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Where to stay in Beirut – a neighborhood guide

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The beauty of Beirut’s diverse cultural history means that your experience can be shaped largely on which regions you choose to spend your time in. Happily, the city’s vast choice of accommodation is equally assorted, from palaces fit for Royalty to cheap hotels for backpackers on a shoestring; there are plenty of options to suit every taste and budget. Wander the colonial relics of Downtown, dance the night away in Achrafieh, or, even ski the slopes in Mzaar. Beirut really does cater for all.

George Mahfouz

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Downtown Beirut

 

An inspiring example of Beirut’s resilience, the Downtown area is filled with magnificently renovated colonial buildings standing neatly next to contemporary high-rises. A stroll around the area provides a great looking-glass into both Beirut’s troubled past and their prosperous future. The central district around Nejmeh Square is conveniently pedestrian only and is bubbling with chic, alfresco cafes, rivalling those of Paris and Madrid.

 

Hotels in Downtown Beirut

 

Owing to its recent restoration, Downtown is full of great places to stay. Whether you are looking for 5-star luxury or a cheap hostel, staying in this region ensures you are conveniently placed to visit the city’s top attractions.

 

Achrafieh

 

One of the capital’s oldest neighbors, Achrafieh’s rich tapestry is characterised by narrow, winding streets guarded by tall buildings that play host to an eclectic mix of quaint, shops, restaurants and bars. It is also home to perhaps the most iconic, social and political of landmarks, Saassine Square.

 

Hotels in Achrafieh

 

Slightly more expensive than other areas in Beirut, those looking for luxury hotels won’t be left in short supply in Achrafieh. Ideal for travelers looking to mark a special occasion, these high-end hotels offer exceptional service and are sure to make your stay a memorable one.

 

Monot & Gemmayze

 

Closely linked to Achrafieh, but offering a very different feel, Monot Street is popular with the hip and happening, and a great destination lively bars and a hedonistic night scene. Its nearby neighbor, Gemmayze offers a slightly more relaxed and artsy feel during the day with French architecture influencing the many bars, restaurants and cafés in the area.

 

Hotels in Monot & Gemmayze

 

Cleverly mixing old with new, accommodation prices are as varied as the architecture. From incognito boutique guesthouses to artisan hostels there is something for everyone with, of course, the added bonus of being in a great location.

 

Ras Beirut

 

One of the most cosmopolitan areas in the city, Ras Beirut is beautifully situated on the westernmost tip, offering exquisite views of the Mediterranean. A melting pot of many faiths, Ras Beirut is a fine example of peaceful co-existence, made all the more extraordinary given the capital’s past.

 

Hotels in Ras Beirut

 

Luxury is certainly the order of the day in Ras Beirut, with the boardwalk awash with sprawling resorts offering a taste of indulgence you might better expect along the French Riviera.  The nearby promenade is ideal for a romantic, late night stroll and is popular among families, exercise enthusiasts and those just keen to cool off in the sea breeze.