Sofitel Old Winter Palace

Corniche al-Nil, Luxor, Luxor, Egypt

This noble Victorian-style edifice, built in 1886, exudes the heady scent of colonial luxury even as modern Luxor changes around it. Designed for the Egyptian monarchy, the Winter Palace has seen many an august personage pass through its revolving doors, including Russian tsars, the Shah of Iran, and Hollywood stars. The interiors are grandiose. Each room is slightly different in style and form. Though the Classic Level rooms are small, they possess the elegance and a scattering of antiques common to higher-category rooms. The entire hotel and grounds seem suspended in time, a fugitive from some more gracious era. Rooms in the modern Pavilion annex, which has a separate reception but shares the gardens and other facilities, are actually larger, more luxurious, and have garden views, though they lack the period atmosphere.

PROS

  • one of Egypt's most iconic hotels
  • surroundings are luxurious yet still of their period
  • the gardens are a cool and quiet respite from the hubbub of the town

CONS

  • the dress code—tie and jacket in <b>The 1886</b> restaurant, smart casual in the remaining venues—may be too restrictive for some travelers
  • the atmosphere may be too formal for families with young children

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 095-238–0425 | 800-515–5679

HOTEL DETAILS

92 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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