Strolling along the seaside corniche, exploring shops in the souk, feasting on fresh tabbouleh salads and hummus at hole-in-the-wall restaurants – a trip to Beirut guarantees atmosphere. Naturally, after a day exploring the city’s diverse neighbourhoods and treasure-packed museums, a brilliant place to rest your head is non-negotiable. Whether you’re after an ultra-luxurious stay or trendy boutique lodgings, here are the best hotels in Beirut – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Beirut’s grand dame hotel Le Bristol is home to an opulent ballroom (the oldest in the city), a piano-studded lounge and fabulous gourmet cuisine – and yet don’t think this place is stuck in the past. With a sleek rooftop pool, lined with sunshine-yellow loungers, and ‘hipster’ rooms – where contemporary art mixes with parquet floors and traditional furniture – this Beirut hotel really does combine the best of old and new Lebanon.
The InterContinental occupies a prime location by the water, overlooking nodding boats in Beirut’s harbour and the popular corniche waterfront. The rooms at this luxury hotel in Beirut are classically elegant: dressed in hues of white and gold, with comfy seating areas, they overlook shimmering blue waters beyond. As for facilities? Expect both an indoor and outdoor pool, fitness centre and three restaurants (including one poolside) to choose from, perfect for travellers who demand plenty of choice in their holidays.
Looking for a stay with an intimate feel? Set in a home built in 1929, this Instagrammable spot, with Art Deco furnishings and soaring ceilings, combines classic Lebanese vibes with a perfectly on-trend bohemian atmosphere. The two twin rooms are bursts of colour – one in shades of blue, another in coral hues – and have been styled to perfection by host Jamil. You’re just a hop from trendy Gemmayze street, often called the Soho of Beirut.
Bright and airy, with a friendly feel and vine-coated terrace, Baffa House is a B&B made for artsy types: it’s right in Beirut’s creative district, Mar Mikhael. Colourful prints dot the walls of the bedrooms – with just four, this place feels pleasantly intimate – while pops of orange, blue and yellow team up with clean white-washed walls. It’s one of Beirut’s best hotels and the owners, a filmmaker and graphic designer, have brought their strong sense of design to every corner.
If you’re after a pad with real Lebanese flavour, try Beyt Mar Mikhael. At this apartment stay just off Beirut’s waterfront, intricate carpets hang on walls; geometric tiles line bathroom and bedroom; arched windows let sun pour in from a pretty, leafy terrace. It’s just a mile from popular Gemmayzeh street, but don’t head out to explore without enjoying the authentic Beirut breakfast first.
If you’re heading out of Beirut you could stay at one of the best hotels in Byblos, bookable with Culture Trip.
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