I had heard before coming to Beirut that Downtown is really the "new" Beirut and not very authentic. This may be true, but I loved it here!! The whole downtown has been renovated in recent years and the location is very central. It's 2 minutes walking distance to tons of cafes and restaurants at the Place de l'Etoile, shopping centers (like Beirut Souks), a 15 minute walk to Gemmayze and about 20 minutes to Hamra and the Corniche.
The hotel itself is really beautiful! I loved our room. It was spotless, very roomy with an understated luxury. The bathroom was huge too.
Free Breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant and the food is decent. Not thrilling, but definitely not bad at all. The restaurant has nice views and free wireless. There is no free wireless in the rooms, which is a bummer, but the cafe is open 24 hours so you can always go up there.
The staff was beyond pleasant and accomodating at all times. I would definitely stay here again without a second thought!
No free wifi in the rooms and not worth it to purchase. Expensive and slow.
There is really no lobby/waiting area.
When travelling within the city, I suggest to WALK!! The taxi drivers are ruthless and will try to make up fares.More
- Free Wifi