Hotel Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
Abtal El Tahrir Street
Abtal El Tahrir Street
Step into the legendary site where King Fouad once entertained and Agatha Christie sipped cocktails: the 5-star Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan Hotel. In the Nubian Desert on the banks of the Nile, opposite Elephantine Island, the majestic hotel sits on a pink granite cliff overlooking the world's longest river. This ravishing hotel with its legendary guest list of royals and dignitaries is both ideal for romantic getaways, and a perfect venue for small summits and corporate meetings.
If you can tear yourself away from the beauty of the magnificent Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, a world of fascination awaits you. Elephantine Island and the Aswan Museum are at your feet. The rock Tombs of Amarna, where ancient Egyptian nobles are buried, are close to the hotel. Aswan city centre is a stroll away. Other attractions to tempt you during your stay: the Nubian Museum, the Philae Temple, the Unfinished Obelisk... then return to indulge in French and oriental cuisine and wines.
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Online check-in: Your arrival will be carefully prepared by our team
Fast check-out: Simply return your key
The hotel offers 2 different luxury experiences in which heritage is preserved in the Palace,76 rooms and suites while contemporary elegance is lavishly designed in the Nile, 62 rooms and suites.
45m²; 480sqf, stunning master piece of art elegantly decorated with warmly painted walls, high ceiling, balcony, tropical garden view. Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, marble bathroom, shower, French amenities, complimentary low band.
36m²; 390sqf, Intriguing blend of modernity and opulent luxury, with stunning views overlooking the charming Nile. Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, marble bathroom, separate shower and bathtub, French amenities, complimentary low bandwidth internet.
84m², 904sqf; elegant contemporary furnishing and luxurious design, separate living room, panoramic views. Spectacular bath room, Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, safe box, marble bathroom, shower, bathtub, French amenities and butler service
138 m², 1500sqf; located at the first floor. A gentle blend amongst the legendary world and the contemporary comfort, 50 m² terrace overlooking the charming Nile and the pool gardens. Sofitel My Bed, marble bathroom, French amenities.
67m², 750sqf; live the luxury featured by the fashionable elegant furnishing and spacious design with oversized Nile view marble bath room and large terrace, Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, shower, bathtub, French amenities and butler service
53m², 570sqf, reflects the sense of the history with its classic furnishings, high ceiling and soothing color, Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, marble bathroom, shower, bathtub, French luxury amenities, complimentary low band internet access.
90m², 970sqf; delight in the richness of history with the classy furnishing, spacious design, Separate living room with stunning terrace. Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, marble bathroom, shower, bathtub, French amenities & butler service
175m², 1900sqf; savor the pure historical indulgence featured by the classy décor, high ceiling, separate lounge with large balcony overlooking the Nile, separate dining room. Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, marble bathroom, French amenities.
62m², 667 sqf; stunning master piece of art elegantly decorated with warmly painted walls, high ceiling, balcony, tropical garden view. Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, marble bathroom, shower & bathtub, French amenities, complimentary low band internet access.
138m², 1500sqf; Step into a genuine world of legend created by the hand- carved furniture, high ceiling, and 80 m² scenic terrace overlooking the Nile, dining area. Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, marble bathroom, French amenities & butler service.
70m², 650sqf; lavish historical interiors design, walls and high ceiling paintings in warm colors separate living room, terrace with Nile view. Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, safe box, marble bathroom, shower, bathtub, French amenities & butler service
64m², 700sqf, enjoy the royal life offered by the hand-carved classical furnishing, spacious design, high ceiling & walls elegantly painted. Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, marble bathroom, separate shower and bathtub, French amenities & butler service
Watch the sun set over Upper Egypt while sampling from a menu of beautifully presented dishes and delicacies at Aswan's "hottest table." Stunning panoramas from this terrace restaurant and bar soar over Khnum Temple and Elephantine Island.
At our signature 1902 restaurant, celebrate 12 decades of gastronomy with exquisite French cuisine paired with fine wines from the sommelier. Relax beneath the grand Arabian dome by a Qualaun crypt, and savor steamed lemongrass fish or filet mignon.
