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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Aswan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Old Cataract hotel is one of the top hotels on earth, with a lot of history on an exclusive location. Its personel is excellent and the service top level, as if we were the only guests (which we were not!). Of course, you pay for this... but every eurocent, dime or Egyptian pound was well spent. If you can afford it, take one of the suites in the palace with Nile view! And go and eat in the '1902' restaurant (we had an exquisite two course meal with Egyptian wine and Italian water for only 50 EUR per person), or at least go and look in the marvelous place. [ The so called 'exclusive' dinner at Fouads Corner was the only activity that did not comply with what we had expected as the waiters were not trained to serve food. ] We hope return as soon as Egypt is on the list again. The current period (March 2013) is excellent to visit the country: the amount of visitors at the monuments is equal to those in 1902! All went safe and quiet... Cairo is 800 km north...

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ahmed Z, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Dear Madam/Sir,

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel on Tripadvisor. We loved that you enjoyed it so much and rest assured that we have shared the feedback of the service at Fouad Corner with our staff and have made changes to improve this already.

We hope to see you again at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract in the near future.

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Rushdee Hosany
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stayed in this outstanding hotel 3 days in February, father and 3 kids. The hotel is absolutely in top top class. Beautiful hotel, stylish, fantasctic location, great atmosphere, elegant, eminent view from our room, great facilities, and no to forget, the most helpfull, pleasant and professional staff. The staff is ready to help you at any time or just have a friendly conversation. But they keep a very fine balance, and will leave you on your own, if thats what you prefer. Ofcourse worthwhile to visit Aswan for other matters, whether tourism or business, but actually it is worthwile alone a trip to Aswan just to stay in this beautiful hotel. It is expensive, but one gets value for money. It is not too expensive, because it is worth it, it is rather a question on whether you want to spend the money.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Ahmed Z, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2013

Dear Sir / Madam,

We truly thank you for your great comment regarding your recent stay at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract. We indeed put a lot into serving all of our guests with a genuine passion and it is great to hear that you have felt it. We will share your feedback with our management and teams. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. We look forward to welcoming you again at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract for your next trip to Aswan.

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We arrived late on our first night in Egypt and so only saw the hotel in the dark. We had a suite of room in the new part of the hotel which were very large with bedroom, patio, bathroom, dressing area. The next day we had breakfast outside mainly with japanese over looking the Nile. The service was attentive. We also had massages in the spa which were expensive but in my case my hot stone massage was well worth the price. The swimming pool outside was shut for refurbishment but we could have used the one at the Movenpick hotel with a free transfer. The best part of the stay was drinks on the terrace overlooking the Nile. We also had dinner with guests using the terrace menu but eating inside which was very pleasant. The new part of the hotel is very elegant and the decor tasteful. It was a very calm place to start our Egyptian trip.

Room Tip: We were on the 5th floor of the new part of the hotel which was quiet.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ahmed Z, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

Dear Madam/ Sir,

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

I am really pleased to know that you appreciated the facilities and service provided during your stay and would like to thank you for your feedback.

Your valuable comments have been shared with the team ehich will encourage them in their pursuit for excellence.

I look forward to welcome you back very soon.

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Rushdee Hosany
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Beautiful hotel in the best location in Aswan. The surrounding area is quite spectacular and you feel privileged to be staying at the Cataract.

The decor of all areas in the hotel is tasteful and in keeping with the buildings history, the photos we took inside did not do it justice so I've not posted them here.

Service was excellent with all staff very polite and eager to please guests.

We stayed B&B and the breakfasts were delicious and set you up for the day, eaten on the Terrace it was a wonderful way to start the day. N.B. if you don't eat breakfast in the hotel I'm not sure where else you'd go nearby!

We ate dinner at 3 restaurants in the hotel; 1902, The Terrace and Oriental (local food). All were very good and the splendour of your surroundings whilst in 1902 is worth the premium price.

We hired a felucca from the jetty at the hotel and it was a wonderful experience, well worth approx £10 an hour, arrange it directly with the boats captain and not the hotel.

The hotel had only 10% occupancy whilst we were there which is a shame because it deserves more guests, never the less we met some very interesting people.

A stay at the Cataract is expensive, but not excessively so, and is good value for money.

Room Tip: The new Nile wing rooms are a very high standard with the added bonus you have a view of the old hot...
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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OldCataractManagemnt, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2013

Dear Madam,

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

I am very pleased to learn you enjoyed your stay with us and that the location, food and service were up to your expectations. I would like as well to take this opportunity to thank you for your feedback.

I have indeed shared your positive comments with the team which will encourage them to continue their efforts in this way.

We look forward to welcome you back very soon.

Sincerely,

Rushdee Hosany
Front Office Manager

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

it is a very nice & good hotel used to be a palace before 1952,located in Aswan City -Egypt and relay its service very Excellent ,Very nice room in the palace, with nice amenities toiletries and food & beverage. Room was spotless, it is Hotel with History & views of the River Nile

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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OldCataractManagemnt, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2013

Dear Sir,

We are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful stay with us at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract.

It is a reward in itself to receive such a praise from your side as our employees work very hard to make sure our guest feel particularly taken care of in our hotel special environment.

Thank you so much for staying with us.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

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Rushdee Hosany
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

we loved this hotel and would go back tomorrow.the whole experience from breakfast time on the verandah eating croissants with warm chocolate poured over them watching feluccas sail by.to the evening strolling down to the restaurant with the warm breeze on you then after your meal spending the last part of the evening back on the verandah with a long cool drink before bed time.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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OldCataractManagemnt, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2013

Dear Madam/ 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 compliments.

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
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Stayed at the Sofitel legend old cataract for two nights last week. I found it exceptional. Very nice room in the palace, with nice amenities toiletries and food & beverage. Room was spotless, we had breakfast by the terrace both days, the weather was perfect, dinner at 1902 on valentine's night. It was superb, food was excellent, service was good. Overall a very nice evening. The service for breakfast is a little slow, however it's not a business hotel as such. You need to enjoy the panoramic view of the Nile, listen to the birds, the soft music and enjoy yourself. I found the previous review very unreasonable and over exaggerating. Overall it's an experience that it shouldn't be missed if you happen to visit Aswan.

Room Tip: Don't go there to pick, just enjoy the ambiance, the view and the history that exists in this pr...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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OldCataractManagemnt, Front Office Manager at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2013

Dear Sir,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your stay at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract.

We are delighted to know that you had a wonderful stay with us.

We share all the feedback with the management and employees and reviews such as yours help in staff motivation and recognition.

We hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Aswan.

Sincerely,

Rushdee Hosany
Front Office Manager

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Address: Abtal El Tahrir Street, Aswan, Egypt
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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 Family Hotel in Aswan
#1 Spa Hotel in Aswan
#1 Luxury Hotel in Aswan
Price Range: $128 - $369 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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