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“Luxurious experience with an extra twist”
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Assaha Hotel
Ranked #11 of 45 Beirut B&B and Inns
Copenhagen, Denmark
Level 1 Contributor
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3 hotel reviews
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“Luxurious experience with an extra twist”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

The hotel is situated in the Shia-dominated southern neighbourhood of Dahieh, close to the airport. Area is not very inspiring but the hotel sticks out like a fata morgana, looking like the fantasy of an Arabian castle. We checked in without a hitch, everybody spoke good English. The rooms at As Saha are the real treat, each decorated in special ways. The luxury double was a very nicely crafted room right out of the tourist's idea of 1001 nights. A complimentary fruit dish and juice was brought up right after we arrived. The hotel has a very nice Lebanese restaurant, with Gulf and European options. On the more curious side, the hotel is a part of a current wave of "pious entertainment" and the foundation that owns the hotel donates to orphans - but is also allegedly connected to one of the neighbourhood's famous organisations, whose TV station - Al Manar - was the very first in the endless choice of of satellite channels in the room. Whether true or not, the hotel is outstanding and really worth a visit. A tip: When going to the airport, a taxi should cost around ten dollars.

Room Tip: Rooms towards the roads are very quiet, despite the traffic.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Peterborough, Canada
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

This hotel was built as a traditional international village. It is a 5 minutes drive from the airport, in the southern part of Beirut. It is a busy part of the city but you can find everything you want there; pharmacies and small little convenience stores within a walking distance. Also, take away and restaurants. Taxis are available and will pick you up for a charge of 2000 lire per person, unless you want the whole taxi for yourself, then you have to set the price ahead.
The rooms are made to be different in each block. They have large and small rooms, each decorated according to a specific theme. Stay away from the Haramlek or Salamlek quarters of the hotel. Those rooms are small and their bathrooms are very tiny. You will not be able to avoid hitting the toilet if you want to get into the bathtub. Otherwise, the bigger rooms are delightful. All rooms have all that you need for the night: bathrobes, slippers, combs, full toiletries supplies, you name it.
The price for the room includes full buffet breakfast. It was delicious and plentiful, fruits, yogurts, vegetables, hot and cold cuts, fresh fruit juices, etc.
The hotel has a lovely courtyard restaurant and delicious food. The waiters are kind but once in a while you get the cranky ones but all in all, everything went according to our taste.

Room Tip: Stay away from the Haramlek or Salamlek quarters, they are small compared to North American standard...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Genoa, Italy
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140 reviews
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Assaha is a unique hotel in the outskirts of Beirut, 500 m from the Airport. From the outside it's a bit frightening because it looks like a stone fortress with turrets. From the inside it's an incredible work of architecture and classy decoration. Good oldie furniture, lots of tasteful details, each (large) room is in a different style. The personnel goes to great lengths to help you, and the restaurant (halal only, no alcohol!) is excellent. The hotel seems to cater only to arab guests (I haven't seen any westerners in three days). There is free parking, a definite plus in Beirut. Now, if you have business to do in Beirut or you wish to visit just Beirut, it's not a good choice. Pick up something downtown. But, if you rent a car (you must be a tough guy to survive local traffic!) and wish to explore Lebanon, I think this is an excellent choice, because it's a short drive to downtown, and very close to the highways to the Bekaa and the South. A word of citicism for the Tripadvisor editor: why do you classify a large hotel with no less than seven maitres d'o and innumerable personnel a B&B?

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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udhailiyah
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

I was looking for a 5 star boutique Lebanese experience that offers Halal Cuisine, this is the one

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 12, 2011

This place started as a restaurant, with some of the proceeds going to orphans, and has expanded to a beautiful hotel, designed with an Arab/ Andalucian theme. Very friendly and accomodating staff in the hotel, the rooms and hotelitself were immaculate. The standard rooms were a bit small, but had a lovely view of the courtyard, more fitting of a 5* hotel. The bathrooms were also a bit small, we had a problem with the shower, and were upgraded to a much larger room.
The hotel also has a small garden, and a courtyard (part of the restaurant), and a play area for children with a bouncy castle, which my son loved. They are planning to expand the hotel, with a pool, and fitness centre, but that may take some time.
There is also a small theme park within walking distance (about 10 minutes walk)
The suites have a different theme, such as the "African room", "Lebanese room" "Andalucian" etc, so even if you go back there more than once, it will always be a new experience.
We got the room at a great price of $100 per night, but that was off peak season
The buffet breakfast (included in the price) was good. There is a variety, to suit all tastes.
The only drawback was the location, it is close to the airport, but a distance from anywhere else, but in Lebanon if you want to get around you should try to negotiate a driver (cheaper than a tour if there is more than 1 person) This is expensive because of the price of petrol (no less than $100 per day- for 8 hours), but was great for seeing the country.
They dont serve any alcohol in the hotel (not a problem for me).
A bonus is that you are helping orphans whilst having a great holiday

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a courtyard view if possible
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Assaha Hotel
Address: Airport Road | behind Al Aytam Station, Beirut, Lebanon
Location: Lebanon > Beirut
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Beirut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Assaha Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 64
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