The Holiday Villa is sometimes called the Grand Holiday Villa and its public rooms live up to the full name. It has an old fashioned colonial charm and is right on the Nile. The hotel is only five minutes walk from the National Archaeological Museum and its flashy modern hotel cousin, dubbed Gaddafi’s Egg, now called the Corinthian.
There is a Winston Churchill Room; presumably commemorating a stay there rather than that Winston was actually at the battle of Omdurman taking part in the last cavalry charge of the British Army.
The Holiday Villa is a little faded and its pool, tennis courts etc are definitely so. Don’t bother to eat there but head for a Middle Eastern menu or perhaps try njera and wat from neighbouring Eritrea and Ethiopia. You will have the delights of ful and Sudanese fare on your travels.
Because of sanctions credit cards do not work in Sudan. The hotel will change money for you as long as they are crisp newish notes, at a much worse rate even than the restaurants.