In this gourmet all-day dining restaurant in Aswan, feast on fresh Mediterranean cuisine with local flavors, from handmade pasta to fish. Copper lamps flicker in our Aswan dining room with Moorish arches in cream and scarlet. Outside, a terrace tempts.
Oriental chefs blend local flavors with rich Levant cuisine at Oriental Kebabgy, a top Aswan restaurant. Over a feast of spicy, grilled meat and herbed rice, recline on gold banquettes or linger on the terrace with sweeping views of the Nile River.
Relax and unwind with a cocktail while you gaze at incredible sunsets over the Nile. Or indulge in traditional High Tea with scones, strawberries and cream, gourmet sandwiches and savory snacks.
Set on the Palace's rose granite promontory, the Promenade offers prime views of Elephantine Island and the Khnum Temple. Sip champagne cocktails or sweet hibiscus tea at our majestic Aswan bar, as the sun disappears over the flowing Nile River.
Sybille de Margerie invokes the elegance of Egyptian codes in this British-style piano bar: brass lantern chandeliers, rich mahogany, crushed velvet and cool leather. Enjoy a malt whisky or dry martini, a favorite of Sir Winston Churchill.
Tucked by the pool overlooking the Nile, this healthy Aswan bar displays striking décor: deep purple, rich wood, glowing crystal. Cool off from the Nubian sun with a hand-squeezed lemonade or energy-boosting smoothie. Unwind on a grand chaise longue.
Reviews collected from customers who booked on AccorHotels.com
I have been to Egypt several times but have never stayed in Aswan. We enjoyed our daily excursions to the various sites, walking along the corniche, and talking with the locals in the markets. We always looked forward to returning to the Old Cateract because it was so relaxing and peaceful. The setting on the bank of the Nile is just spectacular. The staff was top notch, friendly, and took care of us during our stay. We will definitely return again.
Dear M. GFLane, Thank you for choosing Sofitel Legend Old Cataract for your recent visit to Aswan. I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts of your recent legendary experience with others guests’ on the tripadvisor. We are glad to hear you fully enjoyed the experience. It is always a great pleasure to receive such compliments, as it truly serves as a motivational factor in striving to achieve excellence. I sincerely hope that you are taking home memorable moments of your stay and that we will have the pleasure to welcoming you back very soon. Best regards, Rafic KHAIRALLAH General Manager - Sofitel Upper Egypt
Great place to stay for relax and as a base to travel around Egypt & Aswan area by boat, car or plane to Abu Simbel. The charm of early Art Nouveau last century still operates in the rooms, and main areas in the Palace old building, after great recent restructuration, service at the top and all kind of offers. Hermès amenities in the rooms. Top service & food at the 1902 restaurant in a incredible hollywood style setting ! Unforgettable stay !
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for choosing the treasure of the Nile Sofitel Legend Old Cataract for your recent visit to Aswan. I would like to sincerely thank you for sharing with us and our future guests your feedback and letting us know about your recent visit. We are glad to know you fully enjoyed the Legendary experience of staying at the hotel where most of the celebrities stayed in which is a blend of historical building and the modern style all with the French touch. It is always a great pleasure to receive such compliments, as it truly serves as a motivational factor in striving to achieve excellence. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back to Aswan in the close future. Best regards, Rafic KHAIRALLAH General Manager - Sofitel Upper Egypt
One of my favourite hotels on the planet. The location of the Old Cataract Hotel is magic, as is the view from the terrace at any time of the day. The hotel is full of old-world charm an character and the service is excellent, as is the food everywhere. Helpful and friendly staff throughout. Get yourself a Nile View room in the main hotel if possible. The annexe is comfortable too and has balconies and excellent views as well, but it's too tall and chunky and a bit of an eye-sore, particularly when viewed from the islands and the water. Additionally, the boat jetty within the hotel grounds and its feluccas are not to be missed. Get a ride in the late afternoon and you will be hooked for ever and want to do nothing else! Forget the motor boats. They are noisy and only to be used if you want to go somewhere in a hurry. Enjoy!
