The Old Cataract
This strangely-named hotel has welcomed the cream of society to Aswan throughout its decades-long history. Recently refurbished by Sofitel, it retains the feel of a 19th-century Victorian mansion, with pink granite buildings looking out over Elephantine Island. The spa and ifinty pool are especially noteworthy.
The throbbing centre of the country’s tourism industry is best tackled via an organised tour. This way you can keep your sightseeing relatively hassle-free, whether you’re exploring the tombs on the west bank or the myriad temples of the east.