I stayed here for 2 weeks when I moved to Lebanon before I moved into my permanent apartment. It was reasonable for what I paid. I moved from a much nicer (more expensive) hotel round the corner (excess of $100 a night), as I managed to find an apartment in Beirut and just needed somewhere to crash until I moved there.
The location is very central. Plenty of pubs and bars below the hotel. My main advice would be to bring a pair of ear-plugs so you can actually go to sleep. One night there was a live band playing on the street below (small alley-way off Hamra) so I didn't sleep at all! As I stayed for over 2 weeks the owner actually reduced the price significantly. I think I eventually ended up paying $35 a night down from the advertised $50. Despite it's many flaws. i.e. old building, creaky and cold atmosphere etc the management are actually very nice if you take time to speak to them. I found it very easy to negotiate many things with them.
Check the room you get i.e. front facing rooms are prone to noise from the street below so get a room high up. My room was facing the back and there was a shaft outside one of the windows which meant I could smell the fuel from the generator now and again so had to sleep with the extractor fan on!! Make sure you check these small things just to your stay is as comfortable as can be.
The rooms are actually very big and you get beds, table, kitchenette etc over around 30 Sq Metres. I didn't actually use the kitchenette! The room was cleaned each day and I was out for most of the day.
I would only recommend this hotel to anyone on a tight budget or group of friends who want to use the hotel as a base to leave their stuff and will be out most of the time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Minto Suites is a centrally located boutique hotel that offers travelers convenient accommodation in the famous Hamra Street. We are close to American University of Beirut and to all the fun places in Hamra street. Two famous pub restaurants are in same building. All our rooms and suites have kitchenettes. ... more less
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