Historic Hotels of Egypt

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Winged Isis » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:41 pm

The "Luxor Hotel" is (or was) definitely behind Hamees/Sindbad. I used to visit Moses Jewellery often, which was in the side street (and is now facing the temple, with the souk entrance across the road on its right, first shop around from the post office).

It's back door opened onto Hamees' garden and I could go through that into the Luxor to use their loo. It was due for remodelling before the revolution. Moses and his neighbours were waiting for years to find out when to move. In the end he gave up waiting and opened the new shop anyway.


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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Brian Yare » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:35 am

newcastle wrote:There was also a Mercure Coralia near where the the Luxor Hotel was (behind Sinbad/Hamees)...to further confuse!!

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I stayed at the Mercure Inn in 2006 before it became the Swiss Inn, before it was eventually demolished. It had a good poolside restaurant, and an oriental garden restaurant just across the drive from Sindbad which had some of the best food in Egypt at the time. IMHO of course.

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by John Landon » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:39 pm

I loved that place too Brian, we stayed there twice when it was the Mercure Inn.

The Big palm tree by the pool survived the demolition process I am pleased to say... :up

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Winged Isis » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:26 pm

That was where I stayed on my first visit to Egypt in 2002. I was totally underwhelmed by everything, especially my shabby room and lack of staff. The place was deserted. I think there were two other guests. My travel agent heard from me pretty quickly and I was moved to the Sheraton. I was supposed to be in 5 star not 2. The only time I've treated myself to such for a whole holiday, Egypt being No. 1 on my Bucket List, so I expected and made sure I got it. Had the same problem in Alexandria. Rubbish Egyptian agency, immediately dropped by my Aussie one.
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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Brian Yare » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:40 am

I was deliberately NOT looking for 5 stars. The Mercure Inn suited my needs and was conveniently located unlike the posher places in the southern and northern suburbs. That was in 2006.

I still miss the Oriental restaurant that was in the garden down near Sindbads. And the first floor restaurant on the corner of the corniche near Luxor Temple. It was above a bookshop (probably another Aboudi or Aboudy?) and that row of buildings was demolished within the next 2 or 3 years.

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Winged Isis » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:50 am

I was.

Ali Baba's I think.
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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Brian Yare » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:47 am

Al Baba's was (stillis?) the other side of Hamees.

I've marked up a historic Google Earth view with the location of the upstairs restaurant and downstairs bookshop. The image is from 2005. By 2009 these buildings had been razed.

An old map labels the site as "Old Marhaba tourist shops". It is at http://www.luxortraveltips.com/maps/centralluxor.htm

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Wiffy » Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:54 pm

Was that the Marhaba? shopping centre? there was a tourist police office in there on the ground floor and a few other shops as i remember

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by carrie » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:09 pm

Yes, Aboudi book shop was part of the complex too.
Ali Baba is still there though like everywhere else not doing much business.

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by HEPZIBAH » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:01 pm

That shopping centre was also named the Susanne Mubarak Shopping Arcade/Mall/Centre at one point in the early 2000's too.
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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Who2 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:20 am

The Marharba was the first restaurant in Luxor... 8)
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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by newcastle » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:35 am

I found this interesting site for Luxor restaurants that have 'passed away'.

A bit out of date now (Oct 2014) and probably many more have joined the list since.

http://www.luxortraveltips.com/eating/c ... urants.htm

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by BBLUX » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:05 am

I believe it was the historic Luxor Hotel that could be seen in a number of shots during the BBC Howard Carter TV programme back in the 90's. Some of our members were involved in the cast at the time so should remember acting there.
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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by carrie » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:09 pm

I remember it well they made the hotel foyer into a replica of the Winter Palace even to putting a ( don't know what their called) a round pushy door at the entrance.

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Bombay » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:57 pm

newcastle wrote:I found this interesting site for Luxor restaurants that have 'passed away'.

A bit out of date now (Oct 2014) and probably many more have joined the list since.

http://www.luxortraveltips.com/eating/c ... urants.htm
Lot out of date written by TWO people, did send an update but they ignored it.

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by MARIO » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:15 pm

I remember years and years ago swimming in the pool there and having a drink in the bar. The waiter gave me an ashtray engraved with SHEPHEARDS HOTEL.CAIRO which I still have. Often wonder how that got to LUXOR HOTEL.In its time it was as grand as The Winter Palace. Hammees and Sinbads are in what was part of the gardens. On my first visit to Luxor many years ago I stayed in The Savoy, on the corniche. That was demolished and there was a burger place, Shine Burger. To this day that land was never developed. The terrace of the Savoy was wonderful, you could have a beer there and watch the world go by. Happy days.

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Bombay » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:52 pm

MARIO wrote:I remember years and years ago swimming in the pool there and having a drink in the bar. The waiter gave me an ashtray engraved with SHEPHEARDS HOTEL.CAIRO which I still have. Often wonder how that got to LUXOR HOTEL.In its time it was as grand as The Winter Palace. Hammees and Sinbads are in what was part of the gardens. On my first visit to Luxor many years ago I stayed in The Savoy, on the corniche. That was demolished and there was a burger place, Shine Burger. To this day that land was never developed. The terrace of the Savoy was wonderful, you could have a beer there and watch the world go by. Happy days.
The swimming pool was located there.

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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by gd47 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:03 am

Stayed there for the best part of a year in the 90's (was playing keyboard mainly in the bandstand in the pool area.
It had the potential to be a superb hotel...even then there were remnants of its former glory.

The "owners" (it was actually leased from the Egyptian Government), Wendy and Nael (I presume that's how the company's name was derived) were both lovely people. In fact, there was actually a Gatwick Wena where we stayed overnight (complements of Wendy and Nael!) when we occasionally flew back to the UK (again, a superb hotel...large open fire in our wood-panelled room complete with four poster bed).

The Luxor Hotel (as it was then known) was at one time the southernmost hotel on the African continent!
Some of its more illustrious visitors were Tsar Nicholas II, who stayed there whilst on a Nile cruise, General Gordon on his journey to Khartoum (don't think he stayed on his way back!!) and, of course, Howard Carter, who relocated to the Winter Palace after the tomb discovery.

There was also a chapel in the (once extensive) grounds of the hotel, but I believe it was destroyed during an earthquake (but that may just be a rumour).

Even in the 90's there were problems with the hot water system...we sorted it by buying a boiler from the Government Shop and hanging it in the bathroom!

Had an excellent suite there, right at the very end of the spacious ground floor corridor (which made it very easy to install a small wooden ramp to allow access for the obligatory kittens who adopted us!).

I could go on and on about the place...I was in love with it...but it makes me so sad to remember an almost "golden age" which may never return.

For information regarding the various legal disputes which have plagued the hotel, here's a link to a pdf of just some of the proceedings...
https://www.biicl.org/files/3926_2000_w ... _egypt.pdf
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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by Mad Dilys » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:44 am

I love the by line gd47 gave me the first laugh of the day.

I must have heard you playing back in the day, really enjoyed your reminiscences. :up
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Re: Historic Hotels of Egypt

Post by John Landon » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:51 am

It is a shame, I was hoping it would be reopened, but like many things in life, both good and bad, they all come to an end eventually.

It was nice to have a couple of wanders around the place during my many visits to luxor, while all the original fixtures and fittings were still in place. :up
That elevator was well past its best too. Sometimes it left a good 12 inch gap between itself and the floor you hoped to get off on. :o

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