During my July Egyptian holiday, my cousin and I took off for a quick weekend in Aswan, Egypt. Due to the intense heat, summer is a slow season for Egyptian tourism. Do not let that deter you, I highly encourage off-season travel! We enjoyed our stay at Bet el Kerem, a vibrant Nubian guesthouse located in the Nagh el Kuba village, West Aswan. Travelers of all ages will appreciate this gem, a 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner! Read on further about our stay at Bet el Kerem.
We took a 1 1/2 hour Air Egypt afternoon flight from Cairo to Aswan International Airport. As a courtesy to guests, the guesthouse provides airport transfers. We were picked up by the staff and taken to the guesthouse half an hour away.
The guesthouse is a charming, Nubian style brick mansion with sitting areas in the front garden. The interiors are decorated with bold, patterned tapestries that provided a cheerful atmosphere throughout. On the first floor, there is a table tennis board for guest entertainment.
My favourite area of the guesthouse was the rooftop terrace. There, our host Ali served us hot lemongrass and hibiscus (karkadee) teas as a welcome, while we feasted our eyes on stunning views of the adjacent Tomb of the Nobles, village and Nile river.
As an after-dinner treat, Ali – who is a skilled boatman, took us out for a cool night-time river cruise in the guesthouse’s boat.
There are 9 rooms in total at Bet el Kerem. There are 5 rooms on the first floor – 2 with en suite showers, and a shared bathroom in the hall. The ground floor contains 4 air-conditioned rooms – 2 double and 2 family rooms equipped with full en suite bathrooms. We stayed in clean, comfortable, air-conditioned rooms on the first floor that provided sweet relief from the summer heat.
The best food I ate during my Egyptian vacation was served at Bet el Kerem. I recommend that you eat nowhere else during your stay in Aswan! Dinner featured a delicious range of local dishes. One of my favourites was molokhia, a smooth blended soup made from okra and jute leaves. It reminded of Trinidad & Tobago’s callaloo, which is made from taro leaves.
Breakfast was an equally delightful affair. I particularly loved the scrambled eggs and pitas, cooked in local fashion. I ate 3 helpings with no shame!
I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending travelers to stay at Bet el Kerem, Aswan. It’s warm, friendly and efficient staff will showcase true Nubian hospitality that will encourage you to return again and again!
- Hotel : Bet el Kerem
- Location: Nagh el Kuba Village, West Aswan, Egypt
- Accommodation: 3 star
- Price Range:$$
- Tour arrangements. Bet el Kerem serves as a jump off point for Abu Simbel and Aswan city tours.
- Walking distance from the guesthouse to the ferry that takes you to the city
- Airport transfers
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