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Sofitel Winter Palace, Luxor

In 1880, the Egyptian government gave Thomas Cook and his son a monopoly on passenger steamers on the Nile. In 1886, cook’s opened their first hotel in anywhere and it was in the Egyptian governorate Luxor, The Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel.
As travelers went up the Nile from Cairo to visit the ruins of ancient Egypt, their route was studded with a chain of these winter palaces. They were a match in elegance to the steams that carried a flow of celebrities south on the Nile to view the pharaonic splendors at Abu Simbel.
The Winter Palace at Luxor Commands a view across the Nile to the cliffs of the Royal Necropolis of Thebes, containing the tomb of Tutankhamen and King Tut. Then Egypt became an ideal open-air museum with sunny and warm weather.
The boutique hotel with its fine Victorian architecture and Egyptian hospitality is devoted to excellence.  It offers guests fine dining, high quality service and a warm welcome.
Over the years, the Winter Palace has attracted royalties and celebrities alike from His Majesty King Farouk, Sir Winston Churchill and Aga Khan II, to Agatha Christie and Georges Clemenceau.
In 1922, Howard Carter, the first Egyptology scientist, stood on the stairs of the Winter Palace to announce his discovery of the tomb of the King Tutankhamun.
The Sofitel Winter Palace currently offers 92 rooms and suites.


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Corniche El Nil, Egypt





The Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor, a 5-star hotel located on the banks of the River Nile in Luxor, Egypt, just south of Luxor Temple, was built in 1886. There are 86 rooms and 6 suites.
A sweeping edifice built by the British in 1886, Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor stands on the banks of the River Nile, amidst a lush tropical garden. Favored throughout history by royalties and adventurers alike, it is an oasis of tranquility and an elegant gateway to the splendors of pharaonic times. The story of the Winter Palace started thirteen decades ago, when the cooler days of Egypt has inspired the British excursionist Thomas Cook to extend the mysteries of exploration all the way to ancient capital of Egypt, now known as Luxor. Designed by the Italian artist J.S. Caruzzo, and with such majestic location overlooking the Valley of the Kings, the hotel tells its visitors about the glamorous guest list who has visited it… as it became a compass for legendary stars, luxury travellers and mystical adventurers.
Encompassing 92 guestrooms, the Palace has got 85 rooms, varying between three categories: Classic, Superior and Luxury, which are evenly distributed amongst the Garden side and Nile side of the Winter Palace. Additionally, the 7 suites of Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor are considered as unique artistic masterpieces, featuring royal chic and supplemented with latest state-of-art amenities and facilities. The guestrooms of the Winter Palace are distinguished with 92 different designs and identities, yet they are all united in creating a lavish and antiquated ambiance for the hotel’s guests… that makes their stay a truly unforgettable one.

  • George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, a collector of Egyptian antiquities who financed archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922, stayed many times at the Winter Palace.

  • The British crime novelist Agatha Christie stayed at The Winter Palace Hotel while writing her famous Poirot detective story Death on the Nile.



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