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for your stay at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan and your wonderful feedback. we are glad that you fully enjoyed the historical charm of the great old palace which is a blend of historical building and the modern style all with the French touch. To receive such praise from our guest is very gratifying and knowing that you enjoyed so much the facilities, Nile view room and service is a reward in itself. And also glad that the staff succeeds to come up to your expectations it will be my pleasure to pass on your nice words to our colleagues. 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. I sincerely hope that you are taking home memorable moments of your stay and that we will have the pleasure to welcome you back very soon. Sincerely, Rafic KHAIRALLAH General Manager - Upper Egypt
To whom this may concern, Our stay at the sofitel in aswan was not a good stay. My husband and i travel alot so perhaps we are influenced by the service we usually expect when we stay at the sofitel in other places. 1- When we arrived we asked for a none smoking room to which we didnt even get a reply for. As we were tired we did not make a fuss about getting no reply. 2- At the pool when we asked for a menu in three of the days of our stay they said they had a pool buffet and they wanted to force us to only choose from the buffet and pay 200 a person even if the item we wanted was a la carte, we had to haggle and negotiate eventhough thats not what we went to the sofitel to do, we were there on a vacation not on a negotiation trip. They would then bring the menu with an upset manner and what it seemed to us constantly trying to make us feel guilty for not wanting the buffet. 3- within our room booking we were told we would recieve an afternoon tea for 2. So we decided to take it, so first the person at the restaurant of the hotel asked me to go verify this to the reception when it should have been in the system, anyway i went to the reception who took 45 minutes asking me to send the mail over and over and check it with his boss insisting that it was an offer that we did not take while the email i had sent was a confirmation of the offer that we Took! Anyway we were quite hungry by then and they finally got us afternoon tea for ONE person. Ofcourse when after all this negotiation you recoeve half of the deal, the good moment has defently passed ur already fuming with anger while "enjoying" the afternoon tea, so we ask for the rest of the offer which is the other half and one if the staff haggles with us that is infact for two not one, so i walk up again to the reception and ask to get the definistion of afternoon tea for two which they confirm my expectation of that each person gets a tray. So now we are negotiating again and waiting again for the next half after we have eaten the first half, Then we get the bill asking us to pay for one of the afternoon trays that we receieved, so AGAIN i show them the email that we got it as an offer but by then im already planning not to return there again, the next day they apologize for the bill incident, however upon our check out we find the afternoon tea inserted in our hotel bill 800 egp paying fir both afternoon tea trays. Now had we not looked carefully at each item on that bill, we would have paid it.
Dear Valued Guest, It was our pleasure having the chance to have you with us. I am extremely sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations for this stay, please accept my sincerest apologist. It is indeed a concern that you feel the services offered was not up to your expectations; we will of course take this very seriously and rectify any unusual shortfalls that may have occurred during your stay. Let me seize this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention, as honest opinion and constructive criticism is the only way that would enable us to improve and meet our guests expectations. Best regards, Rafic Khairallah General Manager - Upper Egypt
Great legendary hotel. A good mix of old world luxury and present day facilities. Fantastic views, friendly staff, great pool, excellent price/quality. Would not know what I could say negative about this hotel. This hotel deserves more visitors.
Dear Guest, Thank you for this review and for the description you gave of our property. We are happy that you have had this legendary experience in our hotel. We have 2 buildings to suit our different clientele everyone can find his taste; the new building is modern and the old building like you enter in another world I am happy to see that you have enjyed that mix. Looking forward to welcome you back soon, Sincerely Rafic KHAIRALLAH General Manager
Even though Egypt in the main is a sad place these days this hotel is divine - the views over the Nile magical. Our room superb, food lovely, service excellent - in all the only place to go and hope to go again.
