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An overview of Lebanon

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Lebanon or the Lebanese Republic is one of the Arab countries in the Middle East in the south-west of the Asian continent. Syria is bordered to the north and the east, and Palestine from the south. Overlooking the west of the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon is one of the smallest countries in the Middle East, and a smaller area of Arab States, is located in the eastern Mediterranean, and the western edge of the continent of Asia. Lebanon is a first-class tourist and tourism has great potential as excellent position to be at the forefront of the purposes of attractions in the Arab world and also at the international level, based on its components to the natural beauty and mild climate and ancient cultural heritage tourism and awareness of Lebanese citizens are inherent to the known and the generosity remained legendary and readiness to receive guests for their hospitality and the introduction of comfort and joy to their hearts, not to mention a kitchen and a well-known Lebanese traditional heritage and diversity also provides for the privilege of all dishes East and West. Lebanon is a country of tourism and the four seasons of winter in the area of rice, which is a rich natural and historical sites of many major center for sports ski skiing lanes. In summer, the mountain region is full of the best centers and resorts and famous summer, which annually attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists, particularly Arabs, in the summer season is renewed annually festivals, ceremonies and other events and fun entertainment, all served by the structure of a tourist haven meet all the wishes and tastes of tourists and holidaymakers and north to the south of crowded cities and towns of Lebanon and missed the beautiful natural sites and historical monuments and ancient attractions in all types of tourism services with a long and sophisticated, where to find the most luxurious hotels and tourist resorts, restaurants, casinos, theaters and cinemas with support services such as advanced communication and limousine transportation services in addition to the availability of the latest sporting facilities, medical and cultural and luxury shopping centers, and multimedia. The number of total population: 785,542 people.

Cities and tourist sites


Beirut set up on the shoulder of the rocky coast in central Lebanon, in the old residence rights since the stone ages, in the middle of the second millennium BC, the city of Beirut was the property mentioned in the Tel el-Amarna letters of the famous.

Museums and the effects of
- Roman and Byzantine structures of the five pillars of the Group is located near what was known as the daraj al-arbaen were found and restored in 1963, this column has been part of the main Roman road.
- Semi-circular structure: discovered in 1963 during the digging of the foundations of a building Alazarip, has been restored and the remaining parts of the form in which it is now at the entrance to the port as well as serious President Charles Helou.


- Decorated pillars: The institute is part of the Romanian Albazelkeia which was defined in the forties the Star Plaza, between the age and the great mosque. Has been transferred from place to park the Unknown Soldier to the National Museum.
- Floor mosaics: Albazeljkp located behind the pillars to the National Museum.
- Structures and the Crusades and the Ottoman Mamluk part of the fence that surrounded the modern crusaders in Beirut and the Mamelukes, has been discovered during archaeological excavations carried out along the street, Patriarch Huwaik north of Wigan Road, part of the fortress, which oversees the port in the days of the Crusaders and, most of them had in 1860 during the demolition work on the expansion of the old port, but the archaeological excavations conducted in 1995 made it possible to detect some of which show the structure of their parts made in the construction of a huge Roman columns as the stalls .

Hotels in Lebanon

Beirut, Ain El Mreisseh, Minet El Hosn

Perhaps the most prestigious of luxury hotels in the city, the InterContinental Phoenicia dominates the reborn hotel district and overlooks the Mediterranean. It is only a few kilometers from Rafik Harriri International Airport, and right in the heart of the city. Everything you expect from an international five-star hotel can be found at the Phoenicia. It is a favorite of well-to-do businesspeople, VIPs, families and heads of state.

Spacious rooms and suites with tasteful, elegant and modern decoration are the hallmarks of the Phoenicia InterContinental. In-room services include an assorted fresh fruit basket and sweets, a daily newspaper, IP telephony, access to the fitness room and ironing facilities. The different room configurations available are:

Standard Rooms – Large and tastefully furnished, the rooms offer a wealth of amenities and service.

Deluxe Queen – These rooms are 28m2 each, and come with a city view and a queen-sized bed for comfort.

Premium – The Premium rooms offer a sea view, with 37m2 of area, as well as one large bed or two twin beds.

Junior Suite – Around 52m2 of space, the suite has 1 bedroom and a living room, in addition to a city view.

Club IC Rooms & Suites – There are 60 stunning suites that are tasteful yet not overwhelming in their decoration. The Club IC rooms offer one large bed or two twin beds, a balcony, and a marina or pool view.

Note that all suites offer a work area, high-speed wireless internet, international power outlets and fax machines. They also offer an exclusive buffet breakfast at the Club Lounge, stereo CD player, a mini-bar, espresso machines, fresh fruits, flowers, and much more.


A wonderful selection of restaurants graces the premises, with talented chefs who create a variety of local and international specialties. Some of these outlets are:

Phoenicia Gourmet – the perfect place for chocolate, cakes, quiches, gourmet bread, homemade ice cream, and Levantine sweets.

Caffe Mondo – A modern ambiance with the best of Italian and Mediterranean specialties, including pizza, homemade pasta, Italian coffee, and sumptuous desserts.

Mosaic – A wide variety of Arabic meza and hearty dishes, in addition to a generous buffet with appetizers, creative salads and hot dishes with global flair.

