The hotel was built by the Upper Egypt Hotels Co, an enterprise founded in 1905 by Cairo hoteliers Charles Baehler and George Nungovich in collaboration with Thomas Cook & Son (Egypt). It was inaugurated on Saturday 19 January 1907, with a picnic at the Valley of the Kings followed by dinner at the hotel and speeches. A regular guest at the hotel from 1907 on was George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, better known simply as Lord Carnarvon. Carnarvon was the patron of Egyptologist Howard Carter, who in 1922 discovered the intact tomb of Tutankhamun. After the discovery was announced the Winter Palace played host to the international press corps and foreign visitors there to follow the story. Carter used the hotel's noticeboard to deliver occasional news and information on the discovery.
19 May 2019 Steve Snell
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Luxor is a city on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt. It's on the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaohs’ capital at the height of their power, during the 16th–11th centuries B.C. Today's city surrounds 2 huge, surviving ancient monuments: graceful Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, a mile north. The royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens are on the river’s west bank.
19 May 2019 Steve Snell
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The street entrance to the hotel.
19 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
19 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
19 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
19 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
19 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell
19 May 2019 Steve Snell
Photo by: Steve Snell