A 19th century Victorian palace on the banks of the river, the legendary Sofitel Old Cataract is the Grand Dame of the Upper Nile. Rising from a pink granite outcrop, edging the Nubian desert, this stylish old hotel blends Pharaonic treasures with old fashioned French hospitality. Inside, a world of Moorish arches, Persian carpets, sparkling chandeliers and hand-carved furnishings awaits.
It is no wonder Agatha Christie was inspired to write Death on the Nile here. Guest rooms in the main palace pay homage to the hotel's heritage, but take on a contemporary feel in the newer Nile Wing. Take breakfast on the terrace as you watch feluccas sail by. Revitalize in the hammam, jacuzzi and warm indoor pool. Enliven your senses with flower mists and herbal balms in the So SPA. As night falls, indulge in fine French cuisine under the magnificent Arabian dome in 1902, or eat fresh from the grill at Oriental Kebabgy. Swap travellers' tales over a whisky or two in The Bar, a favourite of Churchill's.
- History and literature buffs
Things to do at the hotel:
- Admire views of the Nile over high tea on the terrace
- Cool down with some refreshing laps of the hotel's outdoor pool
- Soothe the body and mind in the spa, surrounded by towering columns of mosaic
- Take a nightcap in the piano bar
Things to do nearby:
- Visit the High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk
- Take a half day trip to see the ancient ruins of Abu Simbel
- Take a felucca cruise along the Nile and around Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens