The Memnon Hotel is along the main corniche road (Nile Street). But like the this hotel, there are several budget hotels along the corniche some are even cheaper and similarly commands a view of the Nile river.
For instance, there is the Horus Hotel where you get a single room for as low as EGP50. The AlSalam Hotel and Hathor Hotel, all these 3 are almost beside each other and near Memnon Hotel (where I paid 70/night with breakfast).
Don't be ashamed to check out hotels to ask and haggle for the price, it's a normal thing in Aswan and most parts of Egypt, before you settle for the hotel of your choice.
When we booked our trip with Cox & Kings, we insisted hat we also take Nile Cruise. There are about 200 cruise ships ply on the Nile from Aswan to Luxor or vice versa. We checked with at least m14/15 cruises that were parked on the Nile at various locations, we must say that this was one of the better cruises on the offer. Our boat was very spacious, rooms were bigger, better, a full functioning sun deck, swimming pool, lounge, coffee shop, bar, banquet hall, restaurant, shops, gold & jewellery shops, massage parlour, gym and what not!
The food was fabulous with changing menu everyday with lots of varieties to suit all Western, Eastern and Mediterranean palate.
They have a excellent swimming pool with filter water. We were also offered gaming facility, Belly dancing, Juglary dance, Bingo & Housie one night etc.
We really enjoyed our time at Bet el Kerem. Quiet atmosphere on the West bank, completely different from staying in Aswan centre. The staff really makes you feel home, so it was hard to leave!
Nice clean rooms, a garden, a large balcony on the first floor and a marvellous roof terrace with restaurant for guests. Even the food is different! Not the same as you find everywhere in Egypt, but every day we enjoyed a new healthy meal by the creative chef Shammy.
Bet el Kerem is located at the edge of the Nubian villages and in front of the Tombs of the Nobles and has great view over the Nile and the desert. Moreover, it is a beautiful spot for discover the West bank of Aswan and the traditional Nubian village life. You can even rent a bike at Bet el Kerem and they are willing to help with all your trips and transfers in the area.
Not a great place, but adequate for the price. They are able to organise tours to Abu Simbel, Feluccas and transport to Luxor. There is a big common room on the second floor and a small breakfast included in the price.
The last ten years I'm spending my Christmas holidays in the Nubian village where my Nubian husband grew up. And still it's never boring! Not only for me, but for our children as well; they love living in the village!
The nature is really beautiful; desert starts behind the villages and on the other side you'll see the river Nile. We spend our time visiting friends and family, sailing on a felucca, camel ride, cycling, visiting the market and the historical sights around Aswan.
The Nubians are modest and friendly, and - unless most of them have little money to spent - very hospitable. They feel proud that tourists life in the village, what makes you feel home immedatialy.
To gain some extra income, village people offer (a part of) there house for rent to tourists.
What's most important to me: the contrast with my Dutch dialy life in the city: instead of being always busy working etc. the life style of the Nubians is completely relaxed. People have time for each other, social life is very important and nobody is in a hurry.
If we miss the Aswan ferry; we just wait till the next one is coming; it's an opportunity the meet friends, sitting in the sun and drinking thea together! That mentality is what we lost being busy all the time; in my opinion.
Forget the dingy room, the dusty carpet, the noisy air-conditioning unit, the loud belly-dancing music from the nightclub upstairs, and the scary lift. With its large rooms and clean bathroom (although the drains could use some clearing), and best of all - grand view of the Nile - all these at less than USD 10/night, the Horus Hotel is not a bad option at all.
I didn't make any advance reservations as it's slack season. First was quoted EGP 50, but managed to bring it down to EGP 40. The rate includes breakfast - and you could ask them to pack one for you in case you're visiting Abu Simbel. Staff are helpful and friendly.
One of the best views of the Nile if budget constraints preclude you from staying at Oberoi or Old Cataract Hotel.
It's been long time ago I was in Aswan (almost 20 years ago) and I can't recall the name of the hotel. It was a good one, clean and with a spacious triple.
