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“Ottoman empire style, the best location in the region, caring (at times too much) staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Abtal El Tahrir Street, Aswan, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #1 of 25 Hotels in Aswan
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44 hotel reviews
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“Ottoman empire style, the best location in the region, caring (at times too much) staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

we friends stayed as a layover from Luxor on the way to Abu Simbel. Rooms were in the new wing: fully refurbished, stunning contemporary design, WiFi, balcony overlooking the Nile bend - i was impressed by the quality!

Please keep in mind this part of Egypt does not have too much luxury to offer, so Sofitel is the top choice and staff working here are extremely proud to work here as well as overly zealous that guests' requests are satisfied. After having spend the whole day in the car visiting various temples in the area at the check-in we were besieged with questions about what we want for dinner and breakfast as well! (All i wanted at that point was a shower!). Due to the very early departure to Abu Simbel, we were then negociating for 20 minutes what could a breakfast box contain, etc - all this is to simply get you ready and patient that staff are really trying to help and keep you happy!
i was a little disappointed with quality of meal in the main restaurant on the veranda - was a very basic mediteranian selection. We ordered a european wine they did not have, but instead of saying so they spent 30 minutes trying to convince us to make another choice - a local Egyptian wine.

Otherwise, is stunning

Room Tip: ask for the room in a new wing and view on the Nile. Sundowners on the balcony are amazing!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ahmed Z, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for choosing Sofitel Legend Old Cataract on your visit to Aswan.

We are happy to know that you enjoyed your time during your stay with us. We also thank you for the positive review on our hotel and your flattering words.

We are sorry to hear that your experience with one of our restaurants did not meet your expectations. Please accept all our apologies and rest assured that answering the requests of our guests is of utmost importance to us.

We then look forward to your next visit at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract.

Sincerely,

Rushdee Hosany
Front Office Manager
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We have been really impressed by this hotel and its staff. We were upgraded for free to a prestige Nile view suite which was simply wonderful. The pool was beautiful and great atmosphere too. We had dinner at the 1902 restaurant, marvelous interior. The restaurant staff was exceptional. I wish we stayed longer there. Agatha Christie would still like it although the interior looks a bit more modern now. Good value for money. If you travel to Aswan this is the place to be!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ahmed Z, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,

We thank you for your feedback and taking time to post your comments.

We are delighted to hear that you had been “impressed” by our hotel and that you found restaurant staff “exceptional”
All our Ambassadors work hard to assist our guests and make sure that every guest feels special.

We hope to see you in a near future.

Sincerely,

Rushdee Hosany
Front Office Manager
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

My husband, nine year old daughter and I stayed for just one night at The Cataract at the end of our Egyptian adventure! We actually left our cruise boat a day early because we wanted to spend a night here. Having booked a room in the new wing, we were delighted to arrive and be told that we had actually been allocated a suite in the old palace wing, overlooking the Nile - wow! The suite was beautifully presented with gorgeous furnishings and crisp white linen. The bathroom was large with a separate toilet and a fabulous shower. However, the best part was the huge sun deck complete with sun beds, chairs and a table. Watching the sunset over this most beautiful stretch of the Nile was something to remember forever. All of the staff were amazingly friendly and a special mention must go to Ahmed the pool attendant who was so wonderful with our daughter. Being Brits, we asked if we could see the suites where Agatha Christie and Winston Churchill stayed and we were given a fabulous tour by the guest relations manager - nothing was too much trouble.

I do take on board some of the comments of other reviewers - occasionally the service was a little slow and some staff members were almost a little too attentive in their efforts to please, but these things did nothing to spoil our enjoyment of what remains a stunning hotel.

Room Tip: If at all possible, ask for a palace room or suite over looking the Nile.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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OldCataractManagemnt, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Dear Madam,

Thank you for choosing Sofitel Legend Old Cataract for your recent visit to Aswan

We are delighted to learn your family and yourself enjoyed your stay with us and would like to sincerely thank you for your very kind words; it was really rewarding and motivating. Your special compliment about Ahmed working at the pool has been noted and will be forwarded to his attention.

We also took good note of your comments regarding the service and employees which have already been forwarded to the concerned department heads for their action.

We look forward to welcome you back in the near future.

