Egypt has some fabulous historic hotels. The picture is of a fantastic book which tells the story of these amazing hostelries in their heyday. But they’re still fantastic places to stay for those travelling to Egypt.
Three of these great historic hotels in particular stand out to me. They have each provided settings for some key scenes in my adventure/mystery fiction series following Meredith Pink’s Adventures in Egypt. These three hotels also benefit from being located in the some of the best cities, north, middle and south in Egypt, great for any traveller wishing to do a grand Egyptian tour.
I’m lucky enough to have stayed in all three. So I thought I’d share some images of these three historic Egyptian Grande Dames. The pictures may bring back memories for some of you. If you’ve never been to Egypt but you’ve read my books then hopefully they’ll help bring some of the settings to life. And if you have Egypt on your bucket list, might I encourage you to consider putting these on your list of accommodation options ?
I have to start with the wonderful Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor. As so many of my novels are set in Luxor, I’ve used this beautiful Victorian hotel for key scenes in a number of my books. Merry and Adam contrive to spend a night there in Carter’s Conundrums (book 1), and the hotel is central to a number of key scenes in Farouk’s Fancies (book 4).
The Winter Palace is a historic British colonial-era 5-star luxury resort hotel located on the banks of Corniche in Luxor overlooking the Nile. It has fabulous views from the rooms at the front of the hotel across to the Theban Hills on the West Bank. Great for watching the sunset. At the back, extensive botanical-like gardens lead to a large pool, with a terrace bar and restaurant.
Next is the fabulous Mena House hotel in Cairo, situated right at the foot of the Giza pyramid plateau, literally a short walk to the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. My characters stay at the Mena House while riddling their way through a set of clues in Carter’s Conundrums (book 1). They also enjoy the hotel’s lavish hospitality during the uprisings surrounding the ousting of President Morsi in Akhenaten’s Alibi (book 5)
Originally a Khedive hunting lodge in 1869, it opened as a hotel in 1886 and was the first Egyptian hotel to boast a swimming pool which opened in 1890. It was also the first hotel with a golf course, literally built in the desert at the foot of the pyramids. Golfers can still play a round there today.
And last but by no means least is the stylish Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. While my characters have never actually booked in for the night, they’ve enjoyed lunch on the hotel’s famous terrace with its stunning view of the Nile and Elephantine Island in Hatshepsut’s Hideaway (book 3)
The Old Cataract was built in 1899 by Thomas Cook for European travellers to Egypt. Built on a granite buff overlooking the Nile, it still has its original restaurant showing fabulous Moorish architectural design.
I hope these photographs have given you a flavour of the wonderful welcome that awaits visitors at these great Egyptian hotels. And that they’ve brought to life some of the settings for my books.
Fiona Deal, Author of Meredith Pink’s Adventures in Egypt, all available on Amazon. To join Merry on her adventures please click on each picture for the link.