The Experience


Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel

A luxury hotel in ASWAN, EGYPT

Enter the world of legendary people and stories. Indulge in the authentic legend and luxury personalized hospitality of Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan. The hotel is built in the Nubian desert on the banks of the Nile, opposite Elephantine island, majestically positioned on a shelf of pink granite overlooking 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 hotel offers 2 different luxury experiences in which heritage is preserved in the Palace, 76 rooms and suites while contemporary elegance is lavishly designed in the Nile, 62 rooms and suites.


At Sofitel, we have transformed conviviality and comfort into an art form. Our restaurants and bars provide the perfect setting for relaxing and socializing and offer refined French cuisine with the latest in fusion dishes from around the world.

Palms – A dazzling venue to count the glimmering sparkles of the Nile, whilst enjoying this pool bar and grill. It is the perfect setting for an inspirational meditation with a refreshing light tone items, served to your preference.  Type of cuisine – International

1902 – The signature restaurant of the Old Cataract has marked the art of gastronomic taste for 12 decades. With its gourmet nouvelle cuisine, this venue creates a spectacular ambiance for its guests, along with a sommelier for wine service.  Type of cuisine – Gourmet

Fouad’s Corner – A private dining venue for discerning guests, where King Fouad entertained royalty and dignitaries. Strategically located on the edge of the granite slab with a panoramic view of the Nile.  Type of cuisine – Barbecue

Saraya – Dine all day and roam the Mediterranean port by fork at Al Saraya restaurant. Featuring an exquisite and mouthwatering selection of the Mediterranean’s finest culinary arts, presented through a specially-designed a’ la carte menu.  Type of cuisine – Mediterranean

The Oriental Kebabgy – The gem of the Nile, offering Levant cuisine, featuring delicacies from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and South Turkey positioned to become a premier dining venue with its superb terrace overlooking the Nile.  Type of cuisine – Regional

Room Service – 24 hours, hot & cold dishes


Promenade – The city gets more glamorous, with an afternoon walk alongside the riverbank while gazing at Elephantine Island. Relish the world renowned destination by witnessing the eternal glory of history with a flavorsome beverage or HighTea.

The Bar – Makes the night hard to define, either with malt whisky or just wine! It is a mood lifting spot for chatty friends or a romantic couple to enjoy a breezy night down the land of mysticism.

The Terrace – Where the sunset watching rituals are profoundly cherished and complimented with a unique view topping Upper Egypt. The Victorian-inspired venue features wide range of palatable snacks and cocktails throughout the day and High Tea in the afternoon.

Yasmin – For health conscious guests, the Juice Bar & Lounge bounds for balancing the natural assets of healthy nutrition into scrumptious salads and mocktails. It is an ideal energy-boosting meal post spa or workout session, or simply a pre dinner aperitif.

Meetings & Events

Unique meeting rooms are located either at the Nile or at the Old Palace,can accommodate up to 50 guests with luxury sofitel “inspired meetings” concept. Food and Beverage packages tailored to meet all requirements.

Spa & Relaxation

So Spa offers rejuvenating traditions from around the world where our skilled therapists create an exhilarating spa experience. So Spa also includes an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, hammam and gymnasium.


Historic monument  – Philae Temple-5.00 km, Tombs of Nobles: 2.00 km, Unfinished Obelisk: 1.00 km

Special tourist area – Elephantine Island: 1.00 km, Kalabsha Temple: 10.00 km, Nubian Museum: 50.00 km

Parks and Leisure – Kitchener’s Island, High Dam & Lake:  20.00 km

From your private terrace at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, watch feluccas as they sail past Elephantine Island. Nearly all of the 138 rooms and suites offer Nile views; choose from the original Byzantine-style historical Palace or the lavishly contemporary Nile Wing. Regally perched atop a pink-granite shelf, this Victorian-era hotel has been extensively renovated with French and Middle Eastern decor while still maintaining its period grandeur. Choose from eight restaurants and bars, including the signature 1902 restaurant, serving nouvelle cuisine under a 65-foot dome. The new So SPA is a wellness temple in the heart of Nubia. Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay
    • (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • 4:00 pm guaranteed late check-out
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