Nile Valley Hotel Restaurant
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Okay but wouldn't go again
"My partner and I chose to stay here after reading the very positive reviews on this site. We were looking forward to a relaxing four days after a hectic travelling schedule in Cairo and Aswan.
We arrived to find the reception area being re-modelled with drilling , banging , dust and plaster everywhere.
I had requested a room at the back when I booked but we were allocated a room directly over the reception area at the front overlooking another construction site directly outside the hotel with diggers and bulldozers in operation all day.
After having unpacked and hoping that the noise would not be too great my partner was reluctant to ask to move but after two days when the noise became too much I requested that we be moved to a room at the back.
This request was granted but we were asked to move immediately ( we were just on our way out ) as otherwise it would be awkward for the staff.
The second room was less noisy in terms of outside noise but both rooms had air con units that were extremely loud - as it was abut 40 degrees outside we couldn't exist without them being on the whole time.
The rooms were pleasant and bathrooms good but with the combinations of building works, interior and exterior, plus the noisy air con it was hardly relaxing.
We had an evening train to catch on our departure date so asked for a late check out - which at hotel an earlier hotel had been granted at no extra cost . I didn't expect to get it for free but here we were charged 22 euros for staying until 8pm when the overnight rate is only 28 euros. As there was virtually no-one else staying at the hotel it was not as if we were preventing them renting the room out overnight and i thought this charge excessive. my mistake i suppose fo rnot checking first what the cost would be.
We `left daily tips for staff but were still very concious of staff hanging around when we walked from our rooms or the rooftop restaurant and felt as though what we had left was never enough. When we settled out bill were quite pointedly told that it didn't include anything for service and that we should leave something to be divided amongst the staff. As we`already had done so each day this irritated us.
I think it was this that finally clouded our view about our stay.
Certainly the hotel is in a good location , very convenient for getting the ferry across to the east bank, the rooms, apart from the air con units, are nicely decorated and clean and the pool is a big plus. The restaurant food was good.
I appreciate that it makes sense for a hotel to undertake refurbishment/ upgrading works during the less busy period and perhaps we were just unlucky ,as everyone else who has posted a review seems to really like this hotel, but our experience was that for all it is a nice building we did not have a the positive experience that other reviewers have written about.
I wouldn't go back again."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of June 2008
an oasis of calm in a 3rd world neighborhood
"This hotel is beautiful, friendly and comfortable. But the West Bank is not touristy or Americanized in any way, and the hotel is surrounded by rural, dirty roads. I would not have gone out alone, even in the daytime, as a female."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of June 2008
"We stayed in Nile Valley's family sized "apartment" which was basically 2 bedrooms plus a kitchenette and bathroom. It was an excellent value and comfortable. The rooftop restaurant really sets the hotel apart and the views are awesome!
One piece of advice I have is that -- if you don't have a lot of luggage -- don't use a taxi or hotel transport to get to/from the airport. Since the bridge across the Nile is far up-river, taking a car takes a lot of time and money. Just take a taxi to the cross-river ferry (next to Luxur Temple in the town center), jump onto the ferry (or offer to pay the one of the small boats neaby the same price per person) to go across the Nile. When you get off, you are just 100meter from the hotel which can easily be seen from the riverside."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of June 2008
Does what it says on the Tin
"We stayed 3 nights with the Nile Valley and were so glad we did. Rooms are a good size, air condiditoned and a good place to rest your weary head after a day in the sun seeing the sights. we positioned on the west bank, it is a 1egp boat to the east bank if you take the public ferry or negotiate with a captain to take you and your party for the same price other wise the public ferry is a good option. The staff are fantastic and went out of their way to do what they could to please us. The pool is really nice, full of chlorine but that is a nice thing to know in Egypt! The food is also very good, all prepared freshly so it not good if you are in a hurry but well worht the wait and the view from the roof is really nice. The only place you can see the whole of the east bank of Luxor. I cannot say enough good things about this place, great for those who want a good clean hotel and do not want room service or large screen tv's. For the money, a great option and well worth it. The young men who make up the room each day surprised us with towel creations and the one that took the cake was the camel, photo attached!"
- Travel date: Thu 5th of June 2008
Can't wait to go back!
"Our room only cost 28 euros a night. It had aircon and a balcony with a lovely view of the nile.
It is very convenient for the West Bank attractions. A taxi to the ticket office costs 10 EGP. The ferry to the East Bank is 1 EGP.
We left a 10 EGP tip in the room every morning. We were rewarded with a Sobek crocodile made of towels. Was well chuffed with this :D
Very cheap & good laundry service.
The restaurant food is nice and reasonably priced."
- Travel date: Wed 19th of March 2008
Our group of four stayed at the Nile Valley in late August 2007, and if I return to Luxor, I would not stay anywhere else. Excellent service, clean rooms, awesome food, and a beautiful pool made our time very memorable. Prices were very reasonable, and the staff was great (Thank you Mohammed!). The hotel is on the opposite side of the Nile, the same side as the major attractions (Valley of the Kings, etc), which makes for another great location.
Thanks again for the stay!
-Derek and company"
- Travel date: Tue 5th of February 2008
Great accommodation, off the beaten track
"I stayed at this great little privately owned and operated hotel with a tour group.
The hotel is on the West bank of the Nile, away from the bedlam of the main town of Luxor.
It costs 1LE on the ferry from the east bank to the west bank and is a short walk to the left when you disembark.
Close to the main attractions of the Valley of the Kings etc. and transport readily available.
Rooms are very reasonably priced, great value compared to the major hotels.
The hotel is clean and has all the required facilities, including a great rooftop restaurant overlooking the Nile to Luxor Temple.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and speak various languages.
I highly recommend you check out this hidden gem."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of December 2006
Feeling at Home in Luxor
"There's only so many times, when you find a hotel you can call your "home away from home" and this is one of them. I have been coming here ever since 2003 and have seen the hotel grow; not only in rooms, but also in hospitality and quality of service.
Meanwhile they have 21 rooms, but still the atmosphere is great!
From the Roof Terrace, you have a great view over the River Nile and Luxor Temple.
Above all, you escape the hectic crowdiness of Luxor City itself.
Besides that, the food is great and for those, who would like to meet a real Egyptologist, some great names do tend to come here for lunch during the excavation season.
All in all, very good value for money and a great place to spend your holiday in Egypt!
- Travel date: Mon 20th of February 2006
"We've been twice to this hotel.
The service is fantastic. All our trips to the museum, valley of the kings etc were arranged by Nile Valley.
The rooms are clean and very big. Thank god they have air-conditioning in every room.
We can recommend this hotel to everybody. Next year we go again."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of October 2004
"I would like to tell everybody that we found a very nice and cosy little hotel on the west-bank of Luxor. "Nile Valley"Hotel & Restaurant.
Just 2 minutes from the ferryboat.
It has the most wonderfull view from the rooftop restaurant,specially at night.
You can see the city of Luxor with the tempel.
It has dutch/egyptian management.
The clean toilets and rooms are a nice thing to find if you are travelling in Egypt.
The food was very good, international and egyptian. The staff was very friendly and they helpt us in many ways, taxi's, traintickets and even a nilecruise (for a very good price).
Go and have a look, you will be thrilled."
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of October 2004