23 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
December 2011 Holiday
"Good hotel to base your holiday in Luxor.
Excellent food, good clean accomodation and very friendly staff.
Good choice of food at breakfast. Lunches served on the roof terrace in the sun around the pool excellent for 'just chilling'wide range of drinks from milk shakes to beers and cocktails all at excellent prices.
15 minute walk to Luxor Temple of take a calech (horse drawn carriage) for just a few egyptian pounds. Our room had an excellent view of the Nile from our balcony. better than some 5 star hotels I have stayed in Luxor.
Well placed for Karnak and Luxor and a short boat journey across the Nile and a car, taxi, bike or even donkey or camel ride to all the Tombs and temples.
Tombs of the nobles well worth a visit, but go by car as they can be quite a way from the ticket offices. Roy and Shuroy and tomb of Pabasa well worth a look, tip your guide with 20 to 50 egyptian pounds and they will usually be pleased to show you other tombs being currently uncovered?
Also sailing on a Felucca is a great way to pass a morning or afternoon, expect to pay 100 egyptian pounds an hour (Â£10) and you weill usually have some tea on board. a great experience and a very good way to unwind. visit Banana island and have tea and some bananas picked fresh for about 20 egyptian (Â£2) while on the Nile.
Sunshine all day from 10 am to 5pm in mid to high 20's much better than here now I am back in the cold although everyone admires my suntan and say I seem much more relaxed for the break. (deep down I wish I were still there) just have to wait till next year?"
- Travel date: Thu 15th of December 2011
wouldn t visit egypt again
"hotel was spotless ..maid service very good.but as for the place itself....the streets were filthy...the locals hound you and try to rob you..they walk about with guns...there are dead dogs in the street.the travel agents don t tell you these things"
- Travel date: Tue 28th of June 2011
Ideal base for exploring
"If you are after a basic but clean, value for money hotel, with friendly helpful staff, serving great food - this is for you! It's 10 minutes walk from Luxor temple and the local tour operators (we recommend Thomas Cook)and is therefore ideal if you want to explore the local historic sites. Be aware that it on a busy road and can be quite noisy at times. There is a rooftop swimming pool and bar where you can get very tasty snacks while getting an excellent view of the Nile. The Nile view from the rooms can be restricted - depending on which floor you are on. We were on the second floor and only had a limited view. However, we had a much more entertaining view - a minor road junction outside the hotel! There must be some rules of the road - but not many, from what we saw! We found it made fascinating watching! The restaurant cannot be praised enough - the food is great, there is plenty of choice, and the service is friendly. When we mentioned that we were going on an early flight to visit Cairo, they provided two breakfast boxes with enough food for four! We were delayed on the return flight and walked in to the restaurant just as they were closing. We felt somewhat awkward, but they delayed closing just for us - they even sent coffee up to our room, when we had finished the meal!
So why is this only a 3 star hotel? The hotel is tired - it's in need of upgrading! The rooms have air con, large fridge, TV, etc - but they are (I guess) twenty/thirty years old. We were out every day visiting temples, tombs etc. - also shopping (they love the British - apparently, the French and Germans don't part with their euros!)We would thoroughly recommend this hotel as a base for exploring Luxor and the surrounding area. "
- Travel date: Fri 31st of October 2008
Cheap & cheerful! Whilst only a 2 star h...
"Cheap & cheerful! Whilst only a 2 star hotel it is handily placed for the centre of Luxor. We thought the breakfast was ample but basic (pop across the road to the Sonnesta St George for a great range of food, it is a 5 star but the prices are reasonable and you sit in fantastic Air Conditioned surroundings!) All of the hotels allow Non Residents in to eat or drink, but be prepared to go through a body scanner and have your bag searched on entry, this is standard. We had no problem or trouble whilst we were there and felt safe wherever we went.
You can be bothered by sellers offering taxi's etc along the main road into Luxor, the best thing is to be FIRM but POLITE and NEVER say maybe tomorrow, they will remember you and you will be expected to honour what they see as a promise the next day! Don't let this put you off, the people are fantasically friendly but VERY poor. You can always avoid the main road by turning right as you leave the St Josephs, go the the bottom of the road and turn left, this will take you into the centre without the bother.
DO NOT attempt to drink the water, always buy bottled from a shop, we first bought a small bottle to taste and then stocked up with 5 Litre bottles to refill the smaller bottles. Some of the bottled water has a high mineral content and may taste unpleasant to us. There is a great little 'corner shop' about 50 yds from St Josephs, turn right out of the hotel.
