Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

At a glance

  • Dates back to 1899
  • On the banks of the Nile
  • Famous former guests include Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan


Luxury and legend meet at this palatial hotel, which seems to rise out of the desert.

Dating back to 1899, the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract oozes Victorian charm. It has an esteemed past; it’s widely believed that Agatha Christie wrote her famous Poirot novel Death on the Nile while staying here, drawing inspiration from her luxurious surrounds and spectacular riverside location.

A range of exquisite dining options at this historic hotel includes the all-day dining restaurant, Saraya, where you can feast on fresh Mediterranean cuisine packed with local flavours. There’s also the stunning high dome of the French gourmet restaurant, 1902; and the Oriental Kebabgy, with Mediterranean-influenced cuisine on its Nile-side terrace. Promenade has a selection of bars on a pink granite rock causeway with wonderful views towards Elephantine Island – perfect for a sundowner or two or indulging in high tea.

Two separate wings give completely different but equally luxurious experiences. Steeped in history and heritage, the Old Palace Wing exudes authenticity, while the Nile Wing brings a touch of contemporary elegance. Premium Nile Wing Rooms have stunning views out over the River Nile, while the Palace Luxury Garden View Rooms have elegant high ceilings and a balcony overlooking the lush gardens.

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Key information

On the banks of the Nile opposite Elephantine Island, ideally located for exploring Aswan’s historic attractions

Airport transfer time: Approx. 20 minutes' private transfer from Aswan airport
Rooms: 138

Good to know

Minimum age 12 for stays on 31 Dec 2018 & 31 Dec 2019.

Accommodation information

138 rooms in 2 distinct wings


• Explore the temples at Abu Simbel* • Go on a sunset felucca cruise* • Visit the Philae Temple*.


4 restaurants, 3 bars

What's included

Breakfast at Saraya

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board from £81 • Breakfast and dinner at Saraya
Full Board from £162 • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Saraya.

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*Denotes local charge