Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan


A totally British and extremely famous Luxury 5 star Colonial masterpiece built  by Thomas Cook in 1899, making it the 2nd oldest Colonial Hotel behind Mena House in Cairo. The Old Cataract Hotel is one of memphis tour’s Partner Hotels and a proud association for us. One of our top recommended Hotels and the best in Aswan, offering unique services such as top luxury spa treatments and afternoon English High Tea at sunset along with gourmet fine dining. Situated right on the Cataract Islands of the East bank of the Nile, it could not be in a more favoured spot for sightseeing and local attractions and amenities. Occupied and visited by a host of famous figures such as Tsar Nicholas II, Winston Churchill, Howard Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter, Princess Diana, Queen Noor and Agatha Christie (who at this Hotel and Luxor’s Winter Palace Hotel wrote her novel ‘Death on the Nile’). Many local attractions await you such as the Aswan High Dam, Philae temple and more.

Live the Legend at Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan a luxury 5-star hotel in a 19th-century Victorian palace on the banks of the river Nile.Discover sophisticated interiors by Sybille de Margerie in the historic Palace a world of Moorish arches ruby red chandeliers plush Persian carpets soft armchairs and hand-carved furnishings.Or step into 21st-century Egypt with the Nile Wings contemporary reinterpretation of traditional codes.Spacious guest rooms have balcony views suites boast exclusive butler service. Take tea on the rose granite Promenade savor gourmet French cuisine at 1902 restaurant.138 rooms including 100 suites.

Languages Spoken at Reception are English French/ German
   Facilities for disabled: *
- Ramp access
- Bathroom doors 32 inches wide
- Phone light for hearing impaired
- Wheelchair access
- Knock light for hearing impaired
- Visual. alarm for hearing impaired
- Reduced mobility facilities
- Accessible bathroom
- Phone light for hearing impaired
   Business travel: *
- High-speed internet
- Hotel open 24 hours a day
- Airline desk
- Dry cleaning / Ironing
- Fax machine
- Porter
- Safe deposit box at reception
- Translating/interpreting service1
- Currency exchange
   IT / Business: *
- High-speed internet
- Wi-Fi at the Hotel
- Fax machine
- Porter
- Safe deposit box at reception
- Translating/interpreting service
- WIFI access
- Wi-Fi in the communal areas
   Internet / multimedia (for all Hotel): *
- Wi-Fi at the hotel
- WIFI access
- Wi-Fi in the communal areas
   Parking: *
- Bus and Coach Parking area 
- Valet Parking
- Well Lit Parking 
   Shops / Entertainment: *
- Beauty salon
- Gift shop/newspaper shop
- Hairdressing salon
- Concierge
- Currency exchange
- Disco/nightclub
   Laundry: *
- Dry cleaning / Ironing
   Security features: *
- 24 hour security staff
- Annual safety inspections
- Audible smoke alarms in rooms
- Break glass emergency phone
- Complies w. Htl Safety Act 1990
- Emergency lighting at emergency exits
- Fire safety system
- Smoke extractors in corridors
- Smoke extractors in public areas
- Compliant national safety regulations
- Compliant with Accor safety standards
- Emergency information in rooms
- Smoke alarm in public areas
- Smoke alarm in room
   Children: *
- Connecting rooms available
- Babysitting on request
   Tourism: *
- Airline desk
- Tourist information desk
   Leisure: *
- Swimming Pools
- Outdoor and Indoor heated pools
Internet Wifi Business Center Air Conditioning Swimming Pools Spa Fitness Center Bar Restaurants Gift Shop Room Service Laundry Services Parking Safety Deposit Boxes Telephone Medical Services Elevators Library
  • Rooms, Suites and Villas:

Offering accommodations to suit all tastes with grandeur and luxury in mind for all types of rooms. 
   Rooms: *
PREMIUM ROOM, 2 Single beds, Nile view - 36m²; 390 sq ft, 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.
PALACE PREMIUM ROOM, 1 king-size bed, garden view 45m²; 480 sq ft stunning masterpiece 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.
LUXURY ROOM, 1 king-size bed -  sitting area, terrace, Nile river view
62m², 667 sq ft; stunning masterpiece 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.
PALACE LUXURY ROOM - 1 king-size bed, sitting area, balcony, garden view 53m², 570 sq ft 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.