Wok Wok – If you’re into far eastern cuisine, this Asian fusion restaurant offers the best of Thai, Japanese and Chinese dishes. There is also a diversified sushi and sashimi bar, popular with Beirut’s ‘in crowd’.

Eau De Vie – A veritable French restaurant of the highest caliber, the Eau De Vie offers excellent food, exclusive wine, and a selection of the finest cigars.

Les Cascades Lobby Lounge – From a hearty breakfast to salads, sandwiches and afternoon tea, this is the place to see all the action in the lobby while enjoying a good bite. A piano player is often in the vicinity.

Skin Club – A popular nightclub with international cuisine, exotic drinks and live bands, some of them very well-known in the country.

The Phoenicia InterContinental is also famous for its spa, combining top-notch equipment, facilities and products to create a health center like no other. Many spa treatments are available, such as water therapy, balneotherapy, seaweed treatments and various massages. In this respect, the property is a true destination for rejuvenation and relaxation.

Hotel Facilities: 24 hours room service - Self-Laundry Facilities (washer/dryer) - Dry Cleaning - Rental Car Desk - Coffee Making facilities - pressing equipements - Dedicated Lounge - Baby-Sitting - Non-Smoking Rooms - Florist- Secretarial Services - Airline Desk - ATM/Cash Machine - Gift Shop - Business center - High-speed Internet Access - Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk - Full Kitchen Kitchenette - Foreign Currency Exchange - Beauty Salon - Concierge Services - Shoe Shine - Newspaper Service

SPA Amenities: Indoor and outdoor pools - Yoga, Tae Bo and Step classes - Mineral whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzi - Latest cardio-theater system - Fully equipped gym - Personal trainer - Tanning beds

Check-in time: 3PM Checkout time: Noon

InterContinental Mzaar Lebanon Mountain Resort and Spa

Considered the most luxurious snow resort hotel at 2000 meters above sea level, the InterContinental Mzaar Resort & Spa is just over an hour away from Beirut. Despite its reputation as a winter resort, the Mzaar provides entertainment all year round, with a multitude of indoor and outdoor activities as well as proximity to the Casino and to major historical sites.

The property boasts 131 guest rooms and suites which come in three types:
Standard Rooms – luxurious furnishings with a host of facilities such as safety deposit boxes, coffeemakers and internet
Deluxe Rooms – offering mountain or garden view, these are larger than the standard rooms and can fit an extra bed when needed for larger families
Loft Rooms – attractive chalet-type rooms on the top floor with high, slanted ceilings that for a Swiss touch with a lot of wood.

Note: Rooms overlooking the ski slopes have an extra charge of USD 120 per night. Other charges also apply for certain rooms.

Excellent cuisine is offered at its many outlets, from the fondues at Le Refuge to the international buffet at Les Airelles. Here is a detailed breakdown of the property’s food and beverage outlets:

Le Refuge – An attractive restaurant with a large terrace, serving superb fondues and other warming dishes during the winter, plus a deliciously refreshing menu for summer

Les Airelles – Known for its varied international buffet with specialties from east and west, as well as a substantial dessert table to titillate the senses

Gaucho’s – True Brazilian Churrasco dishes, as well as Mexican and Argentinean favorites, with loads of roasted beef, chicken and veal. A true pleasure for all meat lovers

La Tavola – An open kitchen dining concept contributes to creating the ultimate Italian experience, with food-fire pizzas and homemade pastas

Al Hor tent - Mountain agro-tourism food with the influence of nearby villages and products, located right outside the hotel for an authentic Lebanese flavor

Galler Chocolat-The Salon – Think “chocolate cuisine” with a Belgian dominance, and you’ll want to sample all the desserts there after enjoying the outlet’s sandwiches and salads

Le Bar – right in the middle of the lobby and operating day and night, this bar is the place to enjoy cocktails, chat with friends and even network with colleagues

Night Club – A great choice for evenings on weekends and holidays, the Night Club plays the latest music and creates a party atmosphere for all those present.

With respect to leisure, the resort offers indoor facilities such as billiards, squash courts, a heated pool, a gaming area and a modern fitness center. Outdoor activities include mountain climbing, hiking, biking, rappelling and rafting, as well as snowmobile and ATV (all-terrain vehicle) excursions to name a few. There is also Les Thermes du Mzaar, a 1,200m2 luxury spa with a range of treatments from facials and balneotherapy to pressotherapy.

Facilities: 24 hour room service - 24 hour front desk - - Porter/bellman - - Safety deposit box - Foreign currency exchange - Iron / Ironing board - Business center - - 4 meeting rooms - Baby-sitting - Laundry and dry cleaning - Underground parking - Individually controlled A/C - Shopping arcade - Indoor and outdoor pool - Beauty saloon - "Les Thermes du Mzaar" Spa - Sauna, steam room, gym - Workout sessions - Aerobics - Massage - Squash court - Four-lane bowling alley - Cinema and auditorium - Kids center - WiFi and HSIA connection - 11 F&B outlets

Padova Hotel

Four stars Padova Hotel is located in the business district of Sin El Fil, at a walking distance from shops, shopping malls, banks, and a variety of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. You need around 20 minutes to reach it from Beirut Airport and 10 minutes from Beirut Downtown. Hotel Padova is also an ideal choice for business travelers, holiday makers seeking to save while enjoying high standard services, and serves as a meeting venue and conferencing venue with a total capacity of 150 persons.

