I didn't stay in the hotel, but I did visit the restaurant a couple of times during my 2 trips to Yemen. The view from the upper floor where the restaurant is located is the only thing that makes Burj al Salam a special place. And that's it. The food is nothing special, in addition it's quite expensive. You can have better Arabic food in plenty of restaurants in Sana'a, which may not look as fancy as the Burj. A month ago when I visited it (in June 2013) I didn't have much time to sit in the restaurant, but I wanted to take a couple of photos in 5 minutes. It was very unpleasant when the girl at the reception said I had to buy a ticket at 500 reals to go up to the restaurant even for 5 minutes. She said, I could take anything I liked for that amount from the restaurant (for 5 rials you can take a can of Coca Cola, perhaps), but I didn't care for that at time. I tried to explain to her that the matter was not in money at all, and that we'd spend much more amounts in their place previously, but I was very limited in time and couldn't actually sit in the restaurant, and it sounds SO strange you have to buy tickets to go to a restaurant! The girl at the reception finally agreed to let us up for a few minutes, but then she said she had to check with the manager, who's a Lebanese lady. Madam insisted we buy tickets. At that point I was so frustrated I didn't care, so I paid, went up, took photos and we went away. The restaurant was half empty at that time, so it wasn't like we were going to bother someone by our presence. I think since the management of this place has recently changed, they're trying to make money on the name, and get pennies out of everything possible. So I'll probably skip this place next time. If you have a chance to visit Old City with a local, there are plenty of high buildings that the locals can pass you through to have aerial looks at Sana'a. Unfortunately, this time I visited the Old City on lunch time, and it wasn't a weekend, so most of the places were closed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Burj Al Salam has 47 rooms and suites carefully furnished with typical and hand-made furniture. The decor offers a taste of true Yemeni lifestyle to be experienced by the guests at the hotel. It is the one and only four-star hotel in the town, with coffee shop and regular restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Burj Al Salam Sanaa
- Burj Al Salam Hotel Sanaa