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Celebrate Valentine’s Montazah Sheraton Style

As the Valentine’s Day is approaching, Sheraton Montazah Hotel Alexandria, is preparing an exquisite program for their guests for the occasion. For LE180, guests can enjoy the finest romantic dinner with live music at La Mamma Restaurant or join a spectacular party at the Caesar Bar featuring Duo Ehab and Reem and belly dancer.

Couple Celebrating Valentine

A couple celebrating Valentine’s Day

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Whether they like to eat, dance and enjoy a great dining experience or they prefer to stay overnight, they can avail the attractive hotel special offerings for this festive occasion for only L.E 600 for single, 650 for double room including service charge, taxes and buffet breakfast. “We promise our customers a peaceful, comfortable stay with their beloved ones in Valentine and a real romantic evening and celebration that they will never forget” said Azza El Desouki, director of public relations at the hotel.

The Sheraton Montazah Hotel is ideally located in Alexandria with its magnificent beaches, archaeological and cultural attractions. The hotel is located 15 Km from Nozha airport and 220 Km from Cairo. It overlooks King’s Farouk Palace and gardens on one side and the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea on the other. It’s your perfect getaway to relax and feel at home.

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The facade of Montazah Sheraton Alexandria Hotel Photo: Montazah Sheraton Hotel

Guests can enjoy amazing views of the Mediterranean and the Montazah Park in a brightly decorated guest room. They may gather with friends or family for a delicious meal in one of the restaurants .They may also head to our outdoor pool overlooking the sea or just relax by our private sandy beach under the warm sun.

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Enjoy luxury at Montazah Sheraton rooms Photo: Montazah Sheraton Hotel

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One Night in Alexandria- A Photo Tour

I was invited to my cousin’s wedding in Alexandria, Egypt in January 18, 2015. Although it was extremely cold in Cairo, the capital, it was warm in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. The weather was very inviting to take a walk by the Corniche and to have a good fish meal in one of the local restaurants before we head to the wedding party.

My husband and I decided to spend the night in the historical Cecil Hotel in Ramleh Square. It is one of my favorites. The history of the Steigenberger Cecil Hotel dates to 1929, it was built by the Italian Alessandro Loria from Tuscany, having been commissioned by the French Metzger family. Loria built the Cecil Hotel to be a landmark building, with its elegant revolving doors, two beautiful wooden elevators, and its bar, which was carefully kept unchanged since World War II, making it one-of-a-kind in Alexandria. The rooms have high ceilings and large shuttered windows, and the richness of the classical French-style burgundy and gold drapes, and soft furnishings decorating the space give the place an atmosphere of centuries gone by.

Here are several photos I took in the Ramleh neighborhood and in Cecil Hotel in downtown Alexandria

From the Balcony of Cecil Hotel

The Corniche from our balcony in Cecil Hotel

 

Ramleh Square with the statue of nationalist Saad Zaghloul in the middle

Ramleh Square with the statue of nationalist Saad Zaghloul in the middle

 

 

Ramleh Square and the Corniche in the morning

Ramleh Square and the Corniche in the morning

 

Ramleh Square and the Corniche at night

Ramleh Square and the Corniche at night

 

Corniche Road on a bustling day

Corniche Road on a bustling day

Locals on their way to work

Heading to work

 

Fishermen trying their luck

Fishermen trying their luck

 

An ill-fated sail

An ill-fated sail

The lift of Cecil Hotel-feeling nostalgic

The lift of Cecil Hotel- Feeling nostalgic

The foyer of Cecil Hotel

The foyer of Cecil Hotel

 

The stairs leading to the rooms- Cecil Hotel

The stairs leading to the rooms- Cecil Hotel

 

My favorite corner at Cecil's foyer

My favorite corner at Cecil’s foyer

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Semiramis Pavilion opens at Semiramis InterContinental Hotel

Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou recently inaugurated Semiramis Pavilion meeting centre that he toured while announcing plans to promote tourism in the coming months as well as the initiative of the green energy in tourism and hotels sector. The cutting ribbon inauguration ceremony was attended by Ahmed El Gindi, managing director, Semiramis Hotels Company, Raymond Khalife, board member, Semiramis Hotels Co. Amr Fouad, board member, Semiramis Hotels Co. and Sameh Sobhy, general manager Semiramis InterContinental Cairo.

