Built on a clifftop overlooking the Nile about 2km beyond the Nubia Museum, the Sara is isolated but has fantastic views over the First Cataract and the Western Desert. It’s worth putting up with the kitsch pastel decor for the 60 spotlessly clean rooms with satellite TV, a friendly staff and a good-sized pool overlooking the Nile.
Corner rooms have huge balconies. The cafeteria is hugely popular with Aswanis. A shuttle bus runs into town hourly. If you want to stay in Aswan for a few days of peace and quiet, the Sara is a good choice, unless the in-house disco revives.