Discover Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor, a luxury hotel built in 1886 by British explorers. Perched on the Nile River amid luxuriant tropical gardens and ancient temples, the 19th-century palace was once a winter retreat for the Egyptian royal family, and Agatha Christie wrote her famed 1937 novel Death on the Nile at the property. This opulent Luxor hotel blends rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times. Illustrious dignitaries - from presidents and politicians to artists and celebrities - have stayed in this Luxor hotel’s sumptuous suites overlooking the Valley of the Kings. In the crystal-lit Victorian Lounge savor afternoon tea with decadent pastries and delicate sandwiches. In the historic 1886 restaurant fine-dine on gourmet French cuisine. Relax by the pool or venture out to explore Luxor Temple or peruse Luxor's bustling market steps away.