Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

Following an extensive renovation, directed by French interior designer Sybille de Margerie, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan artfully blends its iconic heritage with a fresh contemporary design.

A favourite hotel in Egypt for old world charm with a delightful old world elegance. Positioned on a pink granite outcrop overlooking the Nile opposite Elephantine Island, this hotel with its Oriental interior became a legendary name in hospitality almost as soon as it opened its doors in 1889. Rising from the desert, the Sofitel Old Cataract was built on a granite promontory overlooking the sacred river, providing views of the splendor of the Nile in the heart of luminous Aswan. The Old Cataract hotel takes its name from the meeting of the river with the granite barrier, which creates the first cataract of the Nile. Behind its Victorian facade, the hotel retains its original beauty, receiving visitors in an historic lobby with polished marble floors and high, classic Islamic arches. The 76 rooms and suites in the Old Palace Wing are complimented by 62 rooms and suites in the contemporary Nile Wing.

To relax after a day's exploration retire to the So Spa with its indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and gymnasium. Enjoy the two outdoor pools, one heated for when the weather is cooler. Experience one of the massages in the So Spa to truly relax before a good nights sleep.

The dreamlike history of the Old Cataract began in 1899. Prestigious guests have honored this place: Sir Winston Churchill, The Aga Khan, King Farouk, and also the former French president, François Mittérand, who often came here for rest and relaxation.

Why we like it

  • Gateway to Nubia the ancient province of Egypt
  • Famous location that inspired Agatha Christie's 'Death on the Nile'
  • Views over the famed River Nile
  • Choose between the Palace wing where heritage is preserved and the Nile wing with its contemporary elegance
  • 1902 fine dining restaurant with a 75-ft Qualawun Mausoleum dome

Featured Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan Journeys

Private14 days, from AU$10,965
A Portrait of Egypt (sailing Luxor to Aswan)

With so much to discover in this alluring destination, Egypt deserves in-depth exploration and that’s how we’ve tailored the journey.

Private14 days, from AU$10,965
Group of 1214 days, from AU$17,640
Petra to the Pyramids & a Nile Yacht Cruise - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Float down the Nile aboard the luxurious, boutique ‘Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau’; discover an Egyptian pyramid from the inside out; and explore ancient Petra, a fabled “Rose-Red City” with well-preserved Roman ruins.

Group14 days, from AU$17,640
Group of 1214 days, from AU$16,310
Petra to the Pyramids & a Nile Yacht Cruise - A Marco Polo Journey

Float down the Nile aboard the luxurious, boutique Sanctuary 'Zein Nile Chateau'; discover an Egyptian pyramid from the inside out; and explore ancient Petra, a fabled "rose-red city" with well-preserved Roman ruins.

Group14 days, from AU$16,310