I could say that Mara House is a hotel, even a boutique hotel. It is all that – but it is so much more. It was built to fill a need felt by myself initially – a need for there to be somewhere in Egypt for the travellers who wanted more than just a bed for the night and some specifically tourist-orientated tour offerings, peppered with shopping expeditions by day.
Egypt, to me, is one of the most important (in so many ways) places on the planet and the fact that it has survived the upheavals of 2011, compounded by the problems of the intervening years, intact only serves to make me more sure of that. Egypt deserves people who appreciate it’s very real treasures – both ancient and modern, and is prepared to do whatever is necessary to share and experience it’s uniqueness.
Mara House is for the independent, discerning traveller whose priority in coming to Egypt is the quality and scope of the experience. We do not compete on price – so we are not for the traveller who is looking for the cheapest option. Nor do we quote low prices with hidden or added on costs. For our tours and our accommodation we are transparent in our offers. The price I quote is the price you pay.
As a result of personal recommendations, great online reviews and consistency in the value of our offers 99.99% of our guests take our complete Luxor package which includes the tours. Many also avail of our Cairo and Cruise packages. As tourism to Egypt is improving we are finding more and more visitors prefer to relax and leave the planning of their entire Egypt trip to me and out of that our full 9 night Egypt Package has evolved.
Our promise and our focus is for our guests to experience the best of Egypt in it’s myriad of shapes and forms.
Mara House is NOT ON THE TOURIST strip, nor on the Nile. We are in a normal, ordinary Egyptian street, among the locals, behind the train station. The streets can be dirty and a western person could be forgiven for thinking we are in a poor area. We are not. It is simply that Egyptians do not have the same priorities we do when it comes to what is outside the front door.
If you want to see what it is like among the locals then Mara House is for you. If you prefer the usual 5 star hotel surroundings then you need go to the tourist strip. When I built Mara House I choose not to be among the souvenir shops. I choose my street as a place where tourists could get a feel for Egypt as it is today and an opportunity to understand a different culture.
BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN LUXOR
Whether you are a solo traveller or a couple your accommodation will consist of a large bedroom, separate private sitting room and a bathroom which is a “wet room” meaning open shower area – no bath.
FAMILY or GROUP
If you are a family or group of between 3 and 6 persons your accommodation will consist of 3 separate bedrooms, extra large private sittingroom cum dining area and bathroom (wet room). Most people do not take this in during the booking process are are surprised and delighted when they discover the size and furnishings of their suite.
I am a grandmother of 4 myself. I love having families with children come to Mara House. Our Family Suites mean the family is in the one apartment sized suite not having to go between separate rooms as in most hotels. If you contact me with the ages of your children and the number of persons in the family or group I will give you a SPECIAL FAMILY QUOTATION.
Solo travellers are welcome – we do NOT charge you extra single supplement on accommodation.
- airport or train transfers on arrival and departure
- apartment sized accommodation per night incl breakfast
- great tours to the best sites in Luxor with wonderful guides
- a minibar stocked with drinks and snacks in your suite at reasonable prices
- laundry service (wash and iron only, no specialist or odd stain removal service)
- free early check-in and free late check out whenever possible
- free travel and sightseeing advice
- free internet
- library/book exchange
- best traditional food in Egypt is the Salahadeen Feast – only served to in-house guests.
- 3 night package designed to save you research, time and avoid the tourist traps, making the most of your experience in Luxor – the LUXOR package
FOOD and RESTAURANTS in LUXOR
The Salahadeen Restaurant at Mara House is one of the best restaurants in Luxor serving authentic Egyptian family food. The Salahadeen Feast is well known and has been a great success with all guests. Each feast consists of 15 different dishes so you really get to taste a good cross-section of real home cooking. The restaurant is currently only serving to in-house guests and the Feast is included in the “Luxor with Mara” package on two nights.
What makes Mara House the friendliest hotel in Luxor – more than just a bed?
ROOFTOP RELAXATION at Mara House
Finally, the rooftop garden is a haven of green peace and tranquility. A vast array of cactus and desert plants as well as the famous ever flowering bourgainvillea makes it a peaceful and relaxing space to end the day – a cold beer under the stars on a warm Egyptian night is the perfect end to a lovely day.
You can contact me directly here to ask any questions and check availability for specific dates. I look forward to hearing from you.
GUEST COMMENTS & REVIEWS
Comments and Reviews for Mara House made after 1 March 2017 are on the Luxor 3 night Package page.