Dear Guest, Thank you for staying in our hotel it has been a pleasure hosting you in our property. We are glad that you have enjoyed your stay , the view overlooking the Nile , the room,food and service Looking forward to welcome you back soon, Sincerely Rafic KHAIRALLAH General Manager
I was excited to return to the Old Cataract Hotel after 17 years. It was just as enchanting as I remembered it to be. We received an upgrade to our already-beautiful room and wished we had been able to stay an extra day or two to enjoy our terrace and its memorable views. The common rooms are even lovelier than they were when we first visited. Sofitel has lavished some care on this property and it shows. The breakfast was excellent, especially the Egyptian food. The dinner we had at the lovely terrace restaurant was good, again with the local foods being best. But now to be fair to those of you contemplating a stay here I have to tell you that we did have some issues. In one of our two rooms the air conditioning didn't work. When we complained, they sent a portable heater. When that didn't solve the lack of air conditioning, they told us that it was actually working and refused to do anything further. For this level of hotel, guests expect working air con and excellent service. Now to the objectionable smell in the room with no air con-this they simply ignored. The best way to describe it is a smell of an overflowing garbage can. Not what Sofitel's guests expect to pay for, is it? The last problem was the attitude of the restaurant staff. The restaurant staff was rather crabby and unwilling to actually give service to guests. One server was annoyed that we wanted a table out of the direct glare of the sun. He insisted we should sit in the sun as it was "good for you." Another server never brought our drinks, so after our third request we asked a fourth time to another server and then when they both brought a pot of tea, our server was angry. You get the general idea. Next trip I'm going to consider other options instead of choosing the Old Cataract without looking at anything else. I'd like to stay again, but I'd like to have a five star experience all-around.
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time and effort to write this detailed review. We are very happy to welcome you back 17 years later since your last visit. We are happy that you were happy that you wanted to stay extra night, We are proud that you liked the food in our different restaurants. I am sorry that the staff attitude in the restaurant was not to the level, we are very well known for our staff genuine hospitality, we are also doing training on dealing with guests. I can assure you that this is an exception and I wish you would have reported it during your stay. In Aswan, we have experienced an exceptional cold weather that we have never experience that we had to buy heater to sort out the issue in the rooms. We look forward to welcoming you back to Sofitel Legend Old Cataract . Sincerely Rafic KHAIRALLAH General Manager
Superbly looked after, everything I wanted from the hotel. Staff were always courteous and obliging wishing to make the stay comfortable and generally happy. Served breakfast was delightful, if a little too French - including cold meats and cheese - not everyone's choice, though alternatives undoubtedly would be provided if requested.
Dear Guest, We thank you for staying with us during your holidays and we are happy to know that the staff succeeded to look after you and anticipate your needs. Our breakfast standards that include different items to satisfy everyone, however, if a guest have a specific request, we do provide it. Thank you for this nice review and waiting for welcome you back soon, Sincerely Rafic KHAIRALLAH General Manager
The Cataract is a beautiful, historic hotel with every modern luxury. I spent a lovely long weekend, and, despite the recent events in Egypt, I felt perfectly safe in Aswan. The service was incredible, the food was delicious, and the views from my room's balcony were breath-taking. The Cataract is a must stay when visiting Egypt.
Dear Guest, We are happy to read how much you have appreciated your long week end at Sofitel Legend old cataract .We wish that this legendary experience stays in your memory. We are very proud of the quality of our food .Our executive chef is well known in the industry and with his team he contributes highly to continue the legendary reputation of this place .After the renovation the majority of the room and all of them in the Nile building are facing the Nile with an outstanding view of the Elephant Island, the monastery of St Simon and the mausoleum of Aga Khan. Again thank you for this nice comment that we hope will encourage tourist to visit Aswan. With my best regards Jules-Henri EDOUARD General Manager
I stayed here for a few nights in early July and every aspect of my visit was perfect. This is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever been to and the service could not have been better. I absolutely love this hotel and am looking forward to returning to Aswan so that I can stay there again very soon.
Dear guest, 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 facilities, 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 . Sincerely, Jules-Henri EDOUARD General Manager
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