This is the grand old lady of hotels in Lebanon. It has great heritage, and oozes charm. One cannot but be impressed with its grandeur - the staircase, the ballroom, and the fact that so many famous people stayed there throughout the past 50 years.
We stayed in the Premium Front View rooms. The room size is satisfactory, and the decor is elegant. The king bed was comfortable, but the twin beds weren't as comfortable. Also, there were stains on the headboards. Balcony is nice, but faces the road so you'll be exposed to the pollution of noise that is typical of Beirut. On that note, while the room windows are double-glazed, road noise still seeps through. Bathrooms are well-appointed, with excellent toiletries. Overall, I believe it is time for a renovation, as the rooms were looking tired for a hotel of this calibre.
Restaurants in the Phoenicia are excellent. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets are fantastic, and the lobby is a great place for a light meal. Mosaic restaurant has splendid views of the sea and marina. What we also loved is that the hotel strictly enforced the non-smoking law, which is a relief as smoking indoors is endemic in Lebanon.
The staff were excellent and impressed in every way. The spa and gym are fantastic, and while the pool is nice, it is rather small. Another gripe is the valet parking service, which is expensive and also applies for hotel guests.
All in all, this is a great hotel, and one should stay there.
- 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