Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

Location: Aswan | Egypt

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Travel back in time to a more sophisticated era in this 19th-century Victorian palace, reminiscing about the pharaohs and their extravagant lives at this hotel adorned with Byzantine arches, Moorish domes and luxurious Persian carpets. Blending the treasures of the Pharaohs with French chic, the stylish Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan invites you to relax by the Nile and discover the city’s remarkable history.
Perfect forElegant individuals looking for modernity and opulent luxury in a historical setting.
In the knowSofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan is proud to have hosted the high society for over a century, welcoming the likes of Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill and Lady Diana.

Recommended for...

  • Luxury Hotel
  • Romantic
  • Spa & Wellness
  • History & Heritage

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Located on the banks of the river Nile, the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan claims a unique spot on the edge of the Nubian Desert in Egypt.

Rooms at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

The regal rooms at this five-star hotel come with supremely comfortable custom-made beds, and the grand interiors are lavishly decorated with ruby red chandeliers, marble bathrooms and soothing colours, as well as LCD TVs and elaborate wall murals.

The Palace Wing houses 76 rooms and suites, whilst the Nile Wing is home to 62 rooms and suites, accompanied by private balconies with exclusive views of the river Nile. In the Nile and Palace suites, you can enjoy plenty of space and the services of a butler.

Food & Drink

With four different restaurants and four different bars available, guests can choose between a casual or more intimate vibe whilst feasting on vintage wines under an Arabian dome in the renowned 1902 restaurant. Enjoy the spectacular views over Elephantine Island from the Promenade bar, sipping hibiscus tea on the rose granite terrace at sunset, or opt for a more romantic setting at The Bar, an evening piano lounge adorned with classic oriental décor.

The hotel’s restaurants serve both international and oriental-inspired dishes, as well as afternoon tea on the terrace, with the Oriental Kebabgy restaurant flaunting panoramic views over the Nile from its terrace.


Take a trip to the SoSpa where you can relax in the sauna, steam room, hot tub, or hammam, a traditional Turkish bath. Treat yourself to a deep Nubian massage with sandalwood oil or a papyrus wrap with white clay. Alternatively, work up a sweat in the fitness centre.

Enjoy walking around the beautiful gardens and cool off in the outdoor infinity pool, which seems to cascade into the river, or experience the indoor heated pool, surrounded by glittering mosaic pillars.

Activities at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

Discover the splendours of the history of the Pharaohs on a tour of Philae Temple by boat and limousine, and enjoy a breakfast felucca cruise or an evening sunset cruise.

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Hotel location

The Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan is a 30-minute drive from Aswan International Airport.

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