Having originally been booked into the Pavillion wing of this hotel as part of a tour,my friends and I were upgraded to the old building on our arrival.A dream come true for me-this has always been on my "wished to do but unlikely due to cost" list!
It,s true that compared to the newer hotels,an old building such as this has it,s faults,but we had no complaints whatsoever-lovely large rooms with a bathroom you could hold a party in!The grounds are superb,the food good and the service well up to standard.We had no complaints.
Considering its history,this hotel was,for us,a magical place to stay-you could really imagine Howard Carter lounging in the lobby trying to sell his paintings when he hit hard times.This is a hotel linked to a bygone age-perhaps it could do with some tweaking here and there but by and large it is a very classy place,as reflected in the usual price.I feel very fortunate that due to current circumstances of a dearth of visitors,we were able to indulge ourselves in luxury usually out of our reach.
Our only gripe was the price of the bottled water-50 Egyptian Pounds for a large bottle!Daylight robbery-when you can get the same in the Souk for 3!Be warned!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winter Palace, built in 1886 on the Nile banks in a tropical garden is a magical experience of history luxury that hosted royalties and celebrities throughout the years. Winter Palace offers the mythical atmosphere with the modern decor comfort of a 5 star hotel. It is located in the city center, just minutes from Luxor Temple and the airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor Hotel Luxor
- Accor Winter Palace Luxor
- Winter Palace Luxor
- Sofitel Luxor
- Luxor Sofitel
- Old Winter Palace Luxor