Our French brethren owe the obelisk in place de la concord to Mehmet (or Muhamet ) Ali from Kavala. He was a great admirer of Napoleon and he sent the obelisk as a gift to him. Napoleon in his turn he sent him a Breguet watch that was broken. It did not make a difference to him because he could not neither read or write. But after being the khediv (the king) of Egypt, he returned to Kavala that he left when he was 5 years old and asked his fellow citizens if they want a mosque or a school. For our luck they answered a school. So the Imaret was built. Imaret means religious school financed by someone, in that case Mehmet Ali and took the name KAVALALI MEHMET ALI PASA. That is Mehmet Ali pasa from Kavala. Although the hotel even today belongs to the Egyptian government, the overall reconstruction of it is very impressive. It was built in 1817 as a school, and after Kavala became Greek it was left to its luck. So when Mrs., Misirliyan took the project into her hands it was practically in ruins. Only to bring the building to its original state was an enormous task. After too much study, work and of course money the Imaret took the shape that is in today. The owner is so meticulous that she wouldn't even let you speak very loudly. She also has a collection of tea cups that belonged to Queen Virginie of Austria that went to inaugurate the Suez canal and were ordered by Mehmet Ali only for her visit to Egypt. The hotel is a treat to the eyes during the sunset. As was a school of 67 rooms for the advantage of the hotel the rooms were reduced to 37, so the bathrooms are the original bathrooms with modern needs. They are a little bit higher then usual to get in so be careful. The amenities in the bathroom are Bulgari and linen and towels are of the highest Egyptian quality. If you are, I read in bed type, bring a small reading light with you because the rooms are pretty dark. After the nightly service of your room you will always have fruit or sweets and chocolates in your room. And as is the custom in Muslim countries water, a bowl and a towel for you to wash your feet before you get into the bed. The restaurant accepts guests (even if you are staying in the hotel)
only by reservation. The bar on the other hand is open to anyone. If you are a group of friends it is wise to reserve for the bar as well. Breakfast is sublime, everything is made at the spot and fresh. So when the hotel is full you can wait a few moments otherwise the service is fantastic. Rooms (even the cheaper ones) big and beds are very comfortable. The pool that you see in the internet os brochures is not for swimming. Tell the girls in the reception to give a tour of the premises to see the spa and the water cistern that even today is full of water. Minor setback: The hotel is smack over the port. Some days there are ferries departing very early in the morning that can wake you up. Mehmet Ali maybe didn't know how to read and write but he was not ignorant, far from it. He was very intelligent to finish a quote from him: SEEK FOR KNOWLEDGE, WHEREVER IT IS TO BE FOUND.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Imaret is a world apart, a rare jewel, where East meets West in Northern Greece. A historical monument crowning the hillside overlooking the picturesque harbour of Kavala, the hotel combines the grandeur of Greek Roman and Byzantine Style with a scent of the orient, and the elegance of Hellenic hospitality. The building was the gift of Mehmet Ali, modernising ruler of Egypt in the 1800's, to Kavala, his birthplace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imaret Hotel Kavála