|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
From the garden gate, steps lead up to a wide veranda with a sunny seating area. As you enter through the front door, there is a new but traditional kitchen to the left and a reception/dining area to the right. A spacious hallway leads to two bedrooms, one double and one twin, each with their own bath/shower rooms. Both have Nile views. Another door opens onto the garden.
A marble staircase leads to the first floor with a magnificent long domed sitting room extending the entire width of the house with windows opening onto the Nile; and two more bedrooms, one double, one twin, both with their own bath/shower rooms, and with views of the Nile.
The top floor contains the fifth bedroom and separate bath/shower room. The roof terrace includes a sheltered domed eating area with views of the mountains behind and the river in front.
Forget cruising on the Nile - if you really want to see Egypt in all its many facets, stay at Riverbank House. It's a most beautiful home, light and airy, with a simplicity and faithfulness to its Egyptian design and detail, with fantastic views across the Nile to the Temple at Luxor and the Winter Palace to the front, and the mountain at the back. It is so peaceful, and with Mahdi and Sayid preparing wonderful meals, and Khyry organising all our excursions, wherever we wanted to go, nothing could be more relaxing. Partly because he accompanied us, and also because the local people are so warm and welcoming, we felt entirely safe.
We adored the trip up the Nile in the dahabiya, and the richness of the bird life in the shallow waters of the banks is a joy for anyone interested in ornithology. Visiting the temple at Esna was a bonus - it was fascinating to see how the Greeks and Romans adapted their own religion to incorporate Egyptian gods and goddesses.
More locally, there is plenty to do. We enjoyed swimming in the hotel outdoor pool, set in pleasant gardens, just a short walk away, and it was interesting walking through the village and along the paths by the banks of the Nile, seeing how the local people make use of the fertile soil to grow crops and feed cattle, a little glimpse into true Egyptian life.
Of course, if you want to visit Egyptian tombs and the Valley of the Kings, these are right on your doorstep.
Altogether, I cannot think of a more lovely place to stay, looked after by such attentive people, and with such varied and interesting things to do and see: a perfect and memorable holiday.
Our family had a wonderful stay at the Riverbank House in Luxor. The house is modern, clean and secure. The staff were warm and caring and catered to all our needs. They made our stay especially memorable by making arrangements to celebrate my wife's birthday. I wholeheartedly recommend this homestay to families and large groups who want to have a memorable time in Luxor.
This house in Luxor is absolutely amazing and we have enjoyed every moment of being around the house, in the surrounding village, and popping to the main city over the Nile!
The staff looked after us so well, with good humour and care; such nice people. We asked for daily meals, and what a treat they were; better could not be found outside - this is a must and quite inexpensive.
The local manager knows everyone and everything that is going on; from politics to pharaohs and was able to produce an academic, a tailor, a boat, some camels and everything we needed - we settled in and got to know the area within hours, making friends and being made to feel just so welcome.
And to be in that location, with the village behind and fields next door..gazing over to the Old Winter Palace hotel on the banks of the Nile....wow.
Naturally we did the usual things from a tomb and temple point of view, and of course these are wonders to behold - but I really think that just mixing with the locals and taking a stroll along the tracks, nipping to the shop, taking a donkey ride and motorcycle ride (we managed to borrow these for a couple of hours) was a high point for us all.
We will certainly want to go back, hopefully often. The kids were in great form and had one of the best trips ever. Not a moment of boredom for them. We plan to return with friends and family as soon as possible.
Being slightly security aware, particularly in that general region, I have to say that I felt completely at ease everywhere.
I can only echo the remarks in the previous reviews. Khyry is a huge asset, ably assisted by Madhi & Hadjadi. You have the chance to visit at leisure places not on a "group" agenda to cross the Nile in your own boat, or dangle your fingers in the water while sailing in a felucca. I cannot rate a stay at Riverbank more highly.
It was a great privilege to stay in
Riverbank House, to revel in the Nile flowing past every window and to be introduced to Khyry and his team. He showed me his country from the “inside”, which is rarely given to a visitor to experience, and Mahdi, Ahmed and Sayed cooked, cleaned and provided security with great competence and courtesy. Mahdi's food and artistic towel arrangements would be quite at home in the Winter Palace Hotel.
It was all beyond imagination - the place itself and the people are equal in my memory to the great antiquities and the beautiful river. The House provided the most comfortable and atmospheric base from which to explore the wonders on its doorstep and Khyry's advice was invaluable. He is the "go to" man for information and can provide
a solution to almost everything, from how to get to your chosen destination and what to eat when you get there.
It was the most memorable of holidays and I have already signalled a strong wish to return!
I was invited to Luxor for a week and was lucky enough to stay in Riverbank House. This house is newly built in traditional style, immaculately clean and stylishly furnished with views from all the rooms. Riverbank House is on the West Bank of the Nile, opposite the Luxor Temple, Karnak and the famed Winter Palace on the East Bank. The bedrooms are comfortable with ceiling fans and large wardrobes and the sitting areas are large, cool and comfortable. The rooftop area is a perfect place for breakfast, overlooking the Nile on one side and the Valley of the Kings on the other. The efficient staff treated us like royalty - (Mahdi's omelettes and pancakes were legendary!).
We spent many fascinating hours visiting nearby museums and tombs, and sunset in the desert is an unmissable experience. Another highlights of our stay was a trip down the Nile on a felucca. There are small, pleasant restaurants nearby, with fresh food and wonderful service, some of them prepared to cook to order. We also enjoyed an evening of entertainment at the nearby Al Gezira Hotel Restaurant with a Whirling Dervish! The local people couldn't have been more friendly and we were welcomed with open arms by all the Egyptian people we met, including the children, who spoke to us in English!
Luxor (ancient Thebes) is a World Heritage Site and is unrivalled in its wealth of monuments from ancient Egypt. Amongst the most famous are undoubtedly the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the stupendous Temple at Karnak, but the variety of wonders easily reached within 15 minutes from our villa includes so much more.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$123|
Payment accepted in Euros or US dollars
Transport from/to Luxor airport included for up to 7 people. For larger parties there may be a charge. Full Egyptian breakfasts provided.
Note: Guests should have normal travel and sickness insurance at the time of booking. (The UK Government has now relaxed its travel advice for this part of Egypt and there should be no problem in obtaining such insurance.)
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.