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at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

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Pool review highlights
... the food is delicious, very good location overlooking the nile , the swimming pool is suitable to use all-over the year
... Sayed in the terrace restaurant.. Thank you Hussein in the pool area...All the staff are so friendly, very polite and always...
... Mr Ayman on the Terrace, Mr. Hedra at the bar, and all the pool men whose names I am ever so sorry forgot to write down...
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Hi, are the facilities in the spa area (indoor pool etc) free for hotel guests or is there a cost?
Answer from Chandra
Sep 2019 |
The facilities are free to use but the treatments are charged separately.

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Amr Elfeky wrote a review Feb 2021
Cairo2 contributions1 helpful vote
It's a great hotel to spend your holiday in Aswan luxury and prestigious rooms, very friendly staff, the food is delicious, very good location overlooking the nile , the swimming pool is suitable to use all-over the year
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Mahmoud Fathy, Guest Services / Front Office at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Valued Guest Bonjour Thank you very much for sharing this great review of your recent stay at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan. We are thrilled that you have enjoyed your stay and certainly agree that our dedicated staff plays a key role to our guests' overall experience. The entire team works very hard to ensure that we deliver a high standard of service and a warm, memorable experience.  We are also very pleased to read your complete satisfaction with the comfort of the room we accommodated you in and are grateful for your highlight on the beauty of our accommodations aimed at guaranteeing a memorable stay in our hotel. Once more we thank you for choosing our hotel for your holiday and very much look forward to having the opportunity to welcome you again in the future. Warm regards, Mahmoud Fathy Guest Experience Manager
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Dr.Radwa Sameh wrote a review Feb 2021
Alexandria, Egypt7 contributions10 helpful votes
Thank you for everything.... ❤️
what a spectacular experience.... luxurious hotel in every single detail, very elegant hospitality..
Thank you Mrs. Hanan Gaber head of reservation department for her quick response for any problem facing us.. thank you Mr. Hossam Ahmed .. very professional and so decent.. thank you for the lovely room .. thank you Mostafa and Sayed in the terrace restaurant.. Thank you Hussein in the pool area...All the staff are so friendly, very polite and always smiling..
Thank you Old Cataract management..
Dr. Radwa
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Mahmoud Fathy, Guest Services / Front Office at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Valued Guest Bonjour The team at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan are so incredibly proud to read your review. We are so thankful for you taking the time out of your day to provide our team with this exceptional feedback. We are incredibly lucky to have such talented, passionate, eager and engaging team members throughout the Hotel. Thank you once again for your truly wonderful review! The entire team look forward to welcoming you back to your home again soon for another magnifique stay. Until then, wishing you only the best, joy & happiness. Warm regards, Mahmoud Fathy Guest Experience Manager
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FrederickWentworth wrote a review Jan 2021
Rouen, France793 contributions192 helpful votes
We spent 9 days (Dec. 26-Jan. 4) in this perfect place and they were just as marvellous as the preceding years. The glorious Egyptian sun, the sublime view over the Nile, the gorgeous building are a delight comparable to none. The staff were as pleasant as they always were but Mr Ayman on the Terrace, Mr. Hedra at the bar, and all the pool men whose names I am ever so sorry forgot to write down deserve very special compliments for their kindness and devotion to their guests' comfort. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Shawer, the General Manager, when we were interviewed by a French journalist and we complimented him on the superb job both he and his assistants do. Our only problem was with the cuisine which could definitely be improved (the NYE dinner was just terrible even though the last minute decisions concerning Covid-19 precautions probably had a part in the disaster). I am sure things will have improved when we return as we definitely shall--not soon enough unfortunately.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Room Tip: We have stayed in both buildings in the past, both have their advantages but what matters most is...
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Response from Mahmoud Fathy, Guest Services / Front Office at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Valued Guest Bonjour Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent holiday experience among us, our main goal being to ensure we keep on delivering unforgettable holiday experiences to our guests, your comments are crucial in this process therefore we highly value your time and constructive critics. We always find it nice to read that our guests went home with great holiday memories and we are very grateful for the time and effort you spent to share your personal experience at our Sofitel Legend Old Cataract hotel with us and Tripadvisor readers. Thank you for referencing so many of our team members by name , as we are now able to reach out to them individually and let them know how they made such a positive impact on your stay. We were most concerned to read your remarks on the cuisine quality you experienced whilst staying among us, mostly because your comments do not reflect the usual standard of service we strive to ensure for our guests, nevertheless please rest assured that your review will be shared with our Executive Chef for information and further revision. Again we thank you for this very kind review of our hotel and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Best Regards Mahmoud Fathy Guest Experience Manager
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vladkhim wrote a review Jan 2021
Moscow18 contributions37 helpful votes
We decided to spend 10 days in Old Cataract in Jan 2021 and enjoyed every single minute. First time I stayed in this hotel was in 1995 and I must say the hotel has managed to sustain very high level of service since then.
Chose Nile view rooms and you would not need to switch Travel chanel on TV because your window view will be 10 times better). We stayed in both Palace wing and in contemporary building and it is hard to say which one is better. Room in Palace had that historic smell of the place while room in the new buidling on upper floor had amazing terrace. Both with amazing views. Staff was very friendly, also many thanks to our concierge Sarwath who helped us to get railway tickets to/back from Luxor. Food is good - try lamb and seabass. Intnl wine was rediculously overpriced, so we decided to try local ones.
You can get fellucas down the stairs to have a nice Nile trip and we used it couple of times renting the boat for few hours. The hotel is perfect to plan your one day trip to Abu Simbel and is close to Philae island.
Nice heated open air swimming pool.
Old Cataract is in my top 10 favourite hotels.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Valued Guest Bonjour Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with such wonderful feedback. It truly is heart-warming to read of our valued guests stays and how our passionate team create memorable moments for them. Tharwat is so grateful as well for your kind feedback. The entire team are exerting every effort to make every valued guest enjoy his stay at our hotel. We look forward to welcoming you back to Sofitel legend Old Cataract Aswan again soon for another unique experience with us! Warm regards, Mahmoud Fathy Guest Experience Manager
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Philippe H wrote a review Dec 2020
Belgium26 contributions8 helpful votes
Just wanted to add my 2 cents to the numerous rave reviews that repeat the same things about the Old Cataract Hotel, It's a marvelous place, architecturally beautiful, with incredible views on the First Cataract - about 50 meters from the south tip of Elephantine island and its beautiful ruins.
My wife and I had the opportunity to stay there four times, twice during the summer and once in December 2020. Hence we were able to experience two faces of the hotel:
* when there are few tourists, there's an intimate and exclusive feeling - some amenities are closed (like the Oriental restaurant - but most, if not all, of their dishes are then available at the Terrace - another restaurant inside the palace). Service is discreet, prompt and efficient.
* when the hotel is almost full, it never seems crowded. All amenities are open: the breakfast buffet is simply fabulous (both in quality and diversity), the view and decorum of the Oriental restaurant are amazing.

