Lovely old hotel in great location. I walked from the train station - it was a bit of a hike and they were tearing up the streets but it wasn't too bad with a backpack. They were very friendly when I arrived and had room even though I didn't have a reservation (thanks to my dodgy travel agent). Nice but not total luxury, which is fine.
I loved throwing open the wooden shutters on my 10 foot high french windows to look out over the sparkling blue Mediterranean - fantastic. I Felt a little like Audrey Hepburn in Charade, surrounded by all that fake gold gilding. I don't recall a table and chair by the window, which was a shame (which the Cecil had). The credit card machine worked only sporadically which was a bit of a worry, but seemed to be par for the course in Egypt generally. The internet at the hotel is a rip off - don't use it, go to the internet cafe a block away instead.
They have an absolutely brilliant guest services rep - Fayrouz. She made my stay because I was a bit bedraggled and exhausted by Egypt by then and she kind of held my hand through my stay. Alexandria is less conservative than the rest of Egypt which was a big relief too.
Overall, I stayed both here and at the Cecil, and would probably choose this place even though it's definitely less polished because it's stuck with its history, it appears to be owned by Egyptians, it has more character, Fayrouz is a life saver, you can afford a sea view and the windows are charming.
- 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