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Etoile Suites Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1281 Hussain al Ahdab Street, Beirut 9611, Lebanon   |  
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Ranked #42 of 113 hotels in Beirut
Dubai
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Fantastic Location / Excellent Staff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The location is smack bang in the middle of the Downtown area of Beirut, with cafes and restaurants on your doorstep, along with high end shops. The staff at the hotel could not do enough. My room was large with a small kitchenette which would be useful for a longer stay. I felt as if the room was a bit damp and musty. The carpet is dark and while I'm sure everthing was really clean, and the bathroom was spotless, it just didn't feel it. There are blankets on the bed instead of a duvet and the overall style is a bit dated. There was an automatic air freshener next to the kitchen which squirted its scent every 30 minutes which kept me awake. It was just a quick trip so didn't mention it to reception but I'm sure they would have gone out of their way to fix it. The bathroom was large, with an over the tub shower. It was difficult to get in the shower as you had to climb over the bath surround which wasn't easy. The location is a huge selling point for this hotel but I'm not sure I would stay again. I would rather pay more and stay at Le Gray which is just around the corner.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lahore, Pakistan
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93 reviews 93 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

A very nice and very friendly small hotel, in the perfect location in Beyrouth. Very friendly senior manager Jean Jacques greeted us on our arrival at 11 pm. We were upgraded to the best suit in the hotel with a lovely big balcony overlooking the square. The mattress on our double bed was the best i have slept on in a hotel for a very long time. There was a TV in the bedroom, Lounge and the bathroom which also had a jacuzzie! The room also had an ironing board and an iron. A few minutes in the room, and we were sent a fruit basket, cookies and freshly squeezed orange juice...so refreshing. The roof top restaurant served a delicious and comprehensive breakfast. We sat out on the terrace and were served by very professional and courteous staff always willing to oblige. If i were to visit Beyrouth again, would stay here again. Beautiful location, every sight worth visiting was within 5 minutes walking distance and the best Lebanese restaurant was just 2 minutes walk..This hotel was in the heart of the downtown area. There was no free wifi which was disappointing. Its expensive.

Room Tip: 302 suit overlooking the quiet street with a huge terrace.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

I had heard before coming to Beirut that Downtown is really the "new" Beirut and not very authentic. This may be true, but I loved it here!! The whole downtown has been renovated in recent years and the location is very central. It's 2 minutes walking distance to tons of cafes and restaurants at the Place de l'Etoile, shopping centers (like Beirut Souks), a 15 minute walk to Gemmayze and about 20 minutes to Hamra and the Corniche.

The hotel itself is really beautiful! I loved our room. It was spotless, very roomy with an understated luxury. The bathroom was huge too.

Free Breakfast is served in the hotel restaurant and the food is decent. Not thrilling, but definitely not bad at all. The restaurant has nice views and free wireless. There is no free wireless in the rooms, which is a bummer, but the cafe is open 24 hours so you can always go up there.

The staff was beyond pleasant and accomodating at all times. I would definitely stay here again without a second thought!

Cons:
No free wifi in the rooms and not worth it to purchase. Expensive and slow.
There is really no lobby/waiting area.

Tips:
When travelling within the city, I suggest to WALK!! The taxi drivers are ruthless and will try to make up fares.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

The location is the best. The reception staff was very friendly and fast in organizing. They organized the taxis for us, we had no problems. The rooms are huge. Rooms 105 and 106 are spacious with a view.

Wifi is expensive and slow. The rooms could be a little more clean. The breakfast staff is problematic; the service is very slow and their attitude is a little far from business seriousness. I talked with the reception, they said their staff changes every week and they can not find someone good. But they will make changes he said. So maybe next year, the hotel will be much better. Overall, the hotel is a gem but it is not run well.

Despite every con, I recommend this hotel to everyone. It is still the best choice of price and quality in Beirut.

Room Tip: 105 and 106 are spacious with a great view.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

Perfectly situated in the middle of Downtown Beirut.
Reasonably priced, a very clean hotel but tired in look.
In need of a refurb but the main point of Beirut is the night life.
The staff were very helpful and friendly.
Do not rely of the hotel for a gastronomic experience as they will dissapoint you.
Plenty of resaurants within 2 minutes walk and you very own amred soldiers on the front door to keep you safe!
I would return but am looking forward to the hotel getting a lick of paint and some plasma screens.

Room Tip: Diplomatic Suite
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

We booked adjoining rooms, one which had a balcony with table and chairs. It gave us the opportunity to sit out in the evening and watch the passing parade. The rooms where spacious and very comfortable. The hotel staff were very efficient and knowledgeable of the area. It was no trouble for them to arrange a day for us to spend at a day spa. The check in process was efficient, we were ushered to our rooms and then greeted with a light refreshment in our rooms, followed by a fruit platter. On our last night we were gifted by a box of chocolates...what a lovely touch. The location is fantastic, so close to all restaurants and shops. Would definitely recommend a stay. We stayed for 4 nights.

Room Tip: Great rooms with good views of the city
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011 via mobile

The hotel is amazing located in the center of Beirut service is good and staff are friendly

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Etoile Suites Hotel

Address: 1281 Hussain al Ahdab Street, Beirut 9611, Lebanon
Location: Lebanon > Beirut
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 113 hotels in Beirut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Etoile Suites Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Uniquely set in one of Beirut’s oldest and most charming districts, the “Place De L’Etoile” Of Solidere that is rich in history and entertainment. The Etoile Suites Hotel is only 10 minutes from Beirut International Airport, 2 minutes to Beirut’s famous beach fronts, and few meters to major Beirut Areas – business, shopping, government buildings, historical mosques and churches, and archeological sites – with easy access to major mountains and seashore destinations. ... more   less 
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