10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"This is a budget option...but it is a great budget option. Rooms were basic so if you are after luxury look elsewhere. However, the staff were simply the friendliest I have ever met - Hassan and the guys would do anything to help your stay. The rooftop terrace is a nice relaxed place to hang out. It feels a bit studenty and at 33 i felt slightly old (!) but we enjoyed meeting students from around the world at the Oasis. The previous review which refers to Oasis stealing customers from the Nubian is the opposite of my experience and what i heard from other travellers...and I am dubious about its veracity. When we arrived at Luxor someone claiming to be from the Oasis led us to his hotel - the Nubian Oasis. This is apparently common practice. Unfortunately, the Lonely Planet has a misleading entry about the two hotels. From my experience - avoid the Nubian and come and visit Hassan at the Oasis hotel. I was charged the standard rate of Â£4 per night and we also got a hot ari balloon ride organised at very good rates."
- Travel date: 24th April 2008
Nice but deceiving
"My friends and I booked a room at the Nubian Oasis Hotel which is about 200m down the road from the Oasis. While trying to find the Nubian Oasis we walked into the Oasis thinking that it may be the Nubian. (The lonely planet book said that the Nubian Oasis was called The Oasis until recently). I pointed to the description of the Nubian in the lonely planet (which included the name, address and phone number) and asked the manager if the Oasis was the same place (ie the Nubian). He said it was and gave us a room. The room was very nice and the people working there seemed friendly. However, the next day we discovered that the manager had lied and we were at the wrong place. I asked him again if we were indeed at the Nubian and he lied again. When I asked why his phone number was different from the one listed in the lonely planet he gave the excuse that they now have a new cellphone number. He then tried to charge us triple what the rates are onine (for both the Oasis and the Nubian). It was disappointing to be flat out lied to and while the rooms are nice I would recommend going to the Nubian Oasis. When I spoke to the manager at the Nubian Oasis he said that our case wasn't the first time the Oasis has stolen business from the Nubian."
- Travel date: 6th April 2008
"This is a nice hotel. It is very much a local, family run establishment as opposed to a Western chain and is priced accordingly, e.g. cheap as chips. They really do go out of their way to make guests comfortable. The other reviews here match our experience. We did find Luxor really tiring with the constant badgering. It is much worse than Cairo or Hurghada, the other places we stayed. Understandable but annoying. Also, we booked a falucca trip with the hotel. Would advise against this, not that there was anything wrong with the recommended boat, but when we went the next day there was no wind. We ended up being rowed and dragged rather than sailing. Suggest that if you want to sample a falucca wait until there is a good wind then just pick one at the waterfront. Oh, forget Banana Island. Total rip off and waste of time."
- Travel date: 23rd March 2008
Fantastic place to stay
"My wife and I stayed in this hotel in Luxor for 3 nights in Nov 2007. It was our first time in Egypt. BOOKING I'd made a booking by emailing the hotel manager directly; I received a reply very promptly and they replied to a couple of further queries I'd had very quickly too. The prices are crazily affordable (5 GBP for a double room with a/c and en-suite), and you don't pay until you check out. There's a website that will let you book and pay in advance but they not only add a commission, but take a cut from what Hotel Oasis receive - when we checked out and paid we were given a 10% discount because we'd booked directly with the hotel. GETTING THERE Hassan the manager sent a taxi to pick us up from the airport. No hassle at all. THE HOTEL Very welcoming staff. Our room was up about six flights of stairs - not much of a problem for us (we're in our 20s) but might be worth some consideration for some people. Our room had two single beds that we pushed together. They were reasonably comfortable, and didn't disturb our sleep at all. The en-suite bathroom had working running hot water and a shower. Air conditioning was available in the room but we didn't use it. Breakfast was included in the price and was a simple but sufficient meal served whenever we wanted it up on the rooftop terrace. Drinks were available from the fridge whenever we wanted them (at same price as going to buy from local stores). They also served delicious tea at no cost, whenever. There is 24x7 free internet access at an acceptable speed. Hassan the manager was a great guy to have around for our stay there; he offered to arrange a variety of trips for us, but there was no hard-sell involved, and he said we could arrange things ourselves if we wanted but he didn't think we'd find a significantly better price and he could personally vouch for the people he could arrange our trips with (drivers, tour guides, etc.) We went with a driver (no tour guide) on an all-day trip to the Valley of the Kings, then we walked across the hills to Hatshepsut's Temple where we'd arranged for the driver to meet us later. The next day we went on a balloon ride. The prices we paid (I can't remember the exact amounts) were very reasonable and in line with what the Rough Guide to Egypt (2007) said was a good price. And the service was excellent. The hotel is about a five-minute walk from the Luxor Temple and the streets feel very safe even after dark; there are loads of people around, sitting outside their houses, walking around, etc. There's a restaurant (Sofra) a couple of minutes walk up the road which we'd definitely recommend for a meal or two - good prices and great food. We'd DEFINITELY recommend Hotel Oasis and its staff, and would stay there again if/when we go back to Luxor."