All 67 rooms and suites offer free wireless Internet access and are spread over 12 floors. You can book Single or Double rooms, as well as larger Junior or Executives. Families will appreciate the 2-connecting rooms option.

To satisfy your appetite, Padova Hotel offers local and international cuisine in its 2 restaurants, coffee shop and lobby bar.

Fully equipped conference rooms - Free wireless Internet - Free parking - Baby sitting - Safe deposit box - Business center - Secreterial services - Elevator - Wheelchair access - Money exchange

Room Facilities: Air conditioning (cold and warm) - Balcony - Bath tub and shower - Slippers - alarm clock - radio - Satellite TV - Telephone - Mini-bar - In-room safe - Wireless Internet - Hair dryer - Daily cleaning - Non-smoking rooms - Trouser press

Check-in: 2PM Check-out: Noon.

Palm Beach Hotel

Beirut, Ain El Mreisseh

In an art-deco type hotel of Beirut’s golden age, the Palm Beach has reinvented itself as an elegant hotel not far from the seaside, right in the middle of the city’s reborn hotel district. The hotel is a short drive to the airport, and within walking distance of the Corniche and Downtown area.


All 87 spacious rooms spread over six floors look out to the blue sea and majestic mountains in the distance. They luxuriously designed with rich fabrics, antique pieces, and highly comfortable beds. In-room facilities include cable television, 24-hour room service, and everything expected from a first-class hotel. Overall, this is the ultimate in boutique hotel luxury and personalized service, where coziness meets with first-class facilities, tempered by very welcoming staff and genuine hospitality.

To satisfy the appetite, head to the Sunset Room on the roof. This restaurant cum cigar bar offers a delicious selection of European cuisine over breathtaking Mediterranean views and sunsets amid true restaurant elegance. It is open for lunch and dinner, while its bar is perfect for late-night drinks. There’s also the lobby lounge for meetings and teatime, while a fashionable bar on the roof provides another attractive option during most of the year with the weather is balmy.

Apart from the bar, the Roof Top offers an open-air pool, two Jacuzzis and sun decks for the ultimate tan. Beyond these leisure options, there is a business center as well as sunny conference facilities that are perfect for any meeting or event in a Mediterranean setting.

Jacuzzi - Massage (Foot/Traditional/etc.) - Newspapers/Magazines - Business center - Lobby lounge/Bar - Restaurant - 24 hours room service - A.C. and heating - Hot water - Conference facilities - Fitness club/Gym - Outdoor swimming pool - Babysitting - Car Rental - Cable T.V.
Check-in: 2PM Check-out: Noon.

Monroe Hotel
Beirut, Ain El Mreisseh, Kennedy Street

Inspired by Marilyn Monroe and the happening days of the 60s, this retro modern-art hotel lies spectacularly at the edge of the Mediterranean. It faces the idyllic Saint Georges Yacht Club in the middle of Beirut’s downtown posh hotel district. The Monroe is classified as a four-star hotel that offers good value for money among the luxury hotels around it, and is only 10 minutes from the airport. A leisurely walk to Beirut’s famous seaside corniche or to the Downtown shopping area is a pleasure anytime of the year. Additionally, the property is ideal for business people who want easy access to offices in Downtown Beirut or in the neighboring Hamra and Achrafieh areas.

The well-lit rooms are generally spacious with modern furniture and large, comfortable beds. Deluxe rooms come with a city view while Premium rooms afford a spectacular view of the sea. Standard features such as satellite TV with major European and Middle Eastern channels are available, so is a stocked mini-bar and little extras that make your stay ever so comfortable.

The Monroe caters for western tastes and eastern tastes, offering a casual coffee shop/restaurant and an Arabic restaurant, as well as a summer pool bar for snacks and drinks.

Restaurants: European & Lebanese food - Outdoor swimming pool - Underground parking - Doorman - Room service - Concierge service - Currency exchange - Dry-cleaning

Marble Tower Hotel

Beirut, Hamra, Makdissi Sreet
The advantage of this cozy budget hotel is that it’s in one of the most happening neighborhoods of the city, Hamra. This eclectic area has recently reinvented itself with dozens of new eateries, bars and shops that are welcomed eagerly by visitors to the country. A five-minute walk to the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University are also considered an asset.

The property has 60 rooms and suites overall, with clean rooms and an intimate lobby bar/restaurant as well, if you don’t feel like leaving the hotel. Overall, the Marble Tower has a more of a family feel which often leads to more personalized service and appeals to guests who like a little more local flavor of individual three-star properties.

The hustle and bustle of Hamra, with relative closeness to downtown Beirut and the seaside cafes, add to the overall charm.

Facilities: housekeeping - restaurant - laundry - dry cleaning - 24 hour front desk

Berkeley Hotel
Beirut, Hamra, Jeanne d'Arc Street

Tucked away on lively Jeanne d’Arc street in the middle of Beirut’s bustling Hamra neighborhood and only 15 minutes away from the airport, the Berkeley is a modern, revamped version of an older property that used to stand on the same spot.

This friendly three-star hotel differentiates itself from others in its class because half of its 55 rooms are comfortable suites, with many of the amenities found in more expensive properties. There’s even Wi-Fi internet in the lobby for guests who bring their laptops along.

