Luxor Hotel in Cairo, Egypt is perhaps the oldest modern hotel in the country. Established in 1880 by John Cook, son of the travel pioneer Thomas Cook, it served as the glamorous retreat for distinguished guests, including European royalty and the family of the Mohamed Aly Pasha, the founder of modern Egypt. The hotel is now owned by the Egyptian government through couple of its agencies. It has lost its old world charm because of neglect and consistent lack of maintenance. But its fate is changing as it has entered into a contract with Rocco Forte Hotels to help refurbish and then operate the Luxor Hotel in Egypt from 2013 as a luxury hotel.
The location of the Luxor hotel is outstanding as it is right in the heart of the city just next to the famous Luxor temple. The hotel has been shut down at the moment and a grand renovation and refurbishment plan has been drawn up that will see the hotel reopening by mid 2013 in a completely new Avatar. Rocco Forte Hotels is already operating the Shepheard, Cairo and the Luxor will be its second hotel in Egypt. With two landmark hotels in the city they will be in a very good position to service a significant number of international tourists to Egypt.
Luxor is an 82 room property with large and elegant rooms. The renovation plans aim to incorporate state of the art facilities and latest technology to transform it into a heritage luxury hotel. British company 3D Reid has been commissioned to take care of the architectural side of the renovation and George Freeman and Associates of London have been given the job for the interior design. The hotel’s owners and Rocco Forte Hotels will start work immediately on plans to restore and renovate The Luxor Hotel. Rocco Forte Hotels currently owns and manages thirteen luxury hotels and resorts in Europe but is expanding aggressively to grow into a global brand in the hospitality industry.