I was a guest at the Phoenicia intercontinental in Beirut for two nights in at the end of August while on tourist visit to Lebanon. I have to say that is one of the most luxurious hotels I have ever been to in my life. Here's how my experience went:
The building is a massive U shaped hotel compound of three wings overlooking the wonderful Mediterranean sea front. It is extremely well maintained on the outside and ever better on the inside. The hotel dazzles at night when its entire facade lights up and radiates all across the waterfront.
Walking in the halls you will automatically notice the grandeur and the luxury in the finest details. While on the main entrance you are thrown to a huge mansion style staircase decorated with the finest marble. The front desk and the lobby area is simply majestic with all the fine finishing of wood, marble and ceramics.
There is no doubt that Phoenicia’s rooms promote the values you would expect from an intercontinental hotel. 5 stars have its meaning in this hotel as it is just a wonderful coupling of modern furniture, with high end luxurious conservative finishing. The bed is large enough and situated at the middle ornate by curtain like tissue that dangles from the ceiling. All rooms are fully equipped with the necessity of relaxation and comfort. From high speed internet to wireless keyboard control of the entertainment system to the coffee makers with a large variety of hot beverages all is offered for your utmost convenience….a real recipe for laziness.
There is no doubt that the service is equally luxurious. You are greeted from the main entrance by bell boys and doormen who greet you with a perfect smile, give you directions in the hotel and will jump at the opportunity to help you with any requirement of the surrounding area. It is well know that Lebanese are hospitable by nature, the service at the Phoenicia perfectly embodies that reputation.
Well the Phoenicia is not your average stay so it will be costly enough to stay in that hotel. But judging by the quality of service and amenities offered i think it is quite explained.
It is located at the heart of downtown Beirut, in the most perfect place to be at downtown is just a couple of minutes away and if the weather is good you can just walk across the old rustic, cultural streets of downtown Beirut. If you are a beach fan, just cross the street and head down to some of the nicest beach fun areas in town and party from dusk till dawn. Hamra street is just North with a huge variety of bars and restaurants, not to mention the proximity to Gemayze street with another large variety of early evening/late night bars and clubbing.
I highly recommend the Phoenicia
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea with its majesty and grandeur, Phoenicia InterContinental stands proudly at the heart of Beirut, a few minutes from the city’s business and banking district, the major shopping areas and the vibrant downtown. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Beirut