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Sofitel Old Winter Palace Hotel
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Built in 1886 to attract the nobility of Europe,
the Winter Palace is more continental English in atmosphere than the Old
Cataract in Aswan. One does not get the feeling of Egypt so much as of an
oasis of European flavor and Victorian charm
It is said that the Winter Palace had once been somewhat run down, but none of that is visible today, or even easy to believe. All is in perfect order, with modern fixtures necessary for comfort coexisting alongside antiques, fine wood and sand cast glass.
Each guest room is different, with high ceilings, beautiful fixtures, as
well as all the modern amenities and comforts. Along the hall, one will see
boxed exhibitions of old clothing and other turn of the century artifacts.
The great lobby is subdued, with its detailed ironworks and grand
Also like the Cataract, there is a New Winter Palace, and while comfortable, this is not the Old Winter Palace and does not have the charm. However, it is where several of the restaurants are located, along with the hotel Pool. Together, the New and Old Winter Palaces offer five restaurants, five bars, the swimming pool, two tennis counts, a health club and squash court.