Private building, locked entrance, with four different flats to choose from; each features two bedrooms, full bath, well-equipped kitchen (save by cooking your own meals), A/C in at least one room, and access to rooftop terrace. When you visit Luxor, you quickly learn that all of the tombs and several temples are on the West Bank, but most hotels are in the city on the East Bank! We are on the West Bank where it is much quieter and more convenient.
Access to private garden with sitting area and rooftop terrace where you can eat your meals, sunbathe, or just enjoy the view. Wireless internet available for additional charge.
The flat owners do not live on-site; there is a caretaker who is present most of the day. Brothers Farag and Ragab are happy to take care of your every need, or leave you completely alone if you prefer. If you enjoy interacting with locals, they will share "shisha" with you and maybe introduce you to their friends!
Friendly riverfront neighborhood just a few steps from the Nile, with many small shops and riverside restaurants; if you stay a while many of the locals will know you by name. Nearby mosque often has very talented muezzin.
Flat owner Farag will pick you up from the airport and bring you back for your departure, any time of day or night (no charge). You can also hire Farag during your stay, or find a taxi or motorboat near your door; the public ferry is also in convenient walking distance, as is the local bus station ("buses" are vans used as collective taxis with regular routes).
Fresh ingredients for your breakfast are provided each day: bread and butter, milk, eggs, yoghurt. Let the owners knows if you have special requests (such as vegan diet); the usual bread is western-style, but if you ask, they will bring you the locally-made pita (flat bread).
Farag's house was wonderful - well located, beautiful roof garden, comfortable bed and he even arranged WiFi for us. Nothing was too much trouble, in fact we were told many times 'as you like'!
We employed Farag to take us to the temples and sites during the days we were there and he worked out a great schedule for us and was very flexible, adding in bits we requested or showing us things we showed an interest in, like talking us for a traditional Egyptian breakfast and arranging a sunset boat trip down the Nile. He even collected us from the coach station and dropped is off again free of charge.
The area feels very friendly, everyone seems to know everyone and there are a number of good restaurants within a few minutes on foot. The small outside area downstairs is kept private with a tall gate, which makes it feel like a secret sanctuary. We were encouraged to use a place nearby which has a good restaurant and a pool that we were free to use. We didn't end up using the pool as we were very tired from walking around the historical sites, but we used the restaurant and it was very nice. There is also a place just on the doorstep that does shisha whilst you watch over the Nile. Many of the historic sites are a short trip by taxi.
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I will be recommending Farag's house to any family and friends looking to go to Luxor and would return in a heartbeat.
W arrived and the driver was waiting at the train station to pick us up. we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here..ragab has been very welcoming and helped us with anything we needed. the apartment is beautiful and has everything we could need. Love the outdoor balcony overlooking the Nile and the best part is the rooftop terrace with panoramic uninterrupted Nile views. first time we have stayed on the west bank but absolutely love it, it is quiet, relaxed and stunningly beautiful. very quick response to any queries on booking, apartment cleaned daily, excellent english spoken by owner who could not have done more to make our stay more enjoyable. we will definitely be back.