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Steigenberger Cecil Hotel
Ranked #7 of 38 Hotels in Alexandria
cairo, Egypt
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

I spent the last weekend with my daughter at the Cecil hotel Alexandria and as always exceeded my expectations. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the hotel and the staff who did not save any effort to make us feel comfortable. The room was clean and spacious. Breakfast was great, there was a variety of fresh juice and pastry in addition to omelette prepared according to your preferences. The view of the sea from our rooms was awesome. Going for a walk by the sea was a very splendid experience. I was right about choosing this great historic hotel for spending a great and relaxing weekend and would definitely go back again. Thank you to all the staff.

Room Tip: We were staying on the 3rd floor sea view
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Nabil_Kahil, Manager at Steigenberger Cecil Hotel, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Dear Ms. Magda,
Bonjour, I would like to thank you most sincerely sharing your thoughts of Sofitel Alexandria Cecil with other guests on Tripadvisor.

It is always our great pleasure to receive such compliments, as it truly serves as a motivational factor in striving to achieve excellence

Looking forward to the pleasure of welcoming you once again at Sofitel Alexandria Cecil in the very near future.

Cordially;

Nabil Kahil
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

In the center of town, everything is within walking distance, or very close: the library, the Greco_Roman museum, Kom el Dick (Roman theater), the old St. Savvas Greek church, Mohamed Ali (now Tahrir) Square, the main tram station, the main Train Station, Qayed Bei citadel,
Nice old style but clean rooms, modern bathrooms. Very good selection for breakfast - egyptian (foul - falafel etc) and western. I recommend you try the lime juice as well..

It is not a resort Hotel, but a historic downtown. hotel, nicely renovated (you will not miss the "antiique" elevators).
Some guests complain about the noise. It is a dowtown hotel, overlooking a popular suare and the populat beachfront, In an eastern Mediterranean city, what do you expect? However, if you shut the window and drapes, the room is VERY quiet.
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Room Tip: Upon areival, I asked for a sea front room and i was given a room overlooking the square.Maybe it is...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Nabil_Kahil, General Manager at Steigenberger Cecil Hotel, responded to this review, January 27, 2013
Dear our valued Guest,

Bonjour, I would like to thank you most sincerely sharing your thoughts of Sofitel Alexandria Cecil with other guests on Tripadvisor.

I am really happy that you enjoyed your stay and do hope that we will have the opportunity once again to serve you in the very near future.

Cordially;
Nabil Kahil
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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

I stayed there with family during Eid vacation during November 2012

The hotel is great, kind of like staying in a museum, they have a board in the reception with signatures from old celebrities, presidents, public figures, etc... from the early 1900s. Some rooms are labelled with these people's names (Elvis Presley, Om Kulthou, Naguib Mahfooz, etc...), such a nice experience, it feels like being in a history book.

The rooms are clean, bathrooms and nice, beds are comfy. Rooms are overlooking the sea.

Problem was with the timing because of Eid vacation so Alexandria was packed with people, constant noise from the streets till the dawn, that was a bit disturbing, we had to keep the windows closed most of the time to avoid mosquitoes and noise.

Breakfast buffet was very nice, the omelette, fruits, juice, coffee (american) was fresh and tasty.

Will definitely go back there :)

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are nice (if you're ok with the noise coming from the streets).
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Nabil_Kahil, Manager at Steigenberger Cecil Hotel, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Dear Mr. Kahled,

Bonjour , We do appreciate sharing your thoughts of Sofitel Alexandria Cecil with other guests on Trip Advisor.

Thank you for the positive points you mentioned, and I apologize for the noise and mosquitoes in case of opening the window.

Looking forward to the pleasure of welcoming you at Sofitel Alexandria Cecil in the very near future.

