Welcoming, clean, calming, comfortable and good value.
The building was restored using old materials and techniques and became an art gallery. It is now a small, funky, boutique hotel a short stroll from the al-Sharqi Gate (Eastern Gate) in the Christian Quarter and within easy walking of all sights in Old Damascus.
We stayed twice; once in the Northern Room (a delightful, small, upstairs room with ensuite bathroom) and once in the Romantic Suite (a large spacious 2 room suite with an unusual bathroom opening to the courtyard) ~ both were enjoyable. Each room is different and decorated with art and antiques. Some antiques are displayed in unusual places (ie: the shower) while others are used in inventive ways adding to the character of the room. Each room offers comfortable beds, air conditioning, satellite tv and wifi.
The Hanania centre courtyard is a cool spot to take a break in the heat of the day. The small but very satisfying buffet breakfast is served in the cellar. If stairs are a problem for you, let them know. Staff goes out of their way to help make your stay memorable and are most helpful with area information and suggestions.
While in the Middle East we were pleased to recommend the Hanania Hotel to anyone on their way to Damascus and more pleased when we arrived for our second stay to find a couple to whom we had recommended the Hanania Hotel staying there and thrilled with their stay in the Presidential Room. With the word being passed on from traveler to traveler, be sure to book ahead.
Travel Tales Images of Syria - Old Damascus is a video which features the Hanania Hotel and Old Damascus.