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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