The Sofitel Winter Palace is a five‑star luxury hotel built in 1886 by British explorers and sits perched on the River Nile amid luxuriant tropical gardens and ancient temples. This opulent Luxor hotel blends rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times. The 19th‑century palace was the winter retreat for the Egyptian Royal Family and the location where Agatha Christie wrote her famed 1937 novel Death on the Nile. In the crystal‑lit Victorian Lounge savor afternoon tea with decadent pastries and delicate sandwiches and in the historic 1886 restaurant enjoy fine‑dine with gourmet French cuisine.