Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor .. Palace of the great
It is the greatest and most famous buildings in Luxor and its hotels at all. It contained between its sides, its rooms, and the most famous flags and names of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries under its roof.
The hotel opened in 1886 and was built by the English engineer G Crusoe, supervised by the international company Thomas Cook, and built in the Victorian style. This was the first hotel built by Thomas Cook anywhere in the world.
The walls of the hotel were witness to many historical events, narrating them with precision and clarity, for the hotel lobby was a witness to the beginning of the events of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and the royal dining hall narrated the beginning of the tense relationship between King Farouk and Queen Farida, which led to their separation, and his corridors and halls about The hadiths of famous people such as the famous Egyptologist and discoverer of Tutankhamun’s tomb; Egyptologist / Howard Carter, King Farouk, whose wing is named after him, the English Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie, who was inspired by the magic of Luxor and the splendor of Aswan, the events of her famous novel “A Crime on the Nile”, King Juan Carlos, the Shah of Iran, and the Yugoslav leader Joseph Tito, And the Indian leader Jawaharlal Nehru, the Algerian President Ahmed bin Bella, the famous US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and James Baker, the millionaire Karna Von who financed the excavation missions for the tomb of King Tutankhamun, and the Egyptian writer Muhammad Hussein Heikal, who said in the introduction to his well-known book “The Life of Muhammad” that he The idea of ​​the book was derived from the calm and psychological stability provided by the place, in addition to the fact that the hotel was the reception center for all the rulers of the Muhammad Ali family and all the presidents of the Arab Republic of Egypt until now.
The hotel was also a witness to many historical and political events, and it commemorated some anecdotes and sad memories. In 1922, the Egyptologist “Howard Carter” stood on the stairs of the hotel to announce his discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The hotel hosted some sessions to improve Egyptian-American relations between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1974. Egyptologist Howard Carter for water paintings and as a tour guide after he was fired from his work in the Antiquities Authority before entering the hotel as the most famous star in the world of archaeological discoveries, by discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamun; In front of the hotel, entrance stood a poor salesman who was fired from his work to enter him after 15 years, a famous scientist who wrapped the world around him and his discovery.
The Winter Palace Hotel remains a witness and narrator of events and situations that may be distorted or changed by history books, but the hotel preserved them among its walls and narrated them for all generations in all languages ​​to this day; The hotel offers 92 luxurious rooms and suites for its guests.