Cordially;
Nabil Kahil
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

With a view overlooking the Eastern Harbor and right on the Corniche, this hotel is not for those who need absolute quiet and total luxury. But then neither is the city itself, and this hotel certainly puts you there. The rooms are high-ceilinged and airy; ours was recently renovated, clean and comfortable with double-paned balcony doors that still shut properly. The common areas still show some of the charm that made this hotel famous so many decades ago - the lifts are original and somewhat quirky, the staircase is wide with sturdy handrails, and the bar and lobby have lots of original features despite undoubtedly numerous renovations. I hated the pillows, but its a small price to pay for the excellent location. If you don't stay here, at least visit and ride the lifts!

Room Tip: the higher the better for the good views
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nabil_Kahil, Manager at Steigenberger Cecil Hotel, responded to this review, December 1, 2012
Dear valued Guest,

Bonjour, I would like to thank you most sincerely sharing your thoughts of Sofitel Alexandria Cecil with other guests on Tripadvisor.

I do hope that we will have the opportunity once again to serve you in the very near future.

Cordially;
Nabil Kahil
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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

The hotel is in a great location to explore Alexandria on foot. Room was clean and well serviced. The Concierge, Yassar, was excellent - nothing was too much trouble. He rearranged some train tickets and found us a private guide - highly recommended to find your way around this large, sprawling city.
Food in the restaurant was not so good - we only ate there on one night, but were very unimpressed. - get a taxi to the "Fish Market" in the direction of the Citadel; I dont think fine dining is a characteristic of this part of Alexandria! We tried the Italian in the Four Seasons, which was good but somewhat overpriced for Egypt.

Room Tip: Although it might be tempting to request a sea view, these rooms overlook the Corniche which is VERY...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Nabil_Kahil, Manager at Steigenberger Cecil Hotel, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear M. Anne

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Sofitel Alexandria Cecil. I am sorry that your experience at our restaurant did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies.

At Sofitel, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address these points and prevent future occurrence.

We appreciate your sharing your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future.

Nabil Kahil
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Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

Cecil is downtown Alex and views the Sea which was great. Natural air or good AC as you wish. It is an old hotel but is kept up well. We walked about 500 meters up the corniche to a fine fish restaurant and stopped for a big fresh fruit cup on the way back. Taking a hontour or horse and buggy ride seemed popular but we walked instead. A lot of people out walking as the evening air was great.
Downtown is good if you only want to stroll the corniche but if you want beach better go to Momtaza or Mamoura


  • Stayed September 2012
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Nabil_Kahil, Manager at Steigenberger Cecil Hotel, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear our valued Guest,

Bonjour, I would like to thank you most sincerely sharing your thoughts of Sofitel Alexandria Cecil with other guests on Tripadvisor.

I do hope that we will have the opportunity once again to serve you in the very near future.

Cordially;

Nabil Kahil
General Manager
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Reading, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Many old hotels have slightly smaller rooms than their modern counterparts, and this is no exception. However, this room was not too small, and well fitted with a nice bathroom. The restaurant was fine, but not outstanding. WE had lost our guide book, and were thus restricted to hotel dining again. Turning left along the Corniche from the hotel at night reveals a vibrant scene, but nothing leaped out at me for dining.
Altogether a good hotel, helpful staff, clean and well organised. Nothing to complain about, and lots to commend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dear our valued Guest,

Bonjour, I would like to thank you most sincerely sharing your thoughts of Sofitel Alexandria Cecil with other guests on Tripadvisor.
I do hope that we will have the opportunity once again to serve you in the very near future.

Cordially;
Sherine EL SAYYAD
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Property: Steigenberger Cecil Hotel
Address: 16, Saad Zagloul Square | Raml Station Alexandria, Alexandria 11053, Egypt
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Location: Egypt > Alexandria Governorate > Alexandria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Alexandria
#7 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Steigenberger Cecil Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steigenberger Cecil Alexandria lets you experience all the splendor of this amazing city first hand. Conveniently located in the heart of the business district, overlooking the bay and yacht club, this exquisite hotel is just minutes from the airport, ideal for business or pleasure. Built in 1929 yet constantly in step with the times, it provides a perfect blend of modern amenities and old world charm. Discerning connoisseurs also appreciate the impeccable service and attention to detail. ... more   less 
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