We stayed at Lavender Home the week after the recent car bombing incident which appeared to scare off many other western tourists (we hardly saw anyone). Staying in Hamra felt very safe and you do not need a vehicle to get around most of the tourist sites in the city. We walked everywhere and it is highly recommended that you do so to see so many interesting things.
As many have mentioned, the hotel is set back off Hamra Street itself and the laneway comes out opposite MAX department store if you are looking to get your bearing. The parking is from the Bekkah Street side if you are driving.
Due to the heightened concerns that week, we decided to book the airport pick up and were very pleased we did as it was a bit of a mad house at the arrivals exit with many people wanting you to get in their vehicle.
The fee was 33 USD but payable as part of the overall billing for the stay. We also pre-booked a driver and car to take us to Baalbeck (highly recommended if you would like to see some of the best preserved Roman ruins on a large scale in the world). These bookings were done by email with the hotel manager who always responded quickly and very professionally to our enquiries. The cost of the car and driver for the day was 180 USD. The driving in Lebanon - especially up into the mountains, is very chaotic so we were pleased to leave it to the local expert who had adequate English for the job.
We also were upgraded to a junior suite which was very appreciated and we found the room to be spacious and comfortable with everything working well. There is a kitchenette for some small food preparation including a microwave oven, kettle, two hot plates and a dishwasher. There was limited knives and forks and crockery but when we asked for a bottle opener, it was quickly provided so you probably just need to ask if you need.
The tariff included a decent breakfast selection with coffee, tea, juice, a range of very good breads, pastries, cold meats and cheeses, tomato, cucumber and several hot dishes which included eggs. We found it very adequate and delicious.
The staff are friendly and have excellent English at the desk if you need to ask any directions. There are supermarkets and alcohol outlet nearby (200 metres) plus all the Hamra Street shopping and cafes. We were given a map on checkin and headed out each day in various directions and found it a great city for a short stay that you can cram a lot of activities into and eat the most delicious foods including the sweets, nuts and dips that Lebanon is so famous for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our four star furnished apartments offer 33 spacious and elegant guest rooms and suites. Each is designed with comfort, elegance and total relaxation in mind.The rooms and suites at all feature twin or king-bedded guest rooms provide the ultimate in personalized service and attention.The spacious and elegant suites at Lavender Home include: •The one-bedroom Junior Suite•The luxurious, two bed Room Executive Suites.•The elegance two bed room Ambassador Suite. •The Royal Suite, located on the top floor of the ApartmentsThe entire suites are carefully decorated, designed and equipped with a kitchenette to fulfill guest expectation.Note that, all the rooms are with shower, Executive suites with bathtub, Ambassador and Royal Suite with Jacuzzi. ... more less
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