Alexandria continues to suffer from a dearth of midrange hotels. Budget accommodation is well represented, with hotels running the gamut from downright seedy to halfway decent. The selection of places to rest your head then quickly shoots straight into the top-end category with several five-star hotel chains and a handful of historic hotels still hanging on along the seafront.
Quite a few of the budget hotels front at least partly on to the Corniche. One of the pleasures of staying in Alexandria is pushing open the shutters in the morning to get a face full of fresh air off the Mediterranean, but light sleepers may want to consider a room off the Corniche because of the unrelenting din of traffic. At any of Alexandria’s budget hotels, it’s wise to bring along your own soap, towel and toilet paper, as supplies can be erratic.
The summer months of June to September are Alexandria's high season, when half of Cairo seems to decamp here to escape the heat of the capital. Pre-booking during this period is advised.