Al Moudira

Luxor, Egypt

At a Glance

  • Al Moudira is a unique treasure trove of furniture, artefacts and pieces of art that Zeina has sourced from souks, antiques markets and second hand shops all over the Arabic world

  • All of the rooms here are enormous with high ceilings - each one is unique in style and size

  • Its location across the River Nile from Luxor is both positive and negative - great if you want to get away from the bustle but if you want to get to town then you will need to take a boat or taxi

  • The pool is large and perfect for cooling off after a long day of sightseeing

  • All meals can be eaten in the beautiful courtyard and before dinner the sitting room bar is a lovely place to sit back and listen to some jazz

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The hotel is open all year, but summer (June to August) can get very hot, with temperatures soaring into the 40s. However, this is also low season, when prices drop. Best to avoid Ramadan, when some businesses will close for the whole month. Islamic festivals Eid al-Adha and Ras as-Sana are extremely busy as Egyptians are all on holiday. The dates for these holidays change every year, so check before planning your trip.

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Insider's View

Slightly out of town, Al Moudira is ideal for those who would like to have a true Arabic experience in peaceful surrounds.

Cool off by the pool with a home-made lemon juice - extremely delicious and refreshing!

Each room is uniquely decorated and designed making it a hugely charming and characterful hotel

Enjoy lunch by the pool or in the shaded courtyard. The menu changes daily and the food is delicious

'Al Moudira' means 'the female boss' in Arabic, as the hotel is run by a Lebanese lady called Zeina

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Description

Al Moudira is a luxury boutique property, situated on the West Bank of the Nile. It is a peaceful and stunning desert retreat away from the bustle of Luxor and is situated just outside a local village, giving guests a taste of rural Egyptian life.

Situated just outside Luxor and positioned between the Nile and the Theban Mountains, you will pass rustic villages and donkey-drawn carts loaded with harvested sugar cane as you approach the unique and beautifully decorated Al Moudira, which is set in an 8-hectare garden and is just four kilometres from the Valley of The Kings. The architecture, furnishings and design of Al Moudira have all been meticulously planned and executed to provide a sense of an Arabian retreat, and the abundant fruit trees, jasmine, hibiscus and palms which surround the hotel provide the perfect oasis.

Al Moudira’s 54 rooms and suites are all individually and beautifully furnished in a fusion of North African and French architecture. Hand painted murals adorn the walls and there is a sense here of being somewhere special and unique and away from the city hotels and tourist crowds. Whether it’s a French, Moroccan or Egyptian suite that you stay in, it will have been personally chosen for you by Zeina, your charming Franco-Lebanese host.

After you have finished a day’s sightseeing at one of Luxor’s magnificent monuments, you can relax by the beautiful swimming pool or enjoy the hammam and the Turkish bath. The combination of faultless service, palatial accommodation and sublime cuisine make Al Moudira an unforgettable experience.

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Accommodation

All of Al Moudira's 54 rooms and suites have been individually decorated with hand painted murals inspired by Egyptian mythology and have been individually furnished to create their own atmosphere and environment for guests to enjoy. At over 50 square metres they have a small lounge, office area, high ceilings and simple bathrooms. Deluxe Rooms open out onto a flower filled terrace and are furnished with exotic furniture found in Middle Eastern souks. Junior Suites are larger in size and Luxury Suites have the splendour of an Ottoman Palace, with marble fountains and separate lounges with private terraces. There is also a two-bedroom Family Suite with king and twin bedded rooms, two bathrooms and a sitting room. All rooms have air-conditioning, TVs and mini bars.

Childcare

Children are very welcome at Al Moudira which is a relaxed property and welcomes families, children will enjoy the pool and the fantastic gardens that this modest Hotel has to offer, the team at Al Moudira will go out of their way to meet any special requests including babysitting.

Facilities

Al Moudira serves their delicious breakfasts on the terrace, the light lunches are served at the pavilion restaurant near the pool and evening meals combining Mediterranean and Eastern flavours are served in the opulent dining room. The Great Room is complete with ornate chandeliers and ottoman furnishings. The Colonial and exotic Eastern Bars are both atmospheric venues in where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a drink. Al Moudira also has a lovely outdoor swimming pool with a pavilion housing the bar, changing rooms, massage room and Turkish bath, a perfect venue in which to relax after a long day exploration of Luxor. The hotel facilities also include a fine art gallery and a shop.

Activities

Activities at the hotel include swimming, massage and enjoying the elaborate Turkish Bath. The hotel is well located for exploring Luxor and is just 4 kilometres from the Valley of The Kings. The hotel can arrange private guides for excursions to any of these destinations.

Reviews

4

Clare Monro (Staff)

This hotel is immensely peaceful with individually decorated rooms, ideal for those who like something a bit different. There aren't huge amounts of activities but the swimming pool is lovely and there is plenty to see nearby. The food is delicious and so is the lemon juice! The bathrooms aren't particularly luxurious but they are simple and straightforward.

