A very nice hotel on a busy road overlooking the sea and palace park. What a relief (after Cairo and Port Said) to be in what seems like a nicer city, and a wonderfully clean hotel! US standards are in evidence here, with comfortable beds, clean floors and bathrooms (first time in a week in Eygpt!), TV with several channels in various languages (although CNN was frozen, and never worked during our 3-night stay – terrible satellite connection problems, it appeared), a nice small gym on the basement level (2 treadmills, an elliptical machine, a stair stepper, 2 bikes, free weights), an outdoor pool, and other amenities. Although the rooms (on the 6th floor, anyway) seem very modern and renovated, there are strangely some things (e.g. the toilets, shower fixtures and metal shelf) that look quite old and shabby. The road (as others have mentioned) is indeed loud, and even up on the 6th floor, the traffic noise (and constant horn honking) are noticeable. As others mentioned, the rooms are quite small, and would be tight for 2 people. The rooms have balconies, with some stunning views of the sea and park. The bathroom is tiny but well appointed and works for one person. I found the room well set up, and very functional and comfortable, with a nice desk space for working (but you can't back up your chair very far without hitting the bed). The 5th and 6th floors are labeled as “preferred” rooms (and colleagues who moved from 6th to 7th floor due to a smell in their first room confirmed that the services/extras are better on the 6th (bathroom amenities, etc). It would seem better to put “preferred” rooms on higher floors (further away from traffic noise), but it is not clear what is on the higher floors (these rooms may not be renovated). The staff at the hotel are also very friendly and customer service-oriented (definitely not always the case, in Egypt), which was great. The one suggestion I would have for Sheraton is that they look into better sound-proofing for the rooms – both from the street traffic, and from the rooms overhead and next door (you can hear your neighbors when they come in, when they move their desk chair overhead, etc). I also found the levels of smoke in the lobby area a bit hard to take at times. But I did not have smoke in my room, thank goodness. As others have mentioned, the traffic is a nightmare, and it does take time (and nerves of steel) to get into the downtown area. All in all, this is a very nice hotel, and I would gladly stay there again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sheraton Montazah,overlooking King's Farouk Palace and gardens on one side and the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea on the other.From the moment you arrive, you will receive the warmest welcome from attentive and responsive staff whose mission is to make your stay a relaxing and unforgettable one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Hotel Alexandria
- Sheraton Alexandria
- Alexandria Sheraton