Concierge.com's insider take:
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.