I ahven't received any information about the following. Please someone must have some experience with these two questions.
What would be a reasonble price for a taxi for the day in Luxor?
How would I go about obtaining small denominations LEs for tipping etc.?
when we were in luxor we didn't get a taxi at all, we stayed on the karnack side and got local transport over to the other side and walked from site to site so unfortunately I can not help you with this. To be honest though people looked at us strangely for walking everywhere we found most of the sites to be close together and got the opportunity to talk to some really nice people on the way....
as for getting change for tipping - your hostel / hotel should be able to give you change, if they don't have any change you are guaranteed that the pubs / bars do.....
If you are considering doing all the West Bank taking a taxi from the East Bank a good price would be around 250 to 300 LE depending on how much time you spend in each place.
Small money...the banks and money exchanges....but not always much less than the 5LE around because everyone minds it to use themselves for tipping also as tipping is also done by all egytians to one another.
I think you also wanted to know about the New Pola Hotel...I have seen it from the outside...new hotel...looks good.
Have a nice holiday..