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Get to know the Winter Palace Hotel, a resort for stars and world leaders

Get to know the Winter Palace Hotel, a resort for stars and world leaders

The Winter Palace, the most famous historical building in Luxor, was established in 1886 to provide a place for the royal family and nobles in Egypt, and at the beginning of the twentieth century it was transformed into a hotel and received tourists from around the world. The walls of the Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor witnessed the residence of a number of world leaders and celebrities, and Agatha Christie wrote her famous story, Crime Ali The banks of the Nile during its stay there, the hotel witnessed important events in the history of Egypt.

Get to know the Winter Palace Hotel, a resort for stars and world leaders


The Winter Palace Hotel is a 5-star hotel and resort, and it is one of the oldest, most famous and luxurious hotels in Egypt. The construction and operation of Thomas Cook was supervised by the Thomas Cook Company, where it was chosen as a special place on the eastern bank of the Nile in Luxor Governorate, where it is located, close to the Luxor Temple, where it is only 100 meters away.


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The hotel was set up to house the royal family


The aim of this new construction was not to provide comfortable accommodation for tourists, but rather to provide a place for the royal family in Egypt and the nobility, and this may explain the name, which in Arabic means "the winter palace", as the hotel in its beginnings was nothing but a palace used by the Khedive of Egypt and the ruling family as a resort in which they enjoy the sun The warmest in the winters.


With the beginning of the twentieth century, it began to receive tourists, due to its Victorian style, and the hotel has 86 rooms and 6 suites, in addition to its distinguished location, where you can see the western mainland, as its location directly faces the Nile.


Historic events in the Winter Palace Hotel


The walls of the hotel witnessed many historical events. The hotel lobby witnessed the beginning of the events of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and on the hotel ladder Howard Carter announced the discovery of the tomb in 1922, and before that Lord Carnarvon had financed Carter’s mission in Luxor from the semi-permanent residents of the hotel since 1914. Until 1922, Carter and his English financier accepted, and Empress Eugenie, Empress of France, stayed there when she visited Egypt during the celebrations of the opening of the Suez Canal.


The hotel's dining hall witnessed Farouk and Farida's separation


The royal dining hall at the Winter Palace Hotel was a witness to the beginning of the tense relationship between King Farouk and Queen Farida, which led to their separation, and he has his own royal suite and still exists until now bearing his name.


Famous people of Egypt and the world stayed at the Winter Palace Hotel


The English Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the writer Agatha Christie, who was inspired by the magic of Luxor and the splendor of Aswan, the events of her famous novel "Death on the banks of the Nile", King Juan Carlos of Spain, Yugoslav leader Joseph Tito, Indian leader Jawaharlal Nehru, and Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella stayed at the hotel. The famous US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and James Baker, Albert I of Belgium and his wife Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, who visited the hotel several times, the French President George Clemenceau, Prince Charles, Crown Prince of Britain, and the Egyptian writer Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, who said in the introduction to his well-known book "Life Muhammad, "He derived the idea of ​​the book from the calm and psychological stability that the place provides, 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.


Sadat receives Kissinger at the Winter Palace Hotel


The hotel hosted some sessions to improve Egyptian-American relations between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1974, and the hotel was the last witness to the last leisure trips for the Shah of Iran and his wife before the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1977.


Stars of art and the world between the arms of the Winter Palace Hotel


As for the most famous movie stars who stayed in it, Jane Fonda and Omar Sharif, and it is interesting that the entrance to the hotel witnessed the sale of water paintings by Egyptologist Howard Carter, 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 Tut Ankh Amoun; In front of the hotel entrance stood a poor salesman who was fired, and after 15 years, a famous scientist entered him. The world gathered around him and his discovery.

Get to know the Winter Palace Hotel, a resort for stars and world leaders

Get to know the Winter Palace Hotel, a resort for stars and world leaders

Get to know the Winter Palace Hotel, a resort for stars and world leaders

Get to know the Winter Palace Hotel, a resort for stars and world leaders

Get to know the Winter Palace Hotel, a resort for stars and world leaders

Get to know the Winter Palace Hotel, a resort for stars and world leaders


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