   Signatory Legends - Suites, Villas and Apartments: *

-  1 King size bed, sitting area, balcony Nile View or Garden View 64 m², 700 sq ft, 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 and butler service
PRESTIGE SUITE, 1 King size bed - Terrace, Nile view -67m², 750 sq ft, live the luxury featured by the fashionable elegant furnishing and spacious design with oversized Nile view marble bathroom and large terrace, Sofitel My Bed, LCD TV, shower, bathtub, French amenities and butler service
PALACE PRESTIGE SUITE, 1 King Size Bed, Terrace, Nile View or Garden View -70m², 650 sq ft  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 and butler service
OPERA SUITE, 1 king-size bed, terrace, Nile view - 84m², 904 sq ft of 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
PALACE OPERA SUITE, 1 King Size Bed, Terrace, Nile View or Garden View -90m², 970 sq ft 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 and butler service
NILE SUITE, 1 King size bed, Terrace, Nile view - 138 m², 1500 sq ft 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.
SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL SUITE, The Palace, 1 King size bed, terrace, Nile view - 138m², 1500 sq ft 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.
AGATHA CHRISTIE SUITE, The Palace, 1 King size bed, balcony on Nile view. 175m², 1900 sq ft 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.
  • Fine Dining:  Restaurants, Cafe’s and Bars

   Restaurants: *
The Terrace International - 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.

1902 Restaurant - At our signature gourmet 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.

Oriental Kebabgy  - Oriental chefs blend traditional 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.

Saraya Mediterranean - 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.

   Bars and Cafe: *

Palms Bar -   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.

Promenade Poolside Snack Bar - A relaxing Cafe 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.

The Bar - Piano Bar  - 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.

Yasmine Dry Bar  - 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.
  • Currency Exchange Service

Here in Egypt, the local currency is known as the Egyptian Pound. It can often be difficult to get smaller notes so it is advisable when you can, to change 200, 100 and 50 notes when you can to either 5, 10, or 20 Pound notes. The Hotel reception will offer you an exchange service and their will be a small commission charge on changing currencies ( they will take British Pounds, US Dollars and Euros). There are ATM machines and banks in Aswan City which will also take a small charge for using the machine overseas.
  • Transportation

There is local transport in and around Aswan, with various options such as tours to Abu Simbel, and camel rides to St Simeon’s Monastery. Local Taxis are everywhere but not on the meter, so set a reasonable fare before getting in. There are also the local minibuses used by the locals, safe and very cheap but not really used by the tourists.Memphis Tours provides an excellent transport service with spacious vehicles taking you around Aswan  and  further afield. 
Airport to Hotel and Return *
The Aswan Airport lies approximately 25 minutes (19km) from Aswan City and the Old Cataract Hotel and hosts internal (domestic) flights within Egypt along with Scheduled and Charter flights arriving from other Middle East and African destinations. if you have not already booked your transfer from the Old Cataract  Hotel to the Airport or Train Station (arrival and and return), then working with the Hotel, Memphis Tours can arrange the transport for you in our modern air conditioned vehicles with a representative to assist you on arrival and return to and from the Old Cataract Hotel Please click on this link for further information. Transfer cost is approximately 26 British Pounds. Any tours booked will  include transportation costs. Please check the link below.
  • Out and About with Memphis Tours

We are proud to be one of Egypt’s top Tour Operators established since 1955, therefore Memphis Tours offers you the client, an exceptional service catering for all of your needs when it comes to transport and tours. Nothing is too much trouble and we can offer you the regular tours in and around Aswan to Abu Simbel and Luxor and also offer ‘tailor made’ tours to suit your group or family size. Please click on the link below for for all of our current 2014/15 day tours and excursions
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