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Paradise Inn Le Metropole Hotel
Ranked #11 of 38 Hotels in Alexandria
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“Fine historic hotel”
Reviewed 3 October 2011

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.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

The hotel is well situated (not far from the corniche and the see) - some rooms are more noisy than others. Rooms are basic and bathrooms are clean. It is sad the the entire original furnitures haven't been kept - so it is now a mix between old and modern (with free wireless internet in every room). The hotel is definitely coming out from another time. The lift is a piece of art (even though I prefered to use the stairs). I had some minor issues but as soon as I mentionned them to the person in charge (quality service manager) they were immediately adressed. So even if there are some minor issues - the availability of the personnel make them irrelevant. I recommend it for a short stay as it is an alternative of the classic hotels on the beach. But for a longer period I am not sure I would go there as I prefer more confort.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

The Metropole is one of several grand old hotels along the Alexandria waterfront. It is indeed a grand classic with high ceilinged reception/lounge area decorated in turn of the last century European style. The staff is fittingly very accommodating and gracious.

We stayed here for two nights in May, 2011. Our room (#221) overlooked the busy street behind the Quay and it was rather noisy at night – rooms facing the bay are probably quieter. The room was oddly very narrow, though it had high ceilings and was attractively furnished with rich fabric wall coverings, drapes, and bed spread. There was a built-in closet, two side chairs and a couple of small round tables, a comfortable king sized bed and two night stands. The tiled bathroom was adequate sized with tub/shower combo and a shelf above the sink. There were some maintenance issues that lessened the glamor – water leaked from behind the wall in the shower and from the base of the sink, there was some mold on the grout around the tub. The closet door in the bedroom was out of adjustment and very hard to operate. The a.c. was difficult to adjust to a comfortable temperature.

Breakfast was served in the elegant hotel restaurant with a view of the bay. It was very good, with a selection of fruit, fresh juice, sweet rolls, eggs to order, cheese and olives, etc. The wait staff was very attentive with coffee and extra juice.

In all, Metropole is a good option if you like charm, character and history in a hotel and are willing to overlook some minor issues.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 26 May 2011

What a hotel - it was featured in the film Ice Cold in Alex apparently. We got greeted with drinks and snacks when we arrived - and then took the antique lift to our rooms. The doors were like Versailles gilded and about 4 times taller than us.

At breakfast we were served hibiscus juice or fresh lemon juice (sweetened) and there is a local bread and butter pudding (om ali?) which was really good. But there are lots of conventional breakfast foods in a beautiful little ante room. The staff are really lovely and look after you, they are dressed in uniforms like an old cruise liner it is like going back in time in a very pleasant way. My only niggle - the business centre internet was not good dont rely on that at all the computer was the slowest imaginable.

Room Tip: Pay for sea view but be aware noisy due to tram
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Norwich
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Reviewed 18 May 2011

We had selected the Metropole for a birthday treat and were not disappointed. The architecture/ambience French colonial, the room massive (as was the bathroom complete with bath robes, slippers and jacuzzi). Breakfasts and birthday dinner in stunning dining room both excellent. Staff all very friendly and helpful. We were on fourth floor with sea view and small balcony and the room had double glazing so we never heard the trams outside.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Ocean Park, Washington
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Reviewed 11 February 2011

We were at the Metropole when demonstrations broke out in Alexandria, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. The staff of the hotel were very active in safeguarding us, and helped us with our difficult travel needs the next day.

You can find many reviews of the Metropole on line and they are accurate. The hotel retains a certain majesty from its earlier opulence but it isn't in the best shape. But the rooms are being upgraded, the dining room is good and the free breakfast is first rate. Staying at the Metropole is a little like staying in a room at Versailles. It has the faded grandeur of a former age and as such is an experience we will always remember and not just because our fourth story balcony gave us such a great view of the demonstrations. And I must say that while the hotel was a little seedy by New York standards, it was first rate by Egyptian.

The location is the best in Alexandria.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

If you ever wanted to feel how the luxury of older times, this is the hotel to go. The staff is beyond friendly and cater to all of your needs. The rooms are spacious and the sea view is beautiful. The bathrooms are clean, well-equipped and the water is clear and has good pressure (something that does not always happen in Egypt).
Everything is styled in 18th century décor,setting it apart from all other hotels which tend to promote homogeneity. But it is modern where it needs to be, providing wi-fi in all rooms and wide-screen TVs.
The breakfast is absolutely delicious and has tons of variety, for every taste out there.
I completely recommend this hotel, they truly made us feel unique.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Property: Paradise Inn Le Metropole Hotel
Address: 52 Saad Zaglol Street | Raml Station, Alexandria, Alexandria 21599, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Alexandria Governorate > Alexandria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Paradise Inn Le Metropole Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 66
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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