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“Mediocre” 2 of 5 stars
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Hilton Alexandria Corniche
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   544 El Geish Avenue, Sidi Bishr, Alexandria 21611, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #3 of 39 Hotels in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Doha, Qatar
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“Mediocre”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2007

We arrived in Alexandria via Nouzha airport. It was a 20 minute ride in a taxi to the hotel at 2:00 a.m. Upon check-in, their credit card machine was not connecting and they implied that it was our fault. The printout from the machine did not say "declined," it said "connection error" but they still seemed to think it was our fault. Not a welcoming way to begin our stay.

We had reserved a room on the Club floor, but we were given a room on the floor below as "no Club floor rooms are available." No adjustment was made in our rate as we still had access to the Club lounge (which was a cafeteria style room with some sodas and juices, bags of chips and occasional deep-fried, luke warm offerings on a steam table). We had an extremely small room (there was not even enough space for the room service cart). The room itself was clean, but the bathtub had a serious mold problem. We had a balcony with a partial sea view. I felt like we had been "had" from the get-go.

The breakfast buffet was very average and the offerings the exact same each day. At least they were serving the buffet during Ramadan. I recommend trying the tasty Egyptian breakfast dish called "Foul" which are large beans doctored up with cumin, crushed red pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. We also ordered breakfast from room service one morning. We ordered fresh orange juice and received OJ from concentrate. I ordered salmon hash benedict with hollandaise and my companion ordered steak and eggs with hollandaise. I was really puzzled by the fact that his hollandaise was the real stuff, but I was given a side of what tasted like caesar salad dressing for mine. I called and asked for "real hollandaise" explaining the situation. About five minutes later I received what looked like hollandaise sauce, but was actually raw egg frothed up a bit. It was cold and runny and tasted nothing like hollandaise.

The Italian restaurant was quite good, and the risotto and seafood dishes outstanding. However, they were out of Italian wine so we had a beaujolais with our meal. The first order of risotto was supposed to have shrimp and scallops, but it arrived with shrimp and mussels. I am allergic to mussels, so we had to ask for that to be corrected. The calamari appetizer was served cold.

We hung out in the Library Lounge a couple of nights. It was cozy and comfortable, but don't expect anything fancy to come from behind the bar.

The beach was a bonus. A shuttle bus was readily available to take us across the busy six lane street to the beach. The water temperature was still very swimmable for mid-October and it was very clean. Security guards keep locals out of the private beach area, and it is always interesting to see Muslim women swimming fully clothed. It was a bit surreal to be floating in the waves next to six lanes of honking cars and listening to the call to prayer booming from several speakers around the city.

Alexandria is an extremely impoverished city. It is full of high rises, but they are very dilapidated. Traffic is nuts and the incessant honking can wear on one's nerves. At night, a 5 kilometer taxi ride down the corniche can take one hour. In an area near the hotel, I had an Egyptian teenager yell some extremely lewd and vulgar "invitation" to me even though I was modestly dressed. It was very uncomfortable. Generally the people are friendly and love Americans. If I went back, I would choose a different hotel.

Stayed October 2007
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2007

Not a bad hotel for Egypt, but not particularly nice for a 5-star hotel. If going back to Alexandria, I would try the new Four Seasons. Pluses: beach club across the street (limited and not very good food choices), a free shuttle to take you across the maddening and dangerous Egyptian traffic. Most rooms have ocean or partial ocean views. Internet connection was very good and fast for Egypt. Minuses: bathroom in need of some bleach to kill mold around bath and shower. Hated throwing toilet paper in the trash as instructed (common in Egypt, but not the case in the true high-end hotels). Not a high level of confidence that blankets had been washed since the turn of this century. Room was both moldy smelling (due to ocean) and smoky. Overall though, the room is large, and well situated in Alexandria on the shore. Common areas were nice, food was nothing special, roof top pool area was clean. There is a (limited) gym that is open 24 hours.

Stayed September 2007
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Santa Cruz, California
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296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2006

This hotel is great! Almost all the rooms have oceanviews of the Med. We "accidentally" received a corner suite. Gorgeous! The staff was wonderful, food at restaurants great. It was a nice repreive from a two week Egypt tour! Would highly recommend hotel. Will come back.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2006

While we only stayed one night, the staff at the hotel made us feel like long time guests. They were welcoming, very eager to please and truly bent over backwards to assist us. The room was extremely comfortable, the bathroom nicely appointed with a tub large enough for my tall frame to soak in. The Mediterranean was directly across the street and the view from our balcony was wonderful. While it's a bit out of downtown Alex (all of 5 min), it was wonderfully quiet and relaxing. I understand that in the summer months they have a private beach area. Given how busy it gets then, I'd think that be a HUGE plus.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 544 El Geish Avenue, Sidi Bishr, Alexandria 21611, Egypt
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Location: Egypt > Alexandria Governorate > Alexandria
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Alexandria
#2 Family Hotel in Alexandria
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Alexandria
#3 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
#3 Business Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hilton Alexandria Corniche 5*
Number of rooms: 158
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Also Known As:
Renaissance Alexandria
Alexandria Renaissance
Maritim Jolie Ville Alexandria

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