10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A Great Hotel
"My wife and I run a small organisation known as "The Luxor Adventure" we specialise in trips to Luxor's West Bank showing first time visitors to Egypt how to get around. We have been doing this for a number of years and have used other hotels on the West Bank. Sadly we have experienced difficulties with the other hotels e.g. extra unseen charges being added to our bills.
We were recommended to EL NAKHIL by our agents in Luxor and we made our first visit in March 2008.
I was amazed at how good all aspects of the hotel were: clean rooms, showers worked perfectly, good food at reasonable prices, good service by the staff and management, dissabled facilities, a lovely garden, the list is almost endless. We thoroughly recommend this hotel and will be using it for all our future trips."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of March 2008
excellent hotel with super service
"we stayed 3 nights at the el-nakhil. the hotel is much more beautiful than it looks in pictures, the owner tzalach very friendly (ask for his father 2 take u 2 the west bank sites, he's a nice english-speaking taxi driver). the rooms are big, comfortable and very clean - plenty of hot water - breakfast is served in a beautiful scenery and is very generous and tasty. as Israelis we were a bit concerned about the way the staff will greet us, but we were pleasantly surprised and got a very warm welcome from everybody in the hotel (sadly, we cannot say this about luxor tourism police who had us followed around "for our protection").
all in all - i think el-nakhil is a much better deal than the expensive luxury hotels, and recommend it warmly!"
- Travel date: Thu 21st of February 2008
Well run, friendly hotel
"The El Nakhil, is situated in the back streets of the West Bank which makes the hotel very quiet and peaceful. Salah and Birgit are perfect hosts and the staff are all friendly, attentive and very helpful.
The rooms are kept very clean and are comfortable - air conditioning is available, but this wasn't used during our stay in December.
Breakfast, and other meals, are taken on the terrace which gives views over surrounding fields and over the Nile to Luxor and the temple. The food is fairly simple, but well cooked and tasty.
Salah couldn't be more helpful - we arranged a couple of trips with him and he was always full of advice. Although on the West Bank, access to Luxor via the local ferry (cost Â£1 Egyptian each way) is very convenient - the boats don't wait long - and they set down just over the road from Luxor Temple. The West Bank is well situated for the Valley of the Kings/Queens and all the other attractions."
- Travel date: Fri 11th of January 2008
A charming family hotel
"This hotel is very charming, furnished with discreet good taste and has a very cosy roof terrace with nice views. It got quite chilly at night in December so sitting by the log fire with Salah abd Birgit (the owners) and family was an excellent way to wind down. The food was home style and excellent, served on the terrace. I would especially recommend the breakfasts and the fish tagen. The location is in a village-like setting on the West Bank but very close to the ferry across to the busier main town (hint: ask Salah what the fare is
and on reaching the landing simply hand the exact amount over as if you have lived in Luxor all your life).
My room was spacious, comfortable and very clean, with its own patio on the garden. As in most hot climates there is no central heating to keep out the nightime winter chill, but this only made the warm bedding and the hot showers all the more enjoyable. The coloured glass
portholes in the domed ceiling created a pleasant glow in the morning.
The owners are welcoming and efficient hosts. From first booking (by e-mail) to local transport to eventual outbound transfer all arrangements were hassle-free, reasonably priced and up-front. Although there is no fridge in the room, the friendly staff are always
available to bring refreshments either to your room or on the terrace."
- Travel date: Thu 10th of January 2008
Excellent little hotel!
"El Nakhil is a very nice hotel on the west bank of luxor with a layout around gardens. Rooms are spacious, nicley furnished and very clean, come with air conditioning but no TV or fridge (at least the one i stayed in). Currently, the hotel does not have a swimming pool, which could be a pity if you visit in the hot season.
The hotel also has a very nice restaurant serving a selection of international and local dishes. Both breakfast and dinners served are of good quality, and at affordable prices.
As it is located on the west bank of the nile, the hotel is closer to most of the historical sites, and the staff will also arrange things like taxi's or tours for a day at good prices. Luxor's west bank is much quieter than the east bank, which can be a great benefit. El Nakhil's staff is very friendly and helpful, and arranged everything we asked for and good prices.
