Why Four Days at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa Isn’t Enough

“Four days is not enough,” said Christoph, the general manager of the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa, shortly after I checked into his hotel in upper Egypt. “Four days is plenty of time to see Luxor,” I responded. “But it’s not enough time to experience our hotel too. You can see all the sights, but you won’t be able to relax. Relaxation is what our hotel is for. You must stay longer.”

Must I? Was he kidding? After a lengthy conversation with him and Revenue Manager Mohamed, I realized that no, they were not kidding at all. I must stay longer. So my four days stretched into…a few more. And now that I am at the end of my stay at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa, I can see clearly that only a few days at this hotel in Luxor, as promised, not have been nearly enough.

Lobby of the Hilton Luxor

Lobby of the Hilton Luxor

My suite at the Hilton Luxor

My Room

Nighttime view of the West Bank taken from my balcony

Nighttime view of Luxor's Nile River and West Bank from the Hilton Luxor

The Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa is a peaceful riverfront resort that has literally the best view of the Nile River of all the hotels in Luxor, with an unparalleled 200 meters of unobstructed shoreline where boats are not allowed to dock, as well as a gorgeous view of the West Bank across the water. The rest of Luxor’s sights do, unfortunately, require that guests leave the hotel. Therein lays a problem. After you have stepped onto the property at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa, you may not care all that much about seeing the sights of Luxor anymore.

Sunset Terrace outdoors at the Hilton Luxor

This region of Egypt is jam packed with some of the world’s most famous ancient wonders, from the Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple on the East Bank where the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa stands to the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and Medinet Habu on the West Bank. If you were to travel to Luxor for the sole purpose of seeing every single one of its sights by diving into them first thing each morning, taking a quick lunch break and then finishing up with one of the temple’s sound and light shows each night, you would need only perhaps three days. However, if you want time to breathe, relax and enjoy yourself a bit as well, I think you need at least a week at a hotel in Luxor. And the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa is truly it for breathing, relaxing and enjoying.

Spa room at the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa

I visited one of the other the hotels in Luxor one evening – the amazing Winter Palace, another five-star hotel. It is drop-dead gorgeous but in a stiff and starchy sort of way. The atmosphere at the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa, on the other hand, is so laid back and casual, I felt perfectly free to walk around in flip-flops wherever in the hotel I went, something you can’t do comfortably in other high-end hotels.

In fact, out of all the hotels in Luxor, the Hilton has the most peaceful location, period. Its spot on the slow flowing Nile River is more tranquil than an oceanfront location, and its relaxing waters don’t stop with the river. There are three infinity pools with views overlooking the Nile and Luxor’s West Bank as well as fountains throughout the hotel, with water flowing so gently that it relaxes you whether you want it to or not.

Fountain at the Hilton Luxor in Egypt

My favorite infinity pool and in fact my favorite area, period, of the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa is at the adult-only spa. No children, drinking or smoking is allowed in this area set well away from the main pool area, so it is almost completely silent and thoroughly relaxing. The other two infinity pools, though, are as still as peaceful as can be even if just a little more noisy and lively.

One of the three infinity pools at the Hilton Luxor

I was treated to the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa’s specialty – the Desert Sands Ritual, which is a very interesting and really perfect combination of a body scrub followed by a massage in a room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Nile River. There is also an unbelievable spa suite in this area of the hotel which, in addition to the bedroom and living area has a private spa area where the massage therapist will come to your room as often as you want to give you treatments.

Spa treatment room at the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa

I personally spent many a hilarious evening talking with Christoph and Mohamed in the hotel’s Sunset bar and many an afternoon relaxing at the spa infinity pool. I also managed to hit every restaurant while staying at this hotel in Luxor and would have been missing out if I’d accidentally passed one by. I think my best meal was lunch at the poolside Olives Restaurant where I veered off course and ate Italian rather than Egyptian. While at the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa I also spent time in the best gym I have worked out at in over a year. Its new and beautifully maintained digital Technogym equipment keeps track of your repetitions while lifting weights and helped me get in some great workouts.

TechnoGym Equipment at the Hlton Luxor Resort and Spa

Christoph was right. Four days wouldn’t have been long enough at the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa. How much time do you need to experience all this hotel in Luxor has to offer? I say one week minimum. Two is better. :)

The Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa gave me a complimentary stay at their hotel, a complimentary spa treatment and tour of Karnak Temple, but all opinions are honestly my own.

8 Comments Post a Comment
  1. What a nice place this is ? The post is very helpful for those who come first time for Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa, because it also contains a short guide map. They must have the knowledge about other factors that have detailed in the post. The post also contains pictures that give a clear view.

  2. RyukyuMike says:

    Agh, Sabina, ya stayed a a Five Star Hotel. Will ya still speak to the likes of me ?
    Sounds like it was a blast, though !

  3. Sabina says:

    It is a very, very nice place. Thank you!

  4. Sabina says:

    Mike, of course you are always my friend. The Hilton Luxor was better than I ever imagined :)

  5. Lifestyles of the rich and famous.

    I stayed at a 3 star hotel in Luxor, and that’s 3 stars by Egyptian standards (more like 1 star by Western standards); and I had to pay for mine ;)

    Glad you enjoyed yourself. It’s nice to get a pampering every once-in-a-while.

  6. Steve says:

    I don’t blame you for staying a little longer at the resort and spa. It looks so luxurious. Having a view like that plus access to massages and pools would make it a great place to stay for awhile.

  7. Sabina says:

    Hi, Ian – thanks :) It was an incredible experience.

  8. Sabina says:

    Steve, I loved the view so much, especially at night. It was great to get to see the mountains and river throughout the workout room windows :)

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