The location is its first plus; slap bang in the middle of downtown Alex, set back from the Corniche and within walking distance of a plethora of restaurants, coffeehouses, etc., as well as some landmarks, including the Bibliotheca. It has a few competitors nearby such as the Cecil and the Windsor, the former of which is the swankiest, but then also much more expensive. The Metropole offers good value for money, in my opinion, though I have to say that I got a very good deal, which was less than half of the rack rate displayed inside the room. The hotel's 19th-century palatial decor has been lovingly restored -- up to and including the gilded cornices and the original lift, which comes straight out of an Agatha Christie mystery. The reception and guest relations staff were all extremely friendly, professional and welcoming. The breakfast offered an excellent choice, with several fresh juices. My stay did get off to a bit of a rocky start, though. The room I was first put in had a paint smell, which became quite unbearable but as soon as I reported this, I was moved to another room, which also proved to be a bit more spacious. The noise mentioned by other reviewers is indeed a bit of a problem and despite keeping my window closed, I, too, was awakened on several occasions throughout my stay by loudly revving motors, wedding parties and the such revelling in making as much of a din as they possibly could muster. One other point worthy mentioning is the loudness of the air-conditioning which might keep some people awake too; as night temperatures were not that high during my visit, I could bear to sleep without. All in all, however, I enjoyed my stay at the Hotel and will definitely be returning there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in an 18th century building with classical decorations and stunning views of the Mediterranean, Le Metropole boasts 2 French restaurants and elegantly furnished rooms with a balcony. Le Metropole's rooms are decorated with luxurious fabrics and include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, satellite TV and daily newspapers. Each room has a modern bathroom. An extensive breakfast buffet is served daily in the breakfast room. For dinner, Les Ambassadeurs Restaurant serves French, seasonal cuisine. The Versailles restaurant also serves French meals, but in a Louis XIV-style setting with daily piano music. The 24-hour front desk at Le Metropole can arrange car rentals, dry cleaning services and recommend attractions and restaurants in the surroundings. Free parking is available. The hotel is situated a 2-minute walk from the El Raml Train Station and the sandy beaches. The library of Alexandria is 1.5 Km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metropole Hotel Alexandria