The Old Cataract Hotel is on top of a granite hill at the Nile river's edge in Aswan, and takes its name from the rivers First Cataract (rapids). Thomas Cook, the eponymous tour manager who had the hotel constructed for the tourists that his company was escorting down the Nile at the end of the 19th century. Today, under the management of Sofitel, it remains one of the finest hotels in Egypt.
With high ceilings, long halls and Moorish decor, The Old Cataract Hotel was always a favorite of the Elite during Egypt's British colonial period. The Cataract's guest list includes Czar Nicolas II, Howard Carter, Sir Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, the Duke of Connaught, the 3rd son of Queen Victoria, the Aga Khan III, King Farouk of Egypt, the Shah of Iran, Nahas Pacha, Khedive Abbas Helmi Soverein of Egypt, Mohamed V King of Morocco, Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter, Helmut Kohl, Queen Noura of Jordan, Lady Diana and the Princess Caroline of Monaco.
A five star hotel with all the amenities. There are several restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, tennis and volleyball courts, a health club, meeting rooms and a business center. The Rooms are well appointed with elegant private baths, air conditioning, color televisions and telephones. Each room is different, with high ceilings, Nile views, classic furnishings and bathroom fixtures.
A large swimming pool, surrounded by gardens and trees Public areas are splendid, with marble, fine wood and artistic draperies. While the hotel has several restaurants, the "1902" is also one of Egypt's most famous eateries. Designed as a Moorish hall, the domed restaurant features four red and white traditional door-key arches and is decorated with fine mashrabiya and stained glass.
The Old Cataract Hotel
Abtal El Tahrir Street, Aswan, Egypt
Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan, Egypt
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