Stunning views, hotel has lots of history and character, the staff is very friendly and hospitable. The food is good and the pool is wow. The spa is highly recommended and I would love to return again in the future.More
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Several friends recommended, each one separately, that I stay in the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, when they heard that I have a short assignment in Aswan. The moment I walked in the lobby I immediately realized why they all wanted me to stay in this hotel. Plainly speaking, the hotel will beam you back to the dawn of the 20th Century. The decor that adorns the lobby, the arches style, the colors, the chandeliers, they all merge together to make you feel that you are truly living among royalties in the early 1900s.
Getting up to the 3'rd floor took place in a very old style elevator. The hallways were adorned with photos of the power, rich and famous of several generations ago, that stayed in this hotel. The room was a big classical square room about 25 feet wide. The bed, the furniture, the chandelier, the bathroom were all from a different century. The suit spelled luxury in every sense of the word. The suit overlooked the garden, and the Nile. A view that I will remember anytime I think of Aswan.
I did enjoy their restaurants and their service, but I loved more having breakfast on the hotel terrace. You can spend there a good two hours just looking at the pristine water in the Nile and thinking of the old history of Aswan and Upper Egypt, and watching small boats passing by. The service was warm and friendly, the food delicious.
I didn't have a chance to do any sightseeing but I had a chance to spend an hour in their lobby library where I caught up a little on the history and civilizations of various Pharos dynasties. Again the setting in the Library was relaxing and enjoyable.
The Wifi service was good and easy to use. The hotel rates and food service are high, But I believe that it is well worth it.
I hope that my future plans will bring me to Aswan again, to relax and enjoy staying in this exquisite Legend Hotel.
My wife and I stayed at the Old Cataract a year ago and loved it so much we returned to spend over a month there this year. It was such a wonderful experience that next year we'll try and manage a lot longer than a month.
Why? It's the total package:
1) Dedicated staff who go beyond the call of duty to please;
2) The old world charm and beauty of an Egyptian-style palace;
3) Stunning views over the Nile and Elephantine Island with its ancient ruins, some of which are more 8000-years old to the Nubian Desert beyond;
4) Fabulous big outdoor pool and and indoor pool;
5) Lovely gardens with fountains and bird life;
6) All the usual ammenities like gymn, spa and massage service that you'd expect at a luxury resort;
As an author, I enjoyed writing most mornings after breakfast at our table on The Terrace -- something that Agatha Christie did when she wrote most of her "Death on the Nile" here.
The Old Cataract boasts of plenty of famous guests, including Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie, both of whom had exclusive suites overlooking the Nile.
I have been in plenty of top-rated hotels around the world, but I rate the Sofitel Old Cataract our top hotel. It offers old world charm in a Egyptian-style palace, excellant service from a dedicated staff, stunning views over the Nile a large swimming pool, beautiful gardens and all the amenities you'd expect from a top-class luxury hotel, then the Old Cataract offers all that and more.
I have been to many nice hotels, many beautiful hotels, and many wonderful hotels, but none compare to the Old Cataract. I have stayed in the Winter Palace (a sister hotel located in Luxor) many times, and so I expected a certain level of quality. Somehow the Old Cataract surpasses all of these expectations and makes the sumptuous Winter Palace look like a grimy airport hotel. I was stunned by the beauty of the hotel, the view of the Nile, and by the charming staff. Nothing at all was too much trouble for them, and they made me feel like the most important guest. Truly a great touch.
I expressed my regret that I would have to check out very early in the morning to join the convoy to Abu Simbel and they upgraded my room so that I would have, and I quote, "an unforgettable night." I certainly did. They even packed a breakfast to take along with me. Everything was flawless, from the Nespresso machine to the Hermès hand soap. I dream of the Old Cataract now. I must return.
We absolutely loved our one night stay at the Old Cataract Hotel. The staff are extremely professional and service minded.
We were upgraded to a Nile view room, which was so perfect. The room was huge, comfy bed, lounge area, enormous bathroom and separate toilet and a stunning balcony terrace to sit on and watch the sun set over the mountains across the Nile.
The pool area is truly a paradise, a wet-edge pool with turquoise water and a view over the Nile - stunning!
We had breakfast on the terrace, there was a good selection of foods and service was great.
The building itself is also amazing, Old world colonial charm with an oriental feel. All of the spaces are super impressive, especially the lobby, bar, and restaurant 1902.
We were allowed to relax by the pool for several hours after check-out as we had a later departure.
I would highly recommend a stay in this hotel.
I brought my very small archaeological expedition there to thank them for their amazing work through a hotter summer month of June in Ramadan than there has been in memory. We had three rooms in the beautiful and modern Nile wing, each with a balcony overlooking the Nile, and one suite in the original Palace. The students stayed for three nights and I for two. The rooms were spectacular, the pool was superb, and the service warm, welcoming, and highly competent.This is the place to come just to pamper yourself in a city where monuments and antiquities abound.