About this listing
A stone's throw from the Nile with unobstructed rooftop views of Luxor Temple, this enclosed, 4-flat complex with garden and balconies offers the best possible combination of privacy and service, traditional decor and modern functionality. Wireless internet available (additional charge).
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.
This flat has a three-night minimum stay; for shorter stays, please check out the Howard Carter flat, listed as "Live in comfort with private balcony," or the Seti I flat, "Ground floor Nile flat with garden."
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 (see below).
Interaction with guests
Flat owners Ragab and Farag have a combined half-century of experience in the tourism industry. They do not live on-site; there is a caretaker, Ahmed, who is present most of the day. 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" or tea 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. There is a swimming pool available one street over (15 EGP per visit). 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 (100 EGP each way unless included in pricing, see above). You can also hire Farag during your stay, or find a taxi or motorboat near your door; the public ferry is in convenient walking distance, as is the local bus station ("buses" are vans used as collective taxis with regular routes).
Please note that we don't do "off-line" deals. Airbnb will not allow us to share contact info unless you have actually completed and paid for a booking. If you would like a quote for specific trips or driving services, please complete your booking first, and then we can discuss other details. In general Farag charges 800 EGP for a day trip (for example, to Dendera or Aswan). But please understand that we cannot provide extensive quotes for various trip possibilities unless you have actually committed to stay with us.
Other things to note
Fresh ingredients for your breakfast are provided for the first three days of your stay: bread and butter, milk, eggs, yoghurt, coffee and tea. Please let the owners know 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).
For stays of a week or longer, airport pick-up and drop-off and wireless internet are complimentary. For shorter stays, please expect to pay Farag 100 EGP each way for pick-up service (from airport or train station). There is a flat charge of 150 EGP for wireless internet if you wish to use the internet. These amounts can be settled on-site in local currency (so you can always change your mind).
We highly recommend using Farag's reasonably-priced pick-up service for shorter stays. Of course there is no obligation to do so, but understand that you will still have some out-of-pocket expenses if you choose to arrive at the flat by yourself; usually you will want a local taxi to bring you to the Nile (30-50 EGP) and then a motorboat to bring you across the Nile (30 EGP). If this is your preference, please consult the detailed map shwoing the exact location of our flat, and we will meet you there at the time you specify.
A note on pricing (for the fair-minded traveler): These flats plus the earnings of one cab driver support two families totaling a dozen people. So if you enjoy your stay, please consider a generous tip, keeping in mind what similar accommodations would cost in your home country. Tipping or "baksheesh" is a common cultural expectation in Egypt, so this request is not unique to our flats.
Other ways you can help:
--please do leave us a five-star review; this is what the website expects, and lower rankings hurt our placement. Please attempt to resolve any issues that might keep you from giving five stars; you'll find our hosts very accommodating!
--please refer us to your friends who travel; and, above all:
--please come again!
This is YOUR flat for the duration of your visit; we simply ask that you be considerate of other guests in neighboring flats. For security reasons, please notify the flat owners if you invite additional people to spend the night (by law, opposite-sex Egyptian guests are not allowed overnight, see below).
It is always prudent to lock the door to your flat and the main entrance when you're away; only the flat owners and "house boy" Ahmed have keys. Each flat has a safe for valuables; we trust our staff, but securing valuables removes all doubt! We suggest keeping your passport, cash, and any valuables in the safe. Please note that the hosts will ask for your passport on arrival in order to complete required government registration; you will get it back by the next day at the latest!
If you are traveling with an opposite-sex Egyptian friend or partner, the government requires either a marriage certificate or two separate flats. In that case we can arrange for a discount on a second flat. (Note this is ONLY an issue if there is an Egyptian citizen in your party.) This is not our rule, it is Egyptian law. We cannot accept the Orfi / Urfi marriage certificate, since this type of marriage is not recognized by the government; you may find other Airbnb hosts willing to accept Orfi, but we prefer not to take that legal risk.
That's me at a swimming pool near our flats in Luxor (Egypt), which are owned by my husband, Ragab, and his brother, Farag. I act as their American agent for Airbnb bookings. Ragab is a professional tour coordinator, and Farag is a licensed and insured cab driver with a modern, air-conditioned vehicle. I speak to Ragab every day and both brothers are completely trustworthy.
Luxor is a great destination with more ancient Egyptian sights than most people can absorb in one visit, plus a lively, traditional village community on the West Bank, as well as fun and relaxing activities for families. While you're there, make sure to take a boat ride on the Nile and a camel ride around the village! (Donkeys are a great substitute if you're afraid of heights!)
Sie koennen mir gerne auch auf deutsch schreiben! (Hauptberuflich bin ich Uni-dozentin fuer deutsche Sprache.)
Je parle aussi francais; l'hote Farag et le fils de Ragab parlent aussi tres bien francais.
Parlo anche un poco italiano.