Travellers looking for lavishness are spoilt for choice in Beirut, with all the big international hotel chains present and correct, plus a smattering of ultra-luxury boutique hotels. If you search further out towards the Hamra district, you’ll find plenty of inexpensive options that are comfortable and well located.
The Beirut hotels below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$150)
Moderate (US$60to US$150)
Cheap (up to US$60)
These Beirut hotel prices are the starting prices for a standard double room and include taxes and breakfast unless otherwise specified. Beirut hotel prices are usually quoted in US dollars.
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.Address: Ashrafieh, Rue Abdel Wahab El Inglizi, Beirut,
Telephone: +961 1 339 797.
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.Address: Minet El Hosn, , Beirut,
Telephone: +961 1 369 110.
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.Address: , Place des Martyrs, Beirut,
Telephone: +961 1 962 828.
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.Address: , Rue Jeanne D'Arc, Beirut,
Telephone: +961 1 746 400.
Located in the heart of the buzzing Hamra quarter, the Cedarland is comfortable, safe and set well back off the road. Relatively quiet compared to other Hamra hotels, rooms are pretty beige and bland but have everything you need and some have sea views (read: views through gaps in the city skyline). Breakfast is extra.Address: , Rue Omar Ben Abdel Aziz, Beirut,
Telephone: +961 1 340 233.
Port View Hotel
It's no Hilton but the Port View Hotel is comfortable, clean and well appointed, which is more than can be said for many mid-range sleeping spots in the Middle East. Set a little off the beaten track in the quiet Gemmayzeh district, it's convenient for the main drag to but still peaceful.Address: , Rue Gourard, Beirut,
Telephone: +961 1 567 500.
Close to the main sites, including the Place des Martyrs, Pension al-Nazih is a small 10-room budget hotel offering pleasantly comfortable rooms complete with cable TV and 24-hour hot water – neither guaranteed in Beirut. Rooms are plane and a little dated, but it's still an excellent budget option. Wi-Fi and breakfast cost extra.Address: , Avenue Charles Helou, Beirut,
Telephone: +961 1 564 868.
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.Address: , Rue Razi, Beirut,
Telephone: +961 1 361 485.
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.Address: , Avenue Charles Helou, Beirut,
Telephone: +961 1 562 567.