Try to spend as much time as possible on the rooftop terrace
First of all, West Bank is DEFINITELY the side to stay on. If you stay on the East Bank, you will be harassed by street vendors as soon as you walk out the door and the city will really exhaust you. West Bank is calm and beautiful; it’s also closer to the main sites of the Valley of Kings and Hatshepsut temple. Mohamed was very responsive and helpful for planning our trip. Abdullah and the chef really make the place feel like home; I will miss the both of them. Meals with the chef are about $7-10, which is very cheap considering the quality of the food. I don’t know how he is not working at a top restaurant somewhere, but you should definitely take advantage. You won’t find the same quality as his cooking at restaurants in Luxor, although we tried. Mohamed also offers private ferry crossing back and forth over the Nile that takes you directly to the apartment. It’s about a 50 cents each way and a pretty magical experience at night. If you stay here, try to spend as much time as possible on the rooftop terrace; there you can really feel the soul of the town, as the sun travels overhead.