Old Cataract Hotel (11/13)

Old Cataract Hotel

The ornate facade and lush gardens surrounding this old-timer hotel are one of Aswan’s major river bank landmarks and impossible to miss if you’re taking a sightseeing sailing trip around Aswan aboard a felucca. The hotel’s biggest claim to fame is that Agatha Christie wrote part of Death on the Nile while staying here, and the hotel also featured in the movie based on the novel. 

If you want to do an “Agatha” but don’t have the money to stay here, the hotel’s terrace is the de rigueur place to have high-tea in town. Drinking tea while feasting on a very English selection of scones and sandwiches, and basking in the stunning views across the Nile to Elephantine Island and the sand dunes of the West Bank beyond, is about as close as you’ll get to the great lady herself.


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