Aswan Oberoi Hotel

, Aswan, Egypt
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Aswan Oberoi Hotel

5 star
Elephantine Island P.O Box 62 - Aswan - Egypt | 20-97-314666, +20-97-3146
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Yikes!

from TravelTeacher215
There is a moment on every trip, no matter how fabulous, where you just miss home a little. This hotel did it to me. I can not believe that they are open during the renovation. It is dusty and the AMAZING view and location is ruined by the dustiness and the renovations.

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 Stay

from Whodo
Yes, the hotel is still under reservation. Will definately stay there again when it is completed. We were offered pool passes to other hotels, but declined. We enjoyed having to take a boat to get to the hotel (short ride), was different. A couple of times, I was allowed to steer the boat, which was fun.

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 updating

from tripwriter
I've been to Aswan a number of times and have always noticed the (formerly) Oberoi tower on Elephantine Island. The only reason I stayed there this time is that I was leading a group of eight friends on their first trip to Egypt and our travel agent got us an incredible rate.

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 visit

from Anggie
Stayed at the hotel Sep 19-21, 2006

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 renovations

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just got back from Egypt having stayed in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. It seems the majority of reviews on this site rate this hotel quite highly. On this basis I stayed two nights. As noted, the hotel is undergoing major renovations and I would advise not staying here until these are done unless you get a rock bottom price.

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 hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I just want to point out, as no-one else seems to be aware of the fact, that this hotel is in the process of major renovations including the swimming pool and most of the rooms. A shuttle boat is provided to go to the Old Cataract to swim with a free drink voucher each time. However, the staff went out of their way to see that everything was OK for us (in May) and couldn't have been kinder. There is a fabulous view of Aswan from an observation tower. It is a very relaxing and beautiful environment with thegardens and the Nile all around one.

Anne Sacher

Beautiful Location, Friendly Staff - Renovation Problems

from A TripAdvisor Member
The best part of this hotel is the staff and the garden grounds - both are amazing!! The hotel is undergoing renovations - I was told they were closing in April for a few months to redo the rooms & lobby etc. The pool is already in progress so you take their free ferry to the Old Cataract to use their pool. This is a little annoying, but a nice, free way to see that hotel too! If you take a felucca ride, go with the Amad Aboda (Camelia is his boat) usually at the Movenpick dock. He is a very honest, kind man. He also helped us find a great, resonably priced driver (named Fawaz) for Philae and other sights - he made this one of the best days of our entire stay in Egypt!

Far below four star standards

from Mansshawky
Far below four star standards , the hotel premises and facilities need full renovation .The so called superior room was spacious and the view was nice but the furniture was in a bad shape, the heating system did not work and there was no hot water in the bathroom at night .We had all our meals at the hotel and almost all of them were below acceptable standards .The staff were friendly and very helpful .
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 hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were upgraded to the Movenpick hotel on Elephentine Island in Aswan, I was a bit concerned as it was on the island, but they had a launch going every five minutes, and the trip only took a couple of minutes, and you were in the centre of Aswan. The location was great, on the Island was a Nubian village which we wandered through (and got lost in the alleyways, but was fun). The pool was under construction, but we were give a complementary entry in to the Old Cataract hotel to use there pool plus a free drink. That was better than having use of the hotel pool. You just catch a launch from the island and it takes you to the Old Cataract. They have a great tower that you go up into, and we went at sunset, the view were terrific, you can have eats and drinks up there.

Nice Location but needs a little revamp!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I only spent one night at this hotel, before embarking on our Nile Cruise. The location is definately top notch, on an island in the middle of the Nile. On the plus side: our room had two gigantic balconies with views to BOTH sides of the river. The bathrooms were well appointed, the room spacious/quiet and the grounds very lush.
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.

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  • Address: Elephantine Island P.O Box 62 - Aswan - Egypt
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