What a pleasure to go back to Le Vendome after several years! Since I was really looking forward, my expectations were quite high! And all were met!
A couple of days before arriving, I received an email asking for my arrival details. Nice touch, especially since I was actually landing at Beirut Airport rather late. I therefore asked for a pick-up and was a bit shocked by the price (USD 60 while a taxi would ask for about 20 USD 20 or 25, after negotiation - taxi meters is an unknown object in Beirut). Given my late arrival after a long day work and a flight, I went for it. I was nicely welcomed at the exit of the luggage hall (he hotel has a booth there) and escorted to the car. I was told they upgraded it: A Bentley! Nice touch!
Arrived at the hotel after a 15 minutes ride. Check-in was as smooth as usual: upon arrival at the hotel, I was immediately brought to my room where I was asked to sign the papers and give my passport. Nice not to have to queue and stand in front of a desk.
The room was as lovely as usual: well decorated, great bed and nice bathroom with all the necessary amenities ("L'Occitane"). Free wifi. I was however afraid of the noise given the fact, a building is under construction on each side of the hotel. But no major inconvenience.
The "Au Premier" restaurant is currently closed as a new one will open next year. But the iconic Sidney's is still there, on the top floor and still open 24/7. Gorgeous breakfasts! Lunch and dinners looked good as well. There is now furthermore a little corner where drinks and some food are offered at certain hours of the day to certain clients (the executive lounge" thing). Nice.
No spa at le Vendome itself, but still an outdoor swimming pool right in front and the access to the nearby Phoenicia spa is given.
Great, like really great, staff! Attentive and efficient at all instant.
All together, Le Vendome remains one of my favourite hotels in the world! And of course I look forward to go back as soon as possible!