There is so much to see in Luxor a good guide book does help. We tried a balloon flight over the Valley of the Kings, excellent value compared to UK. But don't be afraid to mix in and try the 'local' market (at the rear of Luxor Temple, across the square and through the arch) it is chaotic but great fun! Make sure you haggle, haggle, haggle, try to aim to pay about a third of the first price they offer eventually, they may accuse you of starving their children but it is all done in fun!"
- Travel date: Fri 1st of February 2008
Iâm an Irish journalism student, my gi...
"Iâm an Irish journalism student, my girlfriend and myself decided to go to Luxor this year for many reasons, mainly just out of curiosity as either of us has ever left Europe. I can only describe Luxor as 'a place you must see before you die.' Everybody wants their own unique holiday and each individual has different preferences when looking for a holiday, but from my experience Luxor has just about everything you could want (except rain), and the St. Joseph hotel seemed to suit a wide variety of tourists regardless of age, nationality or family status.
I thought id quickly summarise my holiday for any other tourists travelling via Budget Travel. The most important item that springs to mind is never book a trip with them (Budget Travel) once you are over there!
Literally five minutes walk from the hotel is a place called Moon River who do all the excursions Budget Travel offer, plus a few more for a far cheaper price and if you're in a large group you get a further discount. Also, after 2 weeks in Luxor, the best deal I found for visiting Cairo/Pyramids/Cairo Museum was in a place called Cheepos near the Winter Palace hotel (well known by all taxi drivers) and they fly you over from Luxor airport, flightime roughly 45-55 mins.
Yes! There is an Irish bar over there called Murphyâs!! Itâs close to Moon River and does have a late night dance floor/DJ starting at around 22.30 or 23.00. During the rest of the day it mainly serves as a restaurant with decent food but a word of warning, be prepared to depart with large sums of cash when you stay for the late night disco (cocktails etc...)
The St. Joseph hotel was one of the best resorts I've ever stayed in, ok so the pool isn't massive and it has a three star rating, but you are treated like royalty by the staff regardless of your financial status, and its other facilities are hard to fault.
The late night bar, the restaurant downstairs and the snack bar on the roof are dirt cheap (compared with Irish prices!) and the service is amazing.
The only downside I can think of would be for anybody looking for a very quiet, tranquil holiday away from noisy cities. Luxor is pretty noisy even at night. The Egyptians really like their car horns and shouting across the streets at each other!
The sheer beauty and unique culture, both modern and ancient, of this country is amazing and the booze is cheap too! (Just donât drink the Guinness, its horrible everywhere in Luxor!)
- Travel date: Sun 26th of August 2007
This hotel is excellent. The staff are v...
"This hotel is excellent. The staff are very helpful and always go out their way to be friendly.
The room for 3 that we had overlooked the Nile and the Valley of the Kings. It was very clean and had everything we needed.
The constant beeping of traffic can get a bit much sometimes and we became convinced that Egyptian cars have the horn connected to the brake pedal.
The constant hassle from people outside the hotel is sometimes annoying but just say no, and then ignore them.
Breakfast in the hotel is ok, the chef will cook you eggs however you want them. I could have lived on the fresh baked bread, its very good. The meal deal in the main restaurant is brilliant, and the meal portions are generous.
The rooftop snack bar is cheap and very good too.
Around and about everything is really cheap and there is so much to see a week is not nearly long enough. We managed to see most things we wanted to including a full day trip to see the pyramids and Cairo...Exhausting but well worth it.
We met people in the hotel that were back for the 9th year running so that in it must be a recommendation."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of January 2007
The Jewel of The Nile
"This really is a wonderfully great value hotel. You get far more than you pay for and the St Joseph punches way above its weight. There are some very minor negatives to mention but dont let these detract from the many plusses. Firstly the pool, which is on the roof and very small has few sun beds. What sun beds there are are crammed tightly together so if you like to sun bathe in volume, you may need to make other arrangements. We just used another hotels pool along the road, which involved paying a small fee (About Â£2.50 each per day). The furniture in the hotel is dark and dated and might put some people off, but don't let it. (Its these factors which just prevent us giving an 'excellent' rating).Now the great points, it's spotlessly clean, sheets, towels all immaculate and changed daily. Showers provide lots of hot water. The staff are impressive by their efficiency and good nature. Hotel staff in Egypt are generally adept at applying pressure to give tips (even if not warranted) , not so at the St Joseph. The food quality and choice at breakfast was just amazing and there is something for everybodies taste. We did not take other meals at the hotel but other residents said that they were excellent. Based on the breakfast there is no need to disbelieve this. We have stayed in a supposedly 5 Star hotel in Luxor and the St Jospeph leaves it standing. We will challenge anybody to find a hotel anywhere in the world that gives better value for money"
- Travel date: Thu 4th of January 2007
Watching the sun go down on the roof bar
"I booked a very cheap last minute holiday in Luxor and the last time I stayed in the Meridian and was quiet nervous. We arrived just in time for dinner at 4.30 and after taking the slow lift up a rather outdated but spotlessly clean hotel, WOW, The Roof terrace has a wonderful restaurtant with can only be described as out of the world views of the sun going down over the valley of the kings. Very attentive waiters and (not very Egyptain) Chicken Noodles too die for, friendly service but not intrusive.
