- Reviews: 1449
Hotel Suisse: Hotel Suisse
In a side street just off Rue Didouche Mourad and opposite a police station, the Hotel Suisse is a beautiful old colonial building that probably hasn't changed much outside or inside since the French left. One of the few affordable hotels in Algiers to have an online presence, I booked a room here about a month in advance and used the email confirmation to support my visa application. For 7000 DA (roughly 50 Euro at the black market rate, 65 Euro at the official rate), I was given a large double room with a tiny balcony and an en-suite bathroom. The overall feeling was...well, old-fashioned! The plumbing was noisy, the bath ancient, the door too large for the frame, the balcony ready to drop at any moment, and I haven't seen as many net curtains since visiting my grandma's house in the 1980s. It was clean and comfortable, if somewhat overpriced compared to similar rooms in other countries in the region, but Algiers is an expensive city.
The staff is friendly and helpful, and were very keen on serving me breakfast even though I was too late on the first morning, sending the cook out to buy bread just for me! Breakfast is included in the room rate, and served in the bar, a lively place after dark, but only for guests apparently. A restaurant below the reception had French menus but I never saw anyone eat in there.
The earthquake on my first night was quite a unique quality!
Look out for the old-fashioned lift complete with metal cage and padded door.
As well as breakfast, the room price includes free wifi, which worked quite well. Staff at reception can change money, and are quite persistant, asking me every time I went in or out...the rate wasn't quite as good as that offered by the moneychangers near the bottom of the Casbah, but obviously it is much safer to change here, and much much higher than the rate offered by banks.
I also arranged a guide for a walking tour of the Casbah through reception.
The location is pretty good, just off the main shopping street, and there are a couple of late night cafes and snack places within a few minutes' walk (Algiers is a quiet place after dark, so I came to appreciate these). Two metro stations are close by, as is the station for trains to Oran, and walking to Place Port Said took about half an hour.
- Reviews: 4302
CENTRAL TOURING HÔTEL: A CHEAP ALGIERS HOTEL – NO. 5
This is yet another cheap hotel in the middle of Algiers. This one is actually on a main shopping street, but just 2 blocks west of the main Rail Station and Ferry Terminal. You have shopping, restaurants, major attractions and the Casbah practically on your doorstep. This is considered to be one of the best hotels in the ‘budget’ range. Some rooms are air-conditioned.
Please note: I did not visit inside this hotel and the prices were about $30 according to my guidebook written in 2007. If you stay here or have more information, please email me and let me know. I will then update this tip. Also of you get in pictures from the inside, please send me a copy.
- Reviews: 4302
GRAND HÔTEL DES ÉSTRANGERS: A CHEAP ALGIERS HOTEL – NO. 4
This is yet another cheap hotel in the middle of Algiers. You have everything you could possibly want on your doorstep or just 1-2 minutes of walking. Shopping, eating and sightseeing opportunities quite literally surround this hotel. Many of you major transport options are also very close by. This hotel has a reputation for being a bit quieter than some of the other budget hotels in the central zone of Algiers.
Please note: I did not visit inside this hotel and the prices were $17-20 according to my guidebook written in 2007. If you stay here or have more information, please email me and let me know. I will then update this tip. Also of you get in pictures from the inside, please send me a copy.
- Reviews: 4302
HÔTEL ARAGO: A CHEAP ALGIERS HOTEL – NO. 3
This is the former Grand Hôtel Arago. You guessed it. It was a nice hotel during the French colonial era. It has a reputation for having clean rooms, but not air-conditioning. It is located right in the middle everything from restaurants to shops, the Casbah, cafés, Tourist Information, tourist attractions, main Railway Station, Ferry Terminal, and the seafront.
Please note: I did not visit inside this hotel and the prices were $14-22 according to my guidebook written in 2007. If you stay here or have more information, please email me and let me know. I will then update this tip. Also of you get in pictures from the inside, please send me a copy.
- Reviews: 4302
GRAND HÔTEL TIPAZA: A CHEAP ALGIERS HOTEL – NO. 1
Despite the elaborate name, this is a backpacker’s accommodation with shared showers. This hotel is essentially across the main road from the main Railway Station. Its location is amazingly convenient for all the major attractions in the centre of Algiers. Restaurants and shops surround this location. The massive Casbah is 2 minutes walk and you are almost right on the main seafront. The Tourist Information Office is a stone’s throw away and the Ferry Terminal is also very close by. Apparently this is a lively and somewhat noisy place as there are cafés and shops below the hotel. It is however generally quiet in Algiers at night.
Please note: I did not visit inside this hotel and the prices were $12 according to my guidebook written in 2007. If you stay here or have more information, please email me and let me know. I will then update this tip. Also of you get in pictures from the inside, please send me a copy.
This tip and 4 others were created after a question on the Algiers Travel forum. There is a real need for good hotel information in Algiers. I rented an apartment, so had limited experience with the local hotels here.
