Overlooking the Mediterranean, with green hills forming a protective arch to the east, Lebanon's capital Beirut is as beautiful as it is buzzing. We've rounded up the best properties to stay at on your next trip to this city that never sleeps.
Intercontinental Phoenicia Beirut
Gleaming marble, shimmering chandeliers and frothing fountains await you at this grande dame, which first opened in 1961 and continues to fly the flag for classic luxury with refined service, fantastic Lebanese cuisine and elegant interiors. Highlights include the sea views, a top-class buffet breakfast, sunset shisha by the pool and the location—the waterfront promenade known as the Corniche is only a few minutes away.
Find out more at phoeniciabeirut.com
This intimate yet opulent oasis of calm is located on Beirut’s famous Corniche, so be sure to request a sea-facing room with a balcony. Dinner at its fab rooftop restaurant, Sydney’s, is also a must. Facilities are limited but guests have complimentary access to the spa, gym and pool at sister property The Phoenicia via a free two-minute transfer or short walk.
Find out more at levendomebeirut.com
The distinctive ochre-coloured mansion that houses this Relais & Châteaux heritage hotel is a gem of traditional Lebanese architecture dating back to the 1930s. Each of the 33 suites is a uniquely designed treasure trove of antiques and vintage furniture. Ride the glass-framed art deco lift up to the roof terrace for cocktails among the bougainvillea and panoramic views of the city.
Find out more at albergobeirut.com
This idyllic hillside retreat is a lovingly restored 18th-century townhouse located 80 kilometres north of Beirut in the sleepy village of Douma (beit means home). Expect beautiful interiors, walls lined with art, a sunny terrace perfect for afternoons curled up with a book, magnificent views, and incredible Lebanese home cooking.
Find out more at soukeltayeb.com
This hip little boutique hotel has bags of charm and a cool, artsy vibe that will appeal to relaxed creatives seeking a buzzy, friendly hangout with heavenly food and rocking tunes courtesy of guest DJs who take over the garden terrace for impromptu party nights.
Find out more at villaclara.fr