The Old Cataract hotel is a historical palace, but with modern-day comfort: in the summer, the air conditioning is very quiet incredibly efficient (and given the size of the suites, this is no minor feat !). Bathrooms are impressive - with modern showers AND bathtubs that can easily accomodate two persons. Toilets are separate. We always chose ones in the old Palace with Nile views - and balconies and terraces there are a great place to have a snack, a drink or a smoke watching the feluccas (and other more festive boats) on the Nile... but I'm sure garden view terraces are nice too, since the streetside gardens are amazingly well kept. (The last time we went, their Christmas decorations were absolutely superb).

The pool and pool bar are great, allowing you to spend a lazy day by the pool enjoying the view

But it certainly is not a posh and stilted place : the staff is very friendly (and there are adorable cats roaming around the gardens).

The 1902 restaurant makes great fine dining - with the proper decorum in its impressive architecture. French cuisine is quite convincing (it may have been criticized as not Michelin-starred material - possibly, but by my standards it's an excellent restaurant with product quality that would not be out-of-place in Paris).

The bar inside the palace is cosy and intimate. Interior decoration and furniture are amazing.

Considering all that, prices are very reasonable (except maybe for cocktails - but those are simply delicious !).

My wife and I really fell in love with that hotel and will try to come back as often as we can...
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Responded 31 Dec 2020
Dear Valued Guest Bonjour Thank you very much for sharing this Heartwarming review of your recent stay at Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan. We are thrilled that you have enjoyed your stay and certainly agree that our dedicated staff plays a key role to our guests' overall experience. The entire team works very hard to ensure that we deliver a high standard of service and a warm, memorable experience. We always find it nice to read that our guests went home with great holiday memories and we are very grateful for the time and effort you spent to share your personal experience at our hotel with us and Tripadvisor readers. Once more we thank you for choosing our hotel for your holiday and very much look forward to having the opportunity to welcome you again in the future. Warm Regards Mahmoud Fathy Guest Experience Manager  
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Questions & answers about the pool

Deltasmelta asked a question Aug 2019
Sydney, Australia659 contributions190 helpful votes
Hi, are the facilities in the spa area (indoor pool etc) free for hotel guests or is there a cost?
Answer from Chandra
Sep 2019 |
The facilities are free to use but the treatments are charged separately.
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Answer from Nitesh P
Mar 2018 |
I don’t know if pool is accessible for outsiders but if you use terrace for tea, drinks or snacks I suppose you can negotiate with the staff to have it at pool.They are really very helpful and go extra mile to provide services. I really had good experience with all of them.
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Pacha50 asked a question Oct 2016
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates218 contributions46 helpful votes
hello, is the swimming pool heated in winter?
Answer from Hicham R
Nov 2016 |
Don't know if it's heated or not but the weather in November is good to the extent that you can have a swim in the pool even if it's not heated
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Answer from Julie E
Feb 2016 |
I didn't find the pool was over shadowed at all by the new wing of the hotel. The gardens were beautiful. There was plenty of sunshine around the pool but shady areas under trees if required . It was VERY hot!
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