GM Architects, a Lebanese architecture and design firm specialising in the field of high-end tourism been awarded a contract by hospitality group Sofitel for the restoration of the renowned Winter Palace Hotel located in the city of Luxor, Egypt.

Overlooking the river Nile and the Valley of the Kings, the hotel stands to represent the importance of colonial history, archaeological discoveries and cultural context of the location that was created in the 20th century.

Galal Mahmoud, founder of GM Architects: “The aim of the project 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 magnificient blue Nile. The new and improved hotel layout will encompass the vibrant colors of Nubia, Egypt and the French 19th century lifestyle that delights both the indoor and outdoor living spaces.”

Whilst some areas 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 enrich the elegance and grandeur of the renewed Palace.

Large luminous chandeliers will be hung in the renovated 1886 Restaurant and the Victoria Lounge to create an ambiance of sophistication and class, a signature of Sofitel, explained Mahmoud.

Once completed, all hotel rooms are to receive new interior designs and to 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, he added.