Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fabulously Frugal: International Edition

Fresh in from the Middle East, it only makes sense that today's Fabulously Frugal post should highlight an affordable hotel for those with an international appetite.

For the more adventurous frugalista, a trip to Egypt is the chance of a lifetime. While taking in the history and culture, you can still adhere to a tight budget (take any price in Egyptian pounds, divide by 5.5 and you'll recognize that Egypt is a steal).

If you're planning an international vacation and aren't sure where to go, Egypt may be calling.

Should you venture down the Nile from Cairo to Luxor, home to the Valley of the Kings, consider staying at Mara House (see photo), run by the fantastic Mara -- an Irish ex-pat who opened the comfy b&b that serves the budgets of a variety of globetrotters.

With top ratings on TripAdvisor, Mara House is a hidden gem away from the sounds and lights of the big chain hotels lining the Nile. A five-minute walk from the Luxor train station and a 15-minute jaunt from some of Luxor's famed temples, Mara House is a great place to rest your head at the end of the day. The Egyptian-inspired interior and welcoming staff make a stay here a must. Mara's insights and guidance are invaluable and she will sit and chat with guests, sharing her own Egypt experiences. 

A large room with two twin beds, an adjoining dining area, kitchen, balcony and bathroom costs less than $100 U.S. dollars/night. Other room types are available.

What you won't find elsewhere:
  • Mara House offers a15-course traditional Egyptian dinner and guided day trips to the West Bank, temples and other notable sites.
  • A rooftop garden overlooking Luxor.
  • A full bar and lobby area to chat with other guests and relax.
  • Charm and a great hostess!

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