Acropole Hotel

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Acropole Hotel
General information
Address Zubeir Pascha Street
Town or city Khartoum
Country Sudan

The Acropole is the oldest existing hotel in Khartoum, founded in 1952.[1] It is run by the Greek Pagoulatos family - brothers Thanasis, George, and Mike.[2] An added attraction is the OHM electronics shop next door, which is owned by the brother of Sheikh Musa Hilal, the tribal leader of Darfur's notorious Janjaweed. Several journalists and members of human rights organizations have managed to interview Hilal in that shop. [3]

When notorious filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl's helicopter crashed in the Nuba mountains, the Pagoulatos brothers found her a Sudan Airways captain and plane to rescue her and the crew, and had an ambulance waiting at the airport. During the famine, when provisions were as scarce as rain, the Pagoulatos family and their Sudanese network scrounged up goods for Oxfam and Save the Children to get to the camps.[3] Many journalists, aid workers, and scholars have stayed at the Acropole, which for this reason appears frequently in travel books.[4][5][6]

In May 1988, the hotel was targeted in a terrorist assault, along with the Sudan Club, which killed 7 or 8, and injured 21.[7][8]


  1. ^ Helsen, Marc (23 November 2010). Onder het zuiderkruis: Onder het Zuiderkruis (in Dutch). Lannoo Meulenhoff - Belgium. p. 83. ISBN 978-90-209-9361-5. 
  2. ^ Shahine, Alaa (November 7, 2008). "Greek hotel a part of Khartoum modern history". Reuters. Khartoum, Sudan. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-06-02.  Bidoun online magazine
  4. ^ Theroux, Paul (2004). Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 56. ISBN 9780618446872. 
  5. ^ Luciani, Silvia (2013). A Journey through Sudan. Blue Grange. p. 33. ISBN 9781291585513. 
  6. ^ Robbins, Mike (2014). Even The Dead Are Coming: A Memoir of Sudan. New York: Broad Books. 
  7. ^ Bidwell, Robin Leonard (1998). Dictionary of Modern Arab History: An A to Z of Over 2,000 Entries from 1798 to the Present Day. Routledge. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-7103-0505-3. 
  8. ^ Terrorist Group Profiles. DIANE Publishing. 1 August 1989. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-56806-864-0. 

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Coordinates: 15°36′18″N 32°31′46″E / 15.6050°N 32.5294°E / 15.6050; 32.5294