Originally built in 1937 for King Farouk, the Auberge was run as a hotel by the Oberoi chain before it drifted into the 1980s and 1990s as an increasingly seedy and run-down independent. Recently reopened under the Helnan group, it hasn't exactly been restored to its former glory (Winston Churchill once stayed here), but it's certainly looking a lot better. It's located on the edge of the lake, flanked on either side by beaches, and the view is lovely. Rooms have little character, and while the dining room, with its wood-beamed ceiling, evokes the prewar hunting lodge feeling, you'll have no doubt that you're staying in a chain hotel.
- © Frommer's 2013