honest."
- Travel date: 3rd May 2008
"This place is only for package tours, if you try to book directly as we did they rip you off for every amenity. The place itself is very nice especially the normal staff, but the owner and manager and all the higher staff are dishonest. They will lie to you about the prices and they will try to take as much money as they can. Do not stay here unless you do a package tour of some sort where you pay in advance. It made the first part of our experience in Egypt unpleasant."
- Travel date: 27th February 2008
"My girlfriend and I stayed here for 4 days to visit Luxor. The hotel itself very nice initially. We paid for our stay in cash in advance as well as one day of transport with one of the hotel's "guides", in addition we ate two meal, when we checked out we received a ridiculous bill for 550 egyption pounds, which was more the stay itself. When we asked for them to explain the charges they treated us as if we'd accused them of stealing and acted outraged, and their attempts to calculat the total didn't add up. The price of the breakfast was 70 LP which is the same price you can get if you eat in the winter palace! In the end we just gave them the money and left, but it really ruined the end of our trip, we both enjoyed the hotel itself but were ripped off by the owner's son. If you stay here do not eat at the hotel and book your own transportation at 1/4 of the cost, beware of free breakfast and pay everything at the time you purchase it. Their hospitality is not free."
- Travel date: 25th January 2008
best food and nicest hosts in all of Egypt
"We stayed at the Amon Hotel (not to be confused with the Amon el Gezira Hotel) the week of Christmas. We arrived late and were met at the train station by the proprietor's grown son, who took us across the river in a private water taxi and then back to the hotel in his father's car. After we had been shown to our room (the largest they had, as they weren't very busy), they offered us dinner. We were starving, and so even though we hadn't loved the food in Egypt up to that point, we accepted. They went on to serve us the most delicious meal we had had since dining at Taillevent (one of the top restaurants in Paris). It consisted of about seven different dishes, mostly vegetarian but some meat. The cost per person? About $9. After dinner we shared drinks and jokes with the family and their friends around a fire...this happened several of the nights we stayed there. The rooms were clean but basic, but plenty large. They all have a view over a very nice "tropical garden" into which the owner clearly puts a lot of thought. The only complaint with the room is with our bathroom (maybe others are different). They didn't enclose the shower at all, so the water just splashes all around the bathroom floor. There is a drain in the middle of the floor, and a big squeegee to push the water towards it, but basically the floor of the bathroom is always going to be wet. We had already booked a stay at tat a fancier hotel in town (Al Moudira Hotel) for Christmas day, but we were so sorry to leave that we decided to stay for dinner on Christmas Eve and to return for dinner on Christmas Day."
- Travel date: 8th July 2007
Laid Back Oasis
"We stayed at Gezira Gardens for five nights and had a wonderful time. The location of this small hotel on the West Bank means it was a quiet escape from the chaos on the East Bank. We were travelling as two couples and found the apartments to be just what we needed: with the 2-BR apartments, you have a choice between a kitchen or two bathrooms, and for $55 US / night for either, the price is right! The multi-lingual staff at GG was very friendly and helpful, without constantly asking for baksheesh as is the norm in Luxor. We had to stayed an extra night because we got sick, and the staff went out of their way to help us, moving us to a smaller (cheaper) room when our friends left and asking after us often. One employee even drove us to the pharmacy to get medicine on his moped and translated for us with the pharmacist! The rooms were comfortable and clean, the free breakfast was filling,and the food at the restaurant was quite good. We enjoyed several days just relaxing at the hotel, sitting poolside or enjoying the view from the lovely roof-top garden. We're budget-minded travellers in our thirties, too old for youth hostel dorms but still looking to save money. There were several groups of people staying there who were retirement age, and several families with children. We loved our stay at this charming hotel and recommend it to anyone looking to save money and their sanity in Luxor."
- Travel date: 5th April 2007
Great place for kids!
"We have just returned from Luxor and stayed at the Gezira gardens. It was recommended on these forums as a good place to stay. It has been slated on another travel forum, but these comments are unsubstantiated slander! We travelled independantly on a flight only ticket. I made the booking 6months in advance and wasn't required to pay any deposit, and only paid on my last days stay - $40 / night for an appartment with breakfast included ( rolls cheese/jam/'meat'/scramled+boiled eggs, hot drinks juice). Each appartment has 2 bedrooms, with 1 double + 1 twin bedrooms. Theres a kitchen area, shower/toilet, and 'sitting room'. The best feature was the large cold fridge. Theres also a balcony off both bedrooms. The hotel has a roof garden for sunbathing etc, a largish cold pool, slightly tired pool table + table tennis table and internet cafe. There are regular buffets on the roof bar, and you can order very reasonably priced food from the pool or bar. The owner shows you around on arrival and inquires how things are quite regularly and all the staff are friendly and not angling for tips, although they don't mind them. It is easy to cross the Nile via the hotels motor boat for Â£1LE each or the same amount on the national ferry, or other motor boats for Â£5LE for the 4 of us. Camel rides can be arranged for Â£15Le as camels are kept within 50 yds of the door. Having said that the hotel is quiet and the back looks over fields and palms. To get to the west bank sights as you stroll towards the national ferry enough people throw themselves at you and it is possible to negociate a reasonable taxi for the day. You can also hire bikes in the village. Getting to and from the airport we took a local taxi for Â£100LE each way. Overall a good quiet well run friendly hotel for families well reccommended if you don't need 5* thrills. See their website via google for photos."
- Travel date: 12th April 2006
Great place to stay on the West Bank
"Excellent place to stay on the West bank, away from the Hustle & Bustle of the East bank. Walking distance from public ferry. Great food. The apartments are clean & affordable. The Garden restaurant & swimming pool is well decorated & the owner Gamal Hassan goes out of his way to talk to clients & make sure that they are taken care of."
- Travel date: 3rd January 2005
Amon Hotel Luxor is also called
- luxor amon hotel