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“Great hotel with beautiful courtyard” 4 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Alabaraa Street | near Bab Sharki, Damascus, Syria   |  
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Ranked #24 of 75 Hotels in Damascus
Sydney, Australia
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“Great hotel with beautiful courtyard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

This hotel has a lot of character with one of the best courtyards of hotels we saw in Damascus and the rooms were pleasant as were the bathrooms. The hotel was clean and in a good location in that it was in the old city and walking distance to main soukhs etc but far enough away from them for it to be quiet (off a little lane). Internet was free which was good. I highly recommend this hotel for it's character. The only comment is the restaurant - which I would not recommend for dinner as there were many better restaurants than this. Also the breakfast was not great with left overs served from night before. On checkout, we were short changed around $20USD, yet they did not accept that this was the case. Aside from this I would recommend the hotel just be careful with your transactions at the reception.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
64 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2010

We arrived in Damascus without any accomodation being booked, and were lucky enough to get a room at this hotel for 3 nights (they had a group cancel, due the ash cloud problem, which was good news for us!).

Damascus is not a cheap place to stay, if you want to stay in a renovated Damascene house, but we wanted to stay in this unique style of accomodation, so we paid US$190 per night, which was definitely worth it for the experience. The room was decorated elegantly and was very clean. There was free WiFi available, and it was a pleasure to sit in the courtyard and read a magazine or have a drink.

The staff were polite and attentive, and the hotel's location in the christian quarter was a nice change - waking up to church bells instead of mosque prayers! Breakfast was the only let down of the hotel - adequate, but you would expect more, when you are paying this sort of money for accomodation.

It was very easy to walk to all the main attractions of the old town and we even ventured outside the walls, to change some money and visit the post office for stamps. We were so glad that we stayed in the old town, as it was easy to walk to the restaurants at night, then back to our hotel.

We can recommend "Al Haretna" restaurant - good food and excellent service, not far from the hotel. We ate at "Naranj" on our last night - terrible service, but food was good.

We would definitely recommend this hotel to our friends and family.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

We booked a double room. When we arrived at the hotel only a twin room was available. The hotel could see we were disappointed and upgraded us to a suite which was amazing, with a fountain in the room and a four poster bed. We had to move to another, standard double room for our third night. We felt that the standard room did not represent value for money at $145 per night although it was a perfectly adequate room. The hotel itself is in an old Damascene house with two courtyards inside. Breakfast was unremarkable as Syrians don't seem to do breakfasts but the setting was lovely.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

The entry to the Oriental is concealed behind an unprepossessing door but once through into the courtyard where a fountain plays the wow factor takes over. Some of the rooms lead off the courtyard and all are decorated in style which is both ethnic and antique. Each room has its own individual style. The courtyard has a retractable glass roof (as does the dining area) where you can sit and read or have a drink. There are also two roof terraces. The restaurant was good but caters to groups and parties. The breakfast was disappointing after some of the Syrian breakfasts we had enjoyed. This boutique hotel is a delightful experience.

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2010

A very beautiful boutique hotel in the center of old city in one of the best quarters.
The rooms are very well-decorated and very large,clean and of course ORIENTAL.
We saw room 1 and 2 and they were very nice.But i believe whichever room you choose,especially in front of the courtyard,will be beautiful.
Breakfast buffet has both traditional and international alternatives, everything fresh and delicious.
The restaurant is a very good choice in city too.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Walmer, United Kingdom
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

This hotel is superb in every respect. Staff were wonderful, the restaurant was great and excellent value. The room we had was amazing. Having read other reviews we e-mailed the hotel in advance of our stay and asked for Room 1, we think it was "The Royal Suite". We would not hesitate to stay there again and fully recommend this old Damascus House Hotel.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2009

Conveniently located in the Christian sectiion of the old city. It's a 5 minute walk from the Bab Sharqi, and 10-15 mins to the Umayyad Mosque. The exterior is nothing special, but interior is charming. Rooms are confortable - though for the rooms at ground level, it's hard to get sunlight in the mornings. Staff were helpful and friendly. If I ever find myself back in Damascus, I would definitely stay here again.
Try to get room 1 - part of our party was lucky to get it.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Alabaraa Street | near Bab Sharki, Damascus, Syria
Location: Syria > Damascus
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Ranked #24 of 75 Hotels in Damascus
Hotel Class:5 star — Oriental Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 11

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