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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

Abtal El Tahrir St.
Aswan, Egypt
TEL: (800) 763-4835
TEL: 20-97-231-6000

Aswan, a palm-fringed city an hour’s flight south of Cairo, saw glory in the 1950’s, when politicos and bold-faced names arrived to visit the Aswan Dam. But even during Egypt’s recent unrest, the peaceful destination remained out of the fray. That’s why a top-to-bottom revamp of the riverfront landmark hotel, a cinnamon-colored Nubian manse, is well-timed. Tourism is beginning to rebound, and this updated icon is a reason to extend your stay. Of the two buildings, the Nile is more modern, with walls of windows that frame a village square. We prefer the Palace, where Sofitel’s preservation efforts are on display: the public spaces have Egyptian antiques and Oriental rugs. It all whetted our appetite for another bygone-era experience: tea on the hotel’s legendary terrace, which still offers an inimitable view of felucca boats that inspired Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile.

Room to Book:

The nine Opera Suites in the Nile Wing have soaking tubs, balconies, and a separate living area concealed behind intricately carved wooden doors.

Insider Tip:

Ask Moustafa Ahmed, the rooms manager, for tales of the hotel's dramatic history and a felucca-boat tour of the Nile.


Open / Closes
  • Adjoining Rooms
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge
  • Childcare
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Family Friendly
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Historic
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • Laundry Service
  • Meeting Room
  • Maid Service
  • Parking Available
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Turndown
  • WiFi

Number of Restaurants: 4

Number of Bars: 4

Number of Pools: 2

Year Opened: 1899

Number of Suites: 79


Number of Rooms: 59


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