Eskaleh Nubian Ecolodge
Abu Simbel, Aswan, Egypt
Fikry Kachif can remember what Nubia was like before it was swallowed up by Lake Nasser, and he decided to keep that memory alive through this bed-and-breakfast, which he runs with his wife. The best reason to stay here may be to admire the architecture and construction methods; you can see exactly how the mud bricks fit together to make the characteristic Nubian domes and barrel vaults. In the rooms, authenticity goes to the beds—wood frames lashed to carved legs—and to recessed cupboards in thick walls. Take a hint: The mosquito netting isn't just for show. Open stairways lead to rooftop terraces. And there's a small library. The dining room, hung with personal mementos, serves vegetables grown in the hotel's garden, and is large enough to welcome bus tours making the day trip from Aswan.
- an authentic architectural experience
- domestic beer and wine are available
- if the nearby airport doesn't break the spell, the bus-tour dining might
Rate Includes: Breakfast
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