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Hotel Karnak Resort Luxor Hotel 5 star
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The Sofitel Karnak is a luxury establishment that you are unlikely to forget in a hurry. Indeed, it boasts all sorts of fine features by which you might remember your stay: big open spaces, beautiful plants, peace and quiet, a wide range of facilities, and a quality level of service. We especially liked the location at the heart of a superb palm grove next to the Nile and the fact that it is such a nice place to relax without being disturbed. This all makes for a very pleasant setting well suited to couples and families who want to intersperse a relaxing break with cultural outings.

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    Location 7.0 /10

    The Sofitel Karnak is 11 mi from Luxor international airport and 4 mi from the city centre. The hotel is in an ideal location 4 mi from Luxor city centre, 11 mi from Luxor international airport, and 2 mi from the famous Karnak Temple.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The Sofitel Karnak consists of 347 guest rooms of various categories. Most of the rooms, 330 to be precise, are in the standard category, and 21 of these are suites. They are spread throughout 9 buildings, each one named after a different pharaoh, located near the main block. Inside, they are pleasant and well decorated in the Moorish style. Even though they are neither extremely spacious nor especially bright (depending on which side of the building your room is on), they are nice spaces with a comfortable double bed in which to spend some time. They are impeccably clean and come equipped with all the facilities you might expect, including air conditioning, satellite television, a telephone, minibar, and safe. The bathroom is unfortunately somewhat on the small side, but its level of comfort does not disappoint, thanks to the bathtub, towels, and hospitality products provided for guests. The rooms have a spare bed enabling them to accommodate up to 3 guests.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    The Sofitel Karnak resides at the heart of a superb palm grove, 2 mi from the famous Karnak Temple, and is one of the finest establishments in the city of Luxor. It exceptional location on the banks of the Nile gives it the kind of charm and authenticity not found in many of the city's other hotels. Indeed, its unique ambience is almost magical, and it is a fantastic place to come and relax on a deckchair, unwinding in the peace and quiet between visits to the cultural sights. Numerous leisure activities can be enjoyed inside the hotel complex, including sports like tennis, football, table tennis, volleyball, squash, and darts, providing a great alternative if you feel like a break from the more traditional tourist pursuits on offer in this part of the world. There are also plenty of eating options: 3 restaurants in 3 different settings, and a plethora of different flavours on the menu. The pleasant rooms are designed in the Moorish style and are located outside of the main building, where most of the amenities are housed (bars, restaurants, shops, etc.). Outside you will also find the immense swimming pool, which has a pool bar in the middle, and a separate pool for children. From this part of the hotel, your views of the Nile are completely undisturbed. To make the most of this magical and unforgettable setting, some of the deckchairs have been set up to look out over the river.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The most commonly selected package option in the hotel is the half-board formula. The meals served as part of this deal, each one consisting of a buffet of international dishes, are taken in the main restaurant, the Opet. Breakfast is varied and copious but dinner is far from exceptional. Indeed, the quality of the food is no better than satisfactory, so it is just as well that there are plenty of dishes to choose from. The dining room is not very easy to access (at the top of the stairs near the lobby). Its main advantage is the terrace with views over the Nile where it is very pleasant to sit and relax during fine weather; unfortunately the furniture is not exactly new. The other restaurant options at the hotel include the 'Palmarie' next to the swimming pool, which also has commanding views over the Nile. It serves up snacks and lighter meals than those on offer in the main restaurant and the quality is very reasonable. These dishes are charged extra. Finally, the 'O'Nile' has a terrace that opens onto the garden and serves Asian and international dishes for lunch and dinner. The Sofitel Karnak also has 3 bars: Carter Bar, which is the main bar in the lobby near reception, the Moorish Café, which is also found here, and the swimming pool bar.

    To know

    There is a mini-club for children aged 4 to 12 (beginners' sports lessons, manual workshops, games, etc.).
    The hotel offers numerous sports activities, the benefits of a smart and impressively equipped gym, and a massage centre.
    The hotel is located near an 18-hole golf course.
    Cultural outings can be booked to pick you up from the hotel, for an additional charge.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      wellness, keep fit, beauty salon, massage, sauna

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, squash, football, beach volley, gym, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The setting
    • The quiet grounds
    • The large number of services
    • The comfortable guest rooms
    • The friendly welcome

    disadvantages

    • The furniture on the terrace of the main restaurant
    • The hotel is a bit out of the way
    • The main restaurant is not very easy to access

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