Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hotel with History: Old Cataract Aswan

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel, is a historic British colonial-era 5-star luxury resort hotel located on the banks of the River Nile in Aswan

The hotel was built in 1899 by Thomas Cook to house European travelers. Its guests have included Tsar Nicholas II, Winston Churchill, Howard Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter, Princess Diana, Queen Noor and Agatha Christie, who set portions of her novel Death on the Nile at the hotel. The 1977 film of the novel was shot at the hotel.

New Renovation
A new tower wing was built in 1961, it operated as a budget wing known as the New Cataract Hotel for many years. The hotel was closed from 2008-2011 for a complete restoration, during which the tower was combined with the historic Old Cataract wing into one hotel. The Old Cataract wing, which had 131 rooms and eight suites, was renamed the Palace Wing, with 76 rooms and 45 suites. The New Cataract Wing, which had 144 rooms, was turned into the Nile Wing, with 62 rooms including 37 suites, all with a balcony with a river view.

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Official website: Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel

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