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Alice Moseley (Staff)

A quiet retreat away from the heart of Luxor located on the west bank, not far from the Valley of the Kings. All rooms are different from one another but none connect for families. Excellent food served either by the pool or in the quiet courtyard. Lovely pool to cool off in, or to just relax by and read a book.

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Kerry Willmer (Staff)

This hotel makes a pleasant change to the larger mass resort hotels in Luxor, it has bags of character and lots of individual style.

The rooms are very unique and have been beautifully decorated, the grounds are peaceful and there are lots of pretty court yards where you can sit and read a book

Experiences

  • 4 Nights Nile Cruise

    Experience the legendary river, passing through Egyptian heritage sites, including the West Bank as well as the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae. In Aswan, sail by traditional Felucca to Agha Khan.

  • Abu Simbel's Colossal Temple

    Often considered the most impressive monument in Egypt after the Great Pyramids, visit the colossus temple of Ramses II, set by Lake Nasser. The four breathtaking statues in front of the temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art.

  • Alexandria City Tour

    One of the most significant cities of the ancient world, Alexandria is known as 'The Pearl of Mediterranean' with charming sights including Catacombs, Royal Jewelry Museum, Citadel of Qaitbay, Pompey's Pillar and Kom El Dekka.

  • Best of West Bank

    Take a morning motorboat into the West Bank. Explore 3 tombs in Valley of the Kings, Hatchepsut Temple, King Tutankhamun's Tomb and Queen Nefertari's Tomb. Time permitting, you can also explore another 3 tombs in the Valley of the Queens.

  • Colossi of Memnon

    The Colossi of Memnon are two huge stone statues, which are all that remains of the Temple of the hedonistic Amenophis III.

  • Hot Air Balloon Sunrise

    Enjoy sunrise over the West Bank for a view of the valley on a hot air balloon.

  • Karnak Temple

    Located at the northern end of the town of Luxor, the Karnak Temple has three main sacred areas that honour three gods: Montu, an ancient local warrior god; Amun, the chief god of Thebes; and the goddess Mut, wife of Amun.

  • Library of Alexandria

    Designed by a Norwegian architecture, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a feat of modern engineering in attempt to revive the Great Library of Alexandria which was lost in antiquity.

  • Luxor Museum

    Luxor Museum is home to a small but very high quality collection of Egyptian antiquities. The collection includes grave goods from the tomb of Tutankhamen.

  • Luxor Temple

    The Luxor Temple is a remarkably delicate work of architecture, originally built by Pharaoh Amenophis.

  • Medinet Habu

    Make a trip to the West Bank to visit the Medinet Habu. This was Ramses III’s magnificent mortuary temple (1550–332 BC).

  • Sail Aswan by Felucca

    Sail the Nile by felucca passing through sights such as Agha Khan Mausoleum, Kitchener's Island and ending at Elephantine Island, where you will enjoy afternoon tea with a view.

  • Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple

    Enjoy a spectacular evening at the Sound & Light show at Karnak Temple.

  • Temple of Dendarah

    Visit to the Temple of Dendarah, dedicated to Hathor, Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.

  • Temple of Horus & Kom Ombo

    As you make your way between Luxor and Aswan, make a visit to Temple of Horus in Edfu as well as Kom Ombo, where you will find a huge temple dedicated to the God Sobek and Harocies.

  • Temple of Khnum at Esna

    The Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna contains the beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall.

  • Temple of Philae

    The Temple of Philae is a superb temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis.

  • Tomb & Mummy of King Tutankhamun

    Visit the final resting place of the world-renowned Egyptian pharaoh, King Tutankhamun.

  • Tomb of King Seti I

    We bring you out from the standard tourist circuit to Tomb of Seti I, is the best decorated and longest tomb in Valley of the Kings.

  • Tomb of Queen Nefertari

    Visit the Tomb of Nefertari, often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt.

  • Unfinished Obelisk

    Take in the impressively gigantic Unfinished Obelisk.

  • Valley of the Artisans

    Valley of the Artisans or Deir Al Madina hosts some of the lesser-known tombs of the workers, who have built some of the most colourful and most-preserved tombs in Luxor area, which surprisingly rival the tombs of the kings!

  • Valley of the Kings & Hatchepsut Temple

    For over a thousand years, the kings of the New Kingdom (1500-1070 BC.) were buried in the Valley of the Kings. You will cover temple of Queen Hatchepsut and 3 tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

  • Valley of the Nobles

    The Nobles' Tombs are located close to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, in the Theban Necropolis near Luxor.

  • Valley of the Queens

    The Valley of the Queens is a place near Luxor where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times.

Location & directions

Luxor, Egypt

Al Moudira Hotel is located on the West Bank of the Nile, at the point where the Nile valley gives way to the desert. In Luxor, Egypt, 6km from the centre of town (which is on the east bank).

How to get there

Luxor Airport is your closest, a 35-minute drive away, but most people fly into Cairo and then visit Luxor from there.

Alternatively, a 5-hour 30-minute flight to Luxor International Airport, from there it is a 35-minute drive to Al Moudira. The hotel offers a transfer service.

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