Spent 3 weeks in Syria. Here are my hotel reviews: Prices range from $125 - 150 tax included. (note-these are "winter" rates which are higher in other times. Most hotels outside Damascus/Aleppo have limited TV but who needs it?
Sheraton Ma’aret Sednaya Hotel & Resort - Inexpensive for a hotel of this quality BUT it is advertised as "a short drive to the old city." This is false. At least 30 min each eay, depending upon traffic which can be difficult. Recommended for a quiet get away and a visit to the nearby Greek orthodox monasteries but not for a quick visit to Old Damascus.
Palmyra Alnakheel is a basic hotel with nice hosts, friendly and helpful, a short drive to the ruins. No hot water on arrival but after complaint, OK Recommended.
Hama Noria Hotel Businessman hotel in the center of town. Very convenient and quite fine
Aleppo Jdayde Beautiful "boutique" hotel, perfectly located. Highly recommended. www.jdaydehotel.com
Mountain Breeze Nov 8 About 60 miles SW of Latakia we stayed there after Ugarit and Saladin's castle. A family-type resort in the mountains. OK for R & R, pool, hikes, etc. but not convenient just for an overnight. In the Syrian President's home town. http://www.mbresort-sy.com/
Hotel Francis near Krak de Chevalier. Basic but OK for an overnight. 35-40 a night.
Old Damascus. All hotels quite suitable and comfortable and recommended,
1) Dar alyasmin - near Bab Touma gate, in Christian quarter. One of three boutique hotels we stayed in Damascus. Not bad, of the three, rooms are more basic. Our reservation was up, so they booked us into the other two for the remaining week: email@example.com
2) Zaytunet Alcham near Bab Touma gate, in Christian quarter. Better rooms then Alysmin, breakfast slightly more sparse. www.zaytunetalchamhotel.com
3) Shahrayar Hotel Key Marieh distrrict. Close to the mosque and the souks. Quiet neighborhood. More difficult to get to at first but worth the bother. Great rooms and breakfast, more forthcoming hosts. Recommended of the three. www.shahrayar.net
4) Afnan Hotel Hanania St Bab Sharqi. The last day in town we were shown this hotel, just opened, Quite beautiful accommodations but no experience. www.alnan-hotel.com
We found, by the way that the St/ Paul Restaurant (really a coffee shop) on Hanannia Street was a great respite. Great Expresso (hard to find in Old Damascus and comfortable surroundings). It is on the edge of the town and so only suitable if you stay at hotels 1 & 2.