I want to be fair to this hotel as it is luxury. There is no doubt that from top to bottom, this is a lovely hotel if you really like the old world luxury; this is your place. So on the many positives; the rooms are well appointed, great bathrooms, lovely Occitane toiletries, all the bits and pieces you need included for a wonderful stay. There was a tray of fruit left in my room my second night and a call left on my voicemail from the manager to check to see if my stay was going well. The staff are lovely. There is a 24 hour gym and a lovely pool open quite late. A spa, business facility and the breakfast is just about the best I had anywhere (but, you must note that if not included, it is $34). The hotel is expensive, so be mindful before signing multiple items. There is a hotel taxi service but it is about 2-3 times more than waiving down a taxi outside. If you take a taxi, solo, to most spots, it is 10,000 LBP. If a service, shared, it is 2000. You can negotiate without Arabic but be clear that you are not going to pay more than standard rate and, importantly, have exact change so that you are not hassled for more money or have to negotiate to get change back. Taxi drivers in Lebanon are not great so be careful. Some will be honest, but many more will take advantage. In terms of a hotel pick up, it was arranged for me to be picked up by the hotel and that was excellent. As soon as you exit beyond passport control, you walk out and straight in front of you are 3 hotel counters, of which Phoenicia is one and my name was clearly marked just above. Nice car and driver. So the reason for the 2* for sleep; 2 things. Firstly, this area of Beirut is party central just outside of the window and THE most popular spot for weddings which seem to happen every night. Now the wedding in the hotel is fine as they happen below and it is fine. But the ones outside near St George Bay are ridiculous. Add to this, the Fri/Sat clubbing and the noise is outrageous. So if you are facing the sea, be prepared NOT TO SLEEP. On the Saturday night, the music went off around 2:30 a.m. and on Sunday, just after 1 a.m. Please note that this is not the kind of noise you only hear if you are noise sensitive, this is disco in your room kind of noise that is ridiculous. Either the hotel cannot do anything about it or they have enough traffic that they don't care. I was offered a new room on the other side but it was too late for me to want to switch. But if you insist on staying here, decide if you want to deal with street noise and front of hotel noise (I am not sure what that is like) or the music....or stay elsewhere. A friend was staying at the Rotanda G and whilst not as posh, she slept so well! U decide....As for other things, you are very close to the Corniche (sea) and not too far from Hamra (great area) and the very awful Souq (they took these lovely buildings down and built the equivalent of a mall so if new European stores are your thing, this is the place). So location is good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with its majesty and grandeur, Phoenicia InterContinental stands proudly at the heart of Beirut, a few minutes from the city’s business and banking district, the major shopping areas and the vibrant downtown. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Beirut