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“Quite Francophlie” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Sofitel Le Gabriel Beyrouth

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Sofitel Le Gabriel Beyrouth
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenue de l'Independence | BP 167 197, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon   |  
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Ranked #37 of 115 Hotels in Beirut
Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Quite Francophlie”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

If you're staying in Beirut and want to stay in the eastern part, this is probably your best bet. Set in the Christian and to some extent francophile part of Beirut, the hotel is within a minute of Sassine Square and five minutes of the newly renovated Down Town. The hotel staff is very friendly, but the decor is a bit garish for my taste. I only stayed a night and trying to watch TV in my room I noticed that there were hardly any English channels, but instead a load of French and Arabic channels - not atypical for the eastern side of the city, I guess. Breakfast again was mainly continental, but the Croissants were delicious. In all it was a bit expensive and quite average for the price bracket.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I stayed at Le Gabriel for a couple of days in February.
The decor is a bit old fashioned, needs a bit of renovations..... The bathroom have some problems with the water drainage.The staff are very friendly and welcoming. The hotel is located in a very lovely area, close to everything and easy to go around on foot.
I enjoyed my stay there as it was in a convenient area !!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

What is the point of a hotel chain if it doesn't keep up a standard of service? Sofitel is known for inconsistent quality across its network of socalled "luxury" hotels but their Beirut property is simply unacceptable.
Tiny bathrooms, terrible windows that were hardly soundproof, 3 star quality bathroom amenities, 3 star quality breakfast, pathetic maintenance ( carpeting did not even reach the wall which meant you could see the cement beneath the carpet all along the wall, shower was at least 20 years old), and a reception area and staff more adequate for a mediocre airport side hotel than for a supposed 4 star city centre property.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Stayed at the Gabriel for three nights in December. Even though the décor is rather old-fashioned I really enjoyed it. The staff are very friendly and greet you personally. I liked the area too, walking distance from the ABC shopping mall and easy to get around on foot and you feel very safe is the area. Would definitely go back

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

At this level of hotel it's the details lacking that I notice most. Grubby carpet in the room. Bathtub edges siliconed multiple, inexpert times. Sliding door to the balcony that doesn't close tight and let's in street noise. Banged up walls in the hallway. A dismal fitness center in the 'dungeon' of the hotel. Restaurant food that is second rate for first rate prices.
Staff good, not great. Excellent bed and bedding.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sofitel Le Gabriel Beyrouth

Address: Avenue de l'Independence | BP 167 197, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon
Location: Lebanon > Beirut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Beirut
#33 Luxury Hotel in Beirut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sofitel Le Gabriel Beyrouth 4*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel brings you a distinctive blend of French style and Lebanese hospitality. The hotel is 10 minutes away from the airport, within close reach of the city business district, trendy restaurants, shops, cinemas, and much more. Our 73 elegant rooms include 8 Junior Suites, 3 Prestige Suites and 1 exquisite Opera Suite. The " Restaurant Le Gabriel" offers sumptuous international cuisine. The hotel also has 2 conference rooms, a 24-hour business center, a fitness center and a heated indoor swimming pool. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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