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Where To Stay In Egypt: Giza, Luxor, Nile Cruise, Aswan and Hurghada

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With lots of research we had organised to visit 4 main cities of Egypt; Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Hurghada over a course of just under 16 days. Including a Nile cruise! Our choices are based on the best locations in each city, the price and what they offer. If you are considering a similar trip, do your research well and choose what you would be most comfortable with.

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Where to stay in Egypt

Giza – 4 Nights at Great Pyramid Inn

We had chosen to stay at Great Pyramid Inn for our first few nights in Egypt. As we were mostly interested in the historical aspects of Giza, staying in Giza seemed like the best and closest option. It worked out as the perfect location for our day trips for Giza, Saqqara and Cairo.

The top highlight of this hotel is the view. From our room and also from the rooftop we could see the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx in clear sight.

The hotel itself was pretty decent to stay at, with unlimited free water bottles, tea and coffee at all times of the day. We also enjoyed the complementary dinners choices that they had prepared for all guests. You will not need to visit the Sound & Light Show of the Pyramids during your Giza visit, as you can view and hear it all during dinner!

For four nights we would have preferred a little more luxury but we had no serious complaints. We missed the idea of a swimming pool to cool off in during the afternoons but our private bathroom had a good, clean shower as alternative.

Where to stay in Egypt - Here was our breakfast table in Giza, Cairo.

Wondering what temples and museums we visited during our stay in Egypt? Check our Ultimate Egypt Vacation post!

Luxor – 2 Nights at Sofitel Winter Palace

We stayed at Sofitel Winter Palace before our Nile cruise in Luxor. We would be visiting many temples and locations during our cruise so we picked this hotel based on the relaxation aspects. The 25meter swimming pool was perfect to get some exercise, before relaxing with a book on a lounge chair.

This hotel has the most gorgeous gardens we have seen in Egypt. With the large variety of breakfast choices you can sit outside on their terrace and enjoy the birds singing and sun breaking through the palm trees. For dinner we dined at their very fancy restaurant for steak. For sleeping we had an en suite room with plenty of space for our luggage.

Where to stay in Egypt - Luxor

Where to stay in Egypt - Luxor



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Nile Cruise – 4 Nights on the MS Mayfair

Our stay on the MS Mayfair was a very pleasant one, with top service and friendly staff throughout the 4 nights.

The bedroom on the cruise were very comfortable and clean. The en suite was pretty small but suitable for the 4 nights. Perfectly fine for what we needed after a day of visiting temples and museums. Food on board was delicious, with daily changing buffets for breakfast and lunches. Dinner on the cruise was a la carte, choosing only your main course, combined with receiving the same starter, soup and dessert. All meals on board tasted good, with absolutely no complaints. Many times we even had seconds!

Where to stay in Egypt - Ms Mayfair was our Nile Cruise for 4 nights

Only a little thing to mention for anyone who is taller than 6ft for the MS Mayfair Cruise. My 6ft5 partner didn’t fit under the shower and definitely not in the bath. My partner also had problems with the ceiling levels throughout the cruise, where he couldn’t stand up straight. He had to dodge some sprinklers during the cruise since they were even lower! We saw some other cruise boats that had higher ceilings in the lounge areas, however all cruises seemed similar in the amount of decks so I expect them all to have similar ceiling levels everywhere else. One thing that I missed in general was some more shade areas on the rooftop.

Life on the Nile Cruise was a royal one, with 28 guests to 64 staff. Pretty luxurious for us! What we soon came to realise was that for all the travellers on the cruise, there were 6 tour guides travelling with us too. We had our tour organised through Memphis Tours, with 2 other couples on board. An American couple and a German couple. So all the other guests on cruise were with different tour companies. Interesting to know, as we assumed all were with one tour company in the beginning. Surely it would be easier for them to have one tour on one cruise, since we saw multiple Memphis Tours guides in other temples doing similar routes but just from different cruise boats.

One good tip for if you are going on a Nile cruise, sit with other guests from the same tour you are with. When you start a tour, you are placed on our own separate table. Which can be nice if you are more private and do not wish to sit with anyone else. However we decided to sit with both the American and German couples during meal times. This was much more fun and social for your cruise experience. We pleasantly enjoyed their company and recommend you to do the same. Some enjoyable topics we discussed was about the temples we saw during the day, other travel experiences and life in general. We personally got on with the German couple much better than the American couple, probably since as Dutchies we are neighbours!