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Photo shows from right to left: Ahmed El Gindi, managing director, Semiramis Hotels Company; Raymond Khalife, board member, Semiramis Hotels Co.; Egypt’s Minister for Tourism Hisham Zaazou; Amr Fouad, board member; Semiramis Hotels Co. and Sameh Sobhy, general manager Semiramis InterContinental Cairo.

“We are delighted to see the Semiramis InterContinental Cairo welcoming local residents and travellers from further afield,” Zaazou said.  “With its central position in the heart of Cairo the hotel is an important contributor to tourism in Egypt. We look forward to seeing the hotel continue to thrive this year.”

Designed by Tony Chi, the Semiramis Pavilion combines efficiency and luxury for business clients in an uncluttered and modern environment. The Semiramis Pavilion features smart interactive whiteboards, high-speed 30MB Wi-Fi and seven multi-functional and flexible meeting rooms as well as four private offices.

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Semiramis InterContinental Hotel

“We are looking forward to a busy summer period ahead. We just received the ‘Global Partners in Safety Award’ and we are being recognized among other hotels as being a safe place for our employees to work and our guests to stay. With such an amazing team we are sure the hotel will continue to thrive,” said Sobhy.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) has been present in Egypt for more than 25 years. IHG operates hotels across four of its brands – InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites – and remains absolutely committed to this market.

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Celebrate Ramadan Sheraton Montazah Style

In preparations for the holy month of Ramadan, Sheraton Montazah Hotel in Alexandria started decorating Layalina Café, Beach Café and La Terrace Café with magnificent and oriental themes and ambiance that match the spirit of the holy month.

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Sheraton Montazah Hotel overlooking the Mediterranean and the gardens of Montazah Palace

The hotel is also planning a wide array of continental delicacies with exquisite oriental specialties for families and friends at a rich Iftar buffet including mouthwatering recipes and appetizing treats.

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Sumptuous Iftar buffets and Sohour menues will be available during Ramadan.

At night, guests can enjoy the Sheraton Montazah Ramadan celebrations at the Layalina, La Terrace and the Beach Cafés where they can enjoy a bunch of entertaining programs, shisha, oriental drinks and sohour amidst cozy atmosphere and breezy air.

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Sheraton Montazah Switches off lights for Earth Hour

For the third year consecutively, Sheraton Montazah Hotel Alexandria, joined millions around the globe, on March 23, in celebrating the Earth Hour by switching off lights for an hour from 8:30 pm. The hotel’s participation in this ecological event, which saved 330 KWH, about 47% of total energy, during this particular hour, is a continuation of its commitment to protect the environment not only for those who are currently living on earth but for also the many generations to come. Joining this global event was also to educate and create awareness about the importance of saving our planet.

The Hotel's team celebrating Earth Day.Photo: Montazah Sheraton Hotel

The Hotel’s team celebrating Earth Day.
Photo: Montazah Sheraton Hotel Alexandria

On this occasion, the hotel prepared a candle light dinner at the Café Coquillage and La Mamma Restaurant, where green cocktails were served as a special welcome to incoming guests as well as snacks that do not need energy to cook. A big banner showing the hotel’s efforts and initiatives for the environment was also displayed.

As global warming has become one of the biggest challenges facing the world’s climate, Sheraton Montazah Hotel considered environmental protection as an extremely important issue. And in order to guarantee greater sustainability, the hotel has begun pursuing several green practices. As a result, the hotel was able to achieve 14 percent reduction in its carbon footprints from 2011 to date.

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Luxor on a shoe string

The small non-star family-run hotels of old Gurna in Luxor in Upper Egypt have always been the choice of travellers, mostly those on a tight budget, who like to spend an untraditional vacation in the midst of the Theban necropolis surrounded by authentic rural life, lush green fields and mountains.

Old Gurna on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor

Old Gurna on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor

Thousands of travellers cross the Nile in Luxor every day from the east bank to the west, wandering around the temples and tombs of the Theban necropolis. After finishing their tour, the majority return back to the east. For those who opt to stay, however, their only choice has been to book a room in one of these hotels scattered around the village.

