This is not the luxury choice of the city, but a great place with character. Built in 1931 and opened in 1932, the Crescent Hotel's spacious, colonial style with deep verandahs and high ceilings were appropriate for the hot, humid climate of Aden. In the early 1960's however it was refurbished to include fans and air-conditioning. The bar lounge and resident's lounge enjoyed the comfort of air-conditioning whilst the dining room with its terrace extension was well equipped with fans. Each of the 70 bedrooms were fitted with an air-conditioner and had a private bath or shower.One favourite story of this hotel is certainly this one:
Queen Elisabeth II visited Aden in 1954 and stayed in the Crescent hotel. She was supposed to have brought a piano and various other equipment with her which the staff and management of the hotel seem to have misplaced (no one could figure out where it was, although some were quite sure that they had it laying around somewhere).
While the Hotel might not be clean enough for Her Majesty these days, the old colonial style building has a distinct character to it. If you decide to stay here, you might as well stay in the Queen’s room 121. US$ 40,00.
The Crescent Hotel in Aden, can be contacted by phone +9672 203471. Here it is unfortunately not yet possible to book online.