The Berkeley has an intimate coffee shop and bar, adjacent to its Avanti restaurant on the lobby level. A world of restaurants, banks, shops and gym also awaits guests in the immediate vicinity of the hotel.

Facilities: Room service - Non-smoking rooms - Business center - Dry cleaning - Laundry - Valet parking - Car rental services - Doctor on call - Fire alarm system - WiFi connection in the lobby

Suites additional facilities: - Welcome drink - In-room safe box - Coffee & tea facility - Bathrobes & slippers

Holiday Inn – Dunes
Beirut, Verdun, Dunes Center

Located at mere minutes away from the airport yet in the heart of the posh Verdun shopping district, the Holiday Inn Dunes is part of a shopping mall itself, appealing to families as well as to businesspeople.

There are 118 large guest rooms, 32 executive rooms and 9 suites with a host of facilities. The hotel boasts a cozy restaurant with gourmet and iternational specialties on the first floor, just above the mall which also features a number of restaurants. Recreation includes a spa and massage center, a bowling center and a gym, in addition to the unlimited shopping possibilities. There is also a decent movie theater in the Dunes center.

Facilities: 24-hour room service - Valet parking - Satellite television - Individual AC - Dry cleaning and laundry - Hairdresser - Beautician - Gymnasium - Spa & Massage - Baby-sitting service - Doctor - Business center - Bowling - Movie theaters

Le Bristol
Beirut, Verdun, Mme Curie Street

Right between two popular business and shopping districts lies Le Bristol with its distinct European charm. This smart, elegant hotel is only 20 minutes away from the airport and central enough to be close to all areas of Beirut.

Le Bristol boasts 150 spacious rooms that have been recently renovated, as well as 34 high-end suites with jacuzzi, wireless internet, DVD player and a business corner.

The property is known for its fine cuisine, from its Sunday buffets to the steakhouse and rooftop bar. There's also Les Gourmandises du Bristol, a French-style patisserie cum coffee shop offering the finest sweets and desserts. Le Bristol has teamed up with nearby recreation facilities such as The Club, a prestigious fitness club in the vacinity, as well as the St. Georges marina and swimming pools by the sea, for the convenience of its guests.

Facilities: 24-hours Room service - Valet Parking - Butler service - Car rental - 4 Lounges - Business Center - Internet connection for extra charge - Same-day-laundry - Access to "The Club" health club and St. Georges Marina

Executive floors extra benefits: Jacuzzi & rain dance shower in room - VIP amenities, fruits, flowers, cookies, chocolates, etc. - Internet access - Mobile phones & laptop computers are available - In-room fax - Free access to VIP private lounge from 2PM till 8PM where guests can enjoy free drinks and snacks - Late check-out (until 4PM)

Charles Hotel
Beirut, Ain El Mreisseh, Rustom Bacha Street

Lying just 15 minutes away from the airport, Charles Hotel is situated in Ain El Mraisseh, one of the older Beirut neighborhoods with a lot of character and charm. The hotel is very near to Beirut’s busy Corniche by the sea, very close to downtown, and right between the eastern and western suburbs of the city.

This 4-star hotel is a relatively new addition to Beirut’s hotels, as it started operation in 2000. This boutique hotel has 65 smartly fitted rooms and suites, with some floors designated as non-smoking ones. All the comforts and amenities expected are there, such as safety deposit box, bathrobes, slippers, hair-dryer and mini-bar.

The hotel’s restaurant offers both European and Lebanese food, serving a full continental breakfast in the coffee shop every morning. Room service is also available 24 hours a day.

Business facilities such as conferences and internet access also make the Charles Hotel ideal for businesspeople, while everyone can benefit from the Health Club. A more personalized service and feel can be expected from the reception and staff.

Facilities: Health club - Restaurant serving Lebanese and European food - 24 hours room service - Baby-sitting upon request - Concierge - Internet - Currency exchange - Luggage storage - Conference rooms - Buisness center - Safe deposit boxes - Valet parking.

Check-in time: 2PM Check-out time: Noon

Albergo Hotel

Beirut, Ashrafieh, Abdel Wahab El Inglizi Street

Only a 5-km drive from Rafik Harriri International Airport, the Albergo Hotel (a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group) is located in the most charming part of eastern Beirut, near the happening Mono and Gemmayzeh streets that boast spectacular nightlife. It is also next to the Sodeco shopping area and a 15-minute walk to Sassine, the heart of the Achrafieh neighborhood and its deluxe ABC mall with its fashionable shops and eateries. Beirut’s downtown area with its restaurants and shops is also within walking distance, so are a number of museums.

There are 33 suites rather than rooms at the high-end, mansion-like Albergo, some with a more Levantine flavor and others with continental charm. Décor elements include chandeliers made with Bohemian crystal, exclusive antiques, original paintings, luxury linens, turndown service and large bathrooms to name a few.
Natural lighting graces the bathrooms which boast Jacuzzi bathtubs, lavish porcelain and marble exported from various parts of the world.

A dedicated room attendant unpacks your luggage and makes sure that your visit is a luxurious one from start to finish. Tech-wise, the property’s suites each have an LCD TV with over 90 channels, Wi-Fi internet, sound system, two telephone lines and a safety deposit box.

Sophisticated food outlets include the renowned Al Dente on the outside, the “Restaurant” on the inside, and the Terasse on the roof. Dining at the Albergo is considered a true gastronomic experience.

