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Grab A Drinky-Poo On The Terrace Of The Old Cataract Hotel In Aswan, Egypt

July 15th, 2007 · No Comments

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As a non-guest, it may cost you an entrance fee of 85LE, but you’ve traveled all the way up the Nile to get to Aswan and you’re a doorway away from the terrace made famous in Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. Are you really going to balk at the cost? Plus, you can unruffled your feathers a bit because the fee counts against any drinks you order.

And the Old Cataract Hotel’s Terrace is a lovely place to sip fine spirits as you watch feluccas sail by and listen to the musicians that play daily near around sunset.

It is not, however, a place to get the same pampered high-tea service Bette Davis or Mia Farrow probably enjoyed 30 years ago. You can certainly get high-tea, but the staff seem quite weary from all the gaggling tourists waddling in for a gander. I suppose you can’t blame them, but then again, for 85LE, I will blame them because in comparison to most other hard-working Egyptians, these people probably live on a fairly fine salary.
Pursed lips aside, the palm-kissed breezes and people-watching opportunities make for a delightful end to the day. If you’re looking for company, sit in the middle of the terrace on one of the couches. We had a revolving door of interesting couples sitting across from us, which helped pass the time quite nicely.

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Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel
Entrance fee for the Terrace: 85LE (about $15)
I didn’t stay in the hotel, but it looks like prices are around $160

Hotel bookers, beware! The NEW Cataract Hotel is a hideous eyesore next door built by the Russians in 1963 supposedly as an “elegant extension” of the Old Cataract. If you like cinderblocks then you may indeed find it elegant.

Tags: Egypt · Food and Drink

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