Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
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... worshiped the crocodile god at this temple. They would lure a live crocodile to a place where they had built a really deep well. They would keep it there and chuck food down to it. When this temple was uncovered the archaeologists actually found heaps of crocodiles that had been mummified here! They are on display in a museum next door to the temple. Crazy!
Islam boarded the ship with us at about 8am to sail to the next stop. We had breakfast together and then ...
... again shine, but until then she is just waiting for the people to come and visit.
Our guide explained about the Bedoin tribes that are in the desert. Bedoin people are so different and have their own laws. They marry within their tribe, often times they marry first cousins. They have several children. The male has to provide the female's family with a dowry. This can be of several camels, sheep, goats. They are believers ...
... we finally got to go to the Valley of the Kings.
At the Valley of the kings there are 63 tombs. We visited 4 of the tombs - Ramses 3, 4, 6 and King Tutenkhamun. They were discovered when a family robbed the tombs and started selling artefacts in the local market. King tut's tomb was discovered on 1922 by Howard Carter.
The tombs were great. The walls had ...
... a bar/lounge on the next level and then a sun terrace with a small swimming pool on the top deck. It really was a lovely looking boat and we all decided to get dressed up for our first dinner on board!
We got to meet our cabin boy, Aboud, almost immediately as when I was trying to work the safe in our cabin I realised that there were no batteries so he came and sorted it straight away. We also met our new guide, Rania, who will be with us all week. We then met ...
... Khartoum. He failed in his attempt, and as a tribute, planted all the trees. Then there were the vendors who arrive by boat and literally take their lives in their hands paddling right up to the large boats entering the lock at Edfu. Using make-shift planks as oars tied to the sides of their little rowing boats with thin rope. The boats laden with all sorts of
tourist tut. “Hello... Hello Mister,” they shout as they unfurl a towel spreading their ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSofitel Winter Palace Luxor
Hotel prestigieux , superbe exemplke d" architecture Victorienne qui propose des chambres elegantes avec vue d' ensemble sur la rive du
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
Mythic place, amazing garden
Loved the special charm of this hotel. A bit faded it's true but that really sends you back in time.
Staff we though were very helpful and polite, in pure old English style. We even got upgraded in a room with view on the Nile by just asking.
Having the sunset tea on the front terrace is a real experience. Garden is absolutely incredible. Breakfast is complete and of good quality. Our room was a bit small though.
A great experience
you must stay here if you go to luxor but needs to be in the old wing
its more expensice but worth it
its a bit faded glory but that adds to its charm
this is no "boxed hilton"
get a nile view room though garden rooms are nice and have lunch round the pool and dinner in the restaurant in the evening
incredably reasonable not the best food but the whole experiance is very agatha cristy
have been 3 times and loved it more each time
Stayed there during July 2005, No bell boy to pickup our Luggage (We had to carry it trough the stairs that lead you to the lobby.
Belong to Sofitel brand ?
Very centraly position in Luxor overlooking the Nile...
Quite a good feeling upon arrival in the lobby... but when we saw the bedroom, ( new winter palace ) we ask ourselves if we where in a Sofitel !
Old and dusty, noisy, the bedroom seemed to belong to a old 70' two stars european hotel !
We immediately asked to move to the "pavillon wing" among the very beautyfull garden: it is a new 3 stars building, annex of the the New winter palace. More confortable, but still under sofitel standarts.
Wonderfull swimming pool (water at 29°) but there, staff not very pleasant...
Very good buffet breakfast, but service still pretty poor...
Not really a good adresse...
I loved the old winter palace. My girlfriend and I stayed at the main building on the 2nd or 3rd floor. The room was really nice with a big bathroom, big tub and an excellent shower. Our room had a balcony facing the garden. We spent our New Year eve sitting out on the balcony drinking champagne with chocolates and strawberries. The only bad thing I can think of was paying US$100 per person for the New Years gala party. It was mandatory. You have to pay even if you don't want to go. Make sure you book the old winter palace and not the new winter palace. The same when you are in Aswan.
Stayed at the Winter Palace - Garden Wing in December 04 - and after visiting Luxor once before and dining out in many of the Luxor hotels - this it most definately the nicer hotel of them all. The room in the Garden wing was lovely, very clean, nice bathroom and good view over the gardens. The pool area is very peaceful and relaxing, you can forget that you are right in the centre of Luxor. The service at this hotel is out of this world. The hotel is very central and within very easy walking distance of Luxor temple. There is so much to see and do - I would not advise booking trips via the reps as they are a rip off - for example first time in Luxor we paid £36 each to go to Valley of The Kings and other sights on the west bank, but this time we risked hiring an Egyptian taxi driver for £7 and he took us to all the sights at half the cost! This was also a better experience as he took us off the beaten track and we got to see the way of life for Egytians in Luxor. The Egyptian are very friendly and will treat you like a king/queen. The weather in December is ideal - 28 degrees during the day, however the sun sets early @ 5.30pm and the nights can be chilly - and we needed to wear jeans and a sweater in the evenings. However we have also been to Luxor during July - big mistake with temperatures going upto 48 degrees, this made it impossible to go out of the hotel after 1pm and the nights can also be very warm. You will not be dissapointed if you stay at the Winter Palace!
A grand old Lady...
The central hotel position is Luxor is very convenient.
Great views on the Nile. Having a drink outside at sunset is magical.
Restaurants are good, so is the buffet breakfast.
The atmosphere is magical: we're back to the 19th century.
Service is good and efficient.
Some drawbacks (linked with age, i'm afraid...) : rooms can be very nice. We got a very large one last time (thanks to our local guide who negotiated for us !!!)
Prefer rooms on the garden (they are quieter than the Nile view ones).
Some need refurbishment. That's obvious. Insulation between rooms is not wonderful either.
The park and swimming-pool are wonderful.
When we go back to Luxor, I think we still stick to this hotel.
This hotel is definitely beyond its sell buy date. . The "Old Winter Palace" has large rooms but is tired and in our view, comapred to the other hotels we stayed in during our recent trip (Oberoi and Intercontinental), is poorely maintained (stained carpets and chipped furnishings) and noisy. The "New Winter Palace" is cheaper but so it should be. In all aspects it is need of huge investment to bring its rooms up to standard and also had the same poor standards of housekeeping. Only the "Pavilion" a reletively new building overlooking the gardens, where we took a suite after a noisy uncomfortable night in the "Old" building was acceptable at a basic level. In frustation we looked at the Mercure Hotel in Luxor which is Accor's lower brand and found it superior in the quality of its rooms and its houskeeping.Accor need to consider the impact of the Winter Palace on their Sofitel Brand.
Quality hotel in great location
We had heard mixed reports about Luxor and the New Winter Palace Hotel - we stayed over New Year for a week with our teenage daughter. We were very pleasantly surprised - hotel is excellent European standard - especially the Pavillion wing which is modern and very well appointed. Pool is large, well organised for sunbeds etc and very clean, situated in delightful and extensive tropical gardens. Staff could not be friendlier or more helpful. Hotel is French owned and it shows in the food - superb bread and pastries! Other food was excellent too. Location is best in Luxor - right on Corniche - you can walk almost everywhere. Hotel seems fine for women unaccompanied -security is good - there were several resident at the time and all recommended it. We will definitely go back!
Wow! What a fantastic place! It`s like staying in a stately home and is so luxurious. I`ve stayed here twice before and I`m going back again next year. It has got to be one of my favourite places on this planet! The staff are all so helpful and polite and although the surroundings are so grand you are made to feel right at home. The food in both of the restaurants in the Old Wing is wonderful. The only trouble is you need to go on a diet when you get home!!