We’d highly recommend this MS Mayfair cruise boat as we truly enjoyed our whole stay and the interactions with the friendly staff. The staff at breakfast, lunch and dinner were the most fun, including great singing voices for when it was someones birthday or anniversary!

Where to stay in Egypt - Our MS Mayfair Nile Cruise

Wondering what temples and museums we visited during our stay in Egypt? Check our Ultimate Egypt Vacation post!

Aswan – 2 Nights at Citymax

We stayed at the Citymax hotel in Aswan after our Nile Cruise with the plan of visiting Temple Abu Simbel. However this did not go to plan and we ended up just chilling at the hotel for most of our stay. We had a good view of the Nile from our room, and enjoyed the gym in the hotel too.

All went smoothly with checking in to the hotel with friendly staff at reception. Our room was sufficient with 2 water bottles in the mini fridge and a good wifi connection. We were late with the buffet breakfast so ended up being the only two in the dining room. Regarding dinner we ate food outside of the hotel, such as a guilty visit to the McDonalds just 2 minutes away!

Only thing we disliked was the noise of our airco, which at times seemed like it was going to take off like a rocket at one point. So if you are light sleeper, make sure to ask for a room with a quiet air conditioning unit.

Where to stay in Egypt - Aswan Citymax Hotel

Where to stay in Egypt - Aswan Citymax Hotel our view

Hurghada – 4 Nights at Hotel Steigenberger

Ending our Egypt vacation on the most luxurious place you can find in Hurghada, we stayed at Hotel Steigenburger. This was located just a short 10min journey distance from the airport with their airport pick up service.

The high level of service in this hotel is outstanding. Right from check in you are welcomed with a drink, seated in their lounge and given all relevant information while they check you and your suitcase in. So you do not need to stand waiting at the front desk with your belongings. We had a little wait for our room as it was not yet ready, but with the fantastic service we didn’t mind at all. We could already explore the hotel and check out the large swimming pool. Large as in the largest pool in Hurghada too with 5000m2!

Our room was situated on the 5th floor overlooking the pool. It was gorgeous and extremely clean, a two bed with en suite, storage area and balcony. Large amount of space to walk freely through the room too, unlike our nile cruise room which was more tight and cosy. The bathroom had a deep bath and separate shower with ceiling mount, allowing my 6ft partner to fit perfectly underneath.

Enjoying this hotel at the end of our vacation was the perfect way to think about all we had seen on our vacation. It allowed us to also finish reading our 3rd books (yes take at least 3!) and truly relax without having to get up to visit something. During one day we did book a snorkelling trip with the hotel, but will share that in another post soon.

Where to stay in Egypt - Our room at the Steigenberger in Hurghada

Where to stay in Egypt - Our view at the Steigenberger in Hurghada

Summary

All the hotels and Nile cruise were great choices and we would definitely recommend them all if you are considering the same route through Egypt. If you were to stay 4 nights or longer in Giza, we would however consider a more luxurious location. We were missing that relaxation aspect at the hotel, such as a pool or lounge area for the afternoons. The two nights extra in Luxor gave us the time to relax by the pool before our Nile cruise would start. The Nile cruise had very high standards throughout, such as the quality of food which is very important for your health. Stopping in Aswan for 2 nights was good, but since we didn’t visit Abu Simbel (last minute decision) it wasn’t really needed and wished we went to Hurghada straight after the Nile cruise. We finished with the most gorgeous place in Hurghada which ended our vacation perfectly. If you are looking where to stay in Egypt, we’d recommend all these hotels based on a similar itinerary.

We didn’t get sick at all during our whole vacation through Egypt. Many westerners get sick based on the different foods or poorly prepared meals, but we have had no problems. During each meal at the start of our vacation in Giza we were a little wary of salads, and mostly focused on eating other options. But by the time we were in Hurghada we were eating everything.

Throughout our different hotels and Nile cruise we really noticed the lack of tourism in Egypt. All locations were extremely busy at the temples and museums, but we noticed lack of travellers everywhere else. Like what we experienced on the Nile cruise with 28 guests to 64 staff and at Aswan with being the only two guests at the buffet breakfast. However we do feel that tourism is increasing within Egypt with positive feedback from locals, staff and our tour guide.

