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Al Bustan Festival

Beirut’s annual celebration of classical music and dance is a must-do for classical music aficionados. For an entire month, performance after performance from the cream of local and international classical musicians brings visitors and curious locals flocking to the Emile Bustani Auditorium. Artists who have taken part include Olaf Baer, Maria Ewing, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helikon Opera of Moscow, the Vienna Boys Choir, the English Shakespeare Company, among others.

Date: 01 March 2021 - 31 March 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Emile Bustani Auditorium, Al Bustan Hotel
Website: http://www.albustanfestival.com
Cost:

Various.


Beirut International Tango Festival

Launched in 2009, the inaugural event was the first Argentine tango event ever to take place in Lebanon. Since then, the festival has attracted leading international musicians, dancers, and DJs as well as participants from all over the world. There are also workshops available to dancers of all levels.

Date: 01 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Website: http://www.tangolebanon.com
Cost:

Free.


Beirut Spring Festival

Like the Beirut Tango Festival, the Beirut Spring Festival’s pedigree only stretches back as far as 2009 but it’s no less good for that. Focused on theatre, dance and music, the Spring Festival showcases the work of up-and-coming local performers, who create special pieces of work to fit in with the festival’s theme, which changes annually. Previous themes have included tolerance, cultural diversity and injustice, so it isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs, but certainly no less compelling for that.

Date: 01 June 2021 - 30 June 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.beirutspringfestival.org
Cost:

Free.


Beirut Art Fair

A leading platform for contemporary artists and galleries in Lebanon and the Middle East to showcase their artistic development, this fair also attracts international galleries.

Date: 16 September 2021 - 19 September 2021
Venue: Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL)
Website: https://beirut-art-fair.com/
Cost:

Various.


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Casa d'Or

The Casa D'Or is a welcoming, comfortable alternative to functional budget hotels or the home-stays that dominate the lower end of the market. It's not especially glamorous but rooms are clean, comfortable and well appointed, and a decent breakfast is included in the price. It also offers low season discounts.

Talal Hotel

Talal Hotel offers bright, clean rooms complete with comfortable beds for next to nothing. Better still, it's within striking distance of Gemmayzeh and Place des Martyrs. The atmosphere is lively and the hotel also has a communal kitchen. The result is friendly but a bit like living as a student.

Regis Hotel

At first look, you could be forgiven for thinking that you'd just pitched up at the Lebanese Fawlty Towers. However, staff are warm and welcoming, rooms are clean and the breakfast is excellent. All rooms have modern air-con, fridges and TVs, but better still is Regis' proximity to the Corniche.

Le Gray

A remarkable 5-star hotel in the centre of Beirut, Le Gray offers 87 modern rooms bathed in natural light. The infinity pool overlooks the city, while the spa, bar and restaurant could all be destinations in their own right. LCD TVs, Wi-Fi, fresh fruit and flowers are all part of the deal, Mediterranean and Mount Lebanon vistas included.

InterContinental Phoenicia Hotel

When you're looking to rub shoulders with Beirut's A-list, this prestigious hotel is the play to stay. It certainly looks the part with acres of marble floor, draped silk curtains and gold gilt fitting. Plus, it has some of the best facilities in town, including an excellent gym and pool area.

Hotel Albergo

If nothing but the finest will do, make Hotel Albergo your base. With just 30 rooms and a swimming pool, everything screams opulence, including the excellent rooftop bar, complete with fabulous views of the city. Rooms are themed in European, Oriental, colonial and Mediterranean styles, and the lovely Italian restaurant is also well worth a visit.