This hotel is pleasant and safe. Staff service levels are high, and the staff are particularly friendly and approachable. The rooms are fine: on the 'business class' floor mine was very clean and very spacious, even if not of the most modern decor. The in-room TV was a bit of a let-down: an old unit with a dodgy remote and blurry tuning.
The things I enjoyed most about this hotel were its good quality complementary wifi, it's great gym and swimming pool complex, and the friendliness of the staff. The breakfast was also of a high standard, and the lobby bar decent if not exceptional.
The upgrade to a 'business class' experience is worthwhile: it includes room service breakfast, gym and fitness access, business lounge access, and early and late check outs. At $20-$30 extra per night, it's about the same price as a standard breakfast in most hotels. And the business lounge, with its computers, drinks and snacks, is good.
The location of the hotel is also pretty good: you are a block and a half from the seafront, which is great for early-morning jogs. You can walk to pretty much anywhere in the city centre, which I did - although making the necessary precautions against straying into less safe areas or getting lost.
Overall, this hotel contributed to my pleasant surprise on my first trip to Lebanon. I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson BLU Martinez Hotel is located in the city center, a few minutes walking from all the city attractions. The business district is nearby as is the lively Hamra area. Ideally located close to Lebanon's historical sites of natural beauty and 10 km from Beirut International airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel, Beirut Hotel Beirut
- Radisson Beirut
- Beirut Radisson