Fodor's Expert Review Desert Lodge

Al-Qasr, New Valley, Egypt Fodor's Choice

Perched on a hill overlooking Al-Qasr, this luxurious eco-lodge commands stunning views of the town and the surrounding desert. Built entirely of local, natural materials, the plastered mud-brick structure blends well enough with Al-Qasr below for many first-time visitors to assume it's the town's citadel. Solar power and on-site recycling facilities have earned it kudos from environmentalists, while guests still enjoy most modern comforts, although not air-conditioning. The rooms are spacious, with mastaba beds, palm frond furniture, and ceiling fans. The restaurant serves alcohol.


  • an active eco policy, with filtered water that's suitable for drinking (to avoid use of plastic bottles) as well as a recycling program
  • the restaurant serves organic vegetables that are grown on the property's own nearby farm


  • no air-conditioning in rooms
  • Internet access costs $12 an hour



Phones: 092-772–7062 | 02-2690–5240-in Cairo for reservations only


32 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted