Photo: Robert Seger
Photo: Robert Seger


Where to stay in Beirut

From upscale five star hotels to hip hostels - Beirut caters to all tastes.

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Intimacy with style

At the boutique hotel Villa Clara, guests enjoy the charming atmosphere of a refurbished old villa and individual rooms. French-Lebanese couple, Marie-Hélène Moawad and Olivier Gougeon have decorated the place with a personal touch displaying a tasteful selection of local design, blending old and modern styles. In the evenings, Olivier is likely to be found in the kitchen of the French restaurant serving tasty dishes with a touch of the Orient.Marie-Hélène, an art collector herself, spends her free days wondering around Beirut galleries."The art scene is very vivid and there is a lot to see. My favorites are Marfaa, a young gallery with contemporary art, Agial specializing in Arabic and Lebanese artists and the Aishti foundation with American and Western artists. It has only a private collection though. And you shouldn't miss the German-Lebanese Gallerie Tanit, that exhibits Lebanese, Iranian and Western art.

Villa Clara

Rue Kenchaara, Ashrafieh, Mar Mkhayel

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At the top end, Le Gray is the best choice in downtown. This beautiful five-star hotel doesn't only offer high quality service but also interesting Lebanese art in each well-sized room and in the lobby. A grand breakfast with fresh juices of your choice, halva and eggs Benedict is a good way start a day.

Le Gray

Rue El Shouhada, Beirut

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The best views

The modern Eighteen Sixty Six boutique hotel enjoys a great location by the sea and close to Hamra. The huge windows guarantee superb views over Zeituna Bay.

Eighteen Sixty Six

Bliss Street, Hamra

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Water fun

If you want to avoid the downtown hassle but still be close to the city, choose the five-star, sea-themed Le Royal. The kids will enjoy the water park, while the adults will appreciate the biggest spa in the Middle East.

Le Royal Hotel Beirut

Leisure Hills Complex, Dbayeh, Libanon

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Affordable and fun

Saifi Urban Garden is a great deal if you're looking for a budget hotel. It has a large public area and restaurant offering good food, live shows, mate and shisha. A great place to meet other fellow travelers.

Saifi Urban Garden

Pasteur Street, Gemayze, Beirut

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