Mara House



Salah Al Din Al Ayoubi LuxorSee nearby area


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Irish Mara wanted to open a home for travellers and seems to have succeeded with spacious rooms, each decorated in local style, and including a sitting area and a clean bathroom. Some of the accommodation is small flats, particularly good for families. This is a very popular option so book well ahead in the winter season. The modern house, in a real Egyptian neighbourhood right behind the train station, can be hard to find but call for instructions or a free transfer. Mara also runs Salahadeen, a popular Egyptian restaurant where the food is served as it is in Egyptian homes.

Our independent authors have visited Mara House and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Nile Valley: Luxor.

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Mara House is not just a clean bed for the night - it is a traveler's dream experience in comfort, decor, honest advice and quality sightseeing - evidenced by our high rating on TripAdvisor.

My name is Mara, I'm Irish and my house is 10 mins. walk (0.5km.) from the back of the train station and 15 mins walking. from Luxor Temple. Once you cross under the train station you leave the hustle and hassle of the city centre tourist area behind you, and get to experience life in a family community where we have our own local baker, butcher, carpenters etc. The children play freely in the street and the adults sit chatting on their doorsteps while watching the world go by.

At Mara House you have your own private bedroom + private sitting room and bathroom. We also have a beautiful roof terrace overflowing with plants - a great place to relax in the evening.

I take no 'commission' from taxis, guides, shops, markets, restaurants etc. that I will recommend. This is your holiday and I want it to be perfect!

Breakfast is included and served 6.30am - 10.30am.
Rooms are cleaned daily and we offer a laundry service

European mattresses........ I have been told we have the best beds in Egypt!
No bugs, ants or mosquitos!
Bed linen and towels included.
No shortage of hot water.
Free Wi-Fi in the downstairs bar and some rooms
Satellite TV in most, but not all rooms.
Air conditioned bedrooms.
Transfer from the airport is 50 LE in total (75 LE in total after midnight)
Transfer from the train station is 20 LE in total
Official check out time is 11am and check in is 12 noon but if you send us your arrival and departure details we will try to match you up with an early check out if you are arriving early.

We are well known for our tours each day from Mara House with quality guides and no side-trips for shopping. We are happy if you join us on these trips but we do not push them on you and we are quite happy if our guests choose to go with outside tour operators etc.

On arrival you get a comprehensive information booklet, maps etc. covering everything you need to know. It contains, taxi prices, tipping guidelines, tour prices etc. There are no hidden fees, added extras, optional extras or commissions to fear on your final bill. Continuous tipping is not expected or encouraged at Mara House. There is a communal tip box should you wish to use it. Tour guides and tour drivers do expect a tip in accordance with your satisfaction of their services - this is normal everywhere in Egypt.

NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is taken by Mara House via your credit card at time of booking and if cancelled within 5 days of arrival date or in the case of no-show the full amount is payable.

Please feel free to email me for any information or help you need after making your booking - it is quite normal for me to exchange at least 10 - 20 or more emails with my guests before the arrive!!

Looking forward to meeting youMara

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