I stayed here in 6/2012 for 5 nights, 6 days. This was my first time in Beirut.
Pros: really nice pools, nice rooms, excellent cleaning staff, most of the workers spoke English which was nice for me since I do not speak Arabic, friendly workers, safe works well, good bellboys, rooms were not expensive (I paid ~$315 a night), interior designing of the hotel was excellent, secure hotel, elevators worked well, good supply of towels, good location.
Cons: TV channels were fuzzy (not clear), prices were expensive at the poolside (I think it was $4 for a water bottle), prices were expensive at the restaurants as well (I ate down the street at Grand Cafe, Bay Rock, Petit Cafe- thought the food was better at these places than the Burj place which was more expensive). Everybody smokes around the pool which sort of sucks for me since I am American and I am not used to it and I also have asthma. Lebanon reminds me of the USA in the 1970s when people used to smoke in public places. THE WORST THING OF THE HOTEL: THE LOUD MUSIC AT NIGHT!!!! THE HOTEL HAS A PLACE ON THE ROOFTOP CALLED SQUARE (WHICH I WENT TO ONE NIGHT AND IT WAS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE) AND THEY PLAY LOUD MUSIC UNTIL 3AM AND I CAN HEAR IT FROM MY HOTEL ROOM. I THINK IT WAS A BAD IDEA BY THEM TO HAVE THIS PLACE! I'd take sleep over a nice restaurant/lounge. They need to get soundproof windows, move this place or get rid of this place because I couldn't fall asleep one of the nights. Spa was way too expensive. I could afford it but I do not believe in the principle of charging that much for a massage. I could pay 30% of what they were charging at one of the best places in the U.S. Same goes for the expensive breakfast.
Would I stay here again?
Yes, I would. The experience overall was positive. I plan on going to Lebanon next year and I'll probably stay at Moevenpick for a few nights and the other nights at the new 4 seasons hotel that looks really nice! Overall, I give this place 4.4/5 since it is in the Middle East. If it was in the USA, I'd give it a 3.4/5. Therefore, if you are going to Lebanon, I highly recommend this hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Moevenpick Hotel And Resort Beirut