Our basic philosophy
when it comes to recommending hotels is 'value for money',
'friendly staff' and location. Ma'at Tours has been able to negotiate substantial
discounts at the three hotels we use (the Philae Hotel, the Grand Hotel, and the Barcelo Cairo Pyramids Hotel) and at Flats in Luxor for our group booking
and pass all these savings directly on to you. Nevertheless
if you wish to up/down-grade your accommodation by moving
to another hotel, you are free to do so and we can suggest
others that you might like to try.
The accommodation we recommend varies
from AUD$40 to AUD$50 (2012 prices, based on single occupancy
Postal Address: Corniche el-Nil,
Aswan, ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT / PO Box 65 Aswan, ARAB REPUBLIC
Phone: 20-97-312090 : Fax: 20-97-324089
Description/comments: Right on the
Corniche with wonderful views of the Nile, Elephantine Island
and Qubbit el-Hawa (you will not get over the views, honestly!).
Very friendly staff, clean, beautifully appointed rooms with
air con., new fridges and tvs! Nearby, a string of great
restaurants, 1 block from the souk, 1/2 block to major banks
and an internet cafe and local ferry.
Philae Hotel, Aswan
Newly appointed 2nd floor room
Reception area in suite
Bathrooms with great plumbing
Flats in Luxor, West Bank Luxor
Web Address: http://www.flatsinluxor.co.uk
Description/comments: Huge flats
with a spectacular finish. Each flat has three bedrooms
and two bathrooms, so we recommend that singles or couples
share a flat to reduce costs. Each bedroom is larger than
a standard hotel room, so sharing with others doesn't necessarily
mean that you have to share the common areas such as the
lounge and kitchen. Each bedroom has its own balcony and
views over the West Bank are beautiful.
The flats (above) and common lounge
of one flat (below).
Grand Hotel, Cairo
Postal Address: 17 Sharia, 26th July
Street, Cairo, ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
Web address: http://grandhotelcairo.com/
Description/comments: Its, "clean
and comfortable rooms with hardwood floors & antique armoires."
LP (1994). There is aircon & tv/satellite stereo in each
room. The hotel is in Downtown Cairo, about 700 m. from
the Egyptian Museum. There is a great range of shops within
the immediate vicinity and the v.g. traditional Egyptian
cafe - al-Andalus - out back. Close to taxi stands and a
v.g. book shops, nearby several Egyptian restaurants, including
the wonderful (and cheap!) GAD & the hotel's Valley of the
A typical double room at the Grand
Hotel (above) and the exterior (below).
Barcelo Cairo Pyramids, Giza
Postal Address: 229 Al Ahram Street, Giza, ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
Comment: This hotel allows us easy and swift access to the various pyramid sites we visit in the last days of the tour. This has become an increasingly important issue since the 2011 Revolution: Tahrir Square and the surrounding roads have been closed or are extremely busy around the time of the 25th January anniversary and the logistics of staying Downtown have led us to move out to Giza for the last part of the tour.
Description/comments: Situated just 4 km from the Giza pyramids, the Barcelo is a typical, international-style 4 star hotel. The reception staff are very friendly and helful. The hotel boasts a pool, roof-top views to Dashur, Saqqarah and Giza, and several restaurants.
Below: A typical double room at the Barcelo