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Luxor Hotels

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
Al Moudira Hotel
Haggar El Dabiyya Village
West Bank
Luxor
Egypt
Tel: 20 123 251 307
contact@moudira.com
www.moudira.com

The only luxury establishment on the Nile's west bank, the 54-room Al Moudira is one of the most beautiful and original hotels in the entire Middle East. A pink Oriental palace of domed suites set between sugarcane fields and desert not far from the Madinet Habu Temple, the stylish yet unpretentious hotel draws privacy-seeking celebrities (Mick Jagger and Robbie Williams have been guests) and independent travelers who wish to focus on west bank archaeological sites, namely the Valley of the Kings. The wooden Mashrabiya porticos and other design elements were sourced from abandoned 19th-century Egyptian houses. The suites, connected by gardens, terraces, and shaded courtyards, have wrought-iron beds, inlaid Damascene tables and other pieces from the owner's collection of colonial and Oriental antiques. Walls feature Ottoman- and Pharaonic-themed murals, and some rooms have private fountains and ceilings with colored glass skylights. There is a heated pool and a Moroccan-style hammam for spa treatments.

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
El Nakhil
Geziret-el-Beirat
West Bank
Luxor
Egypt
Tel: 20 95 2313 922
office@el-nakhil.com
www.el-nakhil.com

El Nakhil is set in a pleasant garden on the west bank of the Nile on the edge of Geziret-el-Beirat, the village that has grown up around the ferry landing for boats from Luxor's east bank. It's a good bet if you prefer a small, family-run hotel, and want to set off for the Valley of the Kings without first negotiating a ride across the river. The immaculately clean inn is run with genuine hospitality by a young Egyptian-German couple, and the 14 simple (no TV or telephones) yet comfortable rooms with garden-view balconies cost about $40 for a double (cash only). Meals can be taken in the garden or on the roof terrace overlooking green fields and a Nile branch canal. The guesthouse plans to add a swimming pool soon. In the meantime, the guests can walk around the corner to the Nile Valley Hotel directly in front of the ferry landing, where small restaurants, taxis, and bike rental shops are located, and use its large pool for a nominal fee.

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Martim Jolie Ville Luxor Island Resort
Crocodile Island
Luxor
Egypt
Tel: 20 95 227 4855
info@luxor-maritim-jolieville.com
www.maritim.de/typo3/english/hotels/hotels/jolie-ville-luxor-island-resort.html

Nicknamed the Jolie Ville, this resort of modern bungalows has the prettiest river setting of any Luxor hotel. It sits in 24 acres of gardens and palm groves on its own island in the Nile, about three miles south of town. The terrace swimming pool is surrounded by charming thatch-roofed tables for relaxing, while the larger infinity pool, with its own waterslide, is where families gather to splash and play. The grounds are large enough to absorb all 322 rooms and suites, so the place feels remarkably tranquil. There are restaurants, tennis courts, bike rentals, and fishing facilities, even a small zoo—it's just about the only place north of Lake Nasser where you'll actually see a crocodile on the Nile these days.

$400 or more
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Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser
Luxor
Egypt
Tel: 20 2 33 77 3222
tapanpiplani@oberoi.com.eg
www.oberoihotels.com/egypt/oberoizahra/overview/index.asp?leftinfo=1

This sleek five-deck ship—with a spa and fewer than half the number of cabins usually found on Nile cruisers of its size—has raised the bar of luxury for the river and for Egypt. Twenty-five cabins and two aft suites have picture windows, light-wood floors, and the merest of pharaonic references, such as the crocodile-embossed leather trims on the dark-wood and beige linen settees. In addition to butler service, large baths, and LCD TVs, cabins have more style than the rooms in most Cairo hotels, while the public areas easily absorb all 54 passengers to create the ultimate luxury: privacy. The ship times sightseeing excursions to Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples to minimize encounters with other tourists, and sails north of Luxor to Dendera Temple, where evening cocktails are served among the ruins. Egyptologist guides are assigned to nine guests maximum, while six Mercedes vans shadow the ship and are at the disposal of clients wishing to ditch the group schedule. The dining room's à la carte menu of Indian and Western dishes changes daily; the overpriced wine list of mediocre foreign and Egyptian vintages is the one negative point.

$199 or less
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Sheraton Luxor Resort
Al Awameya
East Bank
Luxor
Egypt
Tel: 20 95 237 4544
Shr.lxr@sheraton.com
www.sheraton.com/luxor

The Sheraton is a long modern pile of a building spread along the Nile's east bank about two miles upriver from the center of town. Its 290 rooms and six suites are set in eight acres of gardens. There are two palm-fringed swimming pools, one of them overlooking the Nile. Furnishings in the rooms are contemporary but with soft lines and rich yet subdued colors that go a long way toward keeping them from looking too modular. There are nice touches such as arched windows in some of the garden-view rooms. The trio of restaurants includes one serving local and international dishes, an Italian dining room, and the Agra Indian restaurant featuring a massive wall relief of the Taj Mahal.

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
Sofitel Winter Palace
Corniche el Nile
East Bank
Luxor
Egypt
Tel: 20 952 380 422
h1661@accor.com
www.sofitel.com/sofitel/fichehotel/gb/sof/1661/fiche_hotel.shtml

Opened in 1886, this storied 92-room Victorian hotel overlooks the river on the east bank, within walking distance of Luxor Temple, and has welcomed movie stars, politicians and royalty. It was King Farouk's defacto guest palace (Suite No. 243 preserves his desk and other personal belongings), as well as the place where Howard Carter chose to announce his 1922 discovery of King Tut's tomb. The high-ceilinged rooms with balconies and updated colonial-style furnishings continue to justify Luxor's most expensive prices, as does the central location near the major east bank monuments and the public ferry that takes you across the river. When booking, specify a room in the Old Palace wing because the original Belle Epoque building, with its grand lobby and terraces, shares its huge tropical garden and pool with two less expensive and less than atmospheric modern additions (the Pavilion wing is a good choice for travelers who want to pay a bit less and avoid package-tour hordes). Even if you don't stay here, come for a drink or high tea at the Royal Bar, dressed to the nines of course. The Gaddis and Company Shop, in the Winter Palace Corniche Bazaar, has been open since 1907 and sells prints of the Egyptian founder's black and white photographs.

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