The Helnan Palestine Hotel is a hotel with history, but has failed to keep up with the times. Our rooms were fine, beds comfortable. The food was OK, but not outstanding. The lobby was under construction, so we had to smell storng paint and glue odors while we ate in the dining room off the lobby. The waiters opened windows for us, but that just attracted flies. We booked there for the view and for the swimming in the sea, but we found the sea water and small beach area around the hotel dirty. We saw things floating in the water and a suspicious foam floating on top. We decided to not allow our children to swim in it. The pool at the hotel is woefully small, so we opted to change hotels for our third night to the Four Seasons San Stefano, a few miles down the corniche in Alexandria. To our surprise, that hotel provided us a top-notch suite for the four of us for LESS than the price of two adjoining rooms at the Palestine Hotel, and the amenities and service are incomparable at the Four Seasons. If you want to experience the hub of Alexandria, have a private beach for swimming and be treated like royalty, go to the Four Seasons.
The Palestine was a disappointment. We won't stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel is The civic & social center of Alexandria, known for its commitment to excellence in service & hospitality,The hotel is a five star deluxe hotel, situated in a unique location and embracing the Mediterranean and providing harmonious scenery. The vast magnificent gifts of nature, 350 acres of gardens and golden sandy beaches surround its bay. The hotel faces one of the most famous historical landmarks in Alexandria, "Royal Palace" which was once the site where the late Egyptian royal family vacationed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Helnan Palestine Alexandria
- Helnan Palestine Hotel Alexandria