I’m sorry that I can’t recommend this beautiful hotel. It is wonderfully restored and each room is more beautiful than the next but the sewer smell was extremely unpleasant. At best it was whiffy but at times we felt ill from it and had to go out. The ancient sewers of the old city just cannot cope although the hotels try to do their best, e.g. that you don't flush toilet paper away but use the bin instead. The staff try to neutralise the smell by pouring gallons of fresh water down the drains which is, unfortunately, only a temporary measure as the smells soon return.
The hotel is in the heart of the Shi’ia part- and very difficult to get to by taxi- most taxi drivers have to stop a few times to ask the way as the one-way system around the old city makes it quite a challenge to get to Rouqqaya’s mosque. In any case you then have to walk the rest of the way through the narrow alleyways. You soon learn where you have to walk but would take weeks to learn how to get to that point by car even from Bab Touma! Although the area is horrendously crowded during the day we heard no street noise whatsoever from the hotel (except for the usual dawn prayer which is 30-mins, as opposed to the usual 5 mins, long)
Breakfast is taken in the courtyard and it’s a help yourself affair largely. The courtyard is just wonderfully relaxing and full of light.
The staff at this place are so helpful and accommodating, I feel guilty that I am giving it such a negative review. Last time we came we stayed at the Four Seasons which, true you may as well be anywhere in the world and is quite pricey in comparison, but is where we’d stay next time (or try the Sheraton or one of the other international chains).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old Vine hotel has transferred from a house into a luxury boutique hotel over the course of two years. The hotel offers 9 bedrooms (6 Doubles, 1 twin and 2 single) all double rooms are considered junior suites. All materials used in refurbishing the hotel were done by using the traditional methods and materials. Each room has its own characters; different traditional colours have been used to decorate the walls. Bathrooms are fitted with hand made and painted tiles and drawings. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Old Vine Damascus