Sincerely,

Rushdee Hosany
Front Office Manager
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Tenby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We waited three years to stay at The Old Cataract due to the renovations. It was worth every minute of the wait, we stayed in the Old Wing (down the corridor from Agatha Christie's Suite) in the most stunning suite overlooking the Nile. On arrival our welcome couldn't have been better, Amira Gerges made us feel really special and made sure we had everything we needed. All the staff were polite and professional, even down to Mahud the laundry man who took such personal care of us. The restaurants (1902 and Oriental) were quite stunning and the food excellent both in quality and quantity, with the chef's from both restaurants visiting our table to make sure everything was in order. It was a highlight of our fourth visit to Egypt. You will not be disappointed I promise you. GO NOW! EGYPT IS STUNNING WITH LOVELY PEOPLE WHO WILL MAKE YOU WELCOME.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OldCataractManagemnt, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you for choosing Sofitel Legend Old Cataract for your recent visit to Aswan

We are delighted to learn your positive feedback about your stay. We would like to sincerely thank you for your very kind words regarding our services.

Your comments have been shared with our team which will motivate them to continue their efforts in providing our valuable customers with quality products and services.

We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

Sincerely,

Rushdee Hosany
Front Office Manager
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

This is a truly magical place, overlooking the Nile and Elephantine Island. Make sure you get one of the suites in the historical main building - you will be blown away by the character and charm. Everything is beautiful and serene - yet it is a great starting point to explore Aswan or other highlights in Southern Egypt, including Abu Simbel. The Spa and main dining room are stunning as well. I hope to return soon!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OldCataractManagemnt, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you for choosing Sofitel Legend Old Cataract for your recent visit to Aswan

We would like to sincerely thank you for sharing with us your feedback and letting us know about your recent visit. Exceeding guest expectations is our highest priorities and it is always gratifying to receive such praise.

Your positive feedback has been shared with the team this will encourage them in their pursuit for excellence.

We look forward to welcome you back very soon.

Sincerely,

Rushdee Hosany
Front Office Manager
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4 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We decided to splurge and stay at the Old Cataract for a night, and I am very glad we did. Our room was in the new wing, which had lovely views of the hotel, the Nile, and surrounding areas. Wi-fi in the room was excellent. The staff we interacted with were polite and accommodating. Were we to return to Aswan, we would certainly stay at the Old Cataract again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OldCataractManagemnt, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Dear Madam,

Thank you for choosing Sofitel Legend Old Cataract for your recent visit to Aswan

We are delighted to learn you enjoyed your stay with us and really appreciate you took the time to provide us with your positive comments on the hotel and the service provided.

Rest assured your feedback has been forwarded to the team which will encourage us in our quest for excellence.

We look forward to welcome you on your next visit to Aswan.

Sincerely,

Rushdee Hosany
Front Office Manager
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Dubai
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I'd like to start by saying I didn't actually stay at the hotel (it was on our list of possibilities but due to there being young kids in our group we went with the Moevenpick) but we had wanted to visit, so we took a Felucca to the dock for tea on the terrace. The greeting we received was less than welcoming, and we just took this to be security down at the Nile entrance, but sadly found this to be the standard for the entire staff (other than the concierge who was very professonal) we came into contact with. We were told we couldn't sit on the main terrace as we were not hotel guests (even though it was virtually empty). Since when does a hotel have a resident/non resident policy? Is this the dark ages? I found this to be ridiculous in the extreme. Anyway, we were quickly ushered (as if we were leppers) to a side terrace, next to the main terrace. The service was nothing short of appalling. The waiter could not have been more unfriendly, and the palaver to get tea and cake was borderline comedy. It was overpriced like I've never known in Egypt (I have lived in Egypt and understand a rip off when I see it). The hotel has been decorated beautifully and some of the light fittings and pieces of furniture were stunning. It certainly be commended for its stylish design, but I would not stay there, based on our first impression which was hugely disappointing.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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OldCataractManagemnt, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Dear Madam,

Thank you for visiting Sofitel Legend Old Cataract during your stay in Aswan and for taking the time to write a review.

We are really sorry to learn your visit was not up to your expectations particularly regarding the service and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Rest assured your comments have been brought to the attention of all department heads for their immediate action.

Thank you again for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention as it will enable us to continuously improve the services we are offering. Customers care is our highest priority and we take our guests’ constructive criticism very seriously.

We hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you in the future.

Sincerely,

Rushdee Hosany
Front Office Manager
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Address: Abtal El Tahrir Street, Aswan, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Nile River Valley > Aswan Governorate > Aswan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Aswan
#1 Spa Hotel in Aswan
#1 Luxury Hotel in Aswan
#1 Family Hotel in Aswan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan 5*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Complex encompassing famous Victorian-style Cataract Hotel & adjacent high-rise New Cataract Hotel (1963). ... more   less 
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