When we arrived in Alexandria we knew tourists were in the minority but it was still surprising to find the 4 peopleat reception could barely speak english. We were made to wait for our rooms with no reason as to what the hold up was? The just kept telling us everything was ok and to take a seat.
The photos of this place must have been taken 20 years ago. I doubt it is actually a hotel - it appears to be residential with just a few hotel rooms on one floor. The pool was not open, the bar was not staffed and there were no cushions on any of the deck chairs or seats by the pool. It was like a ghost town.
When we got into our room we had no towels, just a hand towel. I called reception and they sent someone with one more hand towel. The following day when ourroom was serviced they did not leave any extra towels.... I gave up trying and my 6ft tall husband and i used hand towels. On day 2 of servicing the room they left no toilet paper. I asked twice but it never came. Lucky we had some with us (it is Egypt after all).
The free wifithat had been advertised on booking.com did not exist, you had to pay. They did end up giving it to us complimentary because i reminded them that as they had no pool or bar that i could enttain myself in, they couldat least offer the wifi. It was good connection at least.
Most nights we ate and drank at the Sheraton next storewhere the staff were friendly andthe food was good. If we had not paid for a nonrefundable booking we would have transferred to Sheraton for our3 night stay.
The ONLY saving grace at this dive of a hotel was breakfast - it wasactually really good, and so much variety including fresh omelettes and crepes to order. I don't know how or why? We appeared to be the only people staying there but there was so much food. Also the view over to the gardens was nice, would have been better if I could have enjoyed it with a coffee or a sundowner though.
I would not recommend 3 days in Alexandria, just do it on a day trip from Cairo. It was really difficult to communciate and there are only a handful of places that accommodate english speakers. Even if you do stay, stay closer to town. Aifu (& Sheraton) are a good 10-15 minute drive from the main attractions here anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dear Guests, lovers of Alexandria City , We are happy to welcome you in AIFU RESORT EL MONTAZAH with it professional and international new management team,The resort facing Montazah Royal Gardens and Mediterranean Sea with specious swimming pool We are looking for your visit to touch by yourself how the resort is changed and developed ,New facilities and services had been created to meet your satisfaction, The rooms equipped with new sets to be more comfortable to have better service, Banquet hall and meeting rooms are available to serve businessmen,weddings and different types of banqueting.To relax and healthy life, Spa and Health Club are ready to let you have pleasant and enjoyable time ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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