On the plus side, there is a lot of 'cheap' accommodation right inside the heart of the city and some of the links on these 5 related tips have more lists of hotels. If you can speak French and telephone them - you can arrange a room and negotiate prices. The idea of reservations by email is still a few years away in a country not used to Tourism yet.
- Reviews: 4302
HÔTEL ES SAFIR: SHOCKING AND SCANDALOUS
THIS IS NOT A 4 STAR HOTEL.
It once was. Very much so. Built in 1926-30 it was originally named the Hotel Aletti. It was a grand hotel with massive rooms, sweeping balconies looking out over the port and a place used by diplomats and high society. One of its most famous visitors was the American singer, Josephine Baker.
After Independence from France (1962) the President, Ahmed Ben Bella, nationalized this hotel and one other. Like any government run hotels in the world – it deteriorated from there. Today some websites list this as a 4 star hotel, want $150 a night and even list the services starting with ‘Has an elevator’. Locally you could probably get in here at half that price, but why would you?
I visited the bar, restaurant, lobby and even the toilets. I quickly envisioned the ghastly descriptions of the rooms you can read on many websites. It’s a real shame, Many guests comment on how grand the rooms were. Unfortunately you cannot turn back 40 years of neglect overnight. I hope they do finish what renovations have started. The hotel is in an excellent location with access to everything the center of the city can provide.
You could always stop by fro a drink in the massive (but empty) smoky bar.
Interestingly they offer non-smoking rooms. Hard to find in Algeria.
They have no direct email address that I could find.
If you really want to pay money to stay in a very run down old hotel, there are several to choose from. And they are all cheaper.
- Reviews: 17
El Aurassi Hotel: Good for business travel
Large hotel, 400+ rooms and about 40 suites. This is a 4 star hotel. Some background, the hotel was designed by Luigi Moretti, a well know Italian architect. The Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. is probably one of the better known of his projects. This place is almost like a resort, nice landscaping, pool and overlooks the bay from the hill. A construction tidbit, about the only odd, but not negative, is that during the hotel construction (yes the Russians were building it during their cold war period, attempting to expand influence in the region) they discovered that they had to leave off about 3 planned upper floors because the "land" going to be able to handle that extra load. Most of us believe it was the Russian construction quality (or shortcuts).
Good size rooms with good bathrooms. Each floor has a waiter station staffed 24 hours a day. Has great views of the Bay. Good restaurants. Several very uniquely designed bars. And the hotel has a lot of museum quality art works. It is on the west side of the city (airport is on East side). Easy travel by Taxi to center of city, university and US Embassy. Price is reasonable, but don't book direct, use good on line service. Most of Staff speak either English or French.
Airconditioning, TV, business center with Internet.
Hotel has full meeting and conference facilities.
Be aware that Algeria as a whole has a sometimes unreliable electric power system, sometimes with rolling blackouts that last several hours. Algeria is NOT for the tourist or families.
Hotel sits on the hill overlooking Algiers and the bay. You can see for miles, and the view at night are great. rooms have small balconies. If you are staying a few days, check with hotel about recommendation for hiring a car and driver, instead of using taxis. This tends to be cheap if you are making several trips or outings per day. Driver will be available 24 hours a day for generally a flat fee (may or may not include gas, so ask).
- Reviews: 561
Hotel El Djazair or St George: 5 Star Luxury with Tranquility and History
This 5 star hotel was built in 1889, on the site of an ancient spanish-moresque palace of which many traces still remain.
Rudyard Kipling once stayed here and on June, 7th, 1943, a conference was held at the hotel with Winston Churchill and Eisenhower to plan the allied invasions.
It is not as luxurious as most 5 star hotels but has some very endearing features which make it an interesting and comfortable place to stay. It is in the centre of Algiers in the residential and diplomatic area so is quieter than other areas. There is an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, 2 restaurants and a lively bar, where local business people go for a drink after work.
The rooms are not luxurious but are clean and comfortable.
The main restaurant is very smart and serves top quality international food.
It's best feature is it's botanical gardens which are sheltered and peaceful and contain plants from 5 continents.
- Reviews: 4
Hotels in Algeria
Always make reservations before you go to Algeria, to Algiers or any other city. Your travel times might coincide with some local events. (It happened to me twice) Also check the rooms and prices before renting the room. Because in most hotels i saw, all the rooms are different from one another even if they are at the same prices. You can always want to make a room change after a night of stay. Be sure that everything essential works in the room.
Unless it is a high quality hotel, don't expect a good breakfast.
- Reviews: 6088
Hôtel Albert 1er: Hotel in the very city center
Each time we had to spend a night in Algiers, we were lodged in Hôtel Albert 1er. It was an old first class hotel, clean but old (once more, that was between 1973 to 1987 and I do not know if this is true anymore). Water was scarce as everywhere else in town: water flew on the tape for half an hour or one hour each day. But Albert 1er is ideally situated, in the very center, in front of the magnificent "Poste Centrale" (General Post Office). I am very sorry I never took a photo of that superb building (saving rolls for the desert!).
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