Aswan Oberoi Hotel
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Aswan Oberoi Hotel
The rooms reminded me of a communist era hotel in Eastern Europe. Very tall ceilings, very white, very plain and uniform. I just felt like I have a coat of dirt and dust the whole time I was there. The carpet was disgusting and We did not take our socks off the whole time.
Everything was closed, they did not have half the food, the food in the buffet was not always full and they ran out fast. The dinner wait staff was slow and accused you of having more beverages than you did. The pool staff was aweome though, very friendly and sorry that they were out of things.
You had to take a ferry to another hotel if you wanted a pool. I did not go to swan to swim, but it would have been nice to relax by a pool for an hour during down time.
Don't be afraid that the ony way in and out is a boat, you never have to wait for one.
I had heard Movenpick had a great rep, but after staying in two of their hotels, the only thing they have to brag about is great locations.
Ejoyed Our Stayfrom Whodo
Room: good size, beds were comfortable. Only complaint was the toilet paper - was like sand paper. And the soap they give you dries your hands out - make sure you bring your own. Our room faced the city across from the Nile which was great, in the evenings you could sit out and see all the lights. The other side had a great view of the land, very pretty, but at night, nothing to look at (no lights).
There are some stores to shop in at the hotel. The front desk was very helpful, and so was Miss Mary, the tour co-ordinator. Great lady. Grounds were well kept.
Food: I loved the food so far in Egypt and it kept getting better. The restaurant at the hotel was wonderful!!! I have nut allergies including sunflower oil. The chef cooked the food in another oil during our stay. He made some special meals for me that I will never forget. The restaurant was very popular with people staying there, and others coming in just to eat. The waiters were very attentive, especially one gentleman who would bring me items to eat not cooked in oil. Basically, I felt like a queen. We don't get this service at home!
You can hire a felucca (sailboat) or a motorized boat for a trip down the Nile. The boats are large (hold 10-20 people) and we hired one. The ride was fantastic - highly recommended. We stopped at a small Nubian villaige - not much to see, they sell a few crafts, weren't there that long. You can go for a camel ride there.
All in all, we would definately stay there again, renovating or not. Booked this through a travel agent, for some reason, couldn't do it on-line.
Dated but in the process of updatingfrom tripwriter
Yes, the hotel (now Movenpick) is in the process of upgrading. The rooms we stayed in were very dated and bizarrely laid out. The beds were like rock. The little room they're using for the lobby is almost easy to walk past without recognizing what it is.
Being on Elephantine, you have to take a motor launch to go anywhere. They run quite regularly so that's not a huge problem.
The views to the west are the best and are very beautiful.
Perhaps once the update is complete, this will again be a four or five star but right now it's not anything to write home about.
Aswan visitfrom Anggie
The hotel is in the process of updating. It did not effect our visit except the pool was closed. Guest count was very low at the time of our stay. Could use another hotel's pool but it was a hassle so I didn't take the time.
Very nice large rooms.
Food was good. Menu prices I thought were really fair. Beers cost about $5.00usd and soda about $2.00usd. Burgers for lunch were $6.00. They were large and included fries.
We ate dinner in the buffet and they had a nice selection.
DId not like the idea of needing to take a boat to the hotel. It ran all the time but still was a bit of a hassle.
There is a street market near the hotel. You can take the ferry to the main land then walk about 2-3 blocks. WARNING: The venders are terrible. They all want you to buy from them and wont leave you alone. About 15 minutes of this I turned around. If they would leave the tourist alone I'm sure people would buy more.
You can purchase water from the small stores on the street. A large bottle is less then $1.00usd.
Nice hotel but not sure if I would stay there again. I prefer something right in town.
Avoid the renovationsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The pool is shut, the tower is now shut and there is no gym. In effect you are paying for the priviledge of staying on the island and whilst the location is very nice, the hotel badly needs these upgrades and you would probably be better off elsewhere.
The hotel used to allow you access to the Cataracts pool (whilst theirs is renovated) but this ended in June and now you only have access to the Isis hotel pool which is quite frankly not 5 star in any way.
Bottom line: will be a great hotel when the renovations are done, rooms are a generous size but very shabby, breakfast is pretty bad (but probably due to an occupancy rate of around 10% at present).
Hope this helps!
Great hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Beautiful Location, Friendly Staff - Renovation Problemsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Far below four star standardsfrom Mansshawky
In my opinion,this hotel could cause considerable damage to Movenpick's reputation in Egypt if things don't get better soon.
The Old Cataract seems to be an excellent hotel and I highly recommend it.
Great hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Nice Location but needs a little revamp!from A TripAdvisor Member
On the down side: The decor at this hotel could use a redo, which is exactly what was going on when we were there. The pool was shut down, a definate minus in those temperatures, though they did have a deal where you could boat to the Old Cataract hotel and use their pool, (with a free drink thrown in for the inconvenience). The problem was that the Movenpick looks like a big cement relic of the cold war! It was almost like walking into the swingin' 60's without the "swingin' part.
For the most part the staff was nice and the food acceptable. But if I had it to do over, I would have spent the extra and stayed at the Old Cataract, just for the history if nothing else. To be fair, it might brighten up when the finish the remodel, it's never fun to stay in a hotel where there are workmen ripping things up.
Top Local Tips for Aswan
Go by Felucca You can arrive all attractions on the nile by felucca from Moevenpick Resort, Elephantine Island
Taxi Drivers We had already been to Cairo, and Luxor. Found the cab drivers in Aswan to be more argumentive after we had already agreed upon the price. A couple of them complained they had kids to feed (one had 8 ??, but not wearing a wedding ring, most do if married). One told us to take 1 1/2 hours to site-see, and we only took one hour. He then complained that he was late for an appointment, so he wanted us to pay more. Just say no, and pay the price agreed upon. Don't get badgered by them.
Mekka is a mecca of good, simple food We planned to dine at the historic Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, but it had a prix fixe menu priced in Euros. Lots of Euros. Even to visit the lobby costs 85 Egyptian pounds (refundable if you eat or drink in excess of that amount). We asked the desk clerk to recommend a less expensive, but excellent restaurant and he sent us to Mekka. I was initially disappointed because it was a simple storefront -- hardly upscale. But the food was fresh and unexpectedly good. My friend, a Tunisian chef, said it wasn't Egyptian at all, but probably Iraqi. We had grilled baby water buffalo, and greens stewed with dill, among other tasty dishes. A great bargain, clean and friendly.
Other names for Aswan Oberoi Hotel
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- Address: Elephantine Island P.O Box 62 - Aswan - Egypt
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