Where Arab Kings and Heads of States Rest

Diplomat East Africa - - Dea Hotels - By RON­ALD BERA

Sit­ting im­pos­ingly at the edge of Egypt’s his­tor­i­cal gar­dens, the tow­er­ing mar­vel of ar­chi­tec­ture has over 200 rooms – in­clud­ing lav­ish suites and a pent­house, all bal­conied, with a mag­nif­i­cent view of the Mediter­ranean Sea

When you ar­rive at the Helnan Pales­tine Ho­tel in Alexan­dria, which lies along the Mediter­ranean coast, they qui­etly let you know that the ho­tel was built to ac­co­mo­date a kings and pres­i­dents.

It is only after you go through the stain­less glass doors and into the lobby, a grandiose im­age of stylish fur­ni­ture stand­ing on pol­ished mar­ble floors and all things shiny, that it slowly be­gins to come to you that the tow­er­ing mar­vel of ar­chi­tec­ture was built not with the im­age of or­di­nary folk in mind.

It sits im­pos­ingly – ar­ro­gantly, at the edge of a his­tor­i­cal piece of lush­ness that are the gar­dens of Mon­taza Royal Palace, where once the late King Farouk’s sum­mer palace is said to have stood.

It has over 200 rooms – in­clud­ing lav­ish suites and a pent­house, all bal­conied, with a killing view of the Mediter­ranean Sea and the royal gar­dens and they all have di­rect in­ter­na­tional tele­phone lines.

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