The Sonesta feels like a luxury hotel. I was in Luxor with a friend. Our room was nicely furnished and modern, the beds were comfortable, towels were changed twice a day and everything was very clean. There were several English movie channels on the big flat screen TV and we had a great view of the Nile. Breakfast was great. A table covered in pastries, freshly squeezed orange juice, endless coffee and tea. A selection of hot food with freshly cooked waffles and eggs. Fruit and meats, cheese and breads - varying slightly each day while staff wait on you hand and foot. The pool area was constantly staffed with people fetching towels, drinks, lunch...whatever you need. If a resort holiday is all you are after, you really don't need to leave this hotel.
Unique Quality: It is widely considered to be one of the better hotels in Luxor yet is priced much lower than the many.
My wife and I stayed at this hotel betwwen 16th - 19th October 2010. I strongley disagree with some members revues. The staff were polite and helpful, the food perfect, and the cleanliness of a higher standard than most UK hospitals. The only noise was from our colonial cousins (but what more could you expect?). I would recomend this hotel as the best in Luxor.
The Sonesta St George is part of the Soffitel group and is a genuine 5 star hotel. The rooms are superbly equipped and the hotel has all the facilities you would expect at this level.
The hotel faces the Nile and the front facing rooms are the best and most expensive. The side rooms also have Nile views but the ones on the left are limited views due to the proximity of the next hotel on the strip. The rooms to the right have better views but also overlook the utility works which although being an eyesore do give you a chance to observe the "workers" who seem to spend their lives sitting around smoking, drinking tea and waving at the guests.
The rooms at the rear of the hotel face Luxor town.
There are Japanese, Italian and Egyptian restaurants in the hotel which are okay but not 5 star quality. There is also a cafe that serves salads and paninis etc.
The pool has a bar and cafe but the food is pretty much junk (pizzas, burgers etc).
The swimming pool is a little small for the size of the hotel but they have limited grounds.
Entertainment is provided at night with a local dance troup out on the pontoon that extends out over the Nile.
The hotel has several shops selling eveything from books, snacks, jewelry, handbags, clothes and pool accessories.
There is a 24 hour banking service as well as ATMs and a machine that will change your currency into Egyptian pounds.
Unique Quality: Breakfasts are huge and offer everything you could possibly imagine.
The staff are very attentive, sometimes too much so.
There are feluccas moored off the pontoon that are under contract to the hotel and very reasonably priced.
Directions: On the main drag just up from the roundabout by the Iberotel.
We have stayed at this Hotel for 4 years now and it seems to always get better. They are in the prosess of adding 3 more floors. We have just returned 13th June 2007. From check in, which is easy and quick, through to room, room service, dinning, plenty of choice to general cleaning staff. One of the best. Would recommend to everyone who needs good quality and comfort. The staff will give you help in finding everything you need to enjoy you're stay from getting a taxi to places to visit.
Unique Quality: This hotel has many outstanding features incl. the only Japanesse resturant in Luxor. There are film shows everynight on the pontoon, under the stars. A nice pool with swim-up bar and the poolside staff will give you a clean dry towel after every swim. They even move you're shade around as the sun moves. The room stewards will give you extra items of toiltaries when you require, changing used towls in the evening, if used for a shower after a long trip out visiting the many sites. Reception staff smile and attended to and (If any) problems you may have quickly with no hassel.
Directions: Left out of hotel, straight Level walk to heart of Luxor main areas i.e. Museum etc. Within walking distance of Luxor Temple. Karnak may need taxi (Approx. L.E.£20/£2.00 sterling). Shops in the same street also bars and resturants if you need to eat out.
Other reviewsmade this hotel sound like paradise. It wasn't. It certainly does look beautiful- the rooms were a lovely size with comfortable beds and great air conditioning. All room on the sides have a reasonable Nile view. We were on the left hand side which is next door to a public swimming pool. Very noisy until past 10pm. We stayed for a week and during that time there was a prizegiving ceremony and a wedding celebration held there (the latter at midnight on our last night) The staff were all efficient but were never really friendly or engaging, with the exception of the pool attendants and the fruit juice man at breakfast. I have visited Egypt 7 times now and have concluded that they really can't do breakfasts- this place is no exception unless you like eggs. I had a pleasant week and would stay there again, but please don't expect amazing- you won't get it.
Unique Quality: Lovely big pool and pontoon area to watch the sun set. Get feluccas and motor boats from here, you get a great deal. Delicious icecream, although you don't get much in your cone. Huge, comfortable sunbeds!
Category 5 stars - many facilities like a huge pool - several shops - English styled pub called "Nobles" with a perfect and helpfull waiter - comfortable rooms - several restaurants and a "Bank of Cairo"
Unique Quality: In the english pub you just can relax - read books from the local library - and around 6 pm a perfect view on the sundown above the Nile.