Note that there is no bridge across the nile in central Luxor, crossing the river by car is a 15 km detour to the closest bridge. There is, however, a ferry boat that goes regularly 24/7 and takes you for 1 egyptian pound (us$ 0.20 or so). From the ferry landing to the hotel is around 10 minutes walk, and taxi's are available in case you have a lot of luggage.
To visit sites like the luxor temple or karnak, you can easily take the ferry across and walk on the other side. The ferry lands right in the middle of town, close to the luxor temple, musea etc."
- Travel date: Wed 9th of January 2008
Great family run hotel
"Stayed at this hotel for two nights during the end of May. It was 43 degrees celsius one day and so sitting outside on the balcony got a little warm. But the individual A/C units in the rooms worked just fine.
I stayed in what is probably the best and quietest room, located at the end of hallway, with window facing the garden. It has one large queen size bed. I could see how when the hotel is full there could be some loud noise coming from the hallway, which carries an echo, and the way the doors to the rooms close, but we were lucky as we were the only two people staying at the hotel.
The owners (husband and wife) were very accomodating, as well as the rest of the staff, and they helped us with our sight-seeing plans and arranged a private air-conditioned taxi for the day to take us around for only $40.
The food at the hotel is excellent and we had both our dinners there. Breakfast is good, with eggs, yogurt, coffee and toast and was included in our room price.
One important note to find this place: it is on the west bank of the Nile, across from the main tourist area, where the Luxor Temple is located. You can either take a ferry across, which is dirt cheap, or there are plenty of guys who will try to get you across on one of their boats. We bargained for about the equivilant of one dollar each for the rides. From where the boats drop off it is a short walk down the main street and then hang a left and go down this back alley that is dirt covered. It is very off the beaten track and this is what gives the place some of its charm. The hotel is very clean though and all the facilities are very new and they have taken care to decorate well and give the place a nice "oasis" feel. Enjoy!"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of June 2007
Wonderfull time !
"The best hotel during our trip through egypt !
Rooms are very clean, Owner (Salah) and staff very friendly and helpfull, breakfast (included in price) is super. Had very nice time on the roofterras. reasonable prices for food in the restaurant/bar. very quiet environment, with beautifull garden."
- Travel date: Sun 11th of February 2007
Individual, personal and tastefull
"We stayed 5 nights in El Nakhil. The location on the quiet West Bank of Luxor is just great for those who can do it without a five star demand. Our room was very clean, spacious and tastefull furnished. We had a very warm welcome by the owner Salah who organised everything we wanted witout any hustle. We enjoyed our stay very much and would always come back."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of December 2006
Superb service and attention from staff
"We stayed at El Nakhil for a week in March, this being the second stay for two memebers of our party. Nothing is too much trouble for Salah who will arrange everything from taxis to take you to the sites to camel rides around the villages, he gives everything the personal touch.
Clean and comfortable rooms and delightful meals in the open air with views across the sugar cane fields across the Nile to Luxor.
Would not hesitate in recommending to all ages of travellers."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of November 2006
this should be your choice in luxor
"found this hotel through a web review by another hotelier in luxor and decided to take the chance. i much prefer smaller boutique hotels than the multi national 5 star offering but having said that, with frequent travel, i've enjoyed all types of accommodation. el nakhil was definitely a good choice. the hotel is simple and clean and still being finished in parts (but we were not be subjected to any disturbances from renovations). it has modern touches mixed in with egyptian charm. no fancy facilities but we didnt care. the second best thing about el nakhil though is the food which is superbly delicious and made from very fresh ingredients. we didnt bother with the western offerings cause why would we when in egypt, but we can testify that the egyptian food was fantastic. i used to be a cook so i know. try everything! and a big part of the reason for the food being so fresh and tasty as well as the other impressive charms of the el nakhil is due to the best thing about this hotel, its owner and proprietor salah. honest, warm and charming. his attentiveness to his guests and personal nature made this little stay in luxor special. he even took his own time to show us some of the nearby sights one afternoon. i could go on and on about his magnificent hospitality but to sum it up, cast your expectations high and know that they'll be met."
- Travel date: Tue 10th of January 2006