Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel
The Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel, also known as the Old Winter Palace Hotel, is a historic British colonial-era 5-star luxury resort hotel located on the banks of the River Nile in Luxor, Egypt, just south of Luxor Temple, with 86 rooms and 6 suites.
There is some controversy over the opening date of the hotel. It claims to have been founded in 1886, but contemporary news accounts say that is incorrect, and that the hotel actually opened on January 18, 1907.
In 1975 the complex was expanded with the construction of the New Winter Palace. The addition, classified as a 3-star hotel, was joined by corridors to the original. It was demolished in 2008.
In 1996, the Pavillon, a 4-star annex with 116 rooms, was built in the rear garden of the Winter Palace, close to the swimming pool. The Pavillon shares many amenities with the Winter Palace, including the gardens, pools, tennis courts, terraces and restaurants.
The Hotel is featured on the exclusive Palace Hotels of the World.
The Winter Palace has 5 restaurants: the 1886 Restaurant (French cuisine) and la Corniche Restaurant (international cuisine), both located in the Palace, the Bougainvilliers (international cuisine) in the Pavilion, the Palmetto (Italian cuisine and snacks) and the El Tarboush (Egyptian cuisine) in the garden close to the swimming pool.
- 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.
- It is said that British crime novelist Agatha Christie stayed at The Winter Palace Hotel while writing her famous Poirot detective story Death on the Nile.
- "Hotel Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor - Luxury hotel LUXOR - Official Web Site". Sofitel.com. 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
- "The Winter Palace and Luxor Hotel: a case of mistaken identity? | Grand Hotels of Egypt". Grandhotelsegypt.com. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
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