Cataract Hotel, Aswan

Cataract Hotel, AswanThe Cataract Hotel is a historic luxury hotel perched atop a granite hill on the banks of the Nile River in Assouan (Aswan). It was built in 1899 by Thomas Cook to house travelers. Among them: Czar Nicholas II, Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie (part of the novel Death on the Nile happened in the hotel) or François Mitterrand. It took its name from the rivers First Cataract at the northern border of Nubia. It was renamed Old Cataract Hotel in 1961 after the construction of a new wing named New Cataract.
Ad, Egyptian Gazette (11/12/1899): “Every modern comfort. Large and small apartment rooms, library, billiard room etc. … fireplaces in hall, salons and the main rooms. Electrical lights running all night. Perfect sanitary arrangements approved by the authorities. Can accommodate 60 visitors.
The Cataract Hotel label displays a shadow picture of the Philae temple of Isis on Lake Nasser.

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