I actually stayed here several times, last was in July 2011. All my stays were good so this review can account for all of them.. as I am impressed with hotel. I stayed both on reward and Paid nights here..
When I was coming to Beirut for first time, I was reading trip advisor reviews about this hotel and the sister hotel, Intercontinental Phoenicia. I was wondering where I should stay, as both seemed good. I am sure many travellers will be in the same situation, and therefore I will try to compare both. By the way, both properties are near each other, short walk which may not be that convenient given the driving standards in the city, or a taxi ride which is a better option.
How do you describe Vendome? As a taxi driver told me, it is like a home. He was accurate. Fewer rooms, more privacy and you feel like you are in your own nice appartment. Phoenicia , on the other hand , which is a also nice hotel, is a bigger property, with more visitors and you see much more people there and sometimes celebrities / VIPs. So it depends on what you prefer for the choice between these two hotels.
Let's focus on Vendome now. Staff are very nice and professional , you get the personalized level of service from check-in till you are dropped off to your room. I enjoyed the extra facilities provided and this was a big plus, such as Lebanese sweets and a bottle of Juice almost everyday. A free 15 minutes massage is also included but I did not get the time to go for it. Breakfast was excellent although I felt there was not that big selection of food. There is an OK seaview from the room. I remember that you are allowed to use the pool in Phoenicia if you are staying in Vendome..
This hotel is a really nice Property and I agree with another traveller who said you get addicted to it.. However, sometimes not everything is perfect and I would like to give a full picture about the hotel in my review.. not major points but just for the sake of completness: 1) You may feel this hotel is a bit old , specially from outside, and a little bit from the rooms. Not a big drawback but depends on the traveller. I heard it will be renovated in two years. 2) All my Royal Ambassador benefits were offered, however, sometimes the staff did not seem to be aware of Priority Club and what upgrade I should get.
Finally, let's talk about the location. You can walk from there to the long road on the Corniche and this will be pleasant specially in summer. To go to Monot, Gemmayze, Hamra and other tourist areas inside Beirut, a Taxi is recommended and you can easily reach in 10-20 minutes.
Yes, it's home away from home!
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Let me first thank you for choosing Le Vendome during your visit. I truly appreciate your comments, since this is the most efficient way for us to constantly improve our services. We are striving to monitor and improve our services and facilities we offer to all our guests.
We are always pleased to receive areas for development of such a positive nature. Your comments will be shared with our entire staff, as reinforcement to continue their efforts to make Le Vendome Beirut a leader in excellence.
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