We arrived in Luxor at around 8:30 am on the Luxury Overnight train from Cairo (see the previous post about that trip).
We then walked to our hotel from the train station, which took about half an hour. The touts and taxi drivers in Luxor are intense, and nothing like the ones in Cairo.
We arrived at the hotel, but our room wasn’t ready. We had paid for the night before so that we could check in early, but the hotel staff we spoke to at the desk didn’t understand that, even though the staff I had emailed said it would be no problem. We sat in the lobby for an hour as the lady at the desk checked us in, looking confused and calling a lot of people to confer. We were then shown to our room, and it was well worth the wait. There was a balcony overlooking the resort and the Nile River.
We had showers to clean off all the gross from the train the night before, and our trek through Garbage City the day before. I had never felt so disgusting before. After resting for a short while, we set out to explore Luxor and Karnak Temple!