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“Lovely place of respite in Beirut” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hayete
Ranked #6 of 45 Beirut B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely place of respite in Beirut”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

My friend and I stayed at Hayete for 10 nights this summer. We loved touring beautiful Lebanon during the day and coming back to relaxing Hayete in the late afternoon/evening. The porch is a nice place to eat breakfast and read books during the warm days. The breakfast was light and enjoyable...I enjoyed the fresh croissants. Probably the best part of the trip was Robert's help with setting up the day trips. He helped us work with Hassan, who is the kindest and most responsible driver, and we can recommend him for anybody interested in spending nights in Beirut and touring Lebanon during the day. Finally, the Hayete's location is walking distance to many good restaurants, especially Al Mayass, and the fun bars of Gemmayze.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank AnaJuliadelCarmen
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Muscat
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2012

This was my first trip to Beirut, travelling solo to do a course; stayed here for 4 nights. I felt at home here from the first minute, it has a very homey atmosphere. I kept phoning Robert with questions and requests and he was always really really helpful, from lending me a travel adaptor to helping me to order take-away late in the evening. The lady that made breakfast came in 30 minutes early just for me. She brought fresh bread and lebanese treats for me to try, squeezing me a fresh orange juice every morning. I loved sitting on the balcony looking forward to my day. I just loved my room too, the bed and pillows was super comfy. It was basic, but really nice.
An added little bonus was the really lovely restaurant Frieda's just downstairs. I had the most delicious food there.
I would definitely stay here again and recommend it without hesitation.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MuscatDesertdiva
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Kiev, Ukraine
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2012

As several of the other reviews have stated, if you are looking for luxury, this is not the place, but if you are looking for a destination with a neighborhood feel in an architecturally historic guesthouse, that helps you envision what Beirut was during the “Paris of the middle east days”, than this is the place for you. Beirut has surprisingly few bed and breakfast options, most of the choices will put you in high rise hotels. In Hayete Guesthouse, you will be on the ground, getting a first encounter feel, taste and sounds of Beirut! While it’s not a youth hostel, it has a bit of that feeling (especially the bathroom which needs refurbished as well as the floors which need a good scrubbing). Although it turned out just fine, they double booked the one room that looked decent enough for me from the photos to stay here (the south room), so I ended up in the west room. While they really need to change the décor and make some improvements in that room (get rid of the ugly bedspread), the room was quite spacious, with a breeze between the balcony French doors and side window, with great light and a good vibe. It was easy to make it home, but wouldn’t have been my choice. The hotel managers were very apologetic about the mix up and even brought me a wonderful piece of chocolate mousse cake. The managers were quite lovely all around, including someone who reached out to help plan any activities I desires. And the breakfast on the balcony was just lovely. The rooms in the back of the house miss the benefit of a balcony and may be a little dark or small, depending on your style, but will much more isolated from the noisy street below. This is not an oasis kind of place, given the level of quality and the construction all around Beirut (this is unavoidable), but it is in fact part of the experience of Beirut. Hayete also comes with its own bird, which after a photo shoot and consultation with a friend, confirmed that it’s a white-spectacled AKA (Yellow-vented) Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos) which is common from Southern Turkey to the Sinai! He was a character, but warning, he will greet you in morning with a break of dawn song. The guesthouse is connected with a really wonderful little restaurant, a Mexican Lebanese fusion place of sorts (although they don’t describe it like that) called Frida (www.fridacuisine.com) where the staff is extremely friendly and the food is delicious, and nice place with balcony seating outside to relax with a glass of wine when you’ve spent the day around busy Beirut.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kristina K
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Europe
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142 reviews
117 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

This is a guesthouse/B&B in a period building, not a bland highrise 4* hotel. As such, it has tonnes of character, every room is different, but if you need double glazing, concierge service, hairdryers and sterile surroundings this place isn't for you.

What is is a place with friendly hosts, who are very helpful. They serve great breakfasts on the terrace which has a lovely view of the neighbourhood. Breakfast was different Lebanese specialties every day. The best we had in Lebanon!

There is a shared living room which you can use if you want- to read or to chat with other guests, There are only 4 rooms so there are rarely ever too many people around- given that most guests will be out exploring the city. The places seems to attract more experienced, independent travellers in their 30s and 40s- not a wild young crowd.

We had the North room which had 2 rooms which was ideal as we were travelling with a child. we were made very welcome and taxis etc were arranged without a problem.

Given that Beirut uses no street numbers, be sure to bring the directions (found on their website) just in case.

The area is residential and relatively quiet at night (it's an old building and it is a loud city so there will always be some noise) but has plenty of restaurants at walking distance.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Hello_Bamboo
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

We spent a week at Hayete and it was a great stay, one of the best we've had on our travels. Stayed at two different rooms and they were both wonderful and personal.

The location leaves little to ask for and you're pretty much within walking distance from everything (otherwise there is a great reliable taxi company just around the corner (High Taxi)).

Susanne who is the house keeper, and makes the breakfast, makes the place warm and personal. And if you want a tour guide ask for Mikes number and you'll get a tour of Lebanon that you'll never forget.

Room Tip: If you're a light sleeper choose one of the rooms in the back, without balcony.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank XzanderX
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

Hayete is a gem of a place. It is located in a beautiful area and the building itself is gorgeous. The hostel is so sweet and welcoming and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. It is located in the French Quarter and it is in a great location. There is so much around and we were only a walk away from the Bay. I have had horrible hotel stays in Beriut but Hayete is perfect! I wouldnt ever book anywhere else.

Thanks for the amazing time Hayete!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jordanprincess
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Level Contributor
196 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

I lived in beirut for a few years so being able to stay in this beautiful ottoman era townhouse was a real treat. Whilst Simona was away we were looked after impeccably by mike and Susan. We had one of the rooms with an ensuite bathroom but all the rooms are beautifully decorated and sitting on the balcony whether for breakfast or a glass of wine in the evening was a real bonus. Hayete is like a home from home - you literally can't find a better location or a more authentic local experience. I would definitely stay there again and can't wait to return! Mabrouk on a great guesthouse hayete you really enhanced my stay!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Cit-du-monde
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Additional Information about Hayete

Property: Hayete
Address: Furn El Hayek, Beirut 166206, Lebanon
Region: Lebanon > Beirut
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Beirut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hayete 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hayete (Arabic for "my life") is a cozy guesthouse situated between the Gemmayze and Ashrafieh areas at the heart of Beirut. It is located in an early 20th-century building, where we offer our visitors a first hand experience of this marvelous city. ... more   less 
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