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Monday, 21 April 2008

Sofitel hotels in Cairo and Hanoi win prestigious awards

GLOBAL DISTINCTIONS FOR THE SOFITEL EL GEZIRAH AND THE SOFITEL METROPOLE HANOI

Paris, 21 April 2008: The recently opened Sofitel El Gezirah in Cairo just received the International Star Diamond Award in the category "Finest Newest Hotel in Egypt", awarded in Berlin.

Tucked away on the island of Gezirah in the heart of the Egyptian capital, the Sofitel El Gezirah is a haven of tranquility for discerning travellers.

Opened mid-2007, the hotel offers its guests luxurious facilities, refined architecture, delightful cuisine in its five restaurants and, of course, a superb spa. The signature of French decorator Pierre-Yves Rochon renowned worldwide ensures the utmost in elegance and state of the art comfort.

The International Star Diamond Awards are an initiative of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, renowned worldwide for awarding excellence in the global travel and luxury services sector. Each year, the American Academy bestows its coveted awards exclusively on five star establishments that are deemed to be of pinnacle quality.

Moreover, the legendary Sofitel Metropole in Hanoi also received the prestigious Award for Best Hotel in Vietnam, in the 10th Annual Awards for 2007 of Business Asia.

Built in 1901 in colonial style in Hanoi, then the capital of the Indochinese Union, the M├ętropole was one of the most refined and exclusive western palace hotels in the Far East. Business Asia is one of Australia's leading trade-focused publications. Published quarterly, Business Asia provides readers with in-depth coverage of the latest issues, news and trends concerning business and trade within the vitally important Asian market.

These awards follow the high rankings achieved by Sofitel in the sixth annual Travellers' Choice Awards released in January 2008 by TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel community.

- Sofitel New York placed No. 1 in Best in the 25 Most Popular Destinations; No. 2 in Top 10 Best Luxury – U.S. and No. 25 in Top 100 Best Luxury – World.

- In Canada, the Sofitel Montreal captured the No. 10 spot among the Top 10 Best Luxury – Canada.

- Sofitel Philadelphia was praised as the top-rated hotel in Philadelphia.

- In South America it was Sofitel Buenos Aires that received the No. 3 placement in Top 10 Best Luxury – South America as well as No. 96 in Top 100 Best Luxury – World.

- Finally, Sofitel Roma was listed No. 7 among the Best in the 25 Most Popular Destinations and No. 63 in Top 100 Best Luxury – World.

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