I stayed here for three nights just on an extended weekend break. The location is excellent if one wants a "real city" feel -- it's in the middle of the Hamra shopping district, with many stores, cafes (including Starbucks and Costa), restaurants, and bars to choose from. AUB is also close, and the area right around AUB has bookstores and restaurants catering to a student crowd. The rooms are a bit small, but well appointed with good lighting, comfortable beds, and nice bathrooms (with bidets). There are at least three non-smoking floors -- if you reserve a non-smoking room, insist that it also be on a non-smoking floor. I was given a "deodorized" smoking room on a smoking floor, which wasn't as good. The hotel has a tiny indoor gym, coed sauna/steam/jacuzzi, and small indoor pool. The indoor pool is not open during the lunch and dinner hours, as the deck areas around the pool are converted into restaurant space. Real fitness buffs should skip the hotel facilities and instead work out at the full-service fitness center in the office complex next door. Conveniently, there is a good internet cafe a couple of blocks down Hamra street from the hotel, so there's no need to pay the hotel prices. The breakfast buffet was average. The hotel staff were generally friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crowne Plaza Beirut is an exclusive five-star property located in heart of Beirut’s business and shopping area. Adjacent to reputable boutiques retail shops, Food Court, coffee shops, Beauty Parlors, Libraries, Banks and 5 minutes away from the seafront promenade. The hotel is Less than 10 km away from Beirut International Airport and 4 km away from Beirut International Exhibition Center & newly rebuilt elegant downtown Area of Solidère.190 newly renovated rooms and suites all overlooking Hamra main Street equipped with the latest facilities, in-room amenities and wireless Internet. 25 Crowne Plaza Club rooms and 13 suites all have spectacular Mediterranean sea view and a dedicated Club Lounge with private lounge and reception. Crowne Plaza Beirut has 9 designated locations for conferences and seminars. All have natural daylight, dedicated Executive Boardroom, Business Center, WIFI internet access and equipped with the latest state of art audiovisual equipment. We are considered the largest & most extensive conference facilities in Beirut and able to accommodate groups from 10 up to 600 persons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Beirut