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Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel

Last updated: 01 August, 2023

Walk into this legendary grand old dame and you can almost feel the history here.  Agatha Christie is said to have written some of her thrillers here and there is a suite named after her in honour of her stay.

It sits in a prime spot, on a rise above the Nile, overlooking Elephantine Island and the desert beyond. There’s a Nile-side pool, spa and destination restaurant, but the real highlight is the restaurant terraces, idyllic vantage points to watch the sun set over the Nile. Make your way there for afternoon tea or sundowners.

The hotel has its own boat landing, providing easy access to the river. For another real treat, hire a felucca (single-sail boat) and drift around the islands at sunset.

A stay here is the perfect way to end a tour in Egypt or a cruise on the Nile.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed