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Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor


The iconic Winter Palace in Luxor is where Howard Carter, the great Egyptologist, was staying at the time of his discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen and its magnificent treasures. Built in 1886 to attract the nobility of Europe, the Winter Palace is continental English in atmosphere – an oasis of Victorian charm.   This opulent hotel blends rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times. In this 19th-century palace, once a winter retreat for the Egyptian royal family, Agatha Christie wrote her famed 1937 novel Death on the Nile.  Illustrious dignitaries – from presidents and politicians to artists and celebrities – have stayed in this hotel’s sumptuous suites overlooking the Valley of the Kings.   Archaeologist Howard Carter, discoverer of Tutankhamen’s tomb, wandered the gardens of the hotel almost a century ago.  Each guest room is different, with high ceilings, beautiful fixtures, as well as all the modern amenities and comforts such as air conditioning, mini-bar, telephone and satellite TV and hairdryers. Along the hall, one will see boxed exhibitions of old clothing and other turn of the century artifacts. The great lobby is subdued, with detailed ironworks and grand chandelier. Winter Palace also is home to one of the best known restaurants in Egypt, the “1886”,  well known for its elegant dining.  Exquisite gardens, a refreshing swimming pool and superior service add to the charm of this most romantic, yet convenient hotel within walking distance of the temples of Luxor and Karnak and a 30 minute ride from the Valley of the Kings.

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