Five Stars are not Enough! I had an amazing stay I had at this hotel. It truly EXCEEDED my expectations and I will recommend anyone coming to Beirut to stay here. The price for the hotel was so reasonable, that I was afraid it might be too good to be true. But it wasn’t. The hotel staff were always friendly and attentive. I really got the impression that they wanted to help me and give me any information that I needed. The rooms were clean (I believe the maid service is on site until 8pm). I even asked to see all of the different room sizes/options and I found all of them to be well laid out and comfortable.
The Hamra location was perfect for those who wish to do shopping, eat out and enjoy an urban environment. I was able to enjoy both high end cuisine at some of the nearby restaurants as well as found some budget food options steps from the hotel. The hotel has a café in the ground floor (Lina’s) which I enjoyed a few times, but later started walking down the street to get my morning espresso and man'oushe. There is a grocery store less than a block from the hotel and there are fresh fruit vendors around the corner.
In less than a five minute walk from the hotel I was able to see the Mediterranean and the Roache Rocks and stroll along the Corniche. I even enjoyed a longer walk to the downtown (centreville) area. Although many of the locals might tell you otherwise, I had no problem catching a shared taxi (serveez) and driving to the other side of the city (Gemayzee/Monot) for less then 2$. Or the hotel can arrange for private taxis at your request.
I read some of the negative points in other reviews about this hotel, but I find that their complaints were not the fault of the hotel. For example the Internet in Beirut in general is slow; it is a city wide problem and not specific to the hotel or power cuts generally happen in all of Beirut but the hotel has a generator which kicked on almost instantaneously.
Negatives: The view is not stellar. The hotel is situated in an urban environment, so from the room you can see rooftops of other houses, the street, or an apt building across the street. I could not hear the noise of the city with the windows closed.
I would recommend an electric kettle for guests to be able to make coffee/tea and a safe (lockbox)in the room.
This was my first trip to Beirut. I work as an architect in hotel redevelopment in the region and went to take a holiday for a week. I will definitely return and will definitely stay at the Plaza Hotel again.
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