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“Perhaps the best in Mzaar but still disappointing”

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InterContinental Mzaar Mountain Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Kfardebian
Reviewed 25 February 2009

We were expecting a 5-star hotel, and I would struggle to give this hotel more than 3 stars. The rooms were reminiscent of an aged Holiday Inn. Small bathrooms. No-name toiletries. King-size bed was two twins pushed together. The staff spoke limited English. The fridge in our room fell over when we opened the door. If you were only there for the skiing, you might be happy enough, but I think the hotel itself is truly lacking. The Italian restaurant was good (great pizza!), and there was plenty to keep children busy (arcade, a cinema open on weekends, indoor pool, playroom). But I think I was most surprised that this is part of the Intercontinental group. There is no comparison between this hotel and the Intercon Beirut Phoenicia.

We traveled from abroad to go to this hotel, but I've heard that it is the best the area has to offer, so I don't think there are many other options.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 March 2008

Skiing in Lebanon ?

Yes it is possible and the Mzaar Intercontinental spa and resort is the absolute best place to stay. In this 5 star hotel, the staff are friendly, service oriented and do there utmost best to assure that your stay is pleasurable. No I do not work for Intercontinental but these guys were fantastic !! One arrives a stranger and leaves having made friends. The Intercontinental restaurants are excellent and I highly recommend the dinner buffets. The skiing was fantastic but best to go in Jan or Feb, while the snow is its freshest.

while one must not forget Lebanon is is not quite Switzerland it is an extremely service oriented country with very kind and friendly people. The Mzaar hotel has a wonderful pool, game rooms, sauna and spa with many added extra pampering services available. It is highly recommended for a ski holiday in Lebanon combined with a visit to the fascinating and stylish Paris of the middle east : Beirut.

Must I add that while Lebanon does have some political instability at the moment, one could still die easier in a traffic accident or be flattened by a bus ! It remains important that foreigners show their solidarity and support to the Lebanese . Lebanon is one of the only true democracies in the middle east !

Getting there - It is Best to fly into Beirut and arrange taxi services before arriving via the Mzaar hotel or your hotel in Beirut ( always make taxi deals before entering a taxi or via hotels ) . Further it is advisable not to attempt to drive in Beirut or anywhere in Lebanon ! Suggested arrangement services are via www.SKILEB.com for an entire ski package to Mzaar combined with a stay in Beirut.

Lebanon is a dollar economy so it is very affordable has a wonderful cuisine, excellent shopping and a great night life ( in Beirut ) . Lastly, always read the latest news before travel to Lebanon due to political changes. For instance, at the moment ( march 2008 ) travel to South Lebanon is not advisable.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2004

My Wife and I live in the USA and went to visit our family in Lebanon in August/September. We took a short vacation within a vacation and spent 2 nights in Intercontinental Mzaar, while leaving our kids with our family. The weekend was great for us. Here is my candid review.

We stayed on the 3rd floor. The view was of the mountain. The view was Ok, but not amazing in the summer. In the Winter I am sure it will be an amazing view. In the summer, since there is no snow, you are looking at a barren mountain and the Ski slope equipment.

When you arrive to your room, a fantastic fruit basket welcomes you. The rooms are rather small, but nice. The balconies are shared with the room next door. There should be clear separation in my opinion, to give more privacy.

Food: EXCELLENT! Top Notch.
The Breakfast Buffet is AMAZING. Best in class! All the foods immaginable are served. WOW!!!! Actually the lunch buffet is also amazing. Best in Class as well.

The Sauna and Turkish bath rooms were very good as well.

The Health Spa is very good, with massages and facials. it is also quite reasonable in price as compared to the US.

The Covered Pool is fantastic, and very very clean.

Beware:
-The drinks in the bar were very expensive, and very small quatities of alcohol!
-Most of the staff is very good and professional, and some of it is not so. However, all are very friendly, and extremely helpfull.

There are a variety of restaurants in the immediate area to try for Dinner mostly. Almost all are Lebanese Style restaurants with excellent food. We tried the Jalsat Al Arzal in Faraya. The Igloo night club is next door, but was closed when we were there.

Overall our experience was excellent. I give the Mzar a 5 star rating because of the overall experience.

I bought my parents a 2 day package to spend a weekend at the resort. They also loved it. If you want a relaxing first class vacation, this Hotel is it!

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Stayed: February 2018, travelled on business
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Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled solo
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Address: Ouyoun El Simane, Kfardebian, Lebanon
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Region: Lebanon > Mount Lebanon Governorate > Kfardebian
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Kfardebian
Price Range: £204 - £314 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Mzaar Mountain Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled amid the peaks of Mount Lebanon, InterContinental Mountain Resort & Spa, Mzaar is a family-friendly getaway offering year-round recreation. Skiing, snowmobiling, climbing, hiking, biking, rafting and ATV ing join a long list of sightseeing musts such as the Fagra ruins, the Jeita Grotto, the Phoenician temple and the famed Casino du Liban. ... more   less 
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