more specifically, the old part of the Winter Palace, rather than the Pavillon. A wonderful building full of character with charming and helpful staff. The gardens at the back of the building are a wonderful retreat from the street bustle at the front of the hotel. Choice at breakfast was huge but dinner was a disappointing affair - the food was very average and grossly overpriced. The Sofra Restaurant is only a 10 minute walk away and is a much better bet for dinner (but get precise directions beforehand or go by caleche (20 Egyptian Pounds, max)). The only niggle - why no (small) gym?