Directions: Near the Nile
This is a superb accomodation for the traveller to Luxor. The service is second to none. The staff are so very helpful, polite and courteous.
There is a wide variety of food as there are 6 restaurants to choose from, Japanese to Middle eastern Cuisine.....
The rooms are adequate with climate control, en-suite facilities, TV, fridge, comfrotable beds and smallish balcony however the view from the balcony of the Nile is breathtaking and on a clear day you can see across for miles.
There are various shops in the hotel though they do tend to be a bit on the expensive side but you dont expect anything less than that !!!!
Just to sum it up, cos i can go on and on, this is a superb facility with every thing available that one could ask for and to top it all off with great staff that are always willing to help and go that extra yard.
My thanks to all the team there at Sonnesta for making my trip more enjoyable than would have been. I hope to see you soon again this year in June.
Unique Quality: The first thing you notice about the hotel before any architectural or cosmetic attributes is the warmth and friendliness of the staff that is there to greet you. After that you notice the wonderful chandalier in the reception and marble clad walls and floor so clean that you could almost eat off them.
Directions: On the bank of the Nile next to Le Meridien in Luxor. About 10 mins walk to Luxor temple and 15-20 min khaleesh ride to Karnak temple.
The Sonesta was a wonderful hotel: good service, impeccable rooms, and great amenities. It truly deserves its five-star rating.
Unique Quality: Every room has a private balconey that overlooks the Nile. The hotel pool is outdoors, has a swim-up bar, and overlooks the Nile as well.
But the Sonesta's best feature is an amazing garden patio that overhangs the Nile; it's the perfect place to relax and watch fishmen and feluccas go by. Most importantly--and if you've ever been to Luxor, you know how important this is--the patio is private and truly hassle-free.
The Sonesta also has several restaurants, ranging from upscale Egyptian to Japanese to pizza parlor.
Directions: Next to the Le Meridien.
The Sonesta St George is a 5 star hotel and is beautiful. It has several restaurants, including Japanese, Italian and Egyptian. It has cafes, a health club, shops, pool. The staff here will bend over backwards to help you, especially down by the pool side where you will be handed towels and if you try to move your sunbed, the attendants will rush over to do it for you. The breakfast is amazing with such a large choice. There is even a Japanese food selection to choose from and meats such as sausages and chicken with vegetables! The lobby is spectacular with a large chandelier. This hotel was not right in the centre of Luxor - it was a 5-10 minute walk.
Please look in my travelogue for further photos.
Unique Quality: The best thing about this hotel was the pontoon, where everyday, just before sunset, you could sit at one of the tables and watch the sunset over the Nile, while classical music was played from their speakers.
Another 5 Star Hotel that offers superb service, yet the rooms are a little smaller then other hotels in the region. The hotel is conveniently situated along the river Nile very close to all temples on the Eastern Side of Luxor.
Unique Quality: The hotel offers all amenties a five star hotel offers. Several shops are found in the ground level as well as the reception level.
A pool offers relaxation outdoors from a busy day exploring and a pontoon can be used for outdoor functions and dinners with stunning views of the River Nile.
Directions: The hotel is about 5 minutes South of the Luxor Temple
if you can afford it stay here - you wont be sorry - book the balloon ride over the tombs and temples - you wont forget it in a hurry - great staff, great pool, great food - try the japanese restaurant, expensive but tasty.
Unique Quality: spoil yourself in luxory
This is the best hotel I have stayed in. The service was amazing. You could have ate your dinner off the floor it was so clean.
We were upgraded to a suite at no extra cost as they just felt generous!
We loved it so much we are going back to the same place twice next year.
If you go to Luxor this is the place to stay.
Unique Quality: The pool was spotless and we were looked after really well by the lovely pool boys.
They would not let us lift a finger. They got our towels, moved our tables, put up our sun brollies. Got us drinks.
The view of the Nile is wonderful, no need to pay for a Nile View as 92% of the rooms either have a front Nile or side Nile view.
Not cheap, but well worth every penny. I would have paid double.
Directions: On the Banks of the Nile.
It was December and the hotel was decorated for Christmas and New Year. Amazing snow village and all the normal decorstions to give atmosphere.
Service and accomodation first class.
We were lucky to get rock bottom prices as tourism was at a low that year.
Unique Quality: comfortable room and pleasant decorations.
Directions: fairly central
Has anyone travelled on the Sonesta St. George I Nile Cruise Ship as detailed here
Next week I fly to Luxor for a week on board this ship and a week at the Sonesta St George Hotel and I wondered if anyone has any experiences of the cruise ship, good or bad?
Perhaps it would have been better to do some research on the ship and ask for comments prior to booking it. Now you will be going on it regardless of opinions on the ship. You might look at www.cruisecritic.com to see if there are any past reviews of ths ship by past guests.
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Address: Corniche El Nile Street, Luxor, Nile River Valley, Egypt