As an Independent Travel Operator specialising in the Middle East and North Africa, we know Damascus well. Of all of the places anywhere in the world I've stayed in, I've never experienced service like at the Beit Al Wali. It's SO far beyond anything I've ever had before and having stayed at uber luxurious resorts (we'd just come from the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea), this beats everything.
You'd order 3 things and 5 things would come, the 2 extra would be on the house, just because they wanted you to try it. The menu each night just says Lamb or Chicken but is a completely different dish each night. The Food & Beverage guys have all come from the Sheraton and it shows.
I was there on a recce to see which boutique hotels we'd offer and of the 26 I visited, there were 3 standouts, this one, the Al Pasha and I guess the Talisman. One thing I will say though, the attention to detail here is insane. For example, to cover the two courtyards of the house, they had 4 wireless routers for the free wifi internet. So many other boutiques offered it, but for large houses they had one wireless router with a weak signal to most of the hotel and a strong one only if you were sitting in the courtyard near the router. It's a minor thing but this approach is repeated again and again.
If you have children, you'll love this place too, my 18 month old was constantly engaged by the army of staff there and he had so much fun and nothing he did was a hassle. He was watched every moment when he was out of our sight, the valet guys would always be there keeping an eye as he played in the alley outside with local children including those of the owner Edouard.
We've decided, we're definitely going back with a bunch of friends and booking the whole place out at some point in the near future. I'd like to stay in Al Pasha (which also looked quite good) at some point because I need to know what it's like for my clients but I fear on taking such a gamble at it not being as good as this place.
It's the only place in the world, I've ever given a 10 out of 10 to!
Oh, the location is great as it's only 2 minutes walk from Bab Touma in the Christian Quarter and a 15 min walk through the old city to Ummayad Mosque and maybe 5 minutes walk from Narenj (the best restaurant in Damascus)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old City of Damascus embraces hundred of old houses reflecting the different eras which outlined the history of the city. Witnessing numbers of earthquakes, the Old City was destroyed many times and rebuilt over and over, breathing life again into the ruins. Among these houses, a collection of 3 ordinary Damascene houses of the 18th century where renovated in 2009 to present you the culture and tradition in a modern luxurious and spectacular design… Beit A Wali Hotel. The distinguished style of the 18th century is captured in the hotel’s hand crafted wooden ceilings, the oriental architecture is highlighted in various spaces which lead to an awesome scenery from the past. The latest technical innovations of the contemporary age were set into this rich heritage to meet the needs of the modern requirements. The sumptuous history and the luxurious modern facilities are combined together under one roof … Beit Al Wali Hotel. From the moment you step in the hotel, you will experience the old life of Damascus as the wooden and marble ornaments, the courtyards and the fountains are all together a real exposure of the true Damascene house. The 29 rooms have various oriental designs to give each room a unique touch of taste, wrapped in hospitality and luxurious services. Beit al Wali Hotel, a place to indulge your senses where harmony and comfort will certainly enrich your experience and exceed your expectations while staying in the oldest inhabited city…Damascus. ... more less