Sofitel Legend Old Cataract

The Sofitel Old Cataract is perched on a shelf of pink granite, overlooking the Nile, with wonderful views towards Elephantine island and the beginnings of the Western Desert beyond.

Behind the Victorian façade of this 19th century palace are many original features, from the polished marble floor of the historic lobby and high, classic Islamic arches. Rooms and suites are split between the Old Palace Wing where heritage and character is the focus or contemporary elegance in the Nile Wing. Rooms offer a choice of garden or Nile view and some have a balcony or terrace. Facilities include a Spa plus an indoor and outdoor pool.

why we like sofitel legend old cataract

This historic building has a wonderful location on the edge of the Nile which really does make the most of the views. Aswan is such a pretty town that it would be easy to spend days here just relaxing by the pool and soaking up those views.


  • Adult only indoor heated pool
  • Outdoor infinity swimming pools
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Hammam and jacuzzi
  • Choice of bars and restaurants
  • Kids club
  • Babysitting


Aswan is home to sites including the Temple of Philae and the High Damn as well as a wonderful Nubian history which can be explored at the Nubian Museum or by visiting one of the small Nubian villages. The town also has a nice souq and one of the nicest ways to experience the Nile is on a small traditional sailing boat known as a felucca. The Old Cataract can arrange breakfast or sunset cruises on request.


Sofitel Old Cataract is located approximately a 30-minute drive from Aswan airport.

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