This must be near to the most expensive hotel in Damascus, outside the Four Seasons, but it is worth it and gives you a much more authentic experience than the big chain hotels which lie outside the old city.
It's fairly small, maybe a dozen or so rooms and, like a Moroccan riad, is tucked away up a tiny side street and built around a pretty courtyard, which is covered in winter by a temporary roof.
Rooms are not massive, but comfortably sized, maybe a bit short of storage and wardrobe space. Ours had the benefit of its own terrace, a pleasant place to relax in the warmth of the afternoon and early evening.It is evident that much care and attention has gone into the furnishing and fixtures so in that sense, you are getting what you pay for.
Breakfast is taken on a pretty roof terrace and is a good demonstration of this hotel's attempts to add flair and quality to their offering. I guess it might get a bit boring after day 5, but it far exceeded the bog standard buffet breakfasts now the norm in most chain hotels.
Perhaps the hotel's only drawback is that, since it does not have a bar or a restaurant, it lacks the atmosphere you get in hotels that do have this. On the other hand, the gain is a sense of tranquility. A final word for the staff who are excellent, very helpful, professional and welcoming. It calls itself a 'hotel du charme' and that is indeed a very apt moniker.
I note this hotel has enjoyed universal 5* ratings on here. I can see why and I'm not going to break their run, given how hard the management and staff are clearly trying to give you a great experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beit Zafran is a wonderfully restored 19th-century home transformed into a luxury Hotel de Charme. A quiet hideaway tucked in the historic neighborhoods of the Old City, our hotel is within walking distance of most major tourist attractions in Damascus. Our personalized service and first-class Damascene accommodations are unparalleled. Stepping into the home, the antiquity, charm and sophistication are unmistakable. Beit Zafran is sure to provide its guests with a unique and memorable experience. ... more less