What I would advice you to do if you travel indepedently is to check out the hotel and bargain the price. In our case we were given a price which we concidered a bit more expensive for our student budget. As we decided to leave, one from the personel run after us to say that price was negotiable and we could stay there at the price we proposed!! So, bargain
Chances are, unless you've flown to Aswan a day ahead of your intended embarkation, you will be staying in your cruise ship.
This is ideal!!!
Although "quaint" we found staying on the Cruise ship, with all the modern ammenities and yet, close enough from pier to main streets in Aswan the most convinient and tried / true, practical way to do Aswan proper.
As any other city in Egypt, Asway was incredibly hectic during the night time hours and traffic was horrendous during the day.
Aswan's streets are full of quaint shops and, next to Kahn Kalil, our favorite place to shop. The markets include clothing, jewelry and it's famous spices and teas.
By all means, make an appointment and sit in one of the many spice shops.
Chances are, if you're on an escorted tour, your tour director will have the "in" with one of the vendors or shop keepers - once again, all in Egypt is not what it seems and, when your tour guide tells you he knows of a good place, he's actually steering you towards a place that pays him/her commission. This may not always be cheapest as we caught our guide silently communicating with the owner! It was great fun just the same, we got to sample some delicious tea and I was happy about buying some exotic spices
Make a Nile-cruise. It is realy not more expensive then a hotel and the ships sail from Luxor to Aswan, passing the locks at Esna. The ships stay for a while at Edfu, Kom Ombo and e few days in Aswan. Back in Luxor, you can continue your stay for two or three days.
The ships are quiet big, about 60 cabins as large as a hotelroom, with a bathroom, TV, Phone, and so on. Service and food are excellent for Egypt standards and the personel is very friendly. They will expect to be tipped for anything they do extra for you. But that's not hard. Just a few Egyptian pounds (about 0,15 euro or dollar) will do the trick. On the top deck there is a bar, a swimming pool, chairs and tables and sunbeds.
And realy unique is ofcourse the sailing trip!
I stayed at Queen Hotel after having reviewed the comments from another VTer. It is located only 5 min walk from the Aswan train station. The room rate is 40 EGP for single and 50 EGP for double. I stayed in Room No.405 and it has air-con, TV and a small balcony for hanging washed clothes (hehe) and see the River Nile where some 5 star cruise docking there.
The room is spotless clean and the housekeeping tidy the bed everyday. See pics for room view and balcony view.
We stayed at the Marbaba Hotel in Aswan for a night when we first arrived. It wasn't anything special but it was clean enough and comfortable. The shower was good too so we couldn't complain. ;) We also got a complimentary hibiscus tea when we arrived...
We had a cruise boat for 3 nights of our trip, travelling from Aswan to Luxor...the MS Rosetta... It was a really nice boat (although a little old in the decor area) and it was a highlight of our trip.
The rooms were very comfortable, clean and everyone had a window. They have a pool on the top deck, a bar & restaurant etc.
Queens Hotel is a nice hotel near the train station. I got a room on the 4th floor with a small balcony and Nile View. There was a bathroom, two beds, a fan in the roof. There was also an air-condition, but I’m not sure it worked as it looked old and I never use air-condition. And this was the only room in Egypt I stayed in with a TV. I like it as I can listen to music and watch the news (for the pictures).
Breakfast is included in the price.
I paid 40 pounds a night.
This is an ok budget option in Aswan. Maybe it was mitigated by the fact that I had three good looking women in the room. It is fairly basic but the beds aren't bad and the location is near the train station and the souq. The staff was friendly as well.
- 4 to a room
- 5 LE a night per person
- Can arrange tours to Abu Simbel (admission price not included)
The hotel was pleasent enough, it was a 3 star with an enclosed pool. The bedrooms were extremely pink!
The Hotel owner, Mustapha was an amusing but VERY bossy man. He also had a travel agency.
Because of the lack of tourists it was very cheap to stay there.
If you recognise the view from the roof of the hotel and the discription of Mustapha, Please let me know which Hotel it is (~_~)!
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