This hotel exudes nostalgia. The rooms iare in French Imperial style, with gilded lamps and bordeaux red bedspreads, against floral wallpaper and high ceilings. It's really quite beautiful, as are the lobby and restaurant. Quite a contrast with the dilapidated surroundings.
The location is also quite good, next to the boulevard and the tram line.
Why then not a higher rating? This is because the prices are quite high, especially by Egyptian standards, and the facilities are not of sufficient quality to justify them. The bathrooms are in need of renovation. There was no airconditioning in my room, though ----------- had suggested as much, nor any heating (and even in Alexandria winter nights can be cold). Wifi was barely functional. More than one lamp failed to work.
In addition, I was a bit miffed by being quite openly ripped off. I had booked a regular room for three nights several months before. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I arrived a day early and late at night. The desk clerk then insisted that for this one night he only had a 150 Euro suite available. I doubted the story then, as now, but I was tired and not eager to go back out into the darkness with my luggage to find a cheaper option. So I reluctantly agreed. It left me feeling stupid and annoyed. Next day, to his credit, the manager allowed me to stay in the suite for the remaining three days at the price at which I had originally booked.
If money is not your concern and you're not unsettled by lacking amenities, this hotel does offer a wonderful ambience. But there are hotels nearby with better facilities (esp. the Sofitel) and many more affordable ones.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in an 18th century building with classical decorations and stunning views of the Mediterranean, Le Metropole boasts 2 French restaurants and elegantly furnished rooms with a balcony. Le Metropole's rooms are decorated with luxurious fabrics and include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, satellite TV and daily newspapers. Each room has a modern bathroom. An extensive breakfast buffet is served daily in the breakfast room. For dinner, Les Ambassadeurs Restaurant serves French, seasonal cuisine. The Versailles restaurant also serves French meals, but in a Louis XIV-style setting with daily piano music. The 24-hour front desk at Le Metropole can arrange car rentals, dry cleaning services and recommend attractions and restaurants in the surroundings. Free parking is available. The hotel is situated a 2-minute walk from the El Raml Train Station and the sandy beaches. The library of Alexandria is 1.5 Km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metropole Hotel Alexandria