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Embassy Hotel Lebanon
Ranked #103 of 116 Hotels in Beirut
London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Totally agree with the majority of reviews on the website. A budget option but clean and in a very good location. Hamra, where it is based, is obviously the new place to be, because just round the corner is a little street with lots of bars and hip lebanese youngsters.
Personally, I did not think it was that noisy for a room that faced the street (there are some that face inward). I was not kept awake at night.
My only complaint is that the shower was very weak and lukewarm. But my experience of similar countries to visit is that you do not get very good bathrooms in budget places - if you want to have a powerful hot shower, book yourself into a mid-range hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

Embassy Hotel is not a fancy hotel. It is a very nice budget hotel. I recently traveled to Beirut, Lebanon for an academic conference on a limited travel budget. Embassy was perfect. The staff are all very helpful and many are multi-lingual. I believe all speak English. The staff were all very helpful, but the best of all is the hotel manager, Myrna N. Serhal. She helped me with many details of my trip before I even left the U.S.

Breakfast is nice. The rooms are small but have everything you need -- including a fridge that you can fill with groceries from a local grocery store just a couple of blocks away. Many, like mine, have a nice balcony.

Almost everyone takes USD, but remember the conversion rate. 1500 Lebanese pounds = 1 USD.

The hotel is located an easy walk to American University of Beirut, the corniche, and many downtown shops, restaurants, and clubs. If you're used to staying at western style more expensive hotels, you'll find some charming differences in this local hotel.

If you buy the internet card from IDM (through the hotel), I recommend the longer term cards for better value. One week unlimited access is only $40 USD and also works in other places where IDM is the ISP -- including the airport. Connection speed is a bit slow, but I think it is standard for that type of internet service. My colleagues at more expensive hotels had the same internet speed that I did. I was able to use my internet service at the airport while I waited for my departure plane. One other piece of advice. IDM service is for ONE device only. If you try to use it simultaneously for laptop and smartphone, it will lock up and it's a bit difficult to get going again -- but will eventually.

For the price it absolutely cannot be beat. Next time I'm in Beirut, I hope to stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2011

The good point about this hotel is the price, compared to the otherwise rather high priced Beirut. Also the staff are friendly, and trying to be helpful, though not always able to help with the requests.

The rooms are small, with old furniture, an ancient locking system. Cleanliness is acceptable. Air condition works, although not too strong, but in Beirut the temperature is not that hot, so one can do with it.

What I found a bit astonishing is their policies about cancellations, and payment. You have to pay all in advance, with no option to change your plans in case you would leave earlier than expected. All incidentals are asked for in cash on the spot. So if you dont mind these things and are just looking for a place to sleep with a small budget, this is an option. It is most certainly nothing luxurious.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Amman, Jordan
1 review
Reviewed 9 August 2011

The hospitality was great and they were very helpful, the hotel is clean and fresh !! It's more a cozy hotel where you feel at home.
The location is very convenient middle of Hamra next to everything walking distance, the price is very competitive and reasonable ....
I enjoyed my stay :) would love to go back again..
Mais ..

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2011

Was disappointed with payment mode as due to some odd reason they could not allow me to use my credit card as the booking name and credit card name was slightly different.

Anyways, location is very good with Hamra Street nearby and plenty of Banks around. Do not expect too much from this hotel as it is a No Frills hotel which does not include breakfast and the fridge was plain empty.

Had problems with the AC (leaking at times) as the AC is quite old but it was still quiet for its age.

Overall, good for solo travel where you just want to sleep at night and are out the rest of the time..

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Seattle
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2011

there was plenty to do within walking distance and it was easy to get around from here. It was a bit shabby, but clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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istanbul
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2011

POSITIVE:: Good location: in the middle of Hamra, the old city quarters. Price is good: we were there on May 18th for 5 nites, and paid only $55/nite. For that location you can't beat this price. Hamra is close to the beaches (15 min walk), relatively close to downtown (30 min walk), and close to many cafes and restaurants. You don't miss having breakfast in the hotel since there is Barbar very close by which is a great local fast food shop that's open around the clock and bakes great stuff. You should not expect more than what you pay: it's a $55 hotel, alright !
NEGATIVE:: It's an old and worn-out hotel. It looks like they never did any make up work on it since 70s. Carpets, towels, bed sheets, pillows, closets, toilettes, even the receptionist lady: everything is old and worn out. If I owned the items I would definitely trash them. It's on a noisy street, parallel to Hamra, but I think you can't find a quite hole in entire Beirut: it's a loud and lively city. No hair drier in the room and they charge $5 for lending a hair drier! They make you prepay the entire stay as you check in which got me worrying since in Beirut they have a tendency to rip you off. They did not void the $200 downpayment / pre-confirmation when I checked out. I hope that pre-confirmation gets voided automatically.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Embassy Hotel Lebanon
Address: Makdessi Street - Facing LibanPost | Hamra, Beirut 2034-3503, Lebanon
Region: Lebanon > Beirut
Amenities:
Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #103 of 116 Hotels in Beirut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Embassy Hotel Lebanon 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This family hotel is a 10 minutes drive from Beirut Airport. Located in the center of Hamra Street in Beirut, in the middle of shopping, leisure, and business area. Minutes from beaches, internet cafes, restaurants, transportation facilities, universities... It has a lovely ground floor terrace and a pretty light-filled breakfast room. ... more   less 
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