- Travel date: 2nd March 2008
Sublime hotel - unbelievable value for money
"Having had horrific experiences in a nearby (and quite similarly named) hotel, it was great to move to a place which was honest, simple, clean comfortable and used by some really nice people. Ahmed is a diamond, the staff are great and it must go down as one of my best hotel/guest house stops ever, taking in nearly 30 years of travelling and over 50 countries."
- Travel date: 20th January 2008
"I stayed at this budget hotel in December 2007. The staff are very welcoming and although the manager-Hassan- will tell you about some of the tours they can arrange there is no hard sell. Although it was the winter the rooms don't get too cold at night. The front facing rooms are noisy during the day and evening but you could say the same for probably a lot of hotels in Luxor. The plumbing worked well. The rooftop is pleasant. You get your small breakfast there. The mattresses are a little thin but still a lot more comfortable than some beds in more expensive hotels. There is an excellent value restaurant directly opposite but you can also eat at the hotel but you have to tell them in advance as i think they need to buy the ingredients in. There is free internet. Overall excellent value for a budget hotel."
- Travel date: 27th December 2007
The BEST place to stay in Luxor
"If you're a backpacker, budget traveller or just want to stay in a great place where you'll make friends and really feel "at home", Oasis is THE place for you! All the rooms are clean and tidy, linen changed daily, breakfast on the roof terrace included in the price. Hassan arranges really good tours and days out, horse riding, balloon flights etc at extremely good prices (We did Valley of the Kings etc and we paid the lowest price of anyone we met!) The roof terrace is a great place to chill out on a hot afternoon, sunset tea is complimentary and very welcome! The boys who work at the hotel are more than happy to go out and get koshari, falafel etc for you and you can eat it on the roof, or have food cooked for you, it's all really good and cheap too. The location is great, easy to find, close to Luxor Temple, train station and the souk. Also there's also an excellent (very cheap) little restaurant right across the street. Choose this place, you will not be disappointed! Can't wait to go back."
- Travel date: 21st December 2007
Best Hotel In Egypt
"We have visited Egypt for 3 weeks and traveled from north to south. We staied in hotels in Alexandria, Cairo, Al Mimiya, Luxor and Aswan, but the very best we found is the Oasis Hotel in Luxor. Its really an Oasis. The room and the bathroom were clean. The service is all you can imagine. The personel is very friendly an tries to help you were they can. If you need a bus ticket or a reservation for a ballon trip, they make everything possible as fast as the wind. But the best and most enjoyable feature of the Oasis hotel is surely the terasse on the roof, were you can relax in the evenings by drinking a tea or a cool beer, smoking sheesha and learn how to play domino from the best players. We also have to say many thanks to the personel because they made our time in Luxor to the best we had in Egypt. Thank you very much! So if you are in Luxor, stay in the Oasis Hotel!"
- Travel date: 2nd June 2007
"We were astonished by the great care we received rom the staff! Definitely warm recomandations to everyone! Best Price/performance rate!!!! the 4 Slovenians"
- Travel date: 7th May 2007
"Very good and clean rooms and toilets ! staff really friendly and helpful Hot water and internet service included on room price, excellent!! Thank you so much for making us see so welcome, and sor all the herp that you gave is trough our staying hiere. The roof garden is a lovely place to enjoy at any time of the day. breakfast is rich and good."
- Travel date: 26th April 2007