Admittedly, the coldest weekend in 106 years, so my timing was off.
Crillon is one those 100s of small privately owned Egyptian hotels that make an entrepreneur's fingers itch. so many lost opportunities! What could be done here with a bit of drive, imagination and minimum investment
Great location in the heart of Alex (Ramle just behind) , stunning views over the old Port (including two wrecked fishermen, we had a nasty storm).
Restaurant on the 2nd floor with an ok breakfast and a minimalised dinner menu (recited, not written) Reception and fairly decent rooms on the 3rd. But only a few have their own bathroom and i am getting to old to dress up and unlock -lock doors for a little trip to the loo in the dark of night. Extension on the 6th with a dozen rooms or so, Pity that the renovation here was done by a DIY weekend warrior. Paint on the carpet, the window glass, door handles but not on the ceiling. Clean, sort of but not behind the bathroom door; what the regular guest cannot see does not matter. and, you need the patience of an angel waiting for the hot water to make it to that floor. Showers here are only for 3-handed bathers as there is no hook to fix the showerhead overhead where it should be. Ever tried to wash your hair with one hand ?
One night was enough and i moved on down the road for the rest of the week.