The Cecil is a beautiful, charming hotel. It is very European, very Old World; unfortunately, it is also very expensive. I stayed there for one night, and would have been very, very pleased if the hotel had been sold as a 2 or 3 star establishment. From a 4 star, however, I tend to expect more. The lack of wi-fi in the rooms is simply unacceptable in a big town like Alexandria. The small, cute balcony is taken by an ugly AC unit. The bathroom was clean enough, but a nasty smell came up the drain. Shampoo and shower gel were by L’Occitane, but soap was a small, cheap, nondescript bar -- the only one, by the way, for both sink and shower. There were no bathrobes in the room.
The Chinese restaurant is a gloomy, unwelcoming place. I can’t say anything about the food because service was so poor we left even before ordering.
On the other hand, the hotel is wonderfully situated and the staff, with the notable exception of the waiters at the chinese restaurant, is warm and friendly. My room (308) was spacious and confortable, and I was happy with both bed and shower. And it is undeniable that The Cecil has lots of character, which is always a welcome change from what we get nowadays in most hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Steigenberger Cecil Alexandria lets you experience all the splendor of this amazing city first hand. Conveniently located in the heart of the business district, overlooking the bay and yacht club, this exquisite hotel is just minutes from the airport, ideal for business or pleasure. Built in 1929 yet constantly in step with the times, it provides a perfect blend of modern amenities and old world charm. Discerning connoisseurs also appreciate the impeccable service and attention to detail. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel Cecil Alexandria Hotel Alexandria
- Accor Cecil Alexandria
- Sofitel Alexandria
- Alexandria Sofitel