Steigenberger Alexandria Cecil

16 Maydan Sa'd Zaghlul, Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt

With the Cecil, you're paying for history more than creature comforts, but if atmosphere is what you want you'll find it here in spades. Built in 1930 and immortalized as one of Justine's haunts in Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, it actually retains few reminders of that era—just its elegant revolving door, two gorgeous old wooden elevators, and a dusty bar that's changed little since World War II. The rooms have high ceilings and large shuttered windows, and there's a richness in the burgundy and gold drapes and soft furnishings that decorate the space, which give a classical French feel.

PROS

  • excellent location for exploring Downtown on foot
  • cozy historic hotel
  • no-smoking rooms

CONS

  • rooms are overpriced for the size (hotel is priced partly because of its history)
  • small bathrooms

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 03-487–7173

HOTEL DETAILS

85 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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