Al Moudira, Luxor
Just 4km from the Valley of the Kings, the Al Moudira is the only international quality hotel on the West Bank of the Nile at Luxor. Constructed in traditional oriental style, with flower-filled patios, fountains and shaded sitting areas, the hotel incorporates genuine antique furniture purchased in the souqs and restored. Each of the 50 rooms is unique in style and content, with the walls hand-painted by a Lebanese artist, and hammam-style bathrooms. All bedrooms are air-conditioned, with satellite TV, telephone and minibar, and the windows have mosquito nets as well as interior wooden shutters. The excellent cuisine is Mediterranean-influenced. There is a Turkish bath, solarium and outdoor swimming pool (below), as well as an art gallery and shop. This is without doubt the most stylish and sophisticated hotel in Luxor.