We also felt safe at every location and hotel we visited during our 18 days in Egypt. There are guards and police pretty much everywhere. At the airports, at your hotel entrances, at all temple and museum entrances and in the streets. We were at no time worried something would happen either.

If you are interested in seeing what we actually visited, you can visit out Ultimate Egypt Vacation post here!

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Do you have any questions about our travel through Egypt? Or have you travelled through Egypt yourself before? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Carly | Fearless Female Travels
    3rd November 2018 at 3:58 am

    As if breakfast isn’t awesome enough already – that is one AMAZING view! I’d take that view over a pool any day!

    • Reply
      Togetherintransit
      3rd November 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks for commenting Carly! It sure was amazing with that view 😀

  • Reply
    April
    14th November 2018 at 10:16 pm

    What a great post! I’ve been wanting to explore around Egypt for some time now. When I travel I definitely don’t need the relaxation items such as pool, so several of the hotels listed seemed to be perfect. What was the approximate cost per night for hotels for your trip? Curious for budgeting purposes. Thank you so much for the great details and for talking about the food, too!

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      Togetherintransit
      17th November 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Hi April thanks for commenting! Only the Nile cruise and the Hurghada hotel were quite pricey (compared to our usual choices and the other locations). However there are plenty to choose from with 20-30Eur per night in all locations. But we had a higher budget for Egypt than we have had for other trips so it was still suitable for us, plus we were wanting more luxurious hotels for the safety aspect. For Egypt we were happy to spend more on a decent place to sleep and relax, since the rest such as tipping, food and transport were super cheap.

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    Megan
    14th November 2018 at 10:39 pm

    That VIEW from your first hotel in Giza is unbelievable. I never realized that kind of experience even existed. Egypt has been my dream location since I was a kid. Someday I will get there.

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    Lauren
    14th November 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Lovely!! I’ve not been to Egypt nor is it in my immediate travel plans, but sounds like a fun place to be so rich with history. And how cool is it that you could sleep with that view of the pyramids! Iconic! That last place looks like the perfect spot to unwind and relax, too. A little paradise!

    • Reply
      Togetherintransit
      17th November 2018 at 3:42 pm

      The last place was a dream! We spent more to stay there for that exact reason and it was perfect for 4 days at the end of our vacation 🙂 Highly recommended!

  • Reply
    nicole wall
    14th November 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Wow! the view from the first hotel is amazing and the last resort you stayed at looks like heaven to me! This sounds like an amazing trip and I can’t wait to read some of your other posts about Egypt.

  • Reply
    Dani
    15th November 2018 at 2:36 am

    Oh Egypt… One of my dream places to visit. Doing a Nile cruise would be amazing! But my husband would have the same problems since he is 6 ft 3! Thanksfor all the advice 🙂

    • Reply
      Togetherintransit
      17th November 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Hehe yes he would, but we highly recommend a visit with a Nile cruise 🙂

  • Reply
    Aireona
    15th November 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Wow! Those rooms look so luxurious! I love the style and color in all of them. Looks like a very expensive way to see the country though. Hopefully there were some good deals in there.

    • Reply
      Togetherintransit
      17th November 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks Aireona, you are right with the costs. We spent a little extra for some hotels (like the one in Hurghada) but it was still all within our budget 🙂 The land itself is extremely cheaper for food/transport etc.

  • Reply
    Chirasree Banerjee
    15th November 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Wow! You surely spent several wonderful days in the land of the pyramids. And that view of the Great Pyramid makes me want to pack my bag and catch the next flight to Cairo!

    • Reply
      Togetherintransit
      17th November 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks for commenting Chirasree! That view sure was a delight to see every day!

  • Reply
    Melissa Douglas
    16th November 2018 at 2:33 am

    I love Egypt. This is a great, useful post 🙂 Egypt was actually the first place I travelled to alone. It’s such a shame it has a bad rep!

    • Reply
      Togetherintransit
      17th November 2018 at 3:40 pm

      When did you travel there? The rep I think is improving, but of course Egypt is Egypt after all.

  • Reply
    Jean
    16th November 2018 at 2:35 am

    That view! Wow. Book me in now. Oh and a double order of that breakfast too please

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