Volume I, Number 5 October 1st, 2000
H.M. Khedive Abbas Helmi II built the el-Salamlek Palace, located in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1892 as a hunting lodge for his Hangro-Austrian Mistress, Countess May-Torok von Szendro. It was surrounded by woods stocked with game for the hunting pleasure of the Khedive and his guests. The Greek architect Dimitri Faricious Pasha actually designed the palace and undertook its construction.
Antique Oriental Carpets and Original Artwork
Adorn the Walls of the Hotel
Later, during the reign of H.M. King Fouad I, son of H.M. Khedive Abbas Helmi II, El-Salamlek served as a guesthouse. And later, under the reign of King Farouk I, El-Salamlek became a summer office and guesthouse for the king's most valued guests. When the Palace was turned into the El Salamlek Palace Hotel and Casino, nine years were spent renovating and decorating in order to recreate the luxury and glamour of the Royal era of Egypt.
The palace, now a hotel, is located in the lush gardens of Montazah, surrounded by fortified walls. It can only be reached by by two private entry gates. Located on a hill, it overlooks the Royal Mediterranean Bay, and has its own crescent beach.
Great Harbor Views
This is an excellent facility and one of the best of the historical hotels in Egypt. And with only 14 Suites and 6 luxurious rooms, all with classic furnishings, often huge terraces, it is both quaint and exclusive. Walk around the hotel one will discover rare old paintings, carpets, stained glass windows and period furnishings.
A Suite Terrace
The suites are often huge. For example the Mawlana Suite has five rooms and a terrace that can entertain up to 100 people while overlooking the Montazah Lagoon, while the Sahebat Al-Esma Suite, though smaller, can still accommodate a reception of up to 70 people. Needless to say, rooms have all the expected amenities of a five star plus hotel with satellite color TVs, minibars, individually controlled air conditioning, hair dryers, Ironing boards and bathrobes upon request and telephones.
Details in Suite Furnishings
General hotel facilities include 24 hour room service, a flower shop, hairdresser, souvenir shops, a travel agency, post office facilities, and more. There is often live entertainment, as well as one of Alexandria's premier casino, which includes slot machines, poker, black jack, and American roulette. From June through October, one may even enjoy classic movies under the stars while winding and dining at the El-Amirate Cinema.
Restaurants and Bars
Dine in Grand Style in his Majesty King Farouk Office! Al-Farouk Restaurant serves great French food.
Overlooking the sea and the rich gardens, the Al Farida restaurant offers very special International & Italian dishes while enjoying live music. It is open 24 hours.
Al-Fouad Bar offers privacy, with background piano music. It serves famous alcoholics and no-alcoholic cocktails and provides luxury hospitality.
The Prince Cafe is on a terrace over looking the emerald Mediterranean and Montazah bay. It offers a feeling of limitless space, where snacks, juices, ice cream and varieties of selected beverages are served.
Khedive Salon is where the Royal hospitality lives on. Conceived as a luxury lobby, the elegant interiors have inlaid ceiling, arabesque arches, stunning chandeliers and marvelously decorated marble that creates a luxurious ambiance with the warmth of a private home. It serves a selected variety of drinks & deserts.
Qatr El-Nada Garden overlooks the sea and gardens. Enjoy the sun at mornings and the soft garden breeze. At night, listen to live night music. Lunch, dinner, snacks, juices, ice cream and shisha are served.
Stained Glass Windows
Not everyone going to Egypt overnights in Alexandria. In fact, it is often not a part of a standard tour at all, having little in the way of real pharaonic antiquities. But if you do visit Alex and have the budget for a grand old hotel, you will not find better than this one.
El-Salamlek Hotel, Alexandria, Egypt
P.O. Box 258, Ale., Egypt
Tel: 20 (3) 54 77999
Fax: 20 (3) 5473585
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