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Winter Palace

With the opening of the Luxor Hotel in 1886/7 the nobility of Europe arrived at Luxor to visit the nearby Valley of the Kings. 20 years later the Winter Palace - under the same management company - was opened.
"One is immediately struck by the Victorian flavour of the place." a visitor is reported to have said.
Over the years it has played host to leading politicians, actors and writers on a regular basis. In fact, the ultimate privilege - so it was said - was to have had one's own yacht moored along the quayside, opposite the Winter Palace.(see: History)

HISTORY IN BRIEF:


1907: The hotel opened, built in typical British colonial style. The hotel soon became famous for its New Year Eve celebrations with its masked and costumed balls.

1922: It was on the notice board at Winter Palace that Howard Carter first announced the discovery of the tomb of Tutankamon. The great Egyptologist was a regular guest here. He frequented The Old Winter Palace until his death and could often be spotted in self imposed isolation in the hotel's garden.

more information: see history files 2010/2834 at famoushotels/archives (186 pages Report of An Orient Traveller, Luxor, 12 Years at the Winter Palace; 28 b/w photographs, 12 portraits of famous contemporary guests)

Among the guests to have graced the hotel over the years: From the World of Politics King Farouk King Fouad The Agha Khan Empress Eugenie of France King Juan Carlos of Spain Prince Charles Sir Winston Churchill Field Marshal Montgomery Giscard d'Estang President Gamal Abd el Nasser President Anwar El Sadat President Hosny Moubarak President Jimmy Carter Secretary of State Henry Kissinger Prime Minister Margaret Tatcher Chancellor Helmut Kohl From the World of Entertainment Agatha Christie Omar El Sherif Jane Fonda

It was on the notice board at Winter Palace that Howard Carter first announced the discovery of the tomb of Tutankamon. The great Egyptologist was a regular guest here. He frequented The Old Winter Palace until his death and could often be spotted in self imposed isolation in the hotel's gardens

Denis Descherever
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Randolph Edmonds
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Follow in the footsteps of Howard Carter and play at being an Egyptologist. As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's greatest open air museum", the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor standing within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the Nile River, lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.

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Winter Palace
Country: Egypt
City: Luxor
Opening date: 1907

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Richard LAUNEY


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Corniche El-Nile
Egypt, Luxor

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