Enjoy the wonderful towel sculptors that wait you in the evening and the warm face of the house keeping team.
The wardrobe was the only one to watch out for, Its made only to hold trousers and skirts so if you have any party or cocktail dresses be warned its dwarf style.
But if that is the only fault to be found, compared to the warmth (take note the staff are quiet shy and are trained to treat you like gods, as in there eyes we are all very wealthy, they earn about 5 pounds a day, so 50 eyptain pounds and you can spend that on a drink in their eyes your millionaires.
Hopefully you will find the kind welcome that I received in October and going back in February to hopefully enjoy more wonderful sunsets."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of January 2007
5 star value, in every respect
"First stay was Via Thompsons, have booked ever year since direct. B AND B if you must but full board is best value.
As Mc Arthur said after Batan "I shall return""
- Travel date: Thu 28th of December 2006
Very very good hotel
"Just returned from a 2 week stay here as part of a package deal. The deal was very cheap and we weren't expecting much from the hotel, just a place to sleep. However, I have got to say that this hotel is a really good bargain!! It has a medium sized pool on the roof with great Nile views. Also, I was under the impression that one of the reasons it was cheap was because it was out of town, and although it is not as convenient as some other hotels, Luxor Temple is only a ten minute walk away and there are loads of shops and restaurants around the hotel.
Our room was cleaned every day, with fresh towels, and the cleaner even made our bed for us every day too. We had a decent sized bathroom with a huge bath, we never had any problems getting hot water at any time of the day or night.
I took my laptop with me and left it in the room for the entire two weeks, even when we stayed away in Cairo for 3 nights and in Aswan for 2 nights. I can safely say that nobody touched it the whole time, and that any time I left anything in the room I did not need to be concerned for it's safety.
The staff are really friendly (sometimes too much so when you've got up to go on an excursion at 4am!) and they really will do everytihng they can to help you.
If you do stay here we would recommend The Lantern, very calm, efficient, relaxing place to eat on an evening. The Lantern is also very close to the hotel. We also liked the New Sunrise and Maxime's on the main road, just head towards the Sheraton and you will find all the shops and restaurants."
- Travel date: Thu 21st of December 2006
Lovely Little Place
"When we first arrived in Luxor we passed a few grand hotels, The Iberotel, Sonesta and Meridian. We were the last drop off from the airport and found ourselves disapointed as we pulled up to St Joseph. It is not a hotel to look at, at all in terms of decor.
We went upstairs to check out our room (406) and it was prefectly fine, nicely made beds, a reasonable sized bathroom, a TV, fridge and a fantastic balcony view of the nile and the west bank... our high expectations were restored fortunatly.
This hotel offers so many highlights, every member of the staff.. even the room cleaners were a delight to speak to, the position of the hotel was excellent, the bar had a wonderful atmosphere (happy hours, 50% off.. 8-9pm and 10-11pm) and the resturant I would call lovely for both the service, food and prices!
If I was to visit Luxor again, I would happily stay in this hotel as the prices are perfect, the services are wonderful (rooms are cleaned daily!) and the people are lovely and helpful (They even provide breakfast boxes and wake up calls if you ask in reception)
P.s. Peter, the young guy in the resturant is a highlight of his own!"
- Travel date: Mon 11th of December 2006
You must be kidding!
"This is a one star hotel. It is old, dark and dingy. We checked in, saw our room, and immediately walked to an internet cafe to find an alternative. Even though we forfeited the fee for our 4 day stay, we still left. Perhaps if you are a backpacker on a very tight budget and only want a bed, this may do, as the price was only $38 per night. Other than that, avoid this dump."
- Travel date: Fri 3rd of November 2006