We stayed for two nights as a couple (with friends in other rooms).This hotel is wonderful. One of the Best in Beirut. Nice spacious rooms, very well decorated, luxurious amenities, complementary water,fruits and desserts, coffee and tea-making set. Helpful and respectful staff. Several dining choices within the hotel.
The hotel is very clean except for the phone machine in my room, for some reason it was sticky and dusty.
Like most reviewers here, I was so impressed with the breakfast buffet. Huge variety, so delicious (although it does not exactly reflect the original local taste when it comes to Lebanese food). The same applies to the dinner buffet in the same restaurant, huge variety, so delicious.
Now the bad news. Do never ever ask the concierge for a taxi. They will charge you up to 7 times the original charge. Literally, the taxi that took us from the hotel to a nearby restaurant charged us 28 USD, we took a taxi back from the same restaurant to the hotel and it charged us 4 USD. What a shame Phoenicia Intercontinental. A guest usually stays at a respectful hotel chain in order to feel secure and to be away from tourist traps. It turns out that the hotel itself put us in such a trap. Otherwise I would give the hotel at least 4 stars if not 5.
One last thing I just remembered. Loud music during the whole night. If you are used to sleep with the TV turned on, then no problem but if you are looking for total calmness, this is not the hotel for you.
- 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