Most of them are clean, run by locals and are located adjacent to the ancient sites. Some have air-conditioned rooms, others have ceiling fans or have both, some have rooms with separate bathrooms, others have shared ones, some have TV’s and washing machines and others have not.

Marsam Hotel, founded by Sheikh Ali Abdel-Rasoul, who was a member of the clan who helped discover the Tomb of Seti I, tops the list of options. Situated in Gurna village itself, the hotel is situated directly beside the temple of Merenptah. It has a significant history. In 1920, the hotel was the site of the prestigious Chicago House, where American researchers did their studies and practical work.

Sheikh Ali Abdel RasoulPhoto: Al Marsam Hotel

Sheikh Ali Abdel Rasoul
Photo: Al Marsam Hotel

When the Chicago House was moved to the city of Luxor, Sheikh Ali took over the whole area, including the building of the Chicago House- which turned to Al Marsam, a meeting point for artists, Egyptologists, and tourists from all over the world, where they discussed, exchanged their experiences in calm atmosphere and nice surrounding.

The hotel started with only ten simple rooms in the old Chicago building. But over the decades, Sheikh Ali’s place became so famous and demanded that he had to increase the number of rooms. In 1970, he built a new guesthouse with thick walls of mud bricks, small windows and domed ceiling, following the style of late Egyptian architect Hassan Fathi. This construction style keeps the rooms cool in summer and warm in winter.

Marsam facadePhoto: Al Marsam Hotel

Marsam facade
Photo: Al Marsam Hotel

Al Marsam is the oldest in the west bank area. It currently has 30 simple furnished rooms and a beautiful garden with seats in the shadow at the center of the hotel complex.

Most archaeological sites on the west bank of the Nile are within a walking distance from the hotel, except for the Valley of kings. The hotel can arrange excursions by bicycles, donkeys, horses, camels and cars to the ancient sites.

Al Marsam GardenPhoto: Al Marsam Hotel

Al Marsam Garden
Photo: Al Marsam Hotel

Double rooms without private bathroom are for LE100 per night, single rooms are for LE50 per person per night; double rooms with private bathroom are for LE150 per night, single rooms are for LE75 per person per night. Rates are inclusive of taxes. Accommodation is based on bed and breakfast basis.

A bedroom in Al MarsamPhoto: Al Marsam Hotel

A bedroom in Al Marsam
Photo: Al Marsam Hotel

For more information, visit http://www.luxor-westbank.com/marsam_e.htm

Al-Gezirah Village, only few miles from the dock of the ferry in the west, accommodates a number of small hotels such as Amoun El- Gezirah Hotel, Al-Gezirah and Al-Gezirah Gardens.

Built in 1996, El-Gezirah Hotel is a family business that includes 11 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, a terrace, a roof garden overlooking the river Nile. Situated near the village of Gezirat El-Beirat, on an old branch of the Nile, guests would experience the traditional Egyptian village life.

Facade of Al Gezirah HotelPhoto: Al Gezirah Hotel

Facade of Al Gezirah Hotel
Photo: Al Gezirah Hotel

Most archaeological sites on the west bank of the Nile are accessible from the hotel. Museums and temples of the east bank of the Nile are also accessible by ferries and motorboats.

Besides sightseeing, guests can enjoy visiting the local vegetable gardens and sugar cane fields. They can also go on donkey excursions, motorboat or felucca trips.

View from TerracePhoto: Al Gezirah Hotel

View from Terrace
Photo: Al Gezirah Hotel

All rooms are located on the ground and second floors. They are equipped with a private bathroom, shower or tub and air-conditioning.

Single rooms are for LE100 per night;  double rooms are for LE75 per person per room per night; triple room is for LE70 per person per night. Accommodation is based on bed and breakfast.

Rooms at Al Gezirah HotelPhoto: Al Gezirah Hotel

Rooms at Al Gezirah Hotel
Photo: Al Gezirah Hotel

For more information, visit http://www.el-gezira.com/E/hotel.htm

If you look for a more sophisticated vacation, then the sister hotel Al-Gezirah Garden, adjacent to El Gezirah Hotel, is the place.

El-Gezirah Garden consists of 8 apartments and 18 double rooms. Each apartment on the upper floor consists of two rooms, a kitchen and a large bathroom. The apartments on the ground floor have two bathrooms and no kitchen. The apartment can accommodate four adults, or two adults and two children. All apartments and rooms are equipped with satellite TV, telephone and air-condition.

The garden at the hotelPhoto: Al Gezirah Gardens Hotel

The garden at the hotel
Photo: Al Gezirah Gardens Hotel

For entertainment, the hotel has a garden, a swimming pool and billiard facility.

Rates for an apartment is 60 Euros per day, including breakfast and taxes; a double room for two persons is for 35 Euros and 25 Euros for one person with breakfast.

A double room at the hotelPhoto: Al Gezirah Gardens Hotel

A double room at the hotel
Photo: Al Gezirah Gardens Hotel

For more information, visit http://www.el-gezira.com/E/garden.htm

At the edge of the desert behind the ticket office in Medinat Habu, lies Pharaohs Hotel. Opened in 1984, the hotel has 20 double rooms, 10 triple rooms, all with private bath room and air condition. No telephone, television or radio are available in the rooms.

Mortuary Temple of Ramsis III in Medinat Habu

Mortuary Temple of Ramsis III in Medinat Habu

The hotel has an indoor and an outdoor restaurant, large garden terrace, reading corners and a billiard table. The sun beds at the spacious roof terrace invite guests not only for a sun bath, but also for a magnificent view up to the mountains, to the Habu Temple, the second largest temple after Karnak, and over the agricultural land to the Colossi of Memnon. During the excavation season in the winter months the hotel frequently is booked by international archaeologists. Therefore it also is called by the ancient name Per Äao (big house) from which the word pharaoh was adapted.

Travellers would find all kinds of entertainment at Pharaohs HotelPhotos: Pharaoh Hotel

Travellers would find all kinds of entertainment at Pharaohs Hotel
Photos: Pharaoh Hotel

Single rooms are for 18 Euros per night and double rooms are for 23 Euros per night. Rooms at the roof are a bit more expensive. Single rooms are for 26 Euros per night and double rooms are for 32 Euros per night. Accommodation is based on bed and breakfast.

For more information, visit http://www.luxor-westbank.com/pharaohs_e.htm

Whatever your budget and whichever your choice, if you opt to reside on the west bank and experience its riches, you will most definitely be residing in a hotel in a class of its own.

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Winter campaign launch at Sheraton Montazah

As part of its commitment to the society, Sheraton Montazah Hotel Alexandria launches every year a special campaign targeting unprivileged communities in the areas surrounding the hotel. This year, hotel associates donated a big number of brand new blankets to help the needy cope with the harsh winter in the Mediterranean city.

Sheraton Montazah associates preparing for the campaign launch.Photo: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

Sheraton Montazah associates preparing for the campaign launch.
Photo: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

The hotel’s public relations together with the community help team in the hotel worked on identifying the right beneficiaries to donate them the blankets, collecting donations and purchasing good quality blankets. This came amongst other community service plans that will take place during 2013 to provide aid to sick people, senior citizens and street children.

Facade of Sheraton Montazah HotelPhoto: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

Facade of Sheraton Montazah Hotel
Photo: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

A Presidential SuitePhoto: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

A Presidential Suite
Photo: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

A room at Sheraton Montazah Hotel.Photo: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

A room at Sheraton Montazah Hotel.
Photo: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

Sheraton Montazah Hotel is located in Alexandria, which is renowned for its magnificent beaches, archaeological and cultural attractions. The hotel is 15 km from Nozha airport and 220 km from Cairo. It overlooks King’s Farouk Palace and gardens on one side and the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean on the other. It features 289 rooms and suites. It provides six Presidential suites, 13 Junior and Hospitality suites.

Sheraton Montazah Hotel BeachPhoto: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

Sheraton Montazah Hotel Beach
Photo: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

The Pool at the hotelPhoto: Sheraton Montazah Hotel

For more information on Sheraton Montazah Hotel, visit http://www.sheratonmontazah.com/

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