I stayed here during a ten-day visit to Lebanon in May/June 2011 - the first night as part of an organised tour for eight people, then again solo for three nights at the end of the trip. The hotel is pretty well located just off the western end of Hamra Street, so it's only a ten-minute walk to shops and restaurants. Ten minutes in the other direction is the Corniche. To go Downtown or to the National Museum (the only other areas of Beirut most tourists are likely to visit) you would need a taxi (and you should negotiate the price before setting off - don't pay more than half the original asking price).
The hotel is very average. The area immediately around it is a bit rough and ready (but perfectly safe), and there's noise at night - Beirut is a busy city which goes on late. There's air conditioning and a TV in the rooms, but otherwise no real add-ons that I noticed. Bedrooms and bathrooms could do with sprucing up a bit. There's adequate hot water. One day my room wasn't made up - no idea why not.
Breakfast is adequate without being luxurious. It doesn't get going till after 7 a.m., and there doesn't seem to be any alternative if (like me) you want an early start to travel any distance.
Contrary to what some other reviewers have said, I found the staff helpful enough - like anywhere else in the world in my experience, if you're pleasant to them, they're pleasant to you, and they will give you additional info. if you ask. They will allocate your taxi journey to known contacts, and you shouldn't pay more than $25, but there's no need to tip on top of that.
The things that surprised me more than anything was the price. The turn-up price for rooms with breakfast was approx. $105 double, $70 single. If you can get it cheaper, you should - it simply not worth these prices, and although I didn't shop around, I would be amazed if you couldn't get better value for money in nearby hotels.
So as I say, it's OK, but nothing special, and definitely overpriced.
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