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Hotel Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor Hotel 5 star
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Built in the late 19th century facing the Nile, surrounded by a lush garden, the Old Winter Palace has a Victorian style which seems initially a little cold. Its immense rooms and high ceilings are what first impress the visitor. Nevertheless an elegant hotel, it is a suitable resort to spend your holiday, just a few minutes away by horse-drawn carriage from the Pharaonic relics in Luxor.

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    • Hotel Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor

      Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor   -   © Pascal Antoine / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor

      Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor   -   © Pascal Antoine / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.24 /10

    On the main road, 6 miles from the international airport (it takes some twenty minutes to half an hour by car), 2 miles from the temple of Karnak, less than 1 mile from the Antiquities museum. The temple of Luxor is a stone's throw away.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    94 rooms have an average size of 215 feet², 6 large suites and 2 royal suites. The furniture is colonial-style - modest wood. You should also note the shimmering colour of the canopies. The draperies of yesteryear have been replaced by modern and new fabrics. All have a television with numerous foreign channels, a mini-bar, a direct dial telephone for international calls and air conditioning. You will find marble and great comfort in the bathroom with bathtub and hair dryer. The rooms overlooking the garden have a balcony (50%). They are by far the most enjoyable.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    Built in 1886, the Old Winter was renovated for the last time in 1995. It is a great palace built at the end of the last century in the English colonial style. A modest, huge and smooth façade which sprawls over three storeys. In its centre, a grand staircase leads to the entrance. We noted especially the stylishness of the common areas, the restaurants, the English bar, the reception room, reading area, the billiards... that preserve their old furniture. However, the renovation of the rooms has not always produced good results. This overhaul produced impeccable cleanliness but the materials chosen for the rooms (carpets and fabrics used for canopies, curtains and bedspreads with shimmering colours) lacks "authenticity". The gourmet restaurant, "1886", with its crystal chandeliers and its small individual tables (Marie Antoinette style chairs) has kept its cosy and chic appearance. The Royal bar, a red velvet lounge for intimate evenings around the fireplace is an attractive place to relax where you may enjoy a late drink. A game room with a pool table is decorated in the same colonial style. The great square lobby is very elegant and lit. There is also a salon in Victorian style for tea. These proportions are excessive, its walls covered with master paintings. Those who seek privacy would prefer the terrace and the garden, a real arboretum. A friendly space for hookah has been installed. At the and of the park, the swimming pool offers its 10,760 feet² of freshness in the shade of millennium trees. It has a small pool for children.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    The cuisine is varied. There are five good restaurants. Many people who are not hotel guests also come to eat there. The most chic, the "1886", is a renowned gourmet restaurant (the cuisine is international and French, the chef is French). Dinner is by candlelight and evening dress is required. The other restaurants are common to the guests of the Old and New Winter neighbour. They are all very correct and offer various menus. For quick meals, "The Jardin", a coffe-shop open 24 h/24, "The Bougainvillier" (international cuisine) served as thematic buffets sometimes during the week and a la carte; "The Pavillon" for breakfast and the "Nakhil" for a casual meal (barbecue, sandwiches), and meals to be taken around the pool. In addition to the fabulous Royal, there is an English bar inside the Old Winter, the "Oasis Bar", ideal for snacks by the pool. Good kitchen and a concern for presentation.

    To know

    The guests at the Old Winter Palace are largely French - approximately 70% (other nationalities include: English, Germans, Italians and Belgians). The service is excellent and you would appreciate the quietness of this old mansion. Generally, it is less charming than the Old Cataract Aswan, but it is a palace to stay at: King Farouk occupied apartments there. Georges Clemenceau and all the crowned heads of Europe and the Middle East came to visit the country at the beginning of the century. Ask for the rooms overlooking the garden if you are worried about noise from the street.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, massage, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, water-polo, tennis, sailing, golf

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Safe
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The garden
    • The "1886" restaurant
    • Peace and quiet
    • The Royal Bar

    disadvantages

    • The reception, with its drum door, which has preserved the atmosphere and furniture from the palaces of the past
    • The welcome is not very warm

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