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“the sewers of the Old city just can’t cope with these boutique hotels and the awful smell is proof”
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Old Vine Hotel
Ranked #21 of 62 Hotels in Damascus
London, United Kingdom
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431 reviews
175 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
“the sewers of the Old city just can’t cope with these boutique hotels and the awful smell is proof”
Reviewed April 23, 2010

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).

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2010

The Old Vine is a wonderful hotel. The rooms are large and beautiful, each one individually decorated. You really feel that you are in Damascus. The hotel is in the middle of everything, only a few meters away from the iranian and the big mosque, and the souk. it is quiet and indeed good for the soul. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Our son had a minor accident, and the owner of the hotel drove him to the hospital where he got three stiches. The owner then went to the pharmacy to buy the medicine. We payed nothing although we tried hard. The breakfast is delightful, a very good omelette, and good coffee.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Reigate
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Reviewed January 5, 2010

Down a little alley in the Old City, this is a lovely little hotel just 2 minutes stroll from the Umayyad Mosque.
Our room was very characterful and the bed comfortable.
The guy on reception had lots of advice for first timers to the city. We felt very welcome.
All in all, we adored it here and would definitely come again.
By the way, two restaurants I'd recommend are "Old Town" and "Al Khawali"... wonderful syrian food and great atmosphere in these old converted houses.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Switzerland
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Reviewed December 22, 2009

stayed 4 nights in this lovely hotel at the end of october. Management and staff were very helpful: they gave me a hand with visa (I did not have time to organize one before leaving home...), found me another hotel for one night as they were fully booked, helped me when I needed to organize the rest of my trip in Syria.
Their pick up from the airport (I arrived at 1 am) was perfectly organized.
The hotel itself is very well kept and in a very convenient location. I stayed in the two single room, both lovely but the Tayara (although quieter on the roof terrace) is a bit small, especially the bathroom, so I would not recommend it for a big person!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Zagreb
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Reviewed December 15, 2009

Lovely and original small hotel with very attentive and helpful staff, apart from one very unlikeable cook who served brekkie and reacted with indignation when we asked if it would be possible to get freshly squeezed orange juice from the oranges which were served for breakfast. Fantadticly peaceful courtyard around which the rooms are arranged, very lovely. Make sure you ask for discount outside season. Fantastic location, but unlikely that the taxi driver will be able to drive you all the way there, get off at Hamedye souk and walk from there. People will help you find it, they are very helpful. Damascus is a fascinating city!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2009

A wonderfully pleasant spot to set up camp in Damascus; this hotel's peaceful atmosphere makes it a most welcome retreat from the surrounding bustling streets.
Our two young children, (three and 11 months) pottered happily around the tranquil courtyard with its trickling fountain and made great friends with the staff, all of whom we found to be truly warm and welcoming - typical of Syrian people as a whole, as we quickly discovered.
We loved our room which we found to be very comfortable - We stayed in 'Mush-Mush' (meaning apricot) and it was a good size, furnished with antiques inlaid with mother-of -pearl and brass beds with beautifully laundered white sheets.
Yes, some taxi drivers have difficulty finding the Old Vine - but just make sure you have the phone number of the hotel on you, as we did, and they can ring for directions.
The only 'negative' about the hotel is that the 'call for prayer' is extremely loud as it's so close to the mosque and you will be woken in the early hours but hey, you did ask for atmosphere!!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2009

We stayed at the Old VIne and had an excellent stay. To really appreciate the charm of Damascus you need to stay in the old town and in a converted house - both of which the Old Vine offers.
We would chill out in the courtyard in the the afternoons whilst our 1 year was sleeping and it was very relaxing.
Rooms are big and comfortable.
The staff are excellent and will bend over backwards to help.
We also booked a car and driver for 4 days through the hotel and that worked out very well too.
The only negative for me was that the rooms could be slightly more exotic as for the money we were spending a more middle eastern exotic feel would have made the experience better.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Old Vine Hotel
Address: 92 Ammara Jouaniyeh | Ammara Old Damascus, Damascus 7165, Syria
Location: Syria > Damascus
Amenities:
Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 62 Hotels in Damascus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Vine Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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 
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