La Petite Maison 2

Beirut’s tastiest hotels

If, like us, you prefer to continuously stay close to good food, then why not pick a hotel that happens to have a scrumptious restaurant when you next travel? Soon, once we get our invites –one day– we’ll be recommending the most delicious hotels in the world, but for now here are Beirut’s tastiest.

ON A BUDGET

Saifi Uban Gardens

Pasteur St. Gemmayzeh
Telephone: +961 (0)1 562509
Private room for 2 (breakfast included) 50$/night

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If you’re on a budget, yet want to stay central and be able to grab a good bite all night, then Saifi Urban Gardens is your best bet. This hostel happens to have a self-service eatery called “Em Nazih”, that serves home-cooked Lebanese dishes that aren’t half bad.

BEYt 

Geara building, Armenia St. Mar Mikhael
Telephone: +961 (0)1 444110
Room prices vary between 50-90$/night

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Beyt 2

Located in the trendy –thus unfortunately loud­– neighborhood of Mar Mikhael, this adorable high-ceilinged guesthouse and its lovely back garden make quite the blissful refuge. Every morning, the friendly staff prepares a fresh homemade cake  – and every two weeks hosts an exotic buffet-feast (think Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, etc.)

SOMETHING IN BETWEEN

Villa Clara

Khenchara Str, Mar Mikhael
Telephone: +961 (0)1 566898
Café open daily from 8am-1am, restaurant open daily from noon-3pm, 8pm-1am
Double room for 185$/per night

Villa Clara

Not only is this place absolutely gorgeous – with its high ceilings and Art nouveau décor– but its restaurant also happens to be remarkable. Their refined gourmet menu includes French dishes, such as Steak Tartare prepared tableside, and the most orgasmic fruit meringue you’ll ever eat.

ON A SPLURGE

Le Vendôme

Rafic Al Hariri Str. Ain El Mreisseh
Telephone: +961 (0)1 369280
Double room for 250$/night

La Petite Maison 2

Thinly sliced octopus in lemon oil and EarlGrey at La Petite Maison

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Tuna Carpaccio at La Petite Maison

While the hotel may be a little stuffy, the fact that it holds two delicious restaurants alone makes us want to book a room. First there’s La Petite Maison –a French Mediterranean restaurant that serves fresh delicacies– and then there’s Sydney’s –a 24/7 cozy gentlemen club type eatery with a view on the sea.

The Four Seasons

Professeur Wafic Sinno Avenue, Minet El Hosn
Telephone: +961 (0)1 761000
Double room for 300$/night

Four Seasons

While we do hate to judge a book by its cover, The Four Seasons stays true to its name. From the impeccable service and the sublime rooftop pool to their carnivorous “The Grill Room” restaurant and their absolutely beautiful (!!) breakfast selection, this hotel’s got it all.

The Albergo

137 Abdel Wahab El Inglizi St. Achrafieh
Telephone: +961 (0)1 339797
Standard suite for 375$/night

Albergo

AAL Dente

Part of the “Relais Chateau” chain, this one is quite the charmer. If you’d like to sleep in a boudoir, have an authentic Lebanese breakfast on a heavenly terrace and savour some Italian perfection –at the downstairs restaurants, where they happen to host “Le Festival de La Gastronomie” every year– then we can’t recommend a better place.

Le Gray

Martyrs’ Sq, Downtown
Telephone: +961 (0)1 972000
Double room for 385$/night

Le Gray

Many Beirutis consider this one to be their personal favourite. Le Gray is centrally located, has immaculate service, and an absolutely exquisite rooftop restaurant –and pool. The only downside is the hotel’s bland ground floor café/restaurant, which we simply recommend that you avoid.  



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  1. Don't Believe in Jet Lag

    Hi Dima – thank you for your comment! Unfortunately, we were quite disappointed the few times we went. Although the location is superb, the food was somewhat bland and overpriced. Our list prioritises taste and flavour over anything else.

  2. Dima

    Great list!
    Just found the comment about Le Gray’s Gordon’s Café a bit weird. I actually like the place. Why isn’t there a reason stated to absolutely avoid it?


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