Luxe lodging in Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon has long been known as the “Paris of the Middle East”. Certainly, the bloody civil war that raged there from 1975 until 1989 took a toll on the city, but the residents and leaders are taking an aggressive approach to not only rebuilding, but also making it better than it was before.

Beirut is the capital and largest city of the small country of Lebanon with over 2 million people, and it is located on a small headland that juts into the Mediterranean Sea. Because of its size and location, Beirut has always been the tourism and commercial hub of the country, boasting lodging options in all price ranges and types. Discerning travelers will enjoy exploring some of the more luxurious properties located around the city.

Four Seasons Hotel Beirut, Lebanon

The Four Seasons Hotels are synonymous with luxury, and the one in Beirut, Lebanon is no exception. This one soars above the city at the edge of the sea, and offers stunning 360 degree views of the city and beautiful sunsets over the Mediterranean at the rooftop pool where all the VIPs hang out. Rich in sophistication, the hotel provides friendly and attentive personal service.
The hotel has a number of different sized rooms and suites, including City View Suites, which are located in a tower with a sail on top, and have been decorated by a famous interior designer. Rooms include designer touches like suede headboards, desks with elliptical shapes, a wall of windows and furnished terraces to afford guests panoramic courtyard views, city views, or sea views of the Mediterranean Sea. Each guest room or suite also has at least one marble bath, complete with a glass walled shower, deep soaking tub, and separated toilet in a private alcove.

Steps from the marina, downtown, and historical sites and nightlife, there is also an expansive spa with lots of varied salon treatments available. There is also a rooftop pool and terrace on the 26th floor.

InterContinental Mountain Resort Spa Beirut, Lebanon

2000 meters up Mount Lebanon in Beirut, Lebanon is the InterContinental Mountain Resort Spa Mzaar. This Beirut hotel is unique and family friendly, with awesome views of the city and the sea. Best of all, it is only an hour drive, so you can ski in the morning and be on the beach the same afternoon. The hotel is a Five Star ski destination, year round, and provides lots of leisure activities like bowling, hiking, swimming, and riding snowmobiles and ATVs. If lazy activities are more your style, hit the spa to relax and rejuvenate.

Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed and there all restaurants that cater to lovers of all types of international foods. Le Refuge Restaurant offers Alpine specialties like fondue and raclettes, along with melted chocolate and fresh fruits for dessert. Les Airelles offers classical and traditional French specialties. Authentic Italian food can be found at La Tavola, along with a rustic setting and full glass wall overlooking the terrace.

The hotel is close to the Casino du Liban and archeological sites. There are leisure activities like live entertainment, a cinema, boutiques, an arcade and kid’s fun center inside, in addition to the indoor heated pool, sauna, and fitness center. The hotel also boasts a complete business center open daily.

Le Gray Hotel Beirut, Lebanon

Those who like the newest and trendiest of everything will love Le Gray Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon. Le Gray is newly built and designed by a famous architect and an interior designer, and no two rooms are the same. The décor is fresh and inviting with an ultra-modern feel. There is a spacious and modern health club and spa and designer boutiques within the hotel.

Ideally located in the historic city center, it overlooks Mount Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea, but is within walking distance to restaurants, nightlife, museums, and archaeological sites.

A number of restaurants are located in the hotel, including a café with an outdoor terrace at street level. Up on top of the building, you’ll find Indigo, with its glass wine cellar and great menu, as well as Bar 360° which is a Martini-lover’s heaven offering live entertainment and views of the city. The Pool Lounge overlooks the funky purple lighting of the rooftop swimming pool and the sea, offering great views whether seated indoors or outside.

Denise Gabbard is an SEO specialist and writer at Beirutshortstay.com

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  1. irene says:

    Beirut has never been somewhere i have thought of going on holiday although my dad visited in the early 60s and spoke highly of it. it was also listed by the New york times in 2009 as the top place to visit and with the sounds of these hotels it would be a pretty luxurious visit, might just persuade me!

  2. There are definitely some of the nicest world-class hotels available in today’s cool and fresh Beirut. The city itself is definitely on the mend, and Beirutis are proud of their heritage and their home….

  3. Aurora says:

    Like you Irene, I have never thought of visiting Beruit, this hotel is certainly appealing though. The food sounds delicious.

  4. Kay McMahon says:

    I had a stopover in Beirut and I didn’t particularly fancy going there at all, but needs must and all that. I was surprised at how really nice it all was.

    The airport staff and their service were second to none. Yeah, I would be happy to try Beruit for a holiday.

  5. Emily M says:

    My friend took a holiday to Beirut, I was really surprised at the time and I didn’t even realise it had beaches. She had a great time and hearing all about it from her it does sound like a great place for a holiday.

  6. Kylie Martin says:

    Like above posters said, not somewhere I would have even thought about taking a trip. Will have a look into it a bit more.

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