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A Blast From the Past: CNN Is Raving Over Egypt’s Oldest Hotels

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A Blast From the Past: CNN Is Raving Over Egypt’s Oldest Hotels
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    More than a few times in your life, you’ll have heard the saying “old is gold”.  Recently, CNN published an article celebrating Egypt’s most historic hotels:

    Marriott Mena House, Giza

    With its very own unique, rich, and colourful history, the Mena House Hotel is one of the most unrivalled hotels in Egypt. Indeed, the hotel has hosted several emperors, kings, queens, authors, and presidents.

    Sofitel Winter Palace, Luxor

    The palace has a history of hosting celebrities and royalty throughout its years. The hotel houses stunning Victorian architecture with vintage interior designs, featuring grand staircases, lounge area, and high ceilings, as well as beautiful floral arrangements and antique furniture.

    Steigenberger Cecil Hotel, Alexandria

    A true Alexandrian landmark, the hotel’s rooms are all elegantly painted in red and cream, with some offering mesmerising views of the Mediterranean Sea, while others overlook a beautiful garden.

    Windsor Hotel, Cairo

    Not only does this hotel have a spectacular roof terrace that offers a sunny escape from the hustle of downtown Cairo, it also looks like a set of a 1930s movie, especially its very unique vintage front desk.

    Auberge, Faiyum

    Constructed originally to be a lakefront retreat and hunting lodge for Egypt’s King Farouk, the Auberge features one of the best full-service spas and lotus-flower-shaped lakeside swimming pool. Recently revamped by Danish-Egyptian Helnan Hotels, the hotel was built back in 1937 right in the heart of Faiyum Oasis.

    Sofitel Old Cataract, Aswan

    Step into a world of wonder in a majestic hotel that sits on a pink granite cliff overlooking the Nile River, opposite Elephantine Island. No one can deny the ravishing guest list of dignitaries and royals who have been visiting this ideal gateway since the old days.

    Villa Belle Époque, Cairo

    Situated in the middle of Maadi lies Villa Belle Époque, allowing visitors to relive the elegance and comfort of a bygone era. The Époque villa was built back in the 1920s.

    Paradise Inn Windsor Palace, Alexandria

    Built in 1906, the Windsor Palace is the oldest hotel in Alexandria. The hotel sits on the waterfront of the Qaitbay Citadel bay, and the Mediterranean Sea. The place is named after the American John Windsor: an aristocrat and a leading capitalist. Every single room is an incomparable trip back in time.