Non smoking suites available - Hair dryers & make up mirrors - 24 hour multi-lingual concierge - Individual climate control -Housekeeping service twice daily - In-room CD players - DVD players upon request - Chocolate Gourmet and Macarons at turndown - Multi-line phones and PC access - WiFi Internet connection - Porthault linen - Porthault robes and slippers - In-room plasma and LCD with 90 international channels - Large writing desks - Fully stocked bars - Extra terry towels in bathroom - Full size Carven bathroom amenities - King size feather pillows - Same day laundry & dry-clean - Welcome tray upon arrival - 24 hour in-room dining - Many suites with terrace.

Check-in: 3PM Check-out: Noon

The Lancaster
Beirut, Raouche, Australia Street

A perfect match between business and pleasure, the Lancaster in Beirut is a 2-minute walk from the famous pigeon rocks by the sea, and a short drive to Downtown Beirut. This medium-sized hotel is friendly and offers a variety of facilities and services.

All 75 rooms and suites have been recently redone to reflect a fresher, more modern look that result in a more comfortable stay overall. The suites have a private balcony, as well as a practical kitchenette. The 10th floor was also renovated as the property’s Executive Floor, catering exclusively to business travelers and VIP guests. The rooms on this floor offer extra amenities such as a DVD player, hi-fi system and a fax machine among others, adding to business comfort and productivity.

On the gastronomic front, the Lancaster Beirut takes pride in the Polo Club with an equestrian theme, offering a vigorous mix of European and Lebanese specialties. Alfred’s Bar is an English-type pub, ideal for happy hour, after-dinner cocktails and nightcaps.

There is also a health and fitness club, as well as a sophisticated business center in the hotel.

Facilities: 24 hours room service - Free parking - Bellboy - Fast service laundry - Internet - Safe box - Currency exchange - Free newspaper - Baby cribs - Baby sitting upon request - Hairdryer - Fully equipped business center - Courier services - health club - Meeting facilities & confrence rooms.

Check-in time
: 14h00 Check-out time: Noon.

Le Meridien Commodore
Beirut, Riad El Solh, Commodore Street

One of the first and few 5-star properties in the middle of the lively Hamra district, Le Méridien Commodore is an excellent choice for shopping, business and in-town fun. Beirut’s colorful seaside is only a skip away, while the downtown is a mere 10 minutes by car at the most. The property is run by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, giving it an advantage in terms of luxury over most others in the area.

With all 204 rooms and the lobby having recently been renovated, this boutique hotel offers all the coziness and charm of a city hotel mixed in with five-star hospitality. The rooms are elegantly designed with warm colors, comfortable sitting areas and various amenities expected in such a hotel.

Perhaps the best-known hotel in Hamra for a good bite, Le Meridien Commodore boasts Italian, Asian and Lebanese restaurants on its grounds, as well as a vibrant lobby bar and a breakfast restaurant. The outlets are:

Benihana – Offering the best in sushi and sashimi, with some exotic meals cooked right in front of you at your table.

La Brasserie – Features an interesting breakfast buffet that appeals wholeheartedly to western tastes, and includes some local breakfast specialties to tease the palate.

The Lounge – Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the lobby, adjacent to a classy lounge bar.
Cucina – modern Italian restaurant with sumptuous thin pizzas, delicious salads and heavenly desserts in a bright atmosphere.

La Casbah – Lebanese culinary delights with live entertainment that features an Arabic singer and a belly dancer (open only in the evening).


Facilities: Golf Course Nearby - Business Center - Valet Parking Facilities - Car Rental Desk - Multilingual Staff - Currency Exchange - Shoe Shine Service - Bellmen - 24-Hour Room Service - 24-Hour Front Desk - Express Check-In & Check-Out - Laundry Service - Safe Deposit Boxes - Elevators - Parking Facilities - Outdoor Pool - Barber & Beauty Salon - Complimentary health club access.

Check-in time: 2PM Check-out time: Noon.

Gefinor Rotana Hotel
Beirut, Hamra, Clemenceau Street

In one of the classiest parts of the city, the Gefinor Rotana lies only meters away from the Gefinor office complex and the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA). It is also midway between Hamra and the seaside Corniche, only minutes away by foot from either. The American University of Beirut and Hospital are in the same neighborhood, so are numerous airlines, banks and shops. The hotel is only 15 minutes away from the airport. Belonging to one of the leading chains in the region, the Gefinor Rotana takes pride in giving excellent service to gain guest loyalty.

There are 164 rooms and suites at the Gefinor Rotana, all tastefully furnished and very comfortable. Businesspeople and VIP guests will be attracted to the Club Rotana Executive Floor, with a dedicated lounge, check-in and check-out facilities, as well as complimentary breakfast, evening cocktails and business office. Club Rotana also boasts a stunning view of the Mediterranean for the ultimate in relaxation. The suites are all located on this floor, with luxury amenities ranging from DVD player and hi-fi system to internet connection.

Dining at the Rotana includes the world famous Trader Vic’s, with French-Polynesian culinary delights. Olive & Oil is the hotel’s contemporary coffee shop and ideal spot for breakfast buffet and lunch, while the Rumours Lobby Lounge works well for tea or evening cocktails. There is also the Aquarius Pool Bar with great cocktails and juices for a sunny experience.

The hotel also has an excellent health club called Bodylines, as well as a pool on the roof for some great sunbathing. The gym features modern exercise machines with personal trainers. Massage facilities and mini spas are also available, making the hotel ideal for winding down after a stressful business day.

Facilities: 24-hours Room Service - Non-smoking Rooms - Barber & Beauty Salon - Massage services - Jewellery Shop - Fully-equipped fitness center - Wireless Internet Connection - Outside Catering Service - Same day Laundry and Dry-cleaning - Babysitting - Valet Parking Services - Car Rental - Sauna & Jackousi - 24-hour Foreign Currency Exchange - Mobile Business Centre - Club Rotana Executive Floor.

Suites: Interactive T.V. system - Satellite Channels - Hi Fi Stereo - DVD Player - DVD Rental - I.D.D. facilities - High Speed Internet Connection - Hairdryer - Minibar - In-room Safe - Private Kitchinette in selected room types - Coffee and Tea Making Facilities.

Check-in time: 2PM Check-out time: Noon.

Hazmieh Rotana Hotel

Beirut, Hazmieh, Boulevard Chiyah

Beirut, Hazmieh, Boulevard Chiyah

On the outskirts of the city on the Beirut-Damascus highway lies the Hazmieh Rotana Hotel, a more recent addition to Beirut’s good hotels. The property is close to the airport, Golf Club and Choueifat industrial zone. The Galaxy shopping and movie complex are a short walk away, while Downtown Beirut is a few-minutes’ drive away on the highway.

The hotel boasts 150 rooms and suites with a refreshingly modern and colorful design, all boasting first-class amenities such as a pillow menu and mini-bar. Businesspeople may want to make use of the Byblos Grand Ballroom which fits 400 people and can be adapted according to any group’s needs.

As in all Rotanas, there is an interesting variety of food and beverage outlets. Head to Le Jardin for casual all-day dining, with a hearty buffet for breakfast and lunch, as well as a la carte selections for the evening. The Lounge offers coffee, tea and cocktails, while the Aquarius Pool Bar is ideal for light meals and summer cocktails in a quaint garden atmosphere.

For health and leisure, head to the swimming pool set in beautiful landscaped gardens or try the fitness center. There are also massage, steam and sauna facilities. For a visit to the city, take the shuttle bus provided by the hotel.

Non-smoking Rooms - 24-hour Room Service - Fast Laundry and Dry-cleaning Service - Valet Parking Services - 24-hour Foreign Currency Exchange - Babysitting - Daily shuttle - Taxi services - Car Rental.

Check-in time
: Noon Check-out time: Noon

Safir Helipolitan Hotel

Perched on the cliffs of Ras Beirut overlooking the Mediterranean and pigeon rocks in all their splendor, the Safir Heliopolitan has a unique location on the best part of the city’s seaside. Only a short drive away from the airport and Beirut’s Downtown, the hotel is within easy reach of Hamra and Verdun, the city’s well-known shopping havens.

Part of a major regional chain, the Safir Heliopolitan boasts 144 rooms and suites, including 12 Grand suites, 12 Executive suites and even one Presidential Suite for heads of state. The rooms are well-appointed with elegant furniture and comfortable amenities expected of a 5-star hotel. These include safety deposit boxes that fit laptos, flat screen TVs, mini fridges, and much more.

The Grand Suites and particularly large and luxurious, providing a lovely seating area and plush bedding with a view of the majestic Mediterranean. Extra care has been taken to ensure that all the amenities needed are found in the suites.

In terms of cuisine, the Views Restaurant & Bar on the 18th floor offers a panoramic rooftop view of sea and city. Fine international cuisine in a very elegant setting combined with extraordinary service is to be expected. On the lobby level, the Italian El Fornayo restaurant serves satisfying pizzas, pasta and hearty Italian dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.

For a more Levantine flavor, Umsiyat serves the best in Lebanese food as well as international favorites 24 hours a day, with evening shows on weekends. It also offers a unique breakfast buffet. The Lobby Lounge, in the meantime, is a place to relax for snacks, teatime and drinks. It’s the perfect meeting place for friends or colleagues in a laid-back yet classy atmosphere.

Facilities: Business Center - Swimming pool - Fitness & Health center - Internet - Valet parking - Laundry & dry cleaning services - 24-hour room service.

Check-in Time: 14PM Check-out Time: Noon

Riviera Hotel
Beirut, Avenue de Paris, Corniche El Manara

Beirut, Avenue de Paris, Corniche El Manara
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A famous landmark on the Beirut’s hotel scene for the last few decades, the Riviera Hotel and adjacent Riviera Yacht Club were renovated in 1998 with modern facilities and standards in mind. The seaside hotel has a stunning view of the Mediterranean and is close to all important business and shopping areas of the city.

Consisting of 120 rooms and suites, the hotel offers you the choice of sea view rooms or garden view rooms, either with one King-size bed or with twin beds. All rooms have a mini-bar, desk, safety deposit box, wi-fi internet and hairdryer among other amenities.

The Piano Bar and Lounge, next to the impressive lobby, offer live music in the evenings, drinks and light dinners. For a more outdoor experience, the Riviera Yacht Club restaurant by the sea offers you a daily choice of fresh fish with traditional Lebanese Meza, as well as fresh, exotic juices and cocktails from the bar. There are traditional Arabic nights with music and a belly dancer often.

Leisure and sea sports are plentiful at the Riviera Yacht Club, with two outdoor swimming pools, access to the sea, and a modest marina that fits up to 45 boats. The club allows guests to enjoy jet skiing, water skiing, fishing, sailing and scuba diving. Its diving school is PADI certified, boasting a solid safety record and qualified instructors. For a more indoors-type activity, there is a health club with massage, sauna and steam facilities.

Facilities: 24 hours room service - Wireless internet access - Cable T.V. - A.C. and heating - Car rental -Minibar - International and local direct dialling - Cellular phone rental - Laundry service - Valet parking - Guest relations desk - Photocopying, faxing, typing - Translation services.

Check-in time: 2PM Check-out: Noon.

Hotel Cavalier
Beirut, Hamra, Abdel Baki Street

Beirut, Hamra, Abdel Baki Street

Here is a cozy boutique hotel in the center of town, with friendly staff and proximity to just about everywhere in the city. A trip to the airport is only 15 minutes away, and the seaside is a 10-minute stroll down the hill. Hotel Cavalier lies in the beginning of Hamra street, making it close to major shopping outlets, banks, and restaurants.

The hotel was renovated a few years ago, with comfortable rooms, double-glazed windows, individual balconies and many amenities. These include satellite television, tea & coffee station, hair dryers and trouser press. There are also 15 luxury double rooms, as well as three suites on the 8th floor.

The hotel’s restaurant/bar and coffee shop on the first floor serves a buffet breakfast in the morning, as well as a la carte lunch in the afternoon with Lebanese and European specialties. There is also a buffet lunch once or twice a week, as well as the dish of the day on other days for some Levantine home-style meals.

The hotel has always been popular as a friendly business property as well, with a business center open 24 hours a day. Internet capability is available, as well as laptops at the front desk. By virtue of being in Hamra, the hotel is close to gyms, hospitals and the American University of Beirut.

Facilities: Cable T.V. - 24 hours room service - weather control - Direct International dial telephone - Tea and coffee making - Laundry & Dry-cleaning services - Hair dryer - Business center - Conference facilities - Wireless Internet connection - In-room electronic safe - Cold and hot water.

: Noon Check-out: Noon.

Cedarland Hotel

Beirut, Hamra, Abdel Aziz Street

In the heart of Hamra and close to the American University of Beirut, the Cedarland hotel is a good budget option for anyone who wants to be in the centre of activity without paying too much. The hotel is a short walk from major shopping areas, and perhaps a 25-minute walk to Downtown Beirut.

The rooms are generally comfortable and quiet, offering all of the necessities such as AC, telephone, satellite TV, laundry services and more.

Beirut Galleria Hotel - Marriott Hotel

Beirut, Jnah, Adnan Al Hakim Street

On the western tip of the city lies the Marriott Hotel, a proud member of the worldwide Marriott chain and one of Beirut’s luxury hotels not far from the seaside. The Marriott is a mere 7-minute drive from the airport, and a five-minute walk to one of Beirut’s best department stores, the BHV.

The Beirut Marriott Hotel has 162 rooms and 12 suites on 11 floors, with all rooms offering an open city view or a picturesque sea view. As expected in a first-rate hotel, the rooms have ironing facilities, safety deposit boxes, individual climate control and other luxury amenities. Connecting rooms are also an option for larger families. A description of room types follows:

Deluxe room – About 35m2 in size, with a king-size bed or two comfortable single beds.

Executive room – Large 45m2 rooms that are elegantly furnished, with one king-size bed or two single beds, and a convenient sitting area.

Junior suite – This suite features a bedroom with a king size bed, as well as a living area with all amenities such as a copier, a fax, a DVD player and more

Business suite – With the same business amenities of the Junior suite, with one king size bedroom and a separate living room.

Premiere suite – Imagine bedrooms with king size beds, with a large living room as well.

Presidential suite – Fit for a king, this suite is an upgrade over the premium suite with more amenities and a Jacuzzi.


Atrium Cafe – With the finest in international cuisine and light snacks, this recently renovated café works any time of the day, including breakfast. There are also tasty a la carte selections from Asia and Italy.

Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant – An American-style sports bar that opens for dinner and airs sporting events on large TVs. Popular American food and western favorites are served, as well as cocktails and drinks.

Lobby Lounge – Perfect for cocktails, teatime and cakes, the Lobby Lounge also serves breakfast and snacks for those who like the hustle and bustle of big hotel lobbies.

Palms Brasserie – An international, elegant restaurant with a French twist, this is ideal for a business get-together or more formal social outings. A la carte dining means there’s something for everyone.

Waves Pool Bar & Grill – Open during the warmer months with a view of the Mediterranean Sea, this outlet is known for its weekend barbecues and buffets. It also serves snacks, lunch or dinner on the other days.

Facilities at the Marriott include an outdoor swimming pool, five conference rooms and high-speed internet access. There is also a health club that offers a complete gym, a steam room, a sauna room and massage service.

Facilities: Concierge desk - Kid's room - Babysitting - Evening turndown service - 24-hour Safe deposit boxes - Cash machine/ATM - front desk - Otdoor pool - 5 conference rooms - Guest Services - Room service - High speed internet access - Foreign exchange - Dry-cleaning - Newspaper delivered to room - Laundry on-site - Coffee in lobby - Wheelchairs access - Evening reception - Valet - Newspaper in lobby

Health Club amenities: Special guest privileges: sauna - steam room and massage treatment - Free weights - Cardiovascular equipment - Fully equipped gym with treadmills, stairmaster, etc.

Check-in: 3PM Check-out: Noon

Golden Tulip Hotel De Ville
Beirut, Sodeco, Rue 75

In a quiet Beirut neighborhood near Sodeco Square, the French Embassy and St. Joseph University, Golden Tulip Hotel De Ville is a hop away from Downtown Beirut, with easy access to the Beirut-Damascus highway. The property is also very close to major government buildings and the National Museum.

This is one of the more recent additions to Beirut’s boutique hotel scene, and its rooms are therefore in good condition. They are pleasantly furnished, offering a choice of 120 rooms and suites. Premium rooms offer a single or double bed, while Premium Deluxe Rooms add a balcony to that. There is a Senior Suite with a living room, bedroom with a queen-sized bed and balcony, as well as an Executive Suite which adds a kitchenette. The De Ville Suite has one living room and 2 bedrooms with queen-sized beds, and is ideal for large families.

A quaint café/restaurant called Rue 75 offers Italian dishes as well as other international favorites. Guests can also enjoy the Lounge Bar which serves tea, coffee, fresh juices and cocktails.

Hotel Facilities:
Mini Market - Library - Car Rental - Parking & valet parking - Beauty Salon - 24 hours security - A.T.M. machine

Room Amenities: Purposely equipped kitchenette to include mini fridge, microwave, electronic burners and selective cable ware (In Executive Suites) - Writing Desk - In room digital safe deposit - Hairdryer - High speed Internet Access - Laundry and Express Ironing services - Air conditioning - Direct local and International telephone lines - Iron and Ironing boards upon request - TV Satellite connection - Refrigerator

: 2PM Check-out: Noon

Movenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut

Beirut, Raoucheh, General de Gaulle Avenue

With a spectacular setting right on the blue Mediterranean yet in the heart of the city, the Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut, part of the renowned Swiss hotel chain, is just a short drive from Rafik Harriri International Airport. By virtue of being in Beirut, the most central city in Lebanon, historical sites and tourist attractions are easily accessible by car.

There are 293 comfortable rooms and suites in this property with all the amenities and facilities of a five-star hotel, and with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. The rooms come in Standard, Executive and Deluxe varieties, with different types of beds to choose from. There is also a Club Floor with its own lounge for snacks and cocktails, as well as many benefits such as express check-in and check-out.

Hemingway’s Bar and Cigar Lounge – If you want to mingle with Beirut’s VIP crowd, then this is the place. The ambiance is characterized by classy cocktails and Cuban cigars, as well as light snacks and famous Moevenpick ice cream. There’s also some good live entertainment, such as a singer and a pianist.

Bourj Al Hamam – Excellence in Lebanese cuisine can be found at this outlet, along with the first-class service that goes with it. A stunning view of the sea makes a long lunch at Bourj Al Hamam a real pleasure.

Moevenpick Mediterranee – Combining the best of Italian, French, Spanish and seafood cuisine, this restaurant has a generous lunch buffet and a la carte specialties for those who are more demanding.

Hurricane Bar – This pool bar is appreciated during the summer months, where you can swim up to the bar and order anything you want, from light meals to mojitos. Delicious thin pizzas and Lebanese meza are also on the menu, while the DJ plays your favorite tunes.

The Moevenpick boasts one of the best international spas in the country, known as the Essential Spa. Within are 11 rooms with a variety of ESPA treatments and products, a private spa, and even a private suite for couples. Treatments include aromatherapy, herbal steam and more, while facilities include a large indoor swimming pool, sauna, and ultra-modern gym.

Other important facilities in the hotel are the two outdoor Olympic-sized pools, a business center and a range of water sport activities.

Hotel Facilities: Whirlpool, Jacuzzi, hot tub - Laundry & dry cleaning services - Baby/child care - Business Center - Barber/beauty services - 24 hour front desk- 24-hour room service - Transportation to city - Cribs - Currency exchange - 2 outdoor Olympic Swimming pools - Medical services - Secretarial services- Valet parking - Meeting & banquet facilities - Translation service - Concierge - Safe Deposit Box- front desk - Elevator - Shops/commercial services- 1 indoor swimming pool - 1 children's pool - 2 outdoor Tennis courts - Full range of water sports & activities - Post /parcel service - Physically disabled services - Express check-out - Diving shop

Club Floor Benefits: Complimentary internet access - Breakfast included and served from 6h30h until 12h (noon) in the Club lounge - Special check-in/out desk on the 8th floor - Happy hours from 18h until 20h where you can choose any kinf of beverages from the open bar - Special room amenities and VIP treatment - Canapes and light sandwiches are served from 15h until 17h in the Club lounge on complimentary basis - English tea with a wide variety of Danish pastries, fruits and cookies served in the Club lounge all day starting noon time on complimentary basis - Complimentary newspaper of your choice daily in your room - DVD-VCR-fax available upon request - Complimentary pressing of one suit per stay - For every suite booked, free Limousine airport pick-up or drop-off will be offered.

Check-in time
: 2PM Check-out time: Noon

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