Sofitel and Ekoth have chosen GM Architects to lead the project of revamping and modernising The Winter Palace Hotel, Luxor, Egypt. Expected to be completed by the end of 2019, it  overlooks the river Nile and the Valley of the Kings.

The Winter Palace Hotel has welcomed royalty, writers, journalists and explorers who have all contributed to its enduring romance. GM Architects has been chosen for the project because of its knowledge of the region and based on its previous work with Sofitel on projects in Tamuda Bay, Morocco and Beirut, Lebanon. The aim is to completely re-design the exterior landscaping, so as to link the lush hotel gardens, the most beautiful of upper Egypt with the languid and magnificent blue Nile.

The new and improved hotel layout will encompass the vibrant colors of Nubia, Egypt and the French 19th century lifestyle. Whilst some areas will keep to their historical roots and showcase elements of Egyptian history such as ancient maps and historical carpentry and textiles, new contemporary art by local artists will also feature. Large luminous chandeliers will be hung in the renovated 1886 Restaurant and the Victoria Lounge. Once completed, all hotel rooms will be re-imagined with inspirations from the Palace’s history and surroundings. An all new water feature is to be installed gracing the front of the hotel which will link the Nile to the other water features of the hotel, the garden fountain and the outdoor pool. The historical axis running through the gallery of the hotel will highlight the rich cultural history of Egypt.