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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel 5 Star

Overlooking the Nile, a short felucca ride from Elephantine Island, Victorian architecture combines elegantly and effortlessly with sophisticated interior design by Sybille de Margerie. The hotel has recently re-opened after a complete renovation and offers stunning surroundings and guestrooms. Contemporary guestrooms are in the Nile Wing (former ‘New Cataract’ now converted to Nile View Wing) or classic garden view rooms are in the Old Cataract main building. There are a variety of dining options available and a traditional afternoon tea on the Promenade at sunset is a particularly memorable experience.

Immortalized by Agatha Christie, in her novel ‘Death on the Nile’ and boasting visits by many famous celebrities including Sir Winston Churchill and the Aga Khan, this historic hotel offers attentive service and first class amenities.


Located on the banks of the Nile, opposite Elephantine Island, offering beautiful views of the river, in the heart of Aswan. And about 20 minutes from Aswan airport.

  • B&B, Half Board

In our opinion: with breath-taking views from the Terrace this hotel eludes style and sophistication and invites you to experience the luxury and grandeur of yesteryear. For the Trip Advisor rating please click here.


  • 4 restaurants and 4 bars
  • 2 swimming pools (1 indoor, 1 outdoor)
  • Fitness centre
  • Heated indoor pool and outdoor pool
  • So Spa
  • Gift shop
  • Wi-fi in all public areas
  • Kids Club & playground


The hotel’s restaurants offer fine cuisine ranging from grills at Oriental Kebabgy to Mediterranean a la carte at Saraya. The renowned 1902 restaurant, resplendent with an Arabian dome, celebrates French cuisine and vintage wines. 

There are 4 stylish bars; celebrate with whisky and wine at The Bar, a Sir Winston Churchill favourite. Sip fruit cocktails on the Promenade or Yasmine, and high tea on The Terrace.


There are 138 rooms and 100 suites. Rooms are located either in the Old Palace or the contemporary Nile Wing:

  • Premium Rooms
  • Palace Premium Rooms
  • Luxury Rooms
  • Palace Luxury Rooms

There are 37 suites in the Nile Wing and 45 in the Old Palace:

  • Opera Suites
  • Palace Opera Suites
  • Nile Suites
  • Sir Winston Churchill Suite
  • Agatha Christie Suite
  • Palace Cataract Suite
  • Prestige Suite
  • Palace Prestige Suite

All rooms have:

  • Sofitel My Bed
  • LCD TV
  • Marble bathroom with separate shower and bathtub
  • Wi fi
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning
  • Phone
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Minibar
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