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Steigenberger Cecil Hotel

 

Sofitel Cecil HotelThe colonial style Steigenberger Cecil Hotel, built in 1929 by the French-Egyptian Jewish Metzger family, stands in the heart of Alexandria City with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Located in Saad Zaghloul Square in front of La Corniche, the Cecil was built as a romantic hotel, which has been favored by many celebrities over the years.  High profile guests have included authors Agatha Christie and Somerset Maugham, singers Om Kalthoum and Josephine Baker, Henry Moore, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Montgomery and Al Capone to name but a few.

During World War II, the hotel was also the location of the British Intelligence Headquarters.

After the revolution in 1952, it was seized by the Egyptian government and the Metzger family was expelled from the country five years later.  In 2007, after a lengthy court battle, legal ownership of the hotel was returned to the Metzger family, who subsequently sold it to the Egyptian government.

The Cecil is now managed by Sofitel and offers 85 rooms.

 

Location & Map

Al Mesallah Gharb WA Sharif Basha
Qesm Al Attarin, Alexandria, Egypt

 

 

Steigenberger Cecil Hotel

 

The 86 room, four-star Cecil Hotel in Alexandria, Egypt, was built in
1929 by the French-Egyptian Jewish Metzger family as a romantic hotel, at Saad Zaghloul square where Cleopatra's needles had been, in front of the Corniche. Author Somerset Maugham stayed here, as did Winston Churchill and Al Capone. Moreover, the British Secret Service maintained a suite for their operations. It was seized by the Egyptian government after the revolution in 1952, and five years later the Metzger family expelled from the country. In 2007, after a lengthy court battle, legal ownership of the hotel was returned to the Metzger family, who subsequently sold it to the Egyptian government.This hotel appears in the The Alexandria Quartet, written by Lawrence Durrell and the novel Miramar by